After spending a lot of time in Apalachicola, I didn’t have much time to spare in the next town along US 98: Port St. Joe. I did, however, check out its downtown district along Reid Avenue, which parallels the federal highway, one block to the east.
Port St. Joe’s historic Port Theatre was built in 1938, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
[tmt_info =””]After exploring Port St. Joe, continue west on US 98. As an alternative, you could take Florida State Road 71 north to I-10, which would bypass the slow-moving, congested portions of US 98, as the road approaches Panama City.[/tmt_info]
Here’s my time-lapse dash-cam video of the drive through Port St. Joe:
It was already late afternoon, and I hadn’t made it through the sprawl of Panama City. I had planned to make it to Mobile, Alabama for the night, and I still had a very long way to go. So, I made the drive through Mexico Beach (a resort town with lots of condos on stilts, separating US 98 from the water) and Panama City without stopping. Since I didn’t pause for pictures, please enjoy the dash-cam time-lapse of the drive through Mexico Beach…
… and Panama City (including Panama City Beach on Back Beach Road)…