During Spring Break 2012, Panama City Beach captures the Guiness Book of World Records title for the World's Largest Bikini Parade.
Panama City Beach brought back the World Record for largest bikini parade to the U.S. on March 6, 2012. The record, set in Australia in 2011 was 357. PCB had 450 spirited ladies clinching the title
The Florida Panhandle has many great rivers and creeks for paddling. Some of them can at times be a bit treacherous, however. Here's a story about a paddling trip that did not go so well at first. Ochlockonee River Tall Tale.
The Florida Panhandle is beginning to address its history of racial violence. Two new books recently published, one a history and the other a novel, begin the discussion of this subject long kept quiet.
In answer to the age old question that has plagued wise men and women throughout time . . . What is a fashion show at Bike Week in Panama City Beach like?
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You never know whose going to show up in PCB these days. Here's a little video we captured of Jimmy Buffet's surprise visit to Margaritaville in Panama City, Beach, in March 2010.
The Council on Culture & Arts for Tallahassee/Leon County presents H2O, a photograph exhibit by Florida Panhandle nature photographer David Moynahan, on display at the ArtPort Gallery at the Tallahassee Airport from March 28 - May 28, 2012.
The only steam locomotive in the State of Florida is the Veteran's Memorial Railroad, located in Veteran's Memorial Park in Bristol. >For more information, see Veteran's Memorial Railroad
A great new nature park is open for exploring, hiking, canoeing, and more in Marianna. The Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area, a part of the Chipola River Greenway project, contains a bluff trail along the Chipola River, caves, and many other wonders of nature. It is located just a mile south of the Courthouse on Hwy 73.
Another inclusion in the Chipola Greenway is a trail system accessed a couple of miles north of the Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area, at the north end of Noland Street in Marianna. This video explores the natural beauty of these trails.
For the fourth year, Alys Beach in South Walton County allowed its iconic white walls and understated architecture to be the screens on which innovative digital works of art were projected at the Digital Graffiti Festival, a juried digital art competition and exhibition. The festival was held from 8:30pm until Midnight on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.
The Florida Panhandle (Northwest Florida), due to its many natural springs, is one of the choice locations in the world for Cave Diving. According to the National Speleological Society Cave Diving Section, "Jackson County may be the best supporter of cave diving in Florida, maybe even in the world." See our Natural Attractions page for more information and video of Florida Panhandle Springs and other natural beauty.
Life Shines (The 30A Song)
WALTON COUNTY, Fla., April 25, 2011 – 30A.com announced the release of “Life Shines (The 30A Song)” on iTunes, performed by Bryan Kennedy. Written by Kennedy and 30A’s Mike Ragsdale, “Life Shines (The 30A Song)” is intended to be a tribute to the place they both call home: Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A.
VIDEO: “Life Shines (The 30A Song)” by Bryan Kennedy 30A.com is the go-to destination for anyone living in or traveling to the 30A communities, including Seaside, Rosemary Beach and WaterColor,” wrote Emerald Coast magazine. The company’s growing network includes 30A.com (The #1 Guide to Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A), 30A iPhone (30A’s #1 Mobile Guide), Emerald Coast Radio (the free online radio station featuring beach music and local information), Grayton.com (a photo journal of life along 30A, featuring the works of Photographer Michael Granberry), and 30A Facebook, with over 49,000 fans. Official “30A”-brand products are now sold in 25 retail stores. 30A’s “local guide” business model, TownWizard, was recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine, and has spread to 125 markets worldwide.
Grant Peeples, a rising new Americana/Folk singer from Wakulla County, Florida, sings of catfish and flatbeds, sweat stains and retreads, and . . . okra and Ecclesiastes. . . As of March, 2011, his new CD was in the top ten on the Folk charts and within the top twenty on the Americana chart and rising!
Bay County, Florida, has numerous great events year round, including the New Year's Eve celebration at Pier Park, Earth Day, Concerts in the Park, Seafood Festivals, and festivals and concerts of all sorts! See some of the Panama City/Bay County events compiled in this video.
First video is a glimpse of the world's most beautiful beaches . . . taken at the County Pier in Panama City Beach, Florida - with music by Matt Strief. The second is a sunset at PCB, set to the beautiful music of Ralph Zurmuhle
The Florida Panhandle takes pride in having the world's most beautiful beaches. A Seaside Resturant owner organized the Hands Across the Sands events to protest off shore drilling - even before the big oil spill of 2010. This is a playlist of videos covering various Hands Across the Sand events and and interview with the organizer. Participate June 25, 2011. Find an event near you at the Hands Across the Sand website
What is the Florida Panhandle?
The areas included in the Florida Panhandle (a/k/a Northwest Florida) vary depending upon the context. For our purposes for this site, we have included the following counties and, for organizational purposes, have divided them into three regions:
Western Panhandle includes: Escambia County (Pensacola, Century, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key), Santa Rosa County (Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre, Navarre Beach, Pace, Oriole Beach), Okalossa County (Crestview, Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, Laurel Hill, Mary Ester, Niceville, Shalimar, Valparaiso, Cinco Bayou), and the northern part of Walton County (DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton)
Central Panhandle includes: Jackson County (Marianna, Alford, Bascom, Campbellton, Cottondale, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Greenwood, Jacob City, Malone, Sneads), Calhoun County (Altha, Blountstown), Gulf County (Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka), Holmes County (Bonifay, Esto, Noma, Ponce de Leon, Westville), Washington County (Chipley, Caryville, Ebro, Vernon, Wausau), Bay County (Panama City, Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach, Callaway, Lynn Haven, Parker, Springfield), and the sourthern part of Walton County "South Walton" (Grayton Beach, Miramar Beach, Seaside, Santa Rosa Beach, Alys Beach).
Eastern Panhandle includes: Madison County (Madison, Greenville, Lee), Taylor County (Perry, Dekle Beach, Hampton Springs, Keaton Beach), Jefferson County (Monticello), Leon County (Tallahassee), Wakulla County (Sopchoppy, St. Marks, Crawfordville(uninc.), Gadsden County (Chattahoochee, Havana, Quincy), Liberty County (Bristol), and Franklin County (Apalachicola, Carrabelle, St. George Island, Eastpoint).