Home is a paradise
Moving to Panama City Beach was mainly about being able to live by the beach for me. That’s an easy answer when people ask. I have learned in my time here that it has much more to offer. Panama City Beach is located in Bay County, Florida along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Panama City Beach might be best known for being one of the biggest destinations for Spring Breakers. It definitely gives a boost to the local economy. Typically 250,000 people crowd Panama City Beach yearly for Spring break, but a law created in recent years that banned drinking on the beach during the month of March has caused the number of college travelers to decline.
That many people coming to a city with a population of just over 13,000 in matter of months helps the area, but even with a few less college students Panama City Beach still sees its fair share of vacationers because it is a great destination for families and offers more than just drinking on the beach. This year Panama City Beach officials voted to end the rental of scooters in the city, which was always a popular yet troublesome way for vacationers to get around. Panama City Beach remains a popular destination mainly because the beach is not going anywhere.
PCB offers 27 miles of beautiful sandy beaches. That’s more than enough for a crowd. People that want to experience being out on the water can rent boats or jet skis. There are also tours that are offered that give you a guided look at the Gulf of Mexico. St. Andrews State Park is a popular outside destination that offers a place for campers. It has a pretty cool access to the beach with rocks that people can walk on to get a better look at the water and offers places to sit for fishing. This is also a popular spot for scuba divers. If you are lucky you might pull in and see a family of deer when you park or leave.
There are also picnic tables for get-togethers. There is also a Conservation Park on the west end that has walking and biking trails with a great look at nature. Pier Park is a place that anyone on vacation must visit because it literally offers something for EVERYONE. Places to eat include Margaritaville, Pompano Joe’s, Longhorn Steakhouse as a few sit down options for a family, a group of friends, or a night out with a date or spouse. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs (which is the best hot dog ever), Red Robin, and Subway are options for people that might be on the move and just want to grab something or just want to spend a little cheaper.
Pier Park is also a shopper’s paradise, with big brands like Nike, American Eagle, Hollister, and Old Navy having their own stores for shopping. Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Marshalls and Dillard’s are other options to find some good deals. Pier Park North, which is located right across Hwy. 98 has Ulta, Shoe Department and Ross as a few options for shopping among others. Eateries include Chili’s, Texas Roadhouse, and there is a Fresh Market to pick up things for your fridge in your hotel, condo, or house rental. Shipwreck island waterpark (not open all year) is a fun option that the kids most likely will not turn down, and bars and clubs give the grown-ups a chance to enjoy some grown up drinks (if you have a driver or live within walking distance of course).
Diego’s, which has two locations on different sides of the beach, is one of my favorite places. They offer the best burrito on Planet Earth (that you build how you want). Schooners and Pineapple Willy’s are two sit down places on the east end of the beach that are well worth a visit. There are so many places to eat that I live here and I have not visited all of them. Visiting Panama City Beach will not leave you disappointed. You will have a variety of choices, and you will be back. Check out visitpanamacitybeach.com to get a look at all options available to you in this beautiful city, and check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Ubo4asGuw on my new Youtube channel that gives a short look at the city on Front Beach Road.