I might sound biased but the waters and beaches around Sandestin are the best I have ever experienced. I work with investors interested in buying condo's on the beach. I make sure we visit the beaches each day to drive home the fact that they did not make up the name Emerald Coast. The water is crystal clear right now and the beaches are in the best shape I have ever seen.
Sandestin Beach Resort has its own beach access for owners and guest. The bay does not influence the emerald green waters of our beaches, amazingly our beaches are the same and many cases clearer than Panama City! Thanks for the question!! Yes there are many public beach accesses near Sandestin.