Panama City Beach has a name that sounds like a tropical paradise. The description is an apt one, as millions of visitors a year can attest to. The beaches are covered with sparkling white sand made of quartz crystals ground into a fine powder by the natural process of erosion and the warm climate offers over 300 days of sunshine every year. Temperatures average 74 degrees year round and the warm Gulf waters provide an inviting location for tourists to swim.
One of the more unusual attractions to be found in Panama City Beach is the presence of sunken wrecks offshore. Scuba divers here can see more than tropical fish and jungles of underwater plants; they can explore the seafaring past by having a look at several wrecks in a single day. It is little wonder that Panama City Beach is sometimes referred to as the "Wreck Capital" of the South.
A drive of just an hour and a half will take visitors to Tallahassee, the state capitol and for those who want to see more of the South; Atlanta can be reached within a day. However, there is little reason to leave Panama City Beach when this city in northwestern Florida has so much to offer, including the beach ranked second-highest in America. This beach is located in St. Andrews State Park, where forests, sand dunes, hiking trails, and even a lagoon can be found. On the other side of the city is a second state park, Camp Helen, which means that Panama City Beach holiday homes are surrounded by nature's wonders.