With an average of 320 days of sunshine annually and an average year-round temperature of 74 degrees, Panama City Beach mixes true Southern hospitality with world-class amenities and attractions for an unparalleled travel experience. Located in the Northwest region of Florida and spanning 27 miles of beachfront along the Gulf of Mexico, the destination offers a truly affordable REAL. FUN. BEACH. vacation.
The destination also offers a wide array of recreational activities including boating, fishing, snorkeling, diving, parasailing and other water sports. Landlubbers will enjoy the five championship golf courses – including the only Nicklausdesign course in Northwest Florida and shopping in Pier Park.
Here are 10 must-do activities while visiting Panama City Beach
1. Sink your toes into the powder soft, sugar-white sand beach. Then, see your toes through the crystal clear waters when wading into the Gulf of Mexico.
2. Take a morning dolphin exploration cruise on a 30-foot catamaran to Shell Island and spend the afternoon snorkeling, swimming and collecting souvenir shells.
3. Stroll the Blue Heron Trail at St. Andrews State Park to bird watch for snowy egrets, great egrets, blue herons and little blue herons while spotting whitetailed deer, cottontail rabbits, gopher tortoise and the occasional alligator.
4. Meet Roux, a rescued baby bottlenose dolphin at Gulf World Marine Park, and then visit 400 fluttering butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, a colorful, flowerfilled habitat.
5. Bike through the winding paths of Panama City Beach’s Conservation Park and enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking thousands of acres of protected wetlands.
6. Take in a country, jazz or rock concert at the new Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, located in the heart of Panama City Beach and scheduled to open early 2013.
7. Shop the boutiques at Pier Park and reward the kids with ice cream and rides at the adjacent Miracle Strip at Pier Park amusement area. The Sea Dragon is the latest addition to the growing list of entertainment options.
8. Make a splash at Shipwreck Island water park on its Pirate’s Race attraction or 65-foot Tree Top Drop and then relax and take in the sunshine on the Lazy River. (Opens in May)
9. Cast a line off Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier) or its twin M.B. Miller County Pier for red snapper, Spanish mackerel, grouper or black fin tuna. 10. Dive for treasure in Panama City Beach’s natural, historical and artificial reefs. The 441-foot World War II liberty shop and the 465-foot Empire Mica are favorites.
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Region: East End | Type: Golf
Region: Open Sands | Type: Golf
Getting to Panama City Beach is also a breeze thanks to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, serviced by Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com From Canada, contact Total Vacations reservations at 1-800-769-4147. www.totalvacations.ca