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Top Florida Beaches

The beach is more than a destination: it is a way of life. In Panama City Beach, we are happy to share fabulous beaches with you and your family. 

With 27 miles of beach to choose from, we are sure to have a beach you’ll love. Come feel the sand between your toes, so soft and brilliant white you could almost swear it's sugar. In reality, our enchanting sands are quartz, finely ground by the Gulf and bleached white by the sun.

Not all beaches are created equal. With the variety of experiences and almost 100 access points, you won't want to miss out on our beaches, some of the best in all of the Sunshine State.

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State Parks on the Water

Don't return home without visiting St. Andrews State Park. Well-maintained and accessible, it’s a fun spot for the whole family. One of our most popular state parks, St. Andrews is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, St. Andrews Pass and Grand Lagoon. Great for camping, fishing, canoeing or renting a bike to enjoy the trails, your time here can be as active or relaxing as you choose. This is the place to fish from a pier, spot an alligator or snorkel in a jetty.

Camp Helen State Park is a good pick for ecotourists who want to experience a wide spectrum of gulf coast flora and fauna. At 185 acres, this peaceful destination includes scrub oak forests, basin swampland and a rare freshwater dune lake in addition to its beaches. With a historic lodge and wide variety of ecosystems, Camp Helen is a truly unique hiking or beach experience.

Pocket Full of Sand Dollars

Shell Island is a secluded getaway, and you can get here only by boat. Completely free from development, this island between St. Andrew Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is a top spot for exploring wilds of Gulf Coast life. Bring your family and a sense of wonder as you explore seven miles of uninterrupted island landscapes for nature walks and shell collecting. 

People journey to Shell Island for an idyllic day of fishing, beach combing or simply reconnecting with nature. It's common for visiting sunbathers and explorers to spot dolphins or sea turtles from its shores. In fact, the waters around Shell island contain some of the largest numbers of bottlenose dolphins in the world. Plus, if you take the shuttle to and from the island, you can rest easy and watch all the dolphins you’d like!

Meet at the Beach

The sun is setting. The music is rocking. Gather the adults in your group because it’s time for a drink and a bite to eat at Schooners Last Local Beach Club. This late night institution offers breathtaking views during your meal as well as the best beach volleyball in town. Now you can socialize without leaving the beach behind.

A Getaway within Reach

Less than an hour's drive along scenic Highway 98 is picturesque Mexico Beach. Along the Gulf of Mexico, this beach is known for its uninterrupted views and graceful, wind-swept sand dunes. Coupled with delightful restaurants, Mexico Beach is the spot to venture out and take the day as it comes. Here you are always within walking distance of the waves.

All of the vast possibilities of Panama City Beach are waiting for you, only a vacation away. If you are seeking top Florida beaches, look no further.