No matter what time of the year you decide to come over to Florida, basking on the beaches is a guarantee. The sun seems to smile on Florida and that is true for Panama City as well. With its location being a bit more Northern than its familiar neighbor cities Miami and Orlando, getting away to the mainland for laid back day trips is a breeze. Whether it is Pensacola, Tallahassee, or even Mobile in Alabama, with a rental car at your disposal, a classic road trip is begging.
Coming to Panama City, chances are that the beach is of utmost priority to you. Good thing you have plenty of choose on where to lay down your beach towel or head for a good panoramic beach stroll. For one, you have the resort city Panama City Beach just across St. Andrews Bay in the Florida Panhandle. It is a perfect destination if you enjoy amusement parks. A little further out but great for a day trip of beach hopping, why not visit Santa Rosa Beach?
Being by the ocean, you might want to be close to marine animals as well? In particular, families that seek to both entertain and educate their children have plenty of opportunities. For one, there is the Gulf World Marine Park with its Dolphin Discovery that has been supporting the study and conservation of the ocean’s mammals for more than 20 years. To delight in silly and baffling exhibitions, stop by Ripley's Believe It or Not and let your mind be blown.
For a nature getaway into one of its parks, hit up Under the Oaks Park, which lies south of Panama City. To the west, you can find St. Andrews State Park, which spans 1,200 acres and can easily be reached via US 98. In case you are an avid camper or RVer, you can plan your escape here as there are campgrounds and simple group camping areas in the park. Enjoy simple outdoor pastimes, such as fishing, or go on a boat tour to Shell Island in spring and summer. Speaking of fishing, Panama City holds fishing competitions and an annual Lobster Festival.
Should seafood and fish make our mouth water, you will be delighted by the many seaside restaurants catering to exactly that. A popular hotspot is Fin's Japanese Sushi & Grill on West 23rd Street, especially if you crave sushi. For more Southern cuisine and barbecues, hit up Smitty's Barbecue and Salad Bar on North Highway 231.
Make your getaway to Florida’s Panama City an easy one by securing your rental car in advance. Pick it up with ease after arrival at Northwest Florida Beaches Intl. Airport and start cruising. Maybe even with the top down? We guarantee affordable prices and have a fleet of cars suited for all kinds of travelers and travel styles.