About the Beaches
Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach occupies the eastern edge of Northwest Florida and claims 27 miles of shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. One of the original vacation spots along the Emerald Coast, its white-as-sugar beaches have been named “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and “The Spring Break Capital of the World.” Filled with sky-high condos, water parks and beachfront malls, Panama City Beach is a playground for the young at heart.
Beach Conditions Flags
The key to a great—yet safe—day at the beach is knowing the flag warning system colors. Smartly designed to echo the colors of traffic lights, the colors are easy to remember.
- Double Red Flag — The water is closed to the public due to dangerous conditions
- Red Flag — Strong currents and/or high surf
- Yellow Flag — Conditions are pretty moderate
- Green Flag — It's all right to take a swim
- Purple Flag — Marine pests (jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish) are present
Lifeguards are scattered around the beaches as well to offer timely advice when it comes to water conditions or certain beach rules.
Many vacationers love visiting the new Pier Park outdoor lifestyle center. Set right across from the beach and the new fishing pier, it’s a wonderful location to eat, shop, play and stay at the beach all in the same day. Or start at the east end of Front Beach Road close to Lake Powell and visit quieter beaches at access points one through five.