Panama City BeachUnited States of America

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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

Rosemary Beach, Panama City Beach, Florida, United States of America

Rosemary Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(38 area reviews)

Rosemary Beach is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach while you're in town.

Rosemary Beach
Inlet Beach, Panama City Beach, Florida, United States of America

Inlet Beach

Inlet Beach is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Camp Helen State Park and Rosemary Beach.

Inlet Beach
Gorgeous water, sparkling sand, friendly community...PCB is definitely a place on the return visit list!
trover photo by Deena Holman

Gulf Lagoon Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 area reviews)

While Gulf Lagoon Beach isn't home to many top sights, Ripley's Believe It or Not and WonderWorks are some notable places to visit nearby.

Gulf Lagoon Beach
Panama City which includes motorcycle riding

Long Beach

4/5Very Good!(224 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Long Beach, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Ripley's Believe It or Not and WonderWorks.

Long Beach
Views of the sunset
trover photo by Camden Nate Brown

Biltmore Beach

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Biltmore Beach might not have many top sights, but Water Planet and Naval Support Activity Panama City are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Biltmore Beach
Gorgeous water, sparkling sand, friendly community...PCB is definitely a place on the return visit list!
trover photo by Deena Holman

Bel Air

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

Bel Air might not have many top sights, but Ripley's Believe It or Not and WonderWorks are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Bel Air

Top Hotels in Panama City Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
2 out of 5
21905 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$66
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Powell Lake and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Camp Helen State Park. Inlet Beach and Rosemary ...

4/5Very Good! (1,767 reviews)

"The property is older but unique in that we could enter the room from the front or the back. The room was clean. The bed was comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Legacy by the Sea
Legacy by the Sea
3 out of 5
15325 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
$99
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21

Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf World Marine Park and Pier Park. Shipwreck ...

4/5Very Good! (2,214 reviews)

"The overall property is great when it comes to location, convenience and the spacing of the room. I love that you are right on the beach. As with others, the parking is horrible."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Legacy by the Sea
Chateau By The Sea
Chateau By The Sea
2.5 out of 5
12525 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
$39
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach motel is within a 15-minute walk of M.B. Miller County Pier and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Ripley's Believe It ...

3.2/5 (553 reviews)

"The room was oleasant and clean. The view was great."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Chateau By The Sea

Popular things to do in Panama City Beach

Pier Park
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Pier Park

Shop for bargains, have hair-raising fun on thrill rides and enjoy fine dining at this seaside shopping and entertainment hub.

Shipwreck Island Waterpark
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Shipwreck Island Waterpark

With crashing wave pools, towering slides and whitewater rapids, expect to leave this Panama City Beach waterpark completely soaked and smiling.

Carillon Beach
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Carillon Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Carillon Beach, a popular beach in Panama City Beach. Amble around the area's seaside or seek out the golf courses.

St. Andrews State Park
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St. Andrews State Park

Spend some time in a Florida state park that excites with its rugged coastal landscapes, undersea adventures and gorgeous beaches.

Ripley's Believe It or Not
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Ripley's Believe It or Not

Enter a strange and mysterious world of shrunken heads, 19th-century vampire killing kits and other fascinating curios at this fun and quirky museum.

WonderWorks
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WonderWorks

The family will enjoy a trip to WonderWorks, a favorite attraction in Panama City Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Top activities in Panama City Beach

Sunset Sail on the "Privateer" Catamaran
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Sunset Sail on the "Privateer" Catamaran

88% of travellers recommend
$30
Per adult
Dolphin Swim Adventure
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Dolphin Swim Adventure

86% of travellers recommend
$171
Per adult
Dolphin Encounter
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Dolphin Encounter

74% of travellers recommend
$139
Per adult
San Blas Relax Lodging By Rainforest Tours Panama
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San Blas Relax Lodging By Rainforest Tours Panama

$204
Per adult
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

88% of travellers recommend
$20
Per adult
Dolphin Royal Swim
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Dolphin Royal Swim

96% of travellers recommend
$203
Per adult

Reviews of Panama City Beach

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1458
5 - Excellent 49.20688491393857%
4 - Good
1099
4 - Good 37.09078636517044%
3 - Okay
306
3 - Okay 10.327370907863651%
2 - Disappointing
63
2 - Disappointing 2.1262234222072225%
1 - Terrible
37
1 - Terrible 1.2487343908201147%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

We enjoyed the beaches and shopping and sites of Panama City Beach. It was relaxing watching the beautiful sunset and sunrise.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

private with peace and ease

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

We love PCB and we will be back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Enjoyed the comfort of the facility and being there with friends.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

Don’t stay at the Reef.

5/5 - Excellent

Don'tgetoutmuch

Jan 31, 2020

We just wish there were direct flights from Sioux Falls to Panama City Beach as the flights to get there and home with connections takes a whole day. Oh, Well, we loved being there and would love to visit again.It is a beautiful place to visit.