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Panama City Beach, FL
Travel Guide

Florida Panhandle

Panama City Beach is known for its soft white sand and sparkling waters, and thriving surf culture and stunning beaches. 

Panama City Beach, along Florida’s Emerald Coast, has 27 miles (43.5 kilometers) of beautiful green water, crystal-quartz beaches, abundant sea life and many family-oriented attractions.

Walk along one of America’s most picturesque beaches or hang out in a local café. While it has undergone a period of rapid development in recent years, and high rises now dot the skyline, Panama City Beach still retains a laid-back atmosphere.

Surfers and sunbathers alike will find top spots to do their thing. If you’re not content to simply hit the surf, there are plenty of places to organize extreme sports excursions or rent a boat. Go parasailing, ride a Jet Ski or board a sailing boat.

Kids will love the many fun and water parks in town. Play golf and navigate the maze at Coconut Creek Family Fun Park or zoom down a slide at Shipwreck Island Water Park. To see some wildlife, take a trip to the ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory. If you’re in the town center and want a place to relax or kick a ball, check out Frank Brown Park. There are baseball and soccer fields, plenty of spaces for picnics, and the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center.

To explore less-developed parts of the shoreline, head to St. Andrews State Park. There are trails through the dunes, plenty of near-deserted beaches, the Grand Lagoon, and even camping grounds. For something a little more relaxed, hop on a tour boat to see some of the area’s famous sites. Spot dolphins as you head over to Shell Island. Small and deserted, it’s a place to collect shells, swim and fish. You can even renr a pontoon for the day.

Panama City Beach attracts thousands of vacationers every year. With a beach to match any other in the country, activities for leisure and thrill seekers alike, and an addictive beach-bum vibe, there’s no reason to wonder why.

Where to stay in Panama City Beach

Boardwalk Beach Hotel
Boardwalk Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
9600 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is $116 per night from May 10 to May 10
Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Thomas Drive, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and WonderWorks. Shipwreck Island ...
2.9/5 (1,646 reviews)
"It was bike week. Parking lot was packed. But we always found one."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Boardwalk Beach Hotel
Beachcomber By The Sea
Beachcomber By The Sea
2.5 out of 5
17101 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is $179 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Russell-Fields Pier and Pier Park. Frank Brown ...
3.8/5Good! (1,159 reviews)
"Nice view"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Beachcomber By The Sea
Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
2 out of 5
21905 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is $169 per night from May 10 to May 10
Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Powell Lake and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Carillon Beach. Camp Helen State Park is 2.2 mi ...
3.9/5Good! (968 reviews)
"The hotel was clean. More remote than being in the city."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort by Resort Collection
Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort by Resort Collection
4 out of 5
11211 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
Situated in Panama City Beach, this beach condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Edgewater Gulf Beach and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Ripley's Believe It or Not ...
3.6/5Good! (2,086 reviews)
"Gorgeous views"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort by Resort Collection
Shores of Panama Beach Resort
Shores of Panama Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
9900 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is $179 per night from May 10 to May 10
Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Thomas Drive, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and WonderWorks. Shipwreck ...
3/5 (593 reviews)
"The room was spacious the large sliding door/patio windows allowed for beautiful views. The carpet needs replaced in the condo we had and there were other minor items that could/should be updated or replaced as well. Overall the resort itself was clean though with beautiful views and great location ..."

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

Shores of Panama Beach Resort
Origin At Seahaven
Origin At Seahaven
3.5 out of 5
15100 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is $125 per night from May 16 to May 16
This family-friendly Panama City Beach aparthotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hidden Lagoon Golf and Racetrack and Gulf World Marine ...
3.5/5Good! (2,259 reviews)
"Enforcement of wristbands was overboard! If you put it on you could not slide the ring back to get it off. Parking inforcement to struck. Had a large truck across to spots so it would not stick out it to driveway with my motorcycle parked with it in the same two spots and was warned to move or be ..."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Origin At Seahaven
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Panama City Beach

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

I come to P.C atleast twice a year and i usually stay at lakewarf but this is a nice area more quite

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

The beach is very good. The water is clean and clear. In the early morning at around 7am you can watch the dolphins go after fish near the shore. Overall very beautiful beach and would recommend.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

good beach overall but definitely has a shady element - it aint kansas!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I love PCB, have been going there my whole life.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Exelente playa

4/5 - Good

DawnH

Jun 2, 2020

They are doing road work on Thomas Drive but it didn't really affect us where our condo was

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