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Christmas week

Jamestown, New York
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Christmas week

I will be going to Panama Beach staying in a condo with my 74 year old Mother and 54 year old brother arriving on Christmas day for 5 nights. We are staying at the Tidewater Beach Resort. Just wondering what things there might be to do? Coming from the Buffalo NY area so hoping it will be warmer than there. Lol. Thanks for any suggestions.

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1. Re: Christmas week

I will be warmer, rest assured! But you picked a location that is more impacted by winter weather than say central and south Florida beaches. It’s impossible to know what the temps will be. It can be warm with highs in the 70’s or it could be highs struggling to get out of the 50’s. If it’s not windy it will be a good time to take long strolls on the beach or just park oneself on the beach soaking up sun. The water will be too cold for swimming though. There should be some dolphin tours running and will be best enjoyed on a calm,clear, sunny day. You will be able to see dolphins from the beach too. The period between Christmas and New Years will be quiet. There are stil things to enjoy like shopping and dining. I suggest a drive west down 30A. Stop in Seaside and walk around Grayton Beach with a cocktail at the Red Bar. The outlet in Destin is very popular too. When I visit the beach during this time of year I use it as a time to unwind- it’s perfect for it! There is a listing of things to do on this site. Check it out and see what appeals to you. The beaches in the Panhandle don’t close down during the winter.

Jamestown, New York
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2. Re: Christmas week

Thanks Pffootlocke. Last Christmas we went to Orlando and it was just too busy for what we were looking for. So this year we thought we would try to find somewhere a little bit more quiet and not too far of a drive. Looking forward to getting a chance just to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Thank you again for your information.

Atlanta, Georgia
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3. Re: Christmas week

Strolls on the beach are always great. A walk on one of the piers is nice too. You can do shopping and restaurants at Pier Park. Or call ahead and see if any of the beachside bar/restaurants will be open. Our favorites are Runaway Island and Pineapple Willy's.

The sunsets over the gulf are beautiful and I highly recommend taking them in. It will set early that time of year, so afterward you can head to Firefly for their happy hour menu which ends at 6 pm I think. The menu items are $15, which is much cheaper than the regular menu and very worth it. The she-crab soup is wonderful.

If you like seafood, get some peel and eat shrimp and some crab legs from Buddy's seafood market.

Bring things you like to do -- books, puzzles, etc. My mom brings her adult coloring books, and her beads to make jewelry.

St. Andrews State Park has a couple of trails that are nice. The conservation park also has many miles of trails.

Jamestown, New York
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4. Re: Christmas week

Rob, thanks for some great ideas.

Apollo, Pennsylvania
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5. Re: Christmas week

Thank you so much for the info! I was just about to ask the same question for the sane week. We will be visiting from the Pittsburgh,Pa area.

Jamestown, New York
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I am coming from the Jametown NY area near Erie PA.

Illinois
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7. Re: Christmas week

We will be arriving on Dec 29 and staying through the next week. I enjoying these answers as well. Thank you!

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