Introduction to Panama City Beach, Florida
Located in Bay county, Panama City Beach, Florida, is 76 miles S of Dothan, Alabama (center to center) and 248 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida. The city is conveniently located inside the Panama City metropolitan area. There are an estimated 7,671 people living in Panama City Beach.
Panama City Beach History
Bay county was established in the year 1913 after being proposed when representatives from five towns met in Panama City to a name for a proposed county. With the joint approval of the majority of citizens, the county was named 'Bay County' and formed soon after; it was created by the legislature from parts of Calhoun, Washington, and Walton counties. It is also said that a small community of Indians used to inhabit the St. Andrew Bay area in the 1800s. Panama City Beach is popular for being home to 'The World's Most Important Beaches'.
Panama City Beach and nearby Attractions
- Eden Gardens State Park
- Constitution Convention State Museum
- Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
- Saint Andrews State Recreation Area
- Junior Museum of Bay county
- Deer Lake State Park
Things To Do In Panama City Beach
There are many parks in the city such as Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, and Eden Gardens State Park, which offer many recreational opportunities. The Wayside Shopping Center is located nearby. The local churches include Victory Tabernacle Assembly of God, Saint Bernadette Catholic Church and Saint Thomas by the Sea Episcopal Church. The city is home to golf courses such as the Nature Walk Golf Course, Camp Creek Golf Club and Signal Hill Golf Course. The zoos located nearby include Zoo World Zoological and Botanical Park and Rain Forest Republic of Zoo World.
Panama City Beach Transportation
The closest airport to the city is the Panama City-Bay county International Airport.
Panama City Beach Higher Education
Higher education is available at the Gulf Coast Community College, Florida State University, and Pensacola Junior College.