years ago when we lived in houston, tx my curiosity was piqued about the florida panhandle. every year houstonians would pack their bags. load their cars with beach paraphernalia and head east for a week’s worth of sun in the fun. let me tell you when those texans came back home they raved about the sandy beaches that looked like white sugar. for some reason or another, our family of five never made the trek over, but my interest in the region remained.
decades later you can imagine my delight when the invitation arrived to explore the shores of panama city beach. finally, i’d see first hand what the big star state residents fell in love with. honestly, i didn’t quite know what to expect. if you’ve seen one florida beach, you’ve seen them all. right? wrong! completely, one hundred percent wrong. not only have i spent time on florida beaches, but i’ve had the pleasure of visiting hawaii, bali, thailand, australia, vietnam, well the list goes on when it comes to beaches. i kind of like to consider myself a beach baby connoisseur of sorts.
after mr. style and i unpacked our bags and poked our heads out the door of our balcony; this is what greeted us: miles of white sand and turquoise water. the natural beauty truly took my breath away.
you might imagine i’d have been content to spend the entire weekend perched under an umbrella on the sugar white sand sipping a pina colada. but no, there’s lots more to panama city beach than, well, the beach. how about a dolphin sunset cruise with Island Time Sailing? there’s nothing better than watching the sun dip into the water then disappear with the wind on your face. for two hours the sailboat navigated the emerald waters of grand lagoon as we explored the gulf of mexico. this sunset cruise is perfect for couples and families alike.
it was magical watching the dolphins frolic with each other.
the next morning we boarded Lagoon Pontoon with captain caleb and set course for beautiful shell island, a seven-mile island on the florida emerald coast. the beaches were pristine.
look how clear the water is.
walking along the shoreline felt as if we were on our own deserted island.
saturday evening found us gathered around a bonfire on the beach making s’mores. there’s nothing better than sand in your toes and chocolate on your fingers. what a perfect way to end the day.
what a stress-free beach experience with Endless Beach Rentals in charge of every single detail from delivery to set up and the break down of chairs, side tables, cornhole, s’mores, cooler with ice/beverages, and hammocks. all we had to do was show up and relax.
mr. style agrees there’s no better place to be than a sandy white beach complete with a gorgeous sunset, and the roar of the surf ringing in your ears.
sunday morning found us standing in line. have you ever qued up for a thirty-minute wait for donuts? me either. until i visited Thomas Donuts. every delicious morsel and calorie was worth the wait. can you say scrumptious?!
later that morning, mr. style and i decided to head over to Camp Helen St. Park hours 8 a.m. until sunset 365 days a year. the park is bordered by the gulf of mexico and lake powell one of the largest coastal dune lakes in florida
the old lifeguard station.
rrom 1945 until 1987 camp helen was a company resort for the employees of an alabama textile mill, known as avondale mills. these are a few of the restored cabins where families stayed.
well, twenty-some years later i finally saw those pristine beaches and sugar white sand those texans bragged about. panama city beach is truly a magical destination everyone needs to experience. mr. style and i are already plotting and planning a family vacay. now we know for certain panama city beach is the perfect spot for couples and families. any time of the year.
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