St. Andrews State Park
Trip Advisor named St. Andrews State Park the second best beach in the whole of the US, which can’t be a bad thing. Whether you want to catch some rays on the beach, fish from the pier, snorkel along the jeti or canoe, kayak and hike your way up through the forest, there’s sure to be something for you.
A short boat trip from St. Andrews State Park is the pristine Shell Island, which means you can see two of Panama City’s must-see natural attractions in a single day. Home to deer, turtles, pelicans, sandpipers and gulls, and with dolphins and plenty of colourful fish, you’re sure to spot at least a few of the island’s inhabitants during your stay.
This growing greenways and trails system will eventually cover the entire island of Panama City Beach. It already connects Frank Brown Park to the 3,000 acre conservation park, with long boardwalks, cypress tree swamps and off-road trails to enjoy along the way.
Camp Helen State Park
This hidden gem on the western border of Panama City Beach boasts coastal dunes, salt marshes, freshwater wetlands and scrub oak forests as well as fishing areas for saltwater and freshwater enthusiasts.
The Panama City Beach Conservation Park
This 2,900 acre tract of West Bay ecosystem has 12 looping trails ranging from 0.6 to 11 miles in length, ensuring there’s a trail for hikers and cyclists of every age and level of fitness.