Seek a Nature Adventure in Panama City Beach!

Have you ever thought about what your ideal Florida beach getaway looks like?

You could probably come up with a whole bunch of different ideas and opinions, and that\’s quite alright. The Sunshine State has such a variety of beaches, it’s easy to find one that’s right for everybody. Whether you are in search of solitude, romance or the wildest of wild parties, you don’t have to go far to find your personal paradise.

Miami may be known more for its nightlife, and Naples may be best recognized for its golf, but Panama City Beach is definitely known for its nature-seeking adventure!

Our 22-mile stretch of white-powdery sand is known for its lively beach scene, but nature lovers know where to find solitude and tranquility: St. Andrews State Park. A 1,200-acre pristine wilderness of beaches, marshes and pinewood forests offers a glimpse of what the area looked like before high-rise condos jammed the beach.

Hikers can choose between two nature trails: Heron Pond Trail meanders through the flatwood pine forest, while Gator Lake Trail offers scenic views of a placid lake — and maybe a gator.

Both trails are a bird watcher’s dream. Tilt your binoculars up to the treetops, and you may see white-bellied ospreys in their massive nests.

Scan the shore for wading birds, and you’re likely to get a few good shots of a long-legged great egret, famous for its snowy plumage, impaling fish with its deadly beak.

Anglers head to a fishing pier, hoping to reel in flounder, cobia, redfish and sea trout. Even if the fish aren’t biting, kicking back in a peaceful spot of spectacular natural beauty makes it time well spent.

There’s no need to leave at sunset. Camping facilities are available.

4607 State Park Lane, Panama City Beach, Fla. 850-708-6100,

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