Panama City Neighborhoods
Panama City is comprised of four distinct neighborhoods. While these four districts, St. Andrews, Downtown, Downtown North and Millville, retain intriguing vestiges of this early history, they are also filled with vitality. We invite you to explore the many unique spaces and places of our Panama City neighborhoods, and to meet the people who make them thrive.
Pedestrian-friendly Downtown serves as the area’s art and theater district. The Martin Theatre, the City Marina and the Marina Civic Center anchor the community. It also hosts the Visual Arts Center and CityArts Cooperative, along with several art galleries and a variety of charming restaurants.
Historic St. Andrews is a sidewalk community built on the shores of the Bay. With its large Marina, it still evokes the air of a quaint fishing village. Shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues line Beck Avenue, the main thoroughfare, and Bayview Avenue along the water. Bucolic Oaks by the Bay Park overlooks the water and ancient moss-laced live oaks shades the park.
Downtown North, bisected by Massalina Bayou, has long been the cultural hub of Panama City’s African American community. It is home to the Martin Luther King Boulevard retail, dining and entertainment corridor. It also hosts historic Rosenwald School and the African American Cultural Center, as well as the 23rd Street Panama City Shopping District. Additionally, it is the healthcare hub of Panama City, hosting both Bay Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center.
East of Downtown, Millville hugs the coast of Watson Bayou. Millville is so named as it has served as the area’s paper manufacturing and shipbuilding center for generations. Watson Bayou Waterfront Park and the 3rd Street retail, dining and entertainment district anchor the community. Watson’s Marina provides ready access for boating excursions, and waterfront condos are available for rent.