Panama City Florida is a holiday location boasting 27 miles of perfect sandy beaches and a whole host of attractions and exciting things to do. It makes for the perfect family vacation spot. Activities range from thrilling water sports off the coast to marine parks and giant mazes for children both big and small. Panama City is a beautiful slice of paradise for those who want to experience Florida at their own pace.
Shell Island Beach
A short drive away from Panama City is Shell Island. A favourite with locals and tourists in the know, the island is completely undeveloped and contains not only a brilliant beach, but an island lake teeming with wildlife, from deer to green sea turtles. The beach is seven miles long and is the perfect location for a beach side stroll and some holiday snaps. If you don’t fancy the walk, you can simply recline on the pine hammocks on the beach front and lose yourself in a book.
Gulf World Marine Park
This family friendly park explores the rich wildlife of Florida and beyond, both on and off land. The daily shows include dancing dolphins, feeding sea lions and getting up close and personal with colourful tropical birds. There is also a stingray petting pool for the little ones, and swim with dolphins experiences are available.
What To Do
Visit Mexico Beach
Mexico Beach is an isolated beach free from hotels and resorts which is well worth a day out. The white sands of the beach are the perfect place to lie and tan, with the occasional swim in the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is a 30 mile drive away from Panama City and makes for a great escape from the city. Across the road from the beach is a selection of restaurants (serving fish caught in the Gulf) if you start to feel peckish.
Find Your New Favourite Water Sport!
There is far more to do in the waters by Panama City than swimming! Water sports are huge in the city, and range from recreational diving to jet skiing and boating. If you want to try something different, paddleboarding (brilliant for beginners) and kiteboarding have become increasingly popular in the area, with instructors available to get you started.
Where To Stay
Panama City has a huge range of hotels, motels, apartments and hostels. Those who are looking for the basics will do well with Luna’s Castle hostel, an attractive resorted Spanish mansion that provides everything you need for a very small price (and a very laid back atmosphere). Those wanting to step out of their room and onto the beach can go to the range of hotels on the seafront. The Beachbreak by the Sea, Beachcomber and Beachside resort all provide rooms with balconies looking over the gulf, discounts for local attractions and a spot right by the sand.
For a high end experience on a budget, The Flamingo motel gives you the no-frills motel experience and price, but with a luxurious beachfront spot. Rooms in “The Tower” have beach views.