Our Top 10 Destination Recommendations
Here are our favorite things to see and do in Panama City Beach, Florida
Some are well known, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.
1. Try New Food
I don’t know about you, but we seem to eat the same old things over and over. We are settled into our favorite foods at home, but when we travel, we make it a point to try new food, embracing the favors of the region, with seafood being at the top of our list. There are many places that serve fresh seafood. Our favorites are Firefly, Saltwater Grill and Triple J.
Firefly offers a beautiful tree room for romantic dining, along with their guitar lounge and sushi bar. The extensive menu offers something for everyone, however, we’ve found our favorite is to go early and enjoy their early dining discounts and she crab soup.
2. Enjoy Events and Shopping
Every month Panama City Beach hosts regional events. Events include everything from music to sports, car shows, open mic and more. Get out and have some fun!
If attending events is not of interest, be sure to visit Pier Park, where just about every kind of shop is available, not to mention lots of great dining options.
3. Be Adventurous with Water Activities
Everyone needs a little adventure in their life. PCB offers all kinds of water adventures. Water adventures are our favorite, where you can enjoy cooling off and challenge yourself to new and exciting memories. Parasailing, jet skiing, paddle boards are all available along the coast. If you want to venture out, cross the bridge into Panama City and rent a boat, charter a deep sea fishing excursion or dive trip. Of course, while you are in town, you’ll probably enjoy dining at a few of the local places around the marina area.
4. Be a Kid, Try Fun Activities
You can go to the movies and maybe putt-putt golf at home, but how about WonderWorks, Ripley’s, Gulf World, the zoo or water park? Call ahead and visit the web sites of these local attractions for discounts and best times to visit. Every visit, we try something new and are never disappointed. Our guests share their adventures with us as well, so we are always excited to have similar experiences.
5. Enjoy Nearby Golf
There are multiple golf courses nearby. Majestic Beach Resort is managed by Resort Collections, who also manages the golf course down the street to the west. Discounts are available to guests who show their wrist bands. Other nearby courses are also very nice and affordable.
6. Enjoy Dining In
Publix offers fresh seafood, Wal-Mart has great produce, Winn Dixie also has nice selections. There is even a Sam’s Club across the Hathaway bridge if you are cooking for a crew. We love starting our days with coffee and breakfast on the balcony. We enjoy picking up fresh seafood at Buddy Gandy’s, then adding a salad and eating on the balcony at sunset.
7. Book a Boat Cruise
There are multiple options to book a boat cruise. Our favorite is the Sea Screamer dolphin cruise. There is also the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise that many families enjoy. Be adventurous, try these fun activities.
The Sea Screamer Cruise is an exciting way to experience the beauty of Panama City Beach. The spacious and comfortable twin turbo powered 73-foot boat offers a smooth yet thrilling ride, unlike any other. While taking in the beautiful scenery, tour throughout the Shell Island waters and near the State Park area jetties then go for a refreshing 10-mile ride alongside the world’s most beautiful beaches and resorts.
Cold refreshments, beer, wine and snacks are available to purchase.
Clean and spacious restrooms are below deck.
Reservations are highly recommended. Call today!
8. Take in the Animals and Birds
We absolutely love the wildlife. St. Andrews State Park has lots of deer and dolphins. The pelicans are our favorites, as we enjoy watching them from the balcony and along the beach. The devil rays playing in the surf are lots of fun, but very fast. Every now and then, you’ll see dolphins and an occasional manatee.
9. Attend a Show and Learn
Gulf World offers shows, interactive activities and lots of great learning opportunities.
10. Make Memories
Most of all, besides all the fun things in the area, make memories with your family and friends.
You’ll laugh and talk about it for years to come.