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Panama City Beach Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Panama City Beach

Florida's coast is ringed with fantastic beach destinations, but the Florida Panhandle resort of Panama City Beach is easily one of the best of all. This beach paradise has everything beach vacation fans could ever desire.

If all that matters to you is finding your own patch of sand to sunbathe and enjoy the Florida climate, Panama City Beach has 27 miles of beautiful beaches to explore. Golfers can test their skills against superb resort courses like Bay Dunes, while watersports lovers can rent everything from surfboards and sailing craft to scuba equipment.

When Spring Break comes around, no city in northern Florida is as lively as Panama City Beach. There's always nightlife to enjoy, but at other times of the year, the resort is as peaceful as they come. Whether you are a party animal, a couple seeking seclusion or a family in need of a sunshine getaway, few destinations can beat Panama City Beach.

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When to Visit Panama City Beach

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There aren't many bad times to visit Panama City Beach, but there are particular times many visitors may prefer. For example, Spring Break in March is great for younger party fans but won't suit families as much. The middle of summer in July and August is ideal for people who don't mind large crowds, but the best times to go are the start and the end of the season. So, try a vacation in April and May or October for great weather, smaller crowds and plenty of attractions.

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How to Get to Panama City Beach

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Where to Stay in Panama City Beach

The majority of the accommodation options in Panama City Beach are, unsurprisingly, very close to the seafront, and there is a choice of family-oriented or upscale resorts. Families might enjoy Sugar Sands Inn, which provides activities like scuba diving and fishing. The Osprey on the Gulf Hotel is a smaller, family-run place that suits couples, while Edgewater Beach Resort features an on-site spa and luxury accommodation, making it an excellent upscale alternative. Cheaper options are available in nearby Panama City such as the American Quality Lodge, which is close to family attractions like Shipwreck Island Waterpark.

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Shopping Streets

Panama City Beach seafront is packed with stores and boutiques, and it's definitely worth walking the length of the promenade if you love window shopping. There are beach apparel stores like Alvin's Island, souvenir vendors like Heron Fine Gifts and a range of surf stalls at the Beach House Market. For malls and major stores, head to nearby Panama City, where locations like the Panama City Mall feature chains like American Eagle Outfitters and J.C. Penney.

Groceries and Other

If you are staying in self-catering condos or beach bungalows, shopping for groceries isn't a problem, with local supermarkets including Publix and Walmart. Food costs shouldn't be too high. Expect to pay around $1.55 for a pound of apples and $10-12 for a bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, and delivers exactly the kind of high-quality seafood and Cajun cooking you'd expect from one of the region's leading resorts. Dee's Hang Out is the place to go for Cajun BBQ; Saltwater Grill is the best fish restaurant in town, Bishop's Buffet offer all-you-can-eat seafood lunches that blend value and quality, while Capt. Anderson's Restaurant and Market has won awards for its fish and shellfish. Expect to pay $13-15 for a meal at most local eateries.

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