If you’re looking for a getaway, but are lacking in cash, Panama City Beach has many free and inexpensive activities, restaurants and accommodations. Knowing where to find the best Panama City Beach vacation deals will save you big bucks.
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There's plenty of cheap things to see and do Panama City Beach, see for yourself:
Swimming, Sand and Sun
- Saint Andrews State Park, 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City — At only $8 per car, this is a very cheap way to kill time for a day. Water sports, like snorkeling, swimming, diving, canoeing, and kayaking, are the main theme. As well, the park's jetty and two fishing piers means you can catch your own dinner.
- Camp Helen State Park at Inlet Beach, Laguna Beach — Over 180 acres for hiking, beach combing, swimming, and salt and freshwater fishing. You can even explore prehistoric mounds, or relax on one of the sunny beaches.
- Pirates Island Adventure Golf, 9518 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach—Find out who the best mini golfer is in your group; kid admission is just $8.
- Man in the Sea Museum, 17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach — Learn about the history of diving. General Admission is only $5, quite the inexpensive education. Exhibits include Navy Sealabs, underwater living spaces, submarines, and pods.
Shopping and Outdoor Activities
- Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Rd, Panama City Beach — This might be Panama City’s best shopping. Every Thursday during the summer, the Pier Park Amphitheater hosts free concerts, so you can enjoy some live music under the twinkling night sky, no matter what your budget is (or isn't).
Some of the best Panama City Beach vacation deals are not things to do, but rather, things to eat.
- The Egg and I, 1114 Thomas Drive, Panama City — Hefty breakfast and brunch platters will satisfy the hungriest of bellies.
- Andy’s Flour Power Cafe-Bakery, 3123 Thomas Drive, Panama City — Delicious baked goods for breakfast or brunch.
Lunch and Dinner
- Sunnyside Grill, 21828 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach — Classic American cuisine, with very little wallet lightening.
- Shane’s Rib Shack, 10100 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach — Florida doesn't just have great seafood - it has great (and affordable) barbecue, too!
- Roy's Chili Dogs, 499 Beckrich Rd, Panama City Beach — Get your classic hot dog or get creative with the many, unique options for toppings!
- Red Rose Jems Pizzeria, 8501 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach — Sometimes the only thing that will quiet your tummy is a great slice of pizza.
You can also save some money by eating in some nights. Buy some fresh foods from the local market, go fishing for your dinner, and create a home-cooked meal. Traveling as a family? Get the kids involved and make it a bonding experience.
When you’re looking for cheap lodging, consider a PCB vacation rental. Rentals are private residences that range from beach condos to seaside cottages. Many vacation rentals are cheaper than hotel rates by room, especially when it comes to beachfront properties. Amenities vary by rental, so you're sure to find one with everything you need, from pools to laundry facilities to outdoor play areas.
Panama City Beach vacation deals may not be the hardest to come by, but you can stretch your dollar even further with these tips:
- Choose a vacation rental that has a washer and dryer so you can save money by not having to pay to wash your clothes.
- Bottled water is expensive; rather than buying new one each day, use refillable bottles.
- Next to spring break, summer is the busiest season when families flock to the beach for vacations. The off-season runs from September to November, and you'll find price breaks for lodging and more by visiting Panama City Beach during this time.