Chapitre 12: A Dauphin Sighting in Panama City Beach, FL

I was looking at my reflection in crystal clear blue water and then I saw rochers, sable, and poisson…The Gulf of Mexico was the prettiest body of water I had ever seen (that is until I swam in the Méditerranée in 2012).

I found myself at a loss for words in 2009, when I buried my feet in pure white sand.“This is close enough to paradis pour moi,” I thought.

5 Raisons to Take a Dip in the Gulf of Mexico in Panama City Beach:

  • Poissons and crustacés.


    There’s no better way to swim than with real poissons…just watch out for poissons venimeux.

    A successful catch with the net…

  • Dauphins! Not only can you swim with poissons, you can also swim with dauphins!
  • Crystal claire water. Before the oil spill, the water was so clean that you could see the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. After the oil spill, it took time (it’s still not 100% yet) to restore the water to its crystal clear blue.
  • White sable. There’s nothing better to do before taking a dip in the water than basking beneath the soleil on soft, white sand.
  • Shell Island. There are several small wildlife habitat islands in the Gulf of Mexico – they’re really just a swim (or a jet-ski) away from the coast. 

Panama City Beach is not The number 1 best spot to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico in FL, but it’s not bad, either. The city mixed with the beach creates a slightly more hazy vue due to the polluted atmosphère than the vue in a town or village mixed with the beach (such as Destin, FL). However, this vue is still pas mal, or not bad…In fact, the beach was clear-enough for my vue! ♦

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine.


Chapitre 1: A Mariage in Jacksonville Beach, FL

In 2007, my road-tripping days truly began. Overseas trips were too costly at this point in my life (but, not to worry! Those would come soon enough).

I drove to  Jacksonville Beach, FL from Chicago with my (now ex) boyfriend.

The drive was rather exhausting, so, we met my grand-mère and her partner…

…as well as two cousines in Mason, Georgia for the night (at this point, GA is not counted as a Chapitre because we only slept there for 1 night & we did not experience the city).

We stayed the night in Georgia and then hit the road the next morning.

What better excuse to experience the warm sand and the fresh Océan Atlantique beneath my feet than to attend the mariage of my cousin?

My cousin‘s wedding was beau!

There was a woman who lost all of her family photo albums to hurricane Katrina. She kindly asked if she could snap a few shots so that she could replace her wedding photos with something wedding-like and happy.

5 Raisons to Step Nude-foot on Jacksonville Beach:

  • The beach is calming. There’s no better way to relax than sunbathing on the beach. 

  • There’s plenty of space to claim for a mariage. The beach isn’t overly crowded, so, it’s perfect to host a beach wedding (and, obviously, a shoe-free wedding). Of course, there are still beach patrons here and there, but all-in-all you can easily claim a partie of the beach for a mariage.

  • The waves are not obnoxious. It’s definitely not a good surfing beach; however, it’s perfect for a nice, muscle-relaxing dip.

  • There’s plenty of beach space for everyone! Jacksonville Beach consists of about 22 miles of beach! So, you’re likely to be able to snap a photo without any bystanders in the background!

  • There’s a never-ending supply of exfoliate. There’s no better (and free, might I add) way to exfoliate the feet than walking around in the sand. 

My time spent in Jacksonville Beach proved to be a nice, relaxing trip!

It was a quick few days, but I had an amazing time breathing in the fresh air from the Océan Atlantique. ♦

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine.