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Why is PCB Sand So White?

Why is the sand so white on Panama City Beach in the Florida Panhandle?

The sand along the North Florida Coast in Panama City Beach, Florida is among the whitest, cleanest and softest in the world! What you might not know, is that when you walk on the beaches in PCB, you are actually walking on the Appalachian Mountains.

The sand is made up mainly of 99% pure silica quartz washed down from the mountains by the Apalachicola River. The quartz is ground to a perfect oval in each grain of sand. It is so fine in texture, it literally “squeaks” under your toes as you walk!

Normally, such quartz has a rosy pink tint because of its oxide coating  but, the sugary-white quartz lost its coating somewhere along the watery journey to the South thousands of years ago.

Visitors rave about it, and people call it the “sugar-white beaches” of Northwest Florida. The sand accumulated creating sand bars along the river bends and streams on its long journey all the way down south to the edges of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The white sand keeps our beaches from heating up in the Summer, unlike other beaches with darker and coarser sand.

The Sugar White Sand is the perfect complement to the Emerald Green Waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Soft White Sand and Emerald Waters in Panama City Beach, Florida