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Florida's bayside beauty abounds in Panama City

Secure the sophistication of an urban vacation combined with the relaxation of beachcombing by booking a visit to Panama City. Don't confuse this lovely Florida destination with its sandy cousin across the causeway. Though Panama City Beach is just a quick drive west, it may take you a while to get there—the primary Panhandle town has a fair share of distractions.

Surrounded by three of Florida's most scenic bays, the city is a Gulf Coast jewel. The balmy climate whets appetites for fresh seafood and upscale shopping, and a variety of Panama City hotels cater to both families and corporate guests. Beyond its beachy reputation, the area has a prevalent cultural arts scene and high-end conference facilities, so it's a suitable choice for both pleasure and business.


Things to see and do

Visual Arts Center

This historic 1920s building served as Panama City's original city hall, and it still charms visitors today with monthly art exhibitions that feature national collections and local talents. More artistic travelers might be up for one of the VAC's art workshops, which are available to non-members for a fee. The Visual Arts Center also caters to kids with a hands-on gallery designed just for them.

Marina Civic Center

Join in the standing ovations that celebrate a continuing program of nationally-acclaimed music, theater and dance at this venue by the bay. The performances on offer are really varied, from rock to classic ballet, to musicals recently launched on Broadway. Check ahead if you're hoping to see a big act or to find any free shows, which the Center serves up occasionally.

Oaks by the Bay

Wander through this lush park on the city's southern edge at dusk to watch the setting sun light up the sky over Saint Andrew Bay. Wooden bridges and boardwalks traverse the vast urban garden, making it easy to observe and appreciate Florida's native wildlife.


Special events

Blessing of the Fleet

This springtime observance brings every kind of vessel to the city's marina for an annual blessing, and the panoramic sight of shrimp boats, yachts and sailboats is unforgettable. The day-long festival is also big with locals; it's fun to see how Panama City's citizens celebrate their city's maritime heritage.

Barbecue Cook-off

Panama City closes out August with the delicious Barbecue Cook-off weekend, dedicated to the finest samplings of Southern cuisine in all its smoked and grilled glory. Be sure to leave room for dessert because the contest includes a heavenly red velvet cake competition.

Oktoberfest

Cold beer, hot brats and pumping polkas highlight this annual celebration of Bavarian food and German music. If you love street festivals, strap on your walking shoes and mingle with likeminded folk at this two-day outdoor extravaganza.


Where to stay

Downtown

Downtown Panama City hotels offer a variety of accommodations, whether your visit includes antique shopping or convention hopping. You'll find budget-friendly rates for families and upscale locations that cater to corporate clients, and they're all within walking distance of great restaurants and local attractions.

East side

This area gives you quick access to both Tyndall Air Force Base and the quieter side of Panama City, where it's said you can find the best fishing. Locals love the solitude on East Bay, and you'll enjoy affordable hotels nearby that offer dedicated anglers local tips and tackle tricks.

West side

Your gateway to waterside fun on Panama Beach is located on the city's west side, just before the arch of Hathaway Bridge. The long stretch before the causeway has a great selection of some of the leading names in hospitality.


Best time to visit

If you love suntanned crowds and don't mind a little spring break fever, you'll want to visit the city during March. Beach madness makes its way into town, but things start to settle down by the first of April. Looking for a little bay fishing or plotting a deep-sea excursion? Charter your trip through the end of summer to reel in red snapper, grouper and trophy blue marlin.

You won't have to pay for privacy in the Florida Panhandle, because the beach crowds head back home by the end of the summer. This is your opportunity to have it all to yourself at off-season rates. You'll enjoy deep discounts, and some Panama City hotels even offer free-night combination packages. Check your calendar and set an autumn or winter date to visit one of the more relaxing beach cities on the Gulf of Mexico.

Recently Rated Panama City Beach Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Holiday Inn Resort PANAMA CITY BEACH
4.3 / 5
141 reviews
3 stars $100
Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
3.3 / 5
176 reviews
2 stars $71
Sugar Sands Inn & Suites Panama City Beach
3.2 / 5
42 reviews
2 stars $93
Legacy By The Sea Resorts
3.6 / 5
38 reviews
4 stars $89
Celadon Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
3.7 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $131
Hampton Inn Panama City Beach
4.2 / 5
21 reviews
3 stars $80
Boardwalk Beach Resort Convention Center and Hotel
2.4 / 5
85 reviews
2 stars $105
La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach
3.9 / 5
22 reviews
3 stars $80
Sterling Resorts- Laketown Wharf
4.1 / 5
37 reviews
3 stars $149
La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach Pier Park
4.0 / 5
21 reviews
3 stars $89

Panama City Beach hotels

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Featured Panama City Beach Hotels

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1 Paradise Palms

2 stars
3.3 / 5 121 reviews

12907 Front Beach Road Map

Panama City hotel with lagoon pool offers simple comfortThe private beach access and grotto-like pool complex at the Paradise Palms delight all guests. A huge patio with beach chairs, umbrellas and... More

Good relaxing location
I haved stayed at the inns several times , i loved it. Its good location & affordable price.
Sep 16, 2014
From $71

2 Days Inn Panama City Beach/Ocean Front

2 stars
3.3 / 5 176 reviews

12818 Front Beach Road Map

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Panama City hotel offers comfort and convenienceAll guest rooms have private balconies that face the beach and the emerald Gulf waters at the Days Inn Panama City/Ocean Front. Guests can stroll... More

Age is really showing.
Refrigerator wasn't working when we checked in. After I had a chance to troubleshoot the problem, I determined the electrical outlet was bad. It was fixed the next day. The walls had a lot of...
Sep 14, 2014
From $71

3 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Panama City Beach, FL

3 stars
4.0 / 5 51 reviews

10241 Clarence Street Map

Save 15% on your stay

Destin mega-resort offering beach, bay and fairwaysWhether setting out for a day of sightseeing, swimming or meetings, guests start the day off right with the hearty, hot complimentary breakfast at... More

Kind staff and free breakfast
The kind staff and the free breakfast made this a just better than average stay. For the price, the hotel suited our needs. We had booked a king bed and when we arrived the hotel only had...
Aug 18, 2014
From $79

4 Wyndham Bay Point Resort

3 stars
3.6 / 5 67 reviews

4114 Jan Cooley Drive Map

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Relaxing sanctuary with two golf courses on St. Andrew’s BayNestled within a 1,100-acre wildlife preserve overlooking St. Andrew's Bay, the Wyndham Bay Point Resort, Panama City has the feel of a... More

wedding
We traveled to panama city beach from tampa florida 6 hr drive had electrical problems, asked house keeping to clean the room several times never did any of that... the room smelled like something...
Aug 4, 2014
From $89

5 La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach Pier Park

3 stars
4.0 / 5 21 reviews

17710 West Panama City Beach Pkwy Map

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach - Pier Park was recently named a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! The brand new, 100% non smoking La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama... More

Great place to stay when traveling with pets
We traveled with three dogs and there was no additional charge. The staff was friendly and the hotel was clean. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast each morning. Our favorite part was the dog...
Aug 26, 2014
From $74

6 Sunbird Beach Resort by Resort Collection

3 stars
3.2 / 5 11 reviews

9850 South Thomas Drive Map

At Summit Beach Resort, everything you need for the best vacation possible is right outside your door. Restaurants, shopping centers, golf courses, charter boats, tennis courts, pools, local... More

Wouldn't go back
To start off...they have a closed gate with a keypad to get on the premises & they did not include that information prior to arriving so that was frustrating after being in the car for hours. The...
Sep 14, 2014
From $80

7 La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach

3 stars
3.9 / 5 22 reviews

7115 Coastal Palms Blvd Map

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! Certified "Green Hotel" by the Florida Green Lodging Program. NEW!... More

Pretty Good
There was a badass staff and good breakfast in the morning. Clean rooms with a nice bathroom. Mini fridge was helpful. And the best part was they were pet friendly so I didn't have to sleep in my...
Sep 1, 2014
From $89

8 Legacy By The Sea Resorts

4 stars
3.6 / 5 38 reviews

15325 Front Beach Rd Map

Legacy by the Sea is one of the most popular hotels in Panama City Beach. Ideally located across the street from Gulf World Marine Park and walking distance to the Pier Park shopping, dining and... More

Nice Amenities - Poor Quality Room
This hotel is located on a beautiful beach and has a nice pool and hot tub. However, the cleaning crew seems to be in over their head. Perhaps they have cut their staff too low. In the room, the...
Sep 15, 2014
From $100

9 Holiday Inn Resort PANAMA CITY BEACH

3 stars
4.3 / 5 141 reviews

11127 Front Beach Road Map

Panama City hotel offers family fun on the beachThe Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach features tropical foliage encircling the enormous pool, where guests can spend the day reclined in lounge... More

Great Family Getaway
The staff went above and beyond to make sure our stay was a good one. The waitresses and restaurant staff were friendly and personable. My daughter accidently pushed an emergency help button when...
Sep 11, 2014
From $96

10 Majestic Beach Resort by Resort Collection

3 stars
3.3 / 5 33 reviews

10901 Front Beach Road Map

Stay 2 Nights or More, Save 20%

Majestic Beach Resort is aptly named. With over 650 feet of white-sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, it is truly a majestic place. You will discover the ultimate in happiness in these gulf-front... More

Awesome condo
We always stay at Majestic when we go to Florida. Right on the beach, oceanfront views for all the rooms, awesome balconies, and clean. One thing that was really really annoying this time were the...
Jul 16, 2014
From $58

11 Beachbreak by the Sea Resorts

3 stars
2.9 / 5 78 reviews

15405 Front Beach Road Map

While the Beachbreak by the Sea may be small- it stands only four stories in a sea of high-rises- the resort is big on warmth and charm. One of By the Sea Resorts three gulf-front Panama City Beach... More

Nice location
When I arrived the young lady at the front desk was very courteous. I was informed my room would be on the 4th floor with a gulf view, this was great. The room was clean and beds comfortable....
Oct 3, 2013
From $79

12 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Panama City Beach FL

3 stars
3.0 / 5 17 reviews

7909 Panama City Beach Parkway Map

Save 30% on your stay

Stay by the sparkling sea in comfort at this Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Panama City Beach FL hotel, convenient to beaches and the Naval Support Activity Center, Florida State College and Gulf Coast... More

Vacation
Everything was pretty much great at this stay! Rooms were clean but there was random hair everywhere. The staff was friendly, but beware of the younger kids working here. They are lazy and don't...
Aug 2, 2014
From $80

13 Hampton Inn Panama City Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 21 reviews

2909 Thomas Drive Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

behold the world's most beautiful beaches...welcome to the Hampton Inn Panama City Beach.With all the picturesque beachside destinations on Florida's Emerald Coast, it takes a lot to win the... More

Great location
The locación was the best part . Walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants and less than 10 minutes from St. Andrews park . Staff was helpful, decent breakfast and comfy beds .
Sep 2, 2014
From $89

14 Comfort Suites Panama City Beach

2 stars
3.6 / 5 25 reviews

225 Richard Jackson Blvd Map

Walk to world famous beaches 1100 yards, only 1/2 mile to the ocean. Panama City Beach, restaurants, cinemas and sporting events. For the corporate traveler, enjoy fiber optic high speed Internet.... More

Business
I was just there one night...I will stay there again!
Jun 13, 2014
From $131

15 Celadon Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

3 stars
3.7 / 5 15 reviews

17757 Front Beach Rd. Map

45% Off

Large wraparound balconies crown the three bedroom condos at Celadon Beach Resort, and every vacation rental here boasts a private Gulf-front balcony off the living room. Select condos even allow... More

average stay
I didn't have any problems checking in as some of the reviewers said. Our room was ready, there were plenty of baggage carts available, elevator wait wasn't bad at all. We had a 2bdrmn, very...
Sep 5, 2014
From $93

16 Sugar Sands Inn & Suites Panama City Beach

2 stars
3.2 / 5 42 reviews

20723 Front Beach Rd. Map

Stay and Save 50%

At the award-winning Sugar Sands Inn and Suites you will discover a unique place to spend a leisurely holiday in Panama City Beach. Located right on the white sands of one of the World's Most... More

Beach beach beach.
Decent room, but amazing location. On the beach. Pool. Hot tub. Great value for under 100 bucks
Sep 8, 2014
From $102

17 Holiday Inn Club Vacations PANAMA CITY BEACH RESORT

3 stars
4.6 / 5 36 reviews

17001 Front Beach Road Map

Family-friendly Panama City condominiums on the beachA winding boardwalk connects the quiet courtyard and relaxing pool area at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations PANAMA CITY BEACH RESORT with the... More

Wonderful beach and hotel***********************
Overall we were very impressed by the apt and all its equipment, conveniences and cleanliness. The staff was most acomodating. We have nothing negative to report.
Nov 26, 2013
From $104

18 Tidewater Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

3 stars
4.2 / 5 13 reviews

16819 Front Beach Rd. Map

45% Off

Two large Gulf front lagoon pools rest on either side of Tidewater Beach Resort, overlooking 636 feet of pristine private beachfront. A 4,300 sq. ft. beachfront fitness center offers a second... More

A February Getaway
I love PCB and have been there many times AND stayed at Tidewater, which I love. Close to the airport, grocery store, drug store, etc. and yet far away from the main bustle. Did not book the recent...
Feb 10, 2014
From $89

19 Sleep Inn & Suites

2 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews

9201 Front Beach Road Map

The Sleep Inn and Suites hotel is located in the center of Panama City's entertainment and restaurant district near Zoo World and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Explore the more than twenty-seven... More

Attended a wedding
Loved our stay.. will stay here again. It was so close to everything we needed. Thank you.
May 31, 2014
From $105

20 Boardwalk Beach Resort Convention Center and Hotel

2 stars
2.4 / 5 85 reviews

9600 South Thomas Drive Map

Kid-friendly, beachfront resort near Panama CityWith a private beach the size of 11 football fields, there is plenty of space to take in the sun, sand and Gulf at the Boardwalk Beach Resort... More

Boardwalk is worth the money
Nice hotel for the money, beach access!! they took out the carpet from the last time we were there and put in linoleum. Made it alot nicer especially when coming in from the ocean!
Sep 2, 2014