Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach
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This 27-mile long beach offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy such as swimming, snorkeling, dolphin-spotting parasailing and jet skiing.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Michele P
    Buckhead, Georgia34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful weekend in PCB despite the storms and rip current warnings.
    The beach is beautiful, this weekend however, there was inclement weather and rip tide warnings, so was not able to actually get in the water. We loved the condo we rented and proximity and access to the beach, the view, and humidity was not as high as usual, so that was good. PCB is growing by leaps and bounds, however, still lacks a variety fine dining choices.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • james b
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PCB 2023
    We ended up staying at the Tidewater. The whole stay was great. Of course they're doing construction on front beach road as always but it wasn't a problem. A lot of security at the Tidewater and plenty of workers there to help and answer questions. The water was crystal clear and the weather was perfect.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Patricia S
    United States135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    It was a holiday weekend, and the beaches were very crowded. However, the beach near our rental was not as crowded and very nice. The beach was beautiful and the water was fine! Our children enjoyed it very much. Shelling is not as good as at other beaches I have been to, and there were no boardwalks in our area making it not accessible for the mobility challenged. Nonetheless, it is beautiful and a delighful experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Jaylasmom
    Conway, Arkansas576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful beach! Sadly the weather and rip currents were bad this time so we weren’t able to enjoy the beach like we wanted to and wasn’t as beautiful as usual. Hopefully next time will be better.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Christina W
    Mint Hill, North Carolina78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Double red flags
    Unfortunately we traveled to PCB under poor weather conditions. So no swimming and the beach patrol was strict about staying out of the water, or $500 fine. The sand is soft and almost white, so not hot on feet.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Reina Reviews
    Orlando, Florida7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    “Is it worth driving 5 and half hours to get here”…?
    Let's start with the beautiful beach, where the sand is so white that it blindfolds your fashion sense. If you manage to find your way to the water without tripping over a seagull, behold the amazing Oceanview from your hotel room. You can witness waves crashing against a horizon full of possibilities, like the high chance of a sunburn. Now, let's dive into the most delicious food this place has to offer. The local cuisine is a fusion of flavors that will make your tongue think it’s dancing at EDC. From fried everything, like Nathan’s, to the seafood at Runaway Island, tasting like Poseidon's kisses, you'll be questioning your life choices while reaching for another bite. Panama City is the perfect mix of fun and relaxation, like trying to balance on a hammock during a hurricane. And the best part? It's conveniently close to all the entertainment, so you can walk five steps and be stuck in traffic. It packs entertainment into every nook and cranny, making sure you never have a dull moment. Whether you're searching for a parking spot or navigating through crowds, every turn is an adventure that tests your sanity. Is it worth driving 5 and a half hours to get here? Absolutely! So hop in your car, buckle up, and get ready to experience Panama City, FL – the place that turns vacations into unforgettable memories, and leaving you wondering if you could secretly build a sandcastle to extend your stay. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • SNSEKRS
    Delaware, Canada59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great area with lots of options and fun to be had for everyone.
    We have always vacationed in Florida as a family, mainly on the Atlantic side but we have always loved the calm beautiful waters on the Gulf side so decided to head to PCB. The beaches in the area were beautiful with a shallow entry into the water in most areas but unfortunately, we had double red flags so really could not fully enjoy. Can't say enough about all the water patrols that came by every 30 mins or so keeping everyone safe. The beaches were very clean and everyone definitely did their part by throwing away any garbage. I am an early riser and garbage and any maintenance on the beaches were done every morning. We stayed further to the East of PCB and not the heart of the strip which is to the West but still lots of great stuff to do. The area has fun for all with lots of options from water parks to go-carts to museums to roller skating and arcades. The options for dining were extensive as well from fine dining to chain restaurants. We focused more on locally owned restaurants such as Schooners, Patches Pub and the Bayou on the beach to get our fix for great fresh seafood and awesome atmosphere. We mainly stayed near the beaches but next time we will explore more of PCB and they have some military bases that hopefully offer a tour. PCB is well developed with all the necessities such as Wal Marts and the like in plazas slightly further away from the beaches so there is shopping too. We traveled with kids who are in their early 20s and they had no complaints. I think we followed most families' plans when they visit the area, we rented a condo that was beachfront and all worked out really well. Weekends of course are busier with lots of people driving in from closer States as well. I look forward to returning and exploring further.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Vincent F
    Marion, Illinois6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous!
    Other than the beach being too crowded (at least in front of the big condo's), it was perfect. Crystal clear water, great weather and it was so fun to play in it and collect shells. We come back every couple years or so.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Bri B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this beach
    Did notice some trash floating near the shoreline, also many days double red. This beach is known for deadly rips, but they have a great system to warn beach goers. Many people were seen in the water during double red flags. The water was gorgeous.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Panama City Beach is a very nice, white sand beach with clear, warm water. The seas are fairly calm so it's easy to enjoy the water. The area itself is pretty congested with hotels/restaurants/bars. We were there mid week in late September so it wasn't too bad. I would think that crowds would be an issue at busier times.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
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audikos
Hermitage180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous water, sugar soft sand and lots of nice people make PCB a very special place indeed. On our first visit here we were lucky enough to see a manta ray jump out of the water. Our second visit, we were eating at Harpoon Harry's, and people were gathering on the beach. A fever of stingrays was right near shore. It was an awesome experience!
Written March 26, 2024
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jenniferhelton070
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is the ultimate beach vacation experience!! The water was emerald green and the beaches were white sand and clean. The weather was perfect- even the cloudy days. My family loved it and we will be returning. Don't miss our on this spot!! Beautiful!!
Written March 18, 2024
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Jill R
Neillsville, WI122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The beach was amazing! So clean! The water was great! We were in a high rise and could see so much! A shark swam by! Pretty big too! Manatees down the beach, stingrays! Amazing. Our friend went parasailing from our area! Could walk to bars and restaurants! The strip was on the other side of our resort. We didn’t have to drive at all! But we did!
Written March 12, 2024
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Daydream76842
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The beaches here are absolutely beautiful. The sand is soft and fluffy and just gorgeous. It does make it hard to walk, though. The water is clear and clean. We will definitely come back to the area
Written March 6, 2024
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biloZ1
666 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
The beach is vast and wide but has one main drawback, the sands are very white. With the brightness of Florida sun, the beach there is blinding even with sunglasses since one needs to take them off to swim. Unlike the beaches on the East Coast of Florida, the panhandle beach in Panama City is nice to see from the street while walking or driving by
Written February 29, 2024
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Navigate26726939552
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We loved the balcony overlooking the ocean and beach. Our Room was spacious, probably because it was handicap accessible. While well maintained, parts of this hotel are showing their age. The bathroom had an older plastic tub rather than walk-in shower. One of the mattresses (we had two queen beds) seemed to lean along the side near the nightstand, presumably because hundreds of people have sat on the edge of the bed there. The mattress was still pretty comfortable, but I had to roll up hill to get to the center. The first floor of the hotel is beautiful and the pool/patio area is very nice. Breakfast was terrific and Cheryl (staff) was friendly and efficient. There's a bar, which was a nice touch, but it closed very early so no nightcap after a long day. Parking in the garage is convenient, but costs $20 per night.
Written February 28, 2024
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Chris D
New Jersey579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Went here to visit friends that recently moved to the area. The Beach is very well kept and clean. Plenty of room to spread out with many bars and restaurants with beach access.
Written February 28, 2024
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Laura P
Orlando, FL2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Not dog friendly. People are not welcome to service animals. No hotels allow dogs without asking your disability. Why do u need a dog? Stupid place. Stupid people. So sad I couldn’t enjoy the emerald coast because my service dog isn’t welcome in many places that say and advertise dog friendly… I was asked my reason for a service animal over and over.
Written February 25, 2024
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Cindy F
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Don’t get me wrong. The beach is beautiful and the city overall is great. Lots of skunk weed smokers. We decided to store our camper at a facility on Thomas Drive. They sold our camper without telling us. Took us months to get it back. Do NOT recommend the campground at that location.
Written February 24, 2024
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Unknown U
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Too many cigar and smokers. Too many dog owners walking dogs and not pickin up poop properly. If you can’t stand smoke this is not your place. Too many smokers. It was a struggle in January I can’t imagine in high season. Nobody gives a damm! The only beach where smoking is not allowed is the dogs beach so lots of dogs and more poop and crowded. Water is clear and amazing views but lung cancer or issues with smoking this is not your place. No fresh air on the beach nor around. Also lots of bikers on the streets.
Written February 3, 2024
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