About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Bodies of Water
Beaches, State Parks
Speciality Museums, History Museums
Bordered by water on three sides, Camp Helen State Park is one of Florida's most distinctive state parks, containing five different natural ecosystems. Though visitors often overlook this gem, which sits to the west of Panama City Beach, close to the border of Walton County; Camp Helen offers immaculate beaches, a rare dune lake, and excellent trails that take visitors through scrub oak forests and sand dunes. It's a glimpse of an ecosystem that most visitors rarely get to see.
If you're looking for fancy, then you've come to the wrong place. But if you're looking for a fantastic meal with an unbeatable view, then Bayou Joe's is your place. A no-frills restaurant with expansive views over the Bayou, it may be difficult to find, but it's certainly worth the effort.
Though it may not look like a huge facility from the outside, ZooWorld is an expansive haven where you can see and interact with lots of different animals. From giraffes to lions, and all sorts of creatures in between, a visit to ZooWorld is a step outside the usual Panama City Beach experience.
Located at the eastern edge of Panama City Beach, St. Andrews State Park is a gem on the Florida coast. Although beloved by locals and frequent visitors, it is often overlooked by new guests. With pristine beaches as well as campsites for overnight trips, St. Andrews is a jewel in the crown of Panama City.
Mankind has wondered what lies beneath the crashing waves for years. The Man in the Sea Museum is dedicated to illustrating and preserving the history of diving with an expansive collection of rare one-of-a-kind exhibits and antique diving equipment. If you've ever been curious about what has been used in man's search to discover what lies under the sea, a visit to The Man in the Sea Museum has plenty of first-hand knowledge about the journey so far,
If you want to experience an old-school oyster bar, Gene's is the place. Light on atmosphere but brimming with personality, Gene's is the very best of the hole-in-the-wall variety. As there's only bar seating, there may be a wait, so get there early to enjoy fried crab claws, oysters prepared several ways and, if you're lucky, Gene himself chatting to customers.
If you're looking for world-class entertainment in Panama City, the Marina Civic Center is the place to go. Located near the Panama City Marina, the Civic Center is the home of cultural events and performing arts. You never know who you may see here, from Jerry Seinfeld to Heart to Ron White. It's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an amazing night of entertainment.
Located in historic St. Andrew's, Captain's Table has been catching and serving the freshest seafood in the area for decades — almost everything on the menu was 'sleeping in the gulf' the previous morning! If you're not quite sure, ask the legions of fans who have been filling up the tables for their entire lives.
Transport yourself back in time on the Betsy Ann. An old-fashioned paddle-wheel boat, the Betsy Ann takes guests on an unforgettable journey in St. Andrew's Bay. You'll get the chance to see a variety of wildlife, from pelicans to dolphins, and if you're lucky, even get to visit the wheel-house to help the captain pilot the boat.