Seashells, Panama City Beach, Florida

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St Andrews State Park

Gulf Coast

This peaceful 1260-acre park is graced with nature trails, swimming beaches and wildlife, including foxes, coyotes, snakes, seabirds and alligators (fear not: gators live in freshwater, and the swimming areas – including the kiddie pool's 4ft-deep water, near the jetties – are in the ocean). You can still see the circular cannon platforms from when this area was used as a military reservation during WWII; look for them on the beach near the jetties.

Excellent waterfront campsites are available year-round for $28.

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