Panama City Beach, FL

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Panama City Beach featuring a sandy beach, general coastal views and a coastal town

With white sand beaches, quiet pine forests, mini-golf, shopping and a giant sky wheel, this Florida community is an appealing spot for any visitor.

Panama City Beach is both a small city and the beach surrounding it. Besides the exceptional opportunities for activities on the sand and water, the community has plenty of amusement parks, green spaces, shopping and dining to fill a long vacation. Bring the family to enjoy one of the best locations on the Florida Panhandle.

The beach stretches for 27 miles (43 kilometers). Pick a spot almost anywhere to spread out a blanket for sunbathing. Look for shells at low tide, build sandcastles, play Frisbee or splash in the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fish or watch a sunset from the Russell-Fields City Pier or M.B. Miller County Pier, each stretching 1,500 feet (460 meters) over the ocean.

Enjoy more outdoor activities at area parks. Camp Helen State Park in the northwest near Laguna Beach is a great spot to watch for wildlife. Kayak or paddleboard on Lake Powell, a coastal dune lake with interesting fishing opportunities. Ride bikes past pine trees and wetlands on miles of trails in Conservation Park and use the sports fields and aquatic center of Frank Brown Park. Explore the waters of St. Andrews Bay at St. Andrews State Park in the southeast.

Find shopping, dining and family fun all along the coast. Pier Park is a large venue with over 100 stores, a range of restaurants and the SkyWheel entertainment zone.

Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, WonderWorks, Coconut Creek Family Fun Park and ZooWorld to complement days at the beach. Other mini-golf, go-kart and amusement park attractions are popular with kids.

The community is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the larger town of Panama City. Fly into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and drive about 20 miles to get to the attractions of Panama City Beach.

Where to stay in Panama City Beach

Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
2 out of 5
21905 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
The price is $109 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this beach hotel in Panama City Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (997 reviews)
"Loved everything"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach-Beachfront
Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach-Beachfront
2.5 out of 5
15505 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $237 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this beach hotel in Panama City Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Parking was a plus. View was nice"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Panama City Beach-Beachfront
Bikini Beach Resort
Bikini Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
11001 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32407
The price is $159 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this beach hotel in Panama City Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (959 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Bikini Beach Resort
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.
Pineapple Villas on Laguna Beach
Pineapple Villas on Laguna Beach
3.5 out of 5
19979 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
The price is $143 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Panama City Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (255 reviews)
"I really enjoyed have my.own villa. Very quiet. I love that the villa was on a beach. The beach was wonderful and so private. The staff couldn't do enough to make my stay enjoyable. I will be staying there again! Thank you for everything!"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Pineapple Villas on Laguna Beach
Boardwalk Beach Resort by Royal American Beach Getaways
Boardwalk Beach Resort by Royal American Beach Getaways
3.5 out of 5
9450 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Panama City Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (596 reviews)
"Very clean and safe"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Boardwalk Beach Resort by Royal American Beach Getaways
Marriott's Legends Edge at Bay Point
Marriott's Legends Edge at Bay Point
3 out of 5
4000 Marriott Dr, Box 27819, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
The price is $249 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly vacation home in Panama City Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (235 reviews)
"I loved everything, it was beautiful ,clean, customer sercvce was excellent, everythng we needed was there. Will stay there again."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Marriott's Legends Edge at Bay Point
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

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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

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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

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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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