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An Insider’s Guide to Panama City Beach

Where the fun never sets

Photo: Courtesy of Visit Panama City

For some, a utopian vacation requires only a few simple ingredients: 
sun, sand, and salt water. Add to the mix fresh seafood, oysters on the 
half shell, and frothy drinks from a blender—and you’ve just described 
Panama City Beach. But what of those families seeking to bask at the beach, then do something different? Panama City Beach offers the perfect solution—
because here the beach is only the beginning.
Panama City Beach is internationally renowned for its twenty-seven miles of sugar-white beaches, year-round sunshine, and laid-back lifestyle. But there’s so, so much more.

Home to thousands of acres of state parks and conservation areas, Panama City Beach extends a hand to hikers, bikers, beachcombers, and bird-watchers alike. Freshwater fishermen enjoy easy access to bass, stripers, and panfish. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are readily available to explore the area’s pristine creeks and rivers.

Perhaps your family is a house divided, seeking access to both golf and the beach? Panama City Beach was named by Golf Digest as one of America’s top three golf towns. With five championship courses, 
an average temperature of 74 degrees, and 320 days of sunshine every year, it’s no mystery as to why.

The Gulf of Mexico offers its own menu of adventures. Naturally clear waters make snorkeling and scuba diving a delight, deep-sea charters are always available, and two of the city’s three piers seat anglers an incredible 1,500 feet from the shore.

For some, shopping is the hunting and gathering adventure they seek…and Pier Park alone offers more than a million square feet of retail. But bring your walking shoes, as those million square feet are 
just the beginning.

What would a beach town be without a year-round calendar of family-friendly events, festivals, 
parades, and concerts? The festivities begin on January 1 at 12:01:01 to ring in the New Year, and don’t stop until the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

Yes, some destinations offer beach; some offer golf; some offer adventure—but Panama City Beach offers 
a unique combination of all three. It is, indeed, a year-round adventure.

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