We all know Panama City is one of the best places in the world to call home, and we're all lucky to be able to say we live in paradise! But did you know our area is more than just home to the worlds most beautiful beaches? Read on for some interesting facts about the Florida Panhandle!
1. Panama City Beach is known world wide as the "Wreck Capital of the South" due to the super high concentration of historic shipwrecks and artificial reefs in our crystal clear Gulf waters. This makes our area a hot spot for divers from all over the world, who come to explore these amazing sights! It's also a perfect place for snorkelers, who can marvel over the many different tropical fish and rays that flock to our warm water and sunshine.
2. Whether you prefer to take in the sights below the waterline or above it, you're almost sure to catch a peek at a pod of bottlenose dolphins! Panama City Beach has one of the highest concentrations in the world of these majestic, playful mammals. They've gotten used to all the traffic whizzing by above their heads, and lucky beachgoers will often see large groups of dolphins leaping, playing, and racing the boats that pass them by. It's truly a once in a lifetime experience for our beach visitors, and a sight that never fails to bring a smile to your face!
3. For all the "foodies" out there, the Florida Panhandle is the perfect place to sample and enjoy a bounty of fresh seafood! We're known as the "Seafood Capital of the South" for good reason! Shrimp, lobster, oysters, and a rainbow of different fish are all native to our shores, and there are many local restaurants that catch these delicious delights and cook them fresh daily. Or if you're feeling truly adventurous, go out and fish for your own supper and bring it to one of our amazing local establishments which are happy to not only clean your catch, but cook it to absolute perfection!
4. Our neighbors in Walton County can boast that their neighborhood is home to the highest point in Florida! In our coastal state, this is only 343 feet above sea level, which makes our highest point lower than the lowest point of 16 other states!
5. Speaking of high points, did you know that our Capitol building in Tallahassee is the 3rd highest Capitol building in the country? Head out and enjoy the public observation deck, where you can take in the view of our entire state capital!
6. On your way back from Tallahassee, be sure to stop in to the largest state park in Florida, Apalachicola National Forest! This beautiful nature preserve covers nearly 938 square miles of forests, swamps, lakes, and coastlines. Bring the whole family to enjoy a full day of outdoor activities, including biking, kayaking, fishing, canoeing, or horseback riding! Make sure to bring your camera, you never know which of our amazing indigenous species you'll catch sight of.
7. Also in Apalachicola, make sure you don't miss the Annual Florida Seafood Festival. This 2-day extravaganza is known as Florida's oldest maritime event. Go sample the delicious seafood, enjoy the live entertainment on hand, and watch the blue crab races!
8. Finally, look up to the skies! The Pensacola Naval station is home to the world famous Blue Angels! From March to November, anyone living in or visiting the area is apt to see these awesome daredevils practicing their breathtaking maneuvers high above the clouds. The pilots love to take photos and sign autographs after landing, so take some time to show your appreciation for these service men and women!
As you can see, our area has a rich and interesting history, and many different sights to explore. From our beaches to our Capital, the Florida panhandle is truly a one of a kind place to call home.