Hotel-The hotel is right on the beach and there were no crowds and we went in the middle of the summer. I was always able to get a parking spot at the hotel and never had to park across the street. That really would have been no big deal though because it really is just directly across the street. The free breakfast is pretty tiny and I was sick of it by the end of the week. All it had were bagels, muffins, and apples. The free shuffleboard was fun and the desk staff was friendly. They even taped up my wound for me when I cut myself with a paring knife. There is an awesome gift shop across the street where everything in there is only 1 dollar (necklaces, shells, shot glasses, shirts, etc.). We went there almost every day. The maids did clean our room everyday but my only complaint with them is that they never restocked anything the whole week. I constantly had to go to the desk for kleenexes, toilet paper, dish soap, towels etc. or I just took them from the maid cart myself. Our balcony was small but beautiful view. There was a room with 2 computers with internet so you can check emails, etc. but no printers hooked to them.
Pool-The pool was decent sized but got a little crowded at times. There is only one grill by the pool that takes charcoal so if that is your plan, you need to claim it. The hot tub was plenty hot the first three days we were there but there was only one jet that actually worked. The last three days, the hot tub would not heat up and was the same temperature as the pool.
Beach-It was awesome. There really were no crowds. Beach chairs cost money. The sand was white and felt like powdered sugar. The water was a little mossy but I come from Illinois lakes so that doesn't bother me. The first half of the trip, we had lots of sun and calm water but the last half was overcast and we had some big waves to body surf on. It was kind of nice to have the best of both worlds. It never really rained on us. We found some decent shells but nothing even close to what you see in Mexico.
Room-The room was fairly spacious and I was pleased for the amount of money I spent. The beds were not very comfortable and my wife and I always felt like we were rolling towards the middle. The sofa looked really uncomfortable but the kids didn't really complain so it must not have been too bad. Made great use of the kitchen area. It had a full fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, and coffee pot. We only ate out one meal on the whole trip. Other than that, we used the kitchen. There is a Winn Dixie just across the street and a few doors down. You can see it from the hotel. DO NOT waste your time driving clear down to the Super Wal-Mart for groceries. It takes forever to get there and it is a madhouse. We did that first but then went to Winn Dixie for extras and it seemed just as cheap as Wal-Mart. If you do go to Wal-Mart or anything down that way, get off of Front Beach Road and drive back to Panama City Beach Parkway. Then head that way. Do that for there and back. It will save you tons of time. Anyways, we brought our crock pot and used that for almost every supper because it was something we could get going early in the day and just leave it go until we were ready for supper.
Shopping-Alvin's Island down by Shipwreck Island water park was HUGE and had many cool items and live alligators in the store. Also, you can not miss those everything is 99 cent stores. Those rock!
Extras-The only extra thing we did was the pirate cruise on the Sea Dragon. It was $100 for 2 adults, 1 teen, and 2 children. We had fun. There was a sea battle with another boat, dolphin watching, face painting, dancing, cannon firing, and limbo. They even got to haul up a sunkin' treasure chest from the harbor and pick out some booty. The snack bar was very reasonable. We paid $27 for 5 drinks at the marina restaurant waiting for the cruise but drinks on the cruise were only a dollar, with 3 dollar beers and margaritas.
This was my first time to the area and I really liked it. It was really way more run down than I thought it would be but times are tough. What can I say though, I am a sucker for the beach and getting out of Illinois.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort meets convenience at Beachcomber By The Sea, one of BY THE SEA RESORTS' four gulf-front Panama City Beach hotels. The many ball teams, festival-goers and bikers that visit the "Real. Fun. Beach." Prefer the Beachcomber because of its proximity to Frank Brown Park. Families love the heated, gulf-front pool and convenience to the Pier Park shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Couples crave the Jacuzzi suites. Church groups and brides-to-be adore the affordable rooms and banquet room located across the street at the Beachcomber Retreat. All of our guests enjoy perks like FREE continental breakfast and discounts at area attractions. Other amenities include gulf-front accommodations with private balconies and fully-equipped kitchens, a heated, gulf-front whirlpool, a laundry facility, a computer lounge and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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