Panama City Beach, Florida Travel Guide

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What to Do in Panama City Beach, Florida

Discover what makes the city so appealing, from St. Andrews State Park to Shipwreck Island Waterpark to crowd-pleasing nightclubs, with our list of Panama City Attractions.

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What to See in Panama City Beach

What is there to see in Panama City Beach? Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico from the deck of your Panama City Beach vacation rental. Dive into the ocean and discover sea turtles, manta rays, reefs, and even shipwrecks. Or take a cruise out on the water and follow the dolphins. Panama City Beach condos are your affordable gateway to one of the loveliest coasts in the whole world.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach vacation rentals make it easy to dine in the comfort of your own home, and that’s a great way to save money and spend some intimate time with your family. However, if you don't hit the town a few nights, you're missing out on a very exciting side of the city. Treat yourself to the freshest seafood around at top restaurants like the Saltwater Grill, Captain Anderson’s Restaurant, and the Treasure Ship.

For shopping, the outdoor Pier Park mall has exactly what you’re looking for – standard retailers like Dillard’s blend in with eclectic shops like the Aqua Gallery. For the latest swimwear and gear, head to the Magic Mountain on Front Beach Road (one of the Alvin’s Island department stores) and you’ll get a lot more than you bargained for, specifically a glimpse into a shark feeding.

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When to Visit Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach TravelIf you’re a college coed, you’re probably booking one of our Panama City Beach vacation condos for Spring Break (March). That means if you’re a family looking for some laidback fun on the beach, it’s best to visit in the summertime, when rowdy Spring Breakers are long out of town. But remember, with Panama City Beach vacation homes, you and your family are always welcome. With such private and roomy accommodations, you can seclude yourself from as much or as little activity and people as you want.

Because Panama City Beach has temperate weather year-round, it’s a good idea to visit the city in fall or winter, when the crowds are gone, but the beaches still beckon.

If you consider yourself a “foodie,” check into your Panama City Beach vacation rental during the Indian Summer Seafood Festival, an annual October extravaganza that celebrates great local seafood, as well as art and music. There’s also the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in April, the Super Power Boats National Tournament in October, the Grand Lagoon National Fishing Tournament in August, and a host of festivals and events for Christmas and New Year’s.

If you can’t wait to take a dive, come to Panama City Beach April through September for the very best diving conditions. If you’re okay sitting on the shoreline and casting a line into the ocean, keep in mind that anglers fare best in the fall and spring.

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What to Bring to a Panama City Beach Rental

Panama City Beach Bring SunscreenBecause Panama City Beach rentals attract sun worshipers and bar hoppers alike, it’s good to bring along a variety of attire so you can be ready for whatever. With a Panama City Beach vacation rental, all your beach needs will be at your fingertips, like beach towels and chairs. However, make sure to check with the vacation rental owner about what is and isn’t included in the bill, and come prepared. If you’re traveling with kids and/or pets, book a family-friendly or pet-friendly Panama City beach condo rental.

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Panama City Beach Services

Tourists are not unknown in Panama City Beach. In addition to all the extras you’ll find in your Panama City Beach rental, like wifi or cable TV, you’ll have lots of local companies at your service. Whether you want to rent a bicycle or a boat, you’ll have no problem making your Panama City Beach vacation as effortless as it is enjoyable. Be on the look out for great dive shops, watercraft rental companies, and luxurious possibilities like boat and limousine tours.

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What to Know about Panama City Beach

Many families are scared away by the raucous Spring Break reputation of Panama City Beach, but with Panama City Beach vacation rental homes, it’s cheap, easy, and safe to explore the breathtaking city with even the tiniest tot.

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Getting to Panama City Beach

If you're traveling by plane, you can fly into the Panama City-Bay County International Airport and then drive to your destination in a rental car, shuttle, or taxi. Other airports are sometimes more affordable to fly into, so if you don't mind spending a good chunk of time in the car after your plane flight, it's worth considering. It's not uncommon for folks living in the Southwest to take a road trip to Panama City Beach.

Once you're here, the Bay Town Trolley, while infrequent, can help you get around the beach. Rental cars and taxis are not your only alternative to the trolley, though. Bicycles and your feet are often sufficient enough for sightseeing.

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Why Panama City Beach Vacation Homes?

When it comes to vacation homes and condo rentals, Panama City Beach is overflowing with great deals! Everyone wants the perfect vacation, but everyone has a budget, too. With Panama City Beach vacation rental homes, you can have the best of both worlds: luxury and value. Imagine all the extra money you’ll save if you share a Panama City Beach house rental with a group! And not only will your family save a bundle with Panama City Beach vacation rentals, but everyone will have enough room to scatter about and relax in their own corners.

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