Beautiful weather and sugar-white beaches are what bring people to Panama City. Surrounded by St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the sea is a real part of life in this town, but if you stay on land long enough you'll find that the city has lots to offer besides the beach.
Bahama /Gulf /Panama City Beaches
Days Inn Beach is a great place to start your tour of the city's beaches. Stop by Sunsations warehouse first to pick up beach supplies. Ripley's Believe It or Not! offers a break from the surf with their freaky-cool exhibits and rides.
Gulf Resort/ Lullwater Beaches
A history of scuba diving dating back to the 16th century is housed in Museum of Man In The Sea . Fine dining and award winning wine can be had at Boar's Head Restaurant & Tavern , while Palmetto Inn & Suites and Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort offer casual fun and relaxation for the whole family. Every October the Indian Summer Festival rocks out at Frank Brown Park with musical stars.
Edgewater Gulf Beach
A hopping nightlife has brought Panama City its own Coyote Ugly , just like the NYC original, and a number of resorts such as Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort and Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort accommodate all traveling styles.
Downtown Panama City is the backdrop to some of the city's best festivities, including the Lighting of the Christmas Tree & Parade, when the whole town gathers around City Hall to see the lights come on and the parade start off. Downtown is decorated every November and December for the Home for the Holidays festival, which includes holiday shopping and horse-drawn carriage rides. The arts are also represented at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida , which houses international and local art, and the Paul Brent Gallery where Paul Brent's beach-inspired home and garden items are displayed.
West Panama City Beach
ZooWorld and Gulf World Marine Park are great places to see exotic marine and animal life. Then head to Sharky's Beach Club to party under a giant tiki hut.
Gulf Lagoon Beach
Watch summer come to life at Hammerhead Fred's where both the seafood and the margaritas are fresh and delicious. Then check out the home of the first MTV spring break, Spinnaker Beach Club . Families can also enjoy this part of town at the water park Shipwreck Island .
Grand Lagoon Area
This part of town has more than its fair share of natural beauty and opportunities for fun excursions. Blue Dolphin Tours lets you swim with wild bottle-nosed dolphins on small tours of Florida waters. Captain Anderson's Marina has boat rentals for deep-sea fishing plus great shops and seafood markets. St. Andrew's State Park is a beautiful stretch of white sand and gulf waters with two piers for fishing and great snorkeling spots.
Outside the City
Florida's treasures don't all come from the water; on land there is an abundance of natural beauty preserved in the state's parks. Just over an hour outside of the city Florida's highest waterfall can be found in Falling Waters State Park . Experience more of Florida's unique flora and fauna at Torreya State Park , Wakulla Springs State Park , and T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park , all within two hours of Panama City. Beautiful St. George Island is well worth a trip, as is Florida Caverns State Park where visitors can tour underground caves full of awe-inspiring stalactites.
Panama City Beach offer its visitors beautiful beaches and incredible views, but it also boasts some fantastic dining establishments. From seafood to hoagies, the variety of food is enough to satisfy the entire family.
Harpoon Harry's is a bar dedicated to its young clientele. With its reasonably priced food, affordable drinks, and party atmosphere, this is a sanctuary for all those in search of a fun night out. Spinnaker Beach Club offers the freshest local seafood, great burgers, vegetarian wraps, and delicious barbecue. Since then, the Club has added a VIP lounge, a waterfall, and an award-winning restaurant, Spinnaker's Paradise Grill . The restaurant offers the freshest local seafood, great burgers, vegetarian wraps, and delicious barbecue.
But, if you're in search of the best BBQ ribs in the nation voted by the National BBQ Association, make your way over to the award-winning Pineapple Willy's . Built atop the original "Pier 99," the restaurant not only offers amazing ribs, but is also known for its famous and delicious rum "Pineapple Willy."
If you're in the mood for something a little less messy and a bit more upscale, Saltwater Grill is the place for you.This fine-dining restaurant offers the mature traveler a place to indulge you in a variety of choices from steak to seafood. Sit at the bar and enjoy one of the largest saltwater aquariums in the area.
If you prefer watching sports with your meal, go to the Beef O'Brady's, founded by self-proclaimed misplaced sports fan. Flat-screen LCD TVs host some of the most anticipated sport matches. While you savor your meal you can watch your favorite sport event live on your own exclusive tableside TV. Not a sports fan? No problem. The Calypso Beach Cafe serves food inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans and the Caribbean. The Shrimp Creole is not to be missed.
Montego Bay also serves food from abroad, specifically Creole cuisine. Classic dishes such as gumbo and etouffee are reinvented here and fresh oysters are served at the raw bar. If you have more of a Mediterranean palate, Terrace Restaurant will hit the spot with its upscale food at affordable prices. The Restaurant specializes in Greek cuisine, with tasty dishes that include Spanakopeta, Tiropeta, and Hummus. Wash it all down with a glass of specialty Greek wine or tapas. The newest addition to Panama City Beach is Pier Park where you will find a multitude of restaurants including Margaritaville, the Back Porch and many more.