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Whether you stay at the affordable Sleep Inn and Suites Panama City Beach or one of the city’s more upscale lodgings, you are bound to love your time in this charming coastal area.
The name of the city makes it obvious; you’re going to get some stunning ocean side time here. The city has 27 miles of coastline. Couple that with the more than 300 days of sunshine it gets every year and you have the perfect place to escape the winter blues.
Millions of people visit Panama City Beach every year, especially in the spring and summer. If you want to avoid the thickest crowds, visit in fall or winter. The weather is still pleasant, and you have more room to spread out. Stay at a place like The Reef at Seahaven Beach Resorts, which is an affordable hotel with private beach access.
If you want even more of an escape, head to Mexico Beach. It is a tiny town a short drive away from Panama City Beach. The scenery is gorgeous, and there aren’t many hotels in Mexico Beach, so you can look forward to a fairly quiet experience.
Florida’s nature isn’t all about pristine sand and dazzling waters. Head to Conservation Park, where there are 12 trails waiting to welcome you to explore a beautiful wetland area. The trails range from just over half a mile to 11 miles in length, so you can spend an hour or all day there.
If your appetite for nature makes you want to catch sight of some amazing animals, take the family to Gulf Water Marine Park. Swim with dolphins and check out the sea lions, tropical birds, sea turtles, sharks, and reptiles. There are several daily shows in the park where you can learn even more about the fascinating creatures that live there.
This forest is about a half hour drive inland from Panama City Beach. It was Florida’s first state forest, and today it serves as the home for several threatened species and species of special concern, including gopher tortoises and southern milkweed. There is a campground there, so you can spend a night in nature before you head back to Panama City Beach and check into a cozy hotel.
From the moment you fly into Panama City Airport and head for the beach, the unrivaled beauty of Florida surrounds you. Even if you never step foot in a nightclub or theme park, the natural attractions of the state will make you feel like you didn’t miss out on anything. What are your favorite natural areas in the Panama City Beach area? Share your viewpoint with us in the comments section.Click here for reuse options!