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Panama CityUnited States of America

Visit a popular northwest Florida coastal city, known for its pretty marinas, striking beaches, historic neighborhoods and downtown attractions.

Panama City offers sunshine, sea and surf with many activities occurring on, near or under the water. Here you can swim, dive, look for dolphins and tour a historic waterfront district.

Go to Capt. Anderson’s Marina to book a deep sea fishing charter or a dolphin sightseeing tour. Take a boat trip to nearby Shell Island. Surf, snorkel and dive off the coast or sunbathe on the beaches.

In Panama City, visit St. Andrew’s Bay to stroll around the marina and browse small boutiques. Sample some of the fresh fish at a waterfront restaurant. Alternatively, try the “Hook and Cook” experience; go out on a fishing boat and one of the restaurants will cook your catch.

Explore the historic downtown area, an interesting collection of antique stores, art galleries, coffeehouses and bookstores. View the work of local, national and international artists at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida.

Take a self-guided history tour of the area. See the Gideon marker commemorating a landmark court judgment that established the public defender system in the United States. Stroll past late 19th-century historic homes. Note the mixture of architectural styles at the John Christo (Senior) Home. Stop by the Saltworks marker noting Panama City’s vital salt production during the Civil War. Round off your visit by sitting in the shade of a tree in McKenzie Park.

From February through October, enjoy food, fun and entertainment at Friday Fest, a large street festival on the first Friday of each month. Restaurants and shops stay open until late, market stalls line the streets and free live music fills the air.

Reach the area by flying into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Get around by rental car, taxi or public transportation. The Bay Town Trolley Bus System operates several routes, but has no service on Sundays.

Panama City’s pleasant subtropical climate makes it a year-round vacation destination. Visitors often explore neighboring Panama City Beach to enjoy its many family attractions.

Where to stay in Panama City

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

Rosemary Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(40 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, West Panama City 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
Panama City which includes motorcycle riding

Long Beach

4/5Very Good!(261 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
Gorgeous water, sparkling sand, friendly community...PCB is definitely a place on the return visit list!

Gulf Lagoon Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

While visiting Gulf Lagoon Beach, you might make a stop by sights like Thomas Drive and Emerald Falls Family Recreation Center.

Gulf Lagoon Beach
Views of the sunset

Biltmore Beach

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Biltmore Beach might not have many top sights, but Water Planet and Thomas Drive are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Biltmore Beach
A beautiful end to the day😊

St Andrews Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in St Andrews Bay, Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Resort and Delwood Beach are top sights worth seeing.

St Andrews Bay

Top Hotels in Panama City

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
The price is $159 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Powell Lake and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Camp Helen State Park. Inlet Beach and Rosemary ...

4/5Very Good! (1,848 reviews)

"Loved that is was so close to the beach. Had wonderful staff but had trouble with the toilet and tub multiple times."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
3.5 out of 5
11127 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is $229 per night

Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront hotel is in a shopping district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Ripley's Believe It or Not, ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,781 reviews)

"Family oriented .. kids enjoyed all of the amenities."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
Seahaven Beach Hotel
Seahaven Beach Hotel
2 out of 5
15285 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $160 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf World Marine Park and Pier Park. Shipwreck Island Waterpark and Frank Brown ...

2.6/5 (2,132 reviews)

"Was my families first time staying at Sea Haven. The staff was very friendly and accomidating. The Room was clean and we had a magnificient view of the Gulf waters. We will be coming back to stay another week in Sept. Looking forward to seeing you then."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Seahaven Beach Hotel

Popular places to visit in Panama City

Pier Park
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Pier Park

4.5/5(1,034 reviews)

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

4/5(117 reviews)

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

Thomas Drive
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Thomas Drive

4/5(50 reviews)

You can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Thomas Drive during your trip to Panama City Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Carillon Beach
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Carillon Beach

4/5(243 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Carillon Beach, a popular beach in Sunnyside. Discover the sunsets while you're in the area.

St. Andrews State Park
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St. Andrews State Park

4.5/5(312 reviews)

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

4/5(265 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Panama City

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

90% of travellers recommend
$30
Per adult
Cold Spring Eco-Adventure
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Cold Spring Eco-Adventure

92% of travellers recommend
$100
Per adult
Adventure Tour on the "Privateer" Catamaran
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Adventure Tour on the "Privateer" Catamaran

94% of travellers recommend
$74
Per adult
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Tickets
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium Tickets

88% of travellers recommend
$20
Per adult
Sunset Sail on the "Footloose" Catamaran
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Sunset Sail on the "Footloose" Catamaran

92% of travellers recommend
$30
Per adult
Footloose Catamaran Snorkeling & Dolphin Sightseeing Sail
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Footloose Catamaran Snorkeling & Dolphin Sightseeing Sail

94% of travellers recommend
$50
Per adult

Reviews of Panama City

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
52
5 - Excellent 30.4093567251462%
4 - Good
72
4 - Good 42.10526315789474%
3 - Okay
34
3 - Okay 19.883040935672515%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 2.9239766081871346%
1 - Terrible
8
1 - Terrible 4.678362573099415%

3/5 - Okay

Heriberto

May 30, 2020

I lived there in 2001. Lots of new blds. But a lot of runned down properties. But the ocean is always beautifull.

2/5 - Disappointing

Brent

May 26, 2020

30 minute drive to the beach

4/5 - Good

Bridget

Mar 10, 2020

Even though much of the area had been destroyed/damaged by hurricane michael, much progress has been made in the past 1.5years and there were many many wonderful places to visit and things to do!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

Unfortunately, Hurricane Michael cleanup efforts has lots more to return Panama City to the levels of the past. Money should be put forth to areas that have been abandoned. The landscape, cemeteries and infrastructure which are 'eyesores' for all.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

A lot needs to be done to the city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

The city is still in recovery mode from hurricane Michael, so make sure you temper your expectations before arrival. Some business aren’t open, some are at reduced services, and many doing their best to serve while repairs are ongoing!

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