Panama City Beach is well known for its sugar white sand and emerald green waters as one of the best beaches in America. This has led to many awards and accolades over the years including a Top 5 “Best Beach” by Southern Living Magazine and a Top 10 Beach by the Travel Channel. And word has gotten around too. Today, the 27 miles of pristine sand and water are the destination for romantic getaways, fishing and diving enthusiasts, meeting planners and of course, families seeking fun-filled vacations. It’s no wonder it’s referred to as “the world’s most beautiful beaches”.
While those have come for the beauty of the beach, they have often discovered more. From attractions and restaurants to parks and events, Panama City Beach offers something for everyone. The Gulf hosts marine life that can be viewed both up close and personal, or even from a scenic cruise. The shores offer a vast playground for those with dreams of volleyball or constructing the most intricate sand castle. Inland, freshly prepared local seafood and great shopping awaits. And when the sun sets on yet another perfect day, the strip lights up with nightlife from the famed Super Clubs, theaters, concerts and attractions.
Panama City Beach offers a wonderland of both natural and artificial reefs hosting small, colorful fish to large, magnificent manta rays. The warm waters of the Gulf provide for almost year round enjoyment for divers and fishermen from all over the world to come and discover. Both dive and fish charters can be found as close as the east end of Thomas Drive.
What's the fastest way to see the Gulf? Hit the surf running on an exhilarating waverunner. But you’ll want to take your time while out there too. Dolphin encounters are not rare and something everyone should experience. Their friendly smile exhibits the hospitality you’ll experience during your stay here. Want a “bird’s eye view” of Panama City Beach? Then touch the sky with a breath taking parasail ride. This is something the whole family can enjoy. Whether in the air, or from the boat. And don’t worry, if you decide you don’t want to get wet, most boats are equipped with “decks” that allow for both take-offs and safe landings. You can find rentals up and down the beach, and conveniently behind Watercrest.
Of course these are just some of the ways to get wet! There’s also banana boats, surfing, Shell Island tours, water cycles and sailboats to name a few. But no matter which adventure you choose, each will supply memories that will last a lifetime.