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.

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.

Panama City Beach Almanac

County Bay County
Standard Zip Codes32407, 32413, 32401, 32408
P.O. Box Zip Codes32417
Phone Area Codes850
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.2
Approximate Longitude-85.79

Panama City Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp39 to 62 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip64.7 inches
Distance41.6 miles
Jan Temp37 to 61 F
Apr Temp52 to 78 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp53 to 80 F
Annual Precip65.5 inches
Distance48.2 miles
Jan Temp37 to 61 F
Apr Temp51 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp54 to 81 F
Annual Precip69.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lynn Haven19,799$71,216
Panama City36,654$48,033

Panama City Beach Public Schools

Breakfast Point Academy
601 N Richard Jackson Blvd
ZIP: 32407
(850) 767-1190
Total Enrollment 1453
J.r. Arnold High School
550 N Alf Coleman Rd
ZIP: 32407
(850) 767-3700
Total Enrollment 1606
Patronis Elementary School
7400 Patronis Dr
ZIP: 32408
(850) 767-5075
Total Enrollment 852
Surfside Middle School
300 Nautilus St
ZIP: 32413
(850) 767-5180
Total Enrollment 753
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