Whether you’re all about the beach, looking for action and adventure, or focused on the food scene… Panama City Beach is the type of vacation destination that makes every visitor feel right at home. All along the 27 miles of beautiful beaches, there are endless experiences to be had. Here’s how to make a trip to PCB uniquely yours:
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Everyone in your crew will find their thing in PCB. Set up your umbrella, disperse the sand toys and see where the day takes you. People of all ages love exploring marine life, especially getting up close to wild dolphins. Adventures at Sea runs unforgettable dolphin tours, snorkeling outings, shelling expeditions and more. For good old-fashioned fun off the beach, head to one of the many amusement parks to ride roller coasters, race go-karts and play mini golf. If fishing is on the agenda, rent a pontoon boat at Bay Point Water Sports. To refuel from all the fun, choose from the many kid and wallet-friendly dining options.
Panama City Beach is packed with awesome adventures for thrill-seeking kiddos and parents. Experience the turquoise water in new ways by zipping along with the waves on jet skis, learning how to scuba dive or speeding through a labyrinth of creeks, islands and marshes on an airboat. Snorkel and make new friends with dolphins. See the breathtaking coastline from the sky on a parasail ride. And for those who love heights, spinning and speed, the Slingshot at Indy Speedway will get your heart racing.
Grab your binoculars and find natural wonder at every turn, because eco-friendly exploring is a way of life in PCB. From the beaches to fantastic state parks, there’s an activity for every nature enthusiast. Bike through a protected conservation area, take a sunset kayak trip, fish, beachcomb, bird-watch and check out coastal dunes. For a great local excursion, visit Shell Island, a 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island. Be on the lookout for all sorts of wildlife and coastal creatures on your journey.
No offense to those cute kiddos, but sometimes parents need a grown-ups only getaway to recharge and reconnect. Spend quality time soaking up the sun without a care in the world. (No to-do list or constant kid snack requests? Yes, please!) Ride bikes, followed by happy hour overlooking the Gulf. For complete relaxation, book a couples massage at Serenity Spa or sail through gorgeous sights on a blissful two-hour sunset cruise. And don’t forget the memorable meals. Enjoy the ultimate date night at the award-winning Firefly, named “Most Romantic Restaurant 2017” by Open Table.
From seafood markets to beachfront dining overlooking the glistening water, the Seafood Capitol of the South has no shortage of fantastic places to feast. There are bold flavors everywhere you turn—Cajun, southern BBQ and coastal cuisine just to name a few.
For a low-key bite, grab a PoBoy and picnic on the beach. Want to feel the heat? Try the homemade gumbo at Dee’s Hangout. And for a special night on the town, enjoy fresh local seafood at Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant. This waterfront favorite has been around for decades. (Pro tip: dine early to watch the fishing fleets unload their daily catch!) You may even align your trip with one of the many food festivals like October’s Lobster Festival, the Bloody Mary and Music Festival or the springtime’s UNwineD festival.
Not much of a beach bum? There are plenty of awesome attractions around town to keep your vacation itinerary jam-packed. Hit the water slides and wave pool at Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Practice your best “Ahoy Matey” on a two-hour pirate cruise. Or head to Nexgen VR for mind-blowing virtual reality experiences. Ever wanted to hand-feed an exotic animal or pet a sleepy sloth? Visit Zoo World for memorable animal adventures. Panama City Beach also boasts year-round music and cultural festivals. Put it this way, you’ll wish your trip was longer!