Panama City Beach – A Dream for Nature Lovers

Florida brings to mind nightclubs, Disney World, sunshine, and beaches; the state has more than enough attractions to fill a long vacation. If you’re yearning for a getaway that helps you get in touch with the wonders of natural Florida, look to Panama City Beach. This waterside city is a hot destination and perfect for people who want to soak up the beauty of the outdoors.

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.

Beaches…And More Beaches


View from the Hotel room at Panama City Beach

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.

Conservation Park

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.

Gulf Water Marine Park

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.

Pine Log State Forest

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.

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4 Responses to Panama City Beach – A Dream for Nature Lovers

  1. James Smith

    December 10, 2014 at 5:32 am

    It’s especially au natural during Spring Break when “Girls Gone Wild” is there to film the festivities.

    • Michael John Scott

      December 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

      True. I live (when not in Ohio) about 2 hrs from Panama City. I’ve spent a lot of time there. Unfortunately, over the years, it’s gotten so crowded it’s just not fun anymore.

      • James Smith

        December 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

        How true. Before I lift in 2003, the traffic in Panama City was getting to be unbearable.

        In Panama City Beach (separate city for those who didn’t know) it has been bad for longer than that.

        During spring break, I would avoid going anywhere near PCB. I see enough example of inconsiderate, rude behavior without going to the wellhead of it.

        I have an idea why so many college student engage in such stupid and unsociable conduct. It’s the “Mommy and Daddy can’t stop me now” syndrome. Some people never outgrow that, either.

        • Michael John Scott

          December 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

          So true man, and we can include some stupid adults in that equation. I saw lots of them, ignoring screaming children, while throwing back Pina Coladas and shouting at the tops of their lungs. That being said, when you get away from the hustling crowd there’s still a lot of natural beauty in that area.