Shores of Panama Resort Condos & Beach Club9900 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach 3.5 out of 5.0
Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront condominium resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It or Not and WonderWorks. ...
Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel9600 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach 2.5 out of 5.0
Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Signal Hill Country Club, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and WonderWorks. Signal ...
Days Inn Panama City Beach12818 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach 2.0 out of 5.0
Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from M.B. Miller County Pier, and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from ...
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach11127 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 3.0 out of 5.0
Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront hotel is in a shopping district and within a 5-minute walk of Golf Course at Edgewater and Rockit Lanes. M.B. Miller ...
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 therethe 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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