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Your guide to Panama City Beach
Welcome to Florida’s Panhandle paradise, where the sand is bone white and and the fish-filled gulf is a translucent shade of emerald. Though “PCB” has also become legendary for its Spring Break vacationers, sunbathers and watersports enthusiasts of all ages flock here for the 27 miles of shoreline, and divers are rewarded with shipwrecks, coral formations, and artificial reefs galore.
The bustling streets are lined with tourist shops, miniature amusement parks, and seafood restaurants, but the city’s landscape is largely dominated by high-rise resorts and condos, along with five undulating golf courses. And while the area was hit hard by Hurricane Michael in 2018, a recovery is under way and the natural attractions remain awe-inspiring while vacationers continue booking trips here.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Panama City Beach
Prepare to get toasty. This region receives an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, with temperatures usually ranging from 47 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit. The months of May through October offer particularly warm days, with the breeze off the Gulf of Mexico helping to cool things down a bit. In the winter the warm Gulf water helps keep the coast from getting too chilly (the water temperature ranges from the low 60s in the winter to the high 80s in summertime).
It’s hard to go wrong at Panama City Beach weatherwise, as long as you’ve packed a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a pair of flip-flops (which will definitely help you feel like a Floridian). Don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Top things to do in Panama City Beach
St. Andrews State Park
Escape PCB’s high-rises on this natural stretch of seafront with 1,200 acres of pristine coastal habitat, nature trails, and calm seas. Adventures in kayaks and canoes are popular, as are diving and snorkeling trips. You can also spot Florida’s famously toothy reptile in Gator Lake. Reel in some big fish off the piers, then eat them for lunch.
This barrier island is only accessible from the mainland by boat, but this seven-mile stretch of undeveloped seashore — which is also part of St. Andrews State Park — is an absolute dream for sunbathing, snorkeling, and kayaking. You’ll definitely spy some colorful fish and conch shells on the beach here, and if you’re lucky, a dolphin or a sea turtle.
Panama City Beach has been nicknamed the “Wreck Diving Capital of the South” and indeed, sunken tugboats and warships are common in these waters. Divers’ favorites include the 185-foot Black Bart (an oilfield supply ship), the 441-foot World War II Liberty Ship, and the “Twin Tugs” — a pair of tugboats that have become conjoined over time. Pick up the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail Passport from a local dive shop and earn a stamp for each wreck you explore.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Panama City Beach?
Panama City Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with warm temperatures throughout the year. Summers, from June to September, are hot and humid with temperatures averaging around 90°F (32°C), while winters, from December to February, are mild with highs around 63°F (17°C). The area is known for its frequent rainfall, particularly during the summer.
What are some of the best things to do in Panama City Beach?
Visitors to Panama City Beach enjoy exploring its beautiful beaches, swimming in the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and sunbathing. The city is also known for its abundant wildlife and marine life, so eco-tours, dolphin watching and snorkeling are also popular. For thrill-seekers, amusement parks and water sports are frequently suggested.
What is the best time of year to visit Panama City Beach?
The most popular time to visit Panama City Beach is in the summer, from June to August. This is when the weather is warmest and the city hosts various events such as the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally and the Gulf Coast Jam, a large country music festival.
What are the best places to stay in Panama City Beach?
Popular areas to stay in Panama City Beach include the beachfront areas, where many hotels and vacation rentals have direct access to the beach. The Pier Park area, known for its shopping, dining and entertainment, and the quieter Laguna Beach area, are also popular choices.
What are the best places to visit in Panama City Beach?
Panama City Beach is home to numerous attractions such as the Dolphin and Snorkel Tours, Pier Park, and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Nature lovers might like to visit St. Andrew's State Park, while history enthusiasts could explore the Museum of Man in the Sea.
What are some hiking trails in Panama City Beach?
There are several hiking trails in and around Panama City Beach. The Pine Log State Forest has over 10 miles (16 km) of trails, while Camp Helen State Park features trails alongside Powell Lake and the Gulf of Mexico. Conservation Park has 24 miles (38.6 km) of trails through wetlands and forests, suitable for both hiking and cycling.
What are some family activities to do in Panama City Beach?
Panama City Beach offers families a wide range of activities. Enjoy the sun-soaked sands at St. Andrews State Park, meet marine life at Gulf World Marine Park, or explore the interactive exhibits at WonderWorks. For nature lovers, a trip to Conservation Park provides a chance to see Florida's native wildlife up close.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Panama City Beach?
Popular day trips from Panama City Beach include a visit to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve, which is the largest wolf preserve in the Southeastern United States, or a trip to the charming historic town of Apalachicola. For beach lovers, a trip to Shell Island, an undeveloped barrier island, is a great idea.
Are there vacation rentals near Panama City Beach's top attractions?
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