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Panama City, Florida is located in the south central section of the panhandle in the northwest area of the state. It is between Pensacola and Tallahassee. Just under 40,000 people inhabit this Gulf Coast City in Bay County. Roughly 74% of the population is white and nearly 22% African American. Much of the remainder is of Latin American and Asian descent and the rest is Native American and of other races. The population is fairly young. Sitting on the St. Andrew’s Bay and the Gulf of Mexico makes it popular with beachgoers.
Two full marinas offer charter boats for fishing or deep sea sight seeing. There are 37 parks here for on-land sports and recreation as well. Several hotels and motels can be found offering rates for distinct budgets.
Approximately 10,000 people inhabit the adjoining Panama City Beach, a separate town often lumped together with the city. A number of high rise condos and luxury resort hotels can be found on this island, connected to the mainland by Highway 98. St. Andrew’s State Park is located here with over 485 hectares of territory to explore.
The beaches here are composed of white sand which eroded from quartz deposits in the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago. There are nearly 43.5 km of shoreline at Panama City Beach. The beaches here have made the number 1 spot on the list of America's Top Ten Beaches, selected annually by Florida Geologist Dr. Stephen Leaderman.
There are five 18-hole golf courses in the area, local shopping centres and several clubs. Dozens of restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, many featuring seafood. The warmest averge temperature in summer is 31 degrees Celsius. On the coolest winter nights the average low is degrees Celsius.
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holidays - Top Events
Since 2009, early November here has seen the Ford Ironman race. It is a qualifying Triatholon prior to the World Championship which occurs in Hawaii. The on land segment of the course is flat; thus it has a reputation for speedy races. (http://ironman.com/events/ironman/florida)
The Downtown Association of Panama City hosts several events. From March through November, every Friday evening is a festival with live music in the downtown. This merchants' group also hosts an annual Oktoberfest for 2 days in early October and the Festival of Nations at the end of the same month. The latter features cuisine and music from around the world. (http://www.panamacitydowntown.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2184)
Emerald Coast Cruizin’ is an annual Panama City event attracting thousands of auto owners and their vehicles. It occurs for 1 week in the first half of November. Hot rods, classics and custom made vehicles are displayed, swapped and auctioned at this event each year. (http://www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com/)
Groovin’ on the Green is an annual free summer concert series organized by the Carillon Institute here. This live outdoor music event occurs every Monday. Other events also are scheduled on several other days in the course of each summer. Carillon Beach is a residential resort area here. (http://carillon-beach.com/about/calendar/)
holidays - How to Get There
This airport, referred to by the international code PFN, receives flights only from Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Northwest, which is wholly owned by Delta. Northwest flies here from Sydney (SYD) with 2 stopovers. The shortest flight is estimated at 26 hours and 13 minutes. The nearest consular services for Australians at this location are provided by the Australian Consulate-General in Atlanta, Georgia. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ContactsUS.html)