When you’re ready to escape — if only virtually — take a trip to Panama City Beach, FL, where the sugar-white sand and beautiful blue Gulf waters bring soothing vibes and the ultimate in relaxation. Check out the virtual tour video as well as five popular PCB places to check out when you next visit!
Russell Fields City Pier (Dog Beach)
Located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach, the Russell-Fields Pier sits 1,500 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico. Spectators can walk the pier for a daily fee of $3, and daily fishing licenses can be purchased for $6. Open all year, rod rentals, bait and tackle are all available on-site, and fish caught in season include Cobia, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red fish, Blues, Blue liners, Pompano, Flounder, Hardtails and other varieties. Located on the west side of the pier is a 400-foot stretch of white sand that comprises Dog Beach — the dog-friendly section of City Beach.
St. Andrews State Park
St. Andrews State Park is consistently one of the most popular and most visited state parks in Florida. Outdoor enthusiasts can get off-road and explore by trail, where you’ll see an amazing variety of wildlife, from migratory birds to deer or even alligators. Fishing is popular here as well, and anglers can be found casting their lines from the Tiller Pier. Looking for something off land? Snorkeling and scuba diving along the jetties is a popular pastime for many, and an array of brightly colored marine life can be found not far beneath the surface.
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Camp Helen State Park is bordered by water on three sides, and the unique combination makes it the ecological wonder that it is. Offering pristine beaches, excellent trails that wind through dunes and scrub oak forests, and a rare dune lake, Camp Helen State Park is truly one of Florida’s most special state parks.
A favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, Shell Island is an approximately 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island running east to west between the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay. Here you’ll find Florida at its most natural, where graceful sand dunes, coastal scrub forest, pine hammocks, and an inland lake provide the perfect home for deer, nesting shorebirds, and all manner of coastal creatures, including ghost crabs and endangered species such as Choctawhatchee Beach Mice, piping plovers, snowy plovers, and loggerhead and green sea turtles. Available by boat only, get to Shell Island on a pontoon rental from Lagoon Pontoons or catch the water taxi leaving from St. Andrews State Park!
Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s premier shopping and entertainment destination. Serving the Panama City Beach and 30A community, this outdoor complex boasts 124 stores, ranging from clothing for the whole family to home goods, shoes and jewelry. Pier Park also offers many exciting dining options. Choose your adventures at a variety of entertainment venues from the Grand IMAX movie theater, to laser tag and live music, Pier Park is your destination for fun, food and fantastic shopping all near one of the country’s most beautiful beaches.
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