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8 Things To Do In Panama City Beach

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.

pathway to the beach

The beach is calling. Panama City Beach. The same sugar-white sand and turquoise water are waiting for you to come back and make some new memories. Here is a list of 8 ways you can make new memories at your home away from home in paradise. Now is a good time for all of us to start planning our return to Panama City Beach. PCB is still a great place to escape and to soak up some Vitamin Sea. Accommodations on the beach are open and ready and so are the attractions and restaurants.

1. Watch the Sun Rise (or Set) Over the Gulf

sunset over pier

With 27 miles of sugar-white sand along the Gulf, Panama City Beach has plenty of beautiful, sandy locations to enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets all year long. Take a picture and some selfies for moments that will last a lifetime.

2. Build Sandcastles

children playing in the sand

Panama City Beach is the perfect location for playing in the sand. Go ahead and pull out your buckets and start making your own sandcastle masterpiece. There’s also no better place to play a game of flag football, frisbee, and beach volleyball than on the sugar-soft sand.

3. Search For Shells

seashells on Shell Island

Take a shuttle to Shell Island to search for seashells. Shell Island is a natural, undeveloped 700-acre barrier island that is a part of St. Andrews State Park. Shell Island is home to one of the world’s highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins, so be sure to look for them on the shuttle ride to and from the island.

4. Swim with Dolphins

Dolphins swimming near Panama City

Speaking of dolphins, book a dolphin-watching cruise with one of the area’s eco-tour operators and you might get the opportunity to swim in the Gulf alongside the beautiful creatures.

5. Go Biking

Riding a bike in Panama City Beach is a great way to explore the area. You can rent a bike and ride on the Gulf front path and stop at Pier Park Mall for some ice cream or opt for a ride at the Panama City Beach Conservation Park and take in some wildlife and bird watching. You don’t even have to go to a bike shop – bikes can be delivered to you!

6. Shop

Pier Park sign

Pier Park is the ideal spot to engage in some retail therapy. There are 124 stores with items ranging from clothing and shoes to home goods. Because it’s easy to work up a hearty appetite looking for the perfect beach souvenir, there are plenty of restaurants. Even the pickiest eaters can find something delicious at Pier Park.

7. Dine at Award-Winning Restaurants

special seafood dish topped with rosemary

Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than what you will eat in the Seafood Capital of the South. In addition to seafood, Panama City Beach is known for barbeque, Cajun cuisine, and traditional American food. You can start your day with shrimp and grits for breakfast as the sun rises over the Gulf, mac n’ cheese with brisket for lunch while watching dolphins, and finish the day with seafood gumbo and fried strawberries as the waves lap along the shoreline.

8. Attend PCB’s Premiere Event – UNwineD

Try craft beer, spirits, and wine from around the world along with delicious culinary creations from renowned chefs throughout Northwest Florida. This special event takes place (March 22 and 23) in partnership with Southern Living magazine at Aaron Bessant Park just steps away from the beach. This year the event will include a charitable aspect for first responders and all those that helped at the emergency operations center as well as benefiting/working with World Trade Kitchen. Other events that have taken place include:

  • PCB Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
  • PCB Mardi Gras & Music Festival
  • Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car Show
  • Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show
  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival
  • SandJam
  • Thunder Beach Spring Rally
  • Jeep Beach Jam
  • Real. Fun. Fourth.

For more ideas on how you can make it yours, visit Panama City Beach and plan your fun today. There you will find ideas for ecotourism, romantic trips, family beach fun, and adrenaline-filled activities – all sure to provide you with a lifetime of great memories. You know you want to visit the Real. FUN. Beach. What are you waiting for?

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