Panama City Beach is an affordable REAL.FUN.BEACH destination that families can enjoy year round. With approximately 320 days of sunshine each year, fun in the sun is sure to be found on the destination’s 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches – whether it be building sky-scraping sand castles or catching a dive-in movie.
Attractions abound, families can create an engaging itinerary that will spark children’s imaginations and fulfill their appetites for adventure. Visitors can swim with the dolphins at Gulf World Marine Park, create a human-sized bubble at WonderWorks’ Bubble Lab or take a spin on a nostalgic ride at Miracle Strip at Pier Park. Other popular activities include Shipwreck Island Water Park and the Butterfly Pavilion at Pier Park – a 2,500 square foot pavilion featuring more than 400 fluttering butterflies.
A Place to Please all Palates
Known as the “Seafood Capital of the South,” Panama City Beach offers an array of dining options to please all palates, from award-winning restaurants to casual beachfront cafés. Chefs fuse bold flavors and fresh seafood to create signature dishes in distinct spaces that make the most of their seaside setting. Visitors can enjoy island cuisine, steakhouses, barbecue, ethnic cuisine, and specialty sushi. Experiences are available for any occasion from elaborate multi-course meals and dinner cruises to buffets, grills, taverns, ice cream parlors and even trendy food trucks.
Favorites include old-fashioned handmade donuts at Thomas Donuts, serving the area since 1971; gourmet sandwiches and Focaccia bread made from scratch at Liza’s Kitchen; succulent Scamp Imperial with fresh Lump Blue Crab Meat at Capt. Anderson’s and Key Lime Pie on a Stick at Boatyard.
A REAL.FUN.BEACH Romance
Options are endless for couples visiting Panama City Beach. Those looking to relax and reconnect can enjoy a couples massage at Serenity Spa at Wyndham Bay Point or enjoy a wine tasting at SeaBreeze Winery. Foodie couples can tour the community’s romantic restaurants such as Firefly or Saltwater Grill, as well as sign up for a cooking class at Liza’s Kitchen. Hosted by Owner/Executive Chef Mike Meek, these interactive classes pair gourmet meals with wine selected by Meek’s wife and certified sommelier, Cat. Active couples can sign up for a round of golf or tennis, or alternatively, fishing charters, kayaking excursions and stand-up paddle boarding for water sports lovers.
Weddings in Panama City Beach: where FUN meets FOREVER
Pairing the picture-perfect scenery of a sugar-white sand aisle and emerald green waters with gracious hospitality and charming resorts, Panama City Beach is quickly becoming a popular wedding destination for couples planning their big day.
Dozens of wedding venues are available for couples to choose from, to reflect their personal style. Options range from Gulf front resorts to the nostalgic Miracle Strip at Pier Park to secluded seaside locations. Local fare is easily incorporated into destination weddings – with menus featuring fresh Gulf seafood and award-winning wedding cakes from bakeries such as Fatty Patty’s Cakes & Café. While in town, couples and their guests will have plenty to see and do, with a host of specials events, attractions and activities available throughout the year.
Sun, Sand and Sustainability
Panama City Beach is an ecotourist’s dream! The Gulf of Mexico is home to some of Florida’s best fishing and diving, and is ideal for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and parasailing.
In October 2011, the community opened the 2,900-acre Panama City Beach Conservation Park, where nature enthusiasts can enjoy eight boardwalks and 24 miles of trails showcasing the area’s breathtaking natural environment and much more.
Another “must-see” is St. Andrews State Park. One of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in Florida, the 1,260-acre area has more than 1.5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico and the Grand Lagoon. Outdoor enthusiasts can find hiking along scenic trails, camping along the shore, unparalleled fishing, kayaking tours, off-road cycling, diving and more.
Come Meet on the Beach
With more than 160,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Panama City Beach is a hotspot for Florida meetings, conferences and industry events. True Southern hospitality mixes with world-class amenities and attractions for an unparalleled meeting experience that combines business with the REAL.FUN.BEACH. Meeting planners have several conference resorts to choose from with the destination offering more than 1,800 rooms. An additional 20,000 rooms are available throughout Panama City Beach to accommodate any size group to fit all budgets.