Florida Panhandle West Map
Some of this stuff is seriously dated. Double check before launching.
- 5.5-6 hr. For NW, as soon as you cross the bridge over the Bay into Gulf Breeze (US-98) look for a Taco Bell on the left. Turn down the street beside it and park in the dead end.
- ft. walton beach, leeside park
- 5.5-6 hr. Just east (.5 m) of the big draw bridge on US-98 is Leeside Park. It has a nice beash for kids and is shallow for about 50-100 yards out which is good for beginners. Best directions are SW, W around N to NE. However, since Opal flattened the dunes between the park and the Gulf, anything works. Across the highway is the beach for the more adventurous.
- panama city/ pc beach
- 5-5.5hr. Phil Morgan of PC writes: WS booties are absolutely required in all our areas due to oyster shell deposits. He also sent us the scoop on a bunch of PC spots and reminds us to remember that PC and PC Beach are 2 different spots (but beside each other)
- Alligator Point (beyond the Bay Pointe Marriott) N, E and S (sea breeze) directions will be put up shortly as I know how to get there but the names of the streets elude me. In the meantime, phone Bayside Windsurfing for directions. It works great for most directions except west. This is a good place to sail the sea breeze. It's shallow for a small area for teaching or beginners and more able sailors can sail all the way across towards Tyndall AFB. This launch is just inside the pass from St. Andrews Park. St. Andrews Park has access to the same slalom conditions but it is a hike across the dunes from the parking lot. The park is a good place for wave sailing and if you get skunked the park rents SCUBA gear if you have a C card.
- Panama City Ramada Inn: Hotel and staff reportedly don't mind people ws there. Nice grassy rigging area. Good for W, SW, S winds. US 231 South to US98. West on US98 to large intersection (about 2 mi) with Beck Ave. Left on Beck to the end. Entrance to Ramada Inn and Harbor House is at the end on the right. Proceed to the end of the parking lot.
- Panama City - Gulf Coast Community College/Carl Grey Park: Excellent ws for N, NW, and W winds. Semi-grassy area for rigging. "The place" for winter ws in the area. This area is at the eastern side of the Hathaway Bridge which divides PC from PCB. US 231S to US 98. West on US98 to Gulf Coast Community College (a few miles). GET IN RIGHT HAND LANE. Just pass the college entrance will be another small street. Florida Highway Patrol station is visible from the road. Turn on this street which is just before the station, a couple of hundred feet up the traffic sign and then left into the parking area. Rig anywhere. CAUTIONS: Don't park on the grass. Don't even let your tires TOUCH the non-paved area or you will be ticketed. Also, keep away from the immediate area of the bridge. Stong currents will take you through to the south side forcing you to make a long trek back.
- Callaway - About 9 miles East of Panama City at the eastern foot of the Dupont Bridge which leads to Tyndall AFB. Good for N winds on western side and NE to E on eastern side. US98 east to Dupont Bridge, cross bridge and select a lane for turning depending on which side you want. Grassy rigging areas. NE and E ws is excellent with long runs. N side has short runs and tricky windshifts (which is why we go to Carl Grey Park).
- Tyndall AFB - Military/Govnt ID card required. Excellent for E, SE, E, SW, W, NW ws. US98E, continue over the Dupont Bridge about 1 mile to first gate on right. After guard clearing, continue approximately three or four miles on this road. You will enter a housing area, observe speed limits and continue to almost the end of the housing area. Turn on the last street on the left where housing appears to end. Make the next right on a gravel road and you'll continue down a fairly steep embankment to the water's edge. Grassy rigging, long (up to 5 mi) runs. Shell Island is a few hundred yards from Tyndall offering flat water speed runs.