There’s always something for the nature lover to do in Panama City Beach, so whether you’re spending the day at St. Andrews State Park, or jumping on a sailboat to explore the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy the natural bounty of Florida in an ecologically responsible way!
- St. Andrews State Park, located off Thomas Dr. three miles east of
Panama City Beaches, was named by Travel Magazine as “The World’s
Best Beach” in 1995. The 1,260-acre park is well known for its sugar white
sands and crystal-clear emerald green water. It has thick forests, sand
dunes covered with sea oats, fresh and saltwater marshes, a lagoon
swimming area, fishing jetties, hiking trails, and 1.5 miles of beach.
- Camp Helen State Park’s beach offers an even quieter beach escape,
but requires a short walk to get to the Gulf. 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.
- The Panama City Beach Conservation Park -In the Panama City
Beach Conservation Park you’ll find 12 looping trails ranging from
0.6 to 11 miles for walking, biking, wildlife and bird watching. The
county’s desire to protect and balance our natural resources while
providing outdoor recreational opportunities is the driving force in
establishing the Panama City Beach Conservation Park. This 2,900
acre tract of West Bay Ecosystem is being restored using reclaimed
water to return a natural water balance to these wetlands.