Panama City Beach, Florida "World's Most Beautiful Beaches"

By Connie (weeds) on March 18, 2010

Do you know why the sand is sugar white and soft?

The soft Panama City Beach sand is actually quartz crystals, which over time has been broken down, bleached, polished and deposited on the shoreline. This natural process has made Panama City Beach home to the "World's Most Beautiful Beaches."

These quartz crystals are produced by the weathering of continental land masses like the Appalachian Mountains and are washed down America's great rivers into Gulf of Mexico where it is carried onto the beaches by water currents and waves.

Those are the facts but I once heard a premise about these sand crystals which I have yet to prove or disprove.  I was told that the individual grains of sand are oval shaped which makes them soft, white and like sugar.  Whatever the reason, the sand is unique and on a bright, sunny day, it is blindingly white.

My favorite times to stroll on the beach are September-November.  The weather is warm but not too hot and the humidity is lower.  Plus, there are not as many people on the beaches at this time of the year.



Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is located in the Northwest region of Florida. Panama City Beach averages an elevation of 13 feet above sea level. Located 98 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Panama City Beach is a part of Bay County. Bay County boasts an average population of 150,000. Approximately 9,500 of these citizens reside in Panama City Beach.

Average water temperatures of 72 degrees combined with an average air temperature of 78 degrees creates mild subtropical temperatures for year-round enjoyment.

St. Andrew Bay area was home to many Indians before it was settled as a community in the 1800s. Pirates found the deep pockets of the Bay ideal to "lie in wait" for richly laden ships in route to Mexico or Spain. Legend has it that many a pirate buried his share of treasure at Spanish Shanty Point on Shell Island.

St Andrews State Recreation Area, During World War II, was part of the St. Andrews Sound Military Reservation. Circular cannon platforms are still in place near the jetties. Opened in 1951, the park now covers more than 1,200 acres.

 St Andrews State Recreation Area is one of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in Florida. Rated the "Number One Beach in America" in 1995 by coastal authority Dr. Stephen Leatherman, it is best known for its 1 1/2 miles of white sand beaches, natural dunes and crystal-clear water.




Visit Panama City Beach for the annual Indian Summer Festival held every October at Frank Brown Park. This three-day music, art and seafood festival hosts top name entertainment and wide array of fresh local seafood.  

Panama City Beach is part of the Emerald Coast which is an area in the US state of Florida on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, roughly bounded by Pensacola, Florida on the west and Port St. Joe, Florida on the east.  



(The majority of information in this article is used, with permission, from the website of PCB Chamber of Commerce -

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About Connie
I live in Lynn Haven, Florida which is part of the Panama City area.

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