About Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is known for the sugar white sands and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but there is more much more to the beach than sun, sand and bikinis. Panama City Beach has a storied history that adds to its charm and character.
Many of our local waterways, cities and natural landmarks were named by Spanish explorers hundreds of years ago. This is true for most of Florida… the conquistadors made a practice of naming important navigational landmarks (usually bays and rivers) for Catholic saints.
Hence, St. Andrew’s Bay, the large bay which is at the heart of Bay County, was named for St. Andrew because it was discovered on the day the Catholic calendar designated to the patron Saint, Andrew.
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(Information courtesy of Beach TV and TripSmarter.com)