In the old waterfront village of St. Andrews along the shores of St. Andrews Bay, Oaks by the Bay Park is a quiet place in Panama City to catch a breezy moment along the waterfront under the shade of ancient oak trees, including The Sentry, thought to be more than 250 years old.
Location: Panama City
Open: Daylight hours
A small parking lot is located at the park’s main entrance at the end of Beck Avenue.
The oaks aren’t the only attraction, however, in this five acre park. One of Florida’s weirdest trees takes center stage at this park, a four-headed Pindo palm. Although Pindo palms aren’t native to Florida, this one ended up in Panama City.
A boardwalk leads down to the bayshore, with an observation platform and benches for watching the waves and enjoying the salt breeze. Interpretive information explains local history, including a salt kettle used to distill water from St. Andrews Bay for salt making during the Civil War.