Panama City Beach Attractions

The World’s Most Beautiful Beach, the Seafood Capital of the World, the Wreck Capital of the South… Panama City Beach has many nicknames. And it lives up to all of them. Find out why with a Panama City Beach vacation rental.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Child Beach ToysThe fun of Panama City Beach begins at St. Andrew State Recreation Area, where playful beach bums can explore forests, sand dunes, marshes, and a lagoon, in addition to the sugar-white sandy shores Panama City Beach is known for. Beyond St. Andrew’s are even more beaches, 27 miles of it to be exact. Panama City Beach’s world-famous shoreline is made up of tiny, broken-down quartz and since it's set against the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the view from your Panama City Beach rental is sure to stun.

With 230 beautiful days of sunshine a year, you'll probably spend your days outside on the beach, parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, surfing, snorkeling, fishing, or working on your tan. Of all the Panama City Beach attractions you can enjoy, the beach is definitely the highlight. But it's easy to avoid a sunburn here, as there's much more to do than hang out on the beach!

After hitting the waves or building a sand castle, head over to one of the Panama City Beach attractions located indoors. The Gulf World Marine Park will introduce you to sea lions, penguins, and dolphins! If you’re still in need of some animal encounters, check out Zooworld Zoological Botanical Park and meet orangutans and tigers. Other educational and entertaining Panama City Beach attractions include Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and Museum of Man in the Sea.

But if you really want to delight the kiddos, take them to Shipwreck Island Waterpark, where they can lounge around in the Ocean Motion Wave Pool and Lazy River, or get their hearts racing on the Tree Top Drop and Pirate’s Plunge Racing Slide. The little ones will love coming home to one of our Panama City Beach vacation rentals after a tiring day of rides.

More great must-sees for your Panama City Beach family vacation include the Fun Land Arcade and Snack Bar, Coconut Creek Family Fun Park (complete with an 18-hole mini golf course and massive human maze), and Emerald Coast Bingo. The older kids of your lot will be drawn to the Sling Shot at Indy Speedway, where thrill-seekers are propelled into the sky at 100 miles per hour! Also, make sure to check out the Emerald Falls Family Fun Recreation Center, which has go karts, mini golf, bumper cards, an arcade, and the exciting Max Flight Simulator.

Panama City Beach Attractions for Grown-ups

While there are lots of family-friendly Panama City Beach attractions, the city is also the preferred vacation spot for grown-ups. From the scenic golf courses, like Bay Point Resort and Hombre Golf Club, to the sultry nightlife, Panama City Beach is for college-aged Spring Breakers and honeymooning couples, too.

With Panama City Beach houses, you’ll feel like a local. So, do as locals do. At sunset, the city celebrates with a toast and the fire of a cannon! In the evening, live music can be heard almost everywhere and the clubs are filled with revelers. Join the fun at the famous Club La Vela, or an open-air bar!

Don't forget to save some cash for an elegant meal (or two) and some souvenir shopping! Panama City Beach is filled with great restaurants and shops. Even if you know Panama City Beach up and down and you've got your whole itinerary plotted out, you're not ready if you haven't booked a Panama City Beach vacation rental, so start inquiring today!

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