If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Panama City guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with St. Andrews State Park being a favorite of our editors and readers. Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays.


St. Andrews State Park

Of all the public beaches Panama City has to offer, the pristine coastline at St. Andrews is the most visually striking, with translucent green-blue water and snow-white sand backed by shaded pinewoods. The beach is divided into two areas: the main coastline open to the Gulf and a smaller beach with calm, shallow waters blocked by jetty boulders, ideal for snorkeling. Guests can also fish, kayak or take the shuttle boat to nearby Shell Island.

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Visitors to Panama City seeking peaceful, secluded beaches cherish the unspoiled sands of Rosemary Beach, a quaint seaside town only 17 miles from PCB. The community was developed with a focus on preserving the crystal clear water, gorgeous dunes and indigenous plants, resulting in a stunning, nearly untouched paradise. Boardwalks dappled with sunlight lead to the pristine beach, where guests collect seashells and stroll along powdery sands as the tide laps invitingly at their feet.

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Only 14 miles west of Panama City Beach, the flawless, isolated beaches of this charming community await tourists and PCB locals seeking a respite from the urban buzz. The quiet private community of Carillon Beach is the perfect place to rediscover tranquility along the breathtaking Emerald Coast. Its smooth, serene shoreline is a sun-worshiper's dream, while the jewel-toned waters beckon adventurous beachgoers to participate in a myriad of activities, including swimming, surfing, sailing and snorkeling.

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Lauded as one of America's most beautiful public beaches, Panama City Beach boasts 27 miles of dazzling white sand and gentle jade waters. The calm Gulf waves are perfect for casual surfing and lighthearted wave hopping, while an abundance of tranquil sandbars are ideal for mid-ocean photo ops. Beachgoers also delight in deep sea fishing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and simply lounging on the soft, sugary sand while basking under the shimmering Florida sun.

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