Located in Bay County, Florida, Panama City Beach (not to be confused with Panama City) is a natural gem along the Florida Emerald Coast. Boasting the sugar-white quartz sand beaches native to northwest Florida, this vacation hotspot is sometimes called “the spring break capital of the world.” Whether you are looking for a beach house to rent for spring break, or for any time of year, Panama City Beach has tons of things to do both on and off the beach.
Panama City Beach is a top-notch vacation location that offers a wide variety of attractions and excitement for everyone. With a Panama City vacation rental you are sure to have a great, albeit more relaxing time at the beach and exploring the city and taking in that warm, Florida sun during your summer vacation.
Thousands of people flock to Panama City Beach for the pristine beaches and clear water. Nothing says “beach paradise” more than the 100 beach access points in the city, spread between the popular beaches of Shell Island, Schooner's beach, and the two state parks (St. Andrews State Park and Camp Helen State Park). From social beaches with nearby food vendors and shopping, to remote and private beaches that can be accessed only by boat, you are sure to find a stretch of sand along the 27 miles of beaches that you can make uniquely yours. Some beach access points are even pet friendly, like Doggy Beach and Aaron Bessant Park. As you book your beach house rental, make sure to take the different personalities of each beach into account.
If you want to fish, you can charter a deep sea fishing expedition (with The Reel Contender or Jubilee Fishing), or even book a guided spearfishing dive with a dive shop (like Panama City Diving). If you just want to see the fish, and not catch them, there are many opportunities to interact with Florida wildlife. The Sea Screamer offers snorkel trips and sunset cruises. For a more theatrical experience, take a Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise. With any boat tour, you are likely to see dolphins, and maybe even whales! And if you want to get up close and personal with some of the more exotic Florida natives, you can visit Gator Country Alligator Park and hold a baby alligator.
A Panama City Beach vacation rental is an excellent choice for family fun! Visit St. Andrew's State Park along the beach. The north end of the park faces The Grand Lagoon, while the south side faces an area called "The Pass" after the St. Andrew Bay channel entrance. The back side of St. Andrew's contains a small shallow pool of water perfect for the kids, while the adults can either swim in the surrounding waters or fish from atop of the giant rocks found scattered throughout the beach park. Another local favorite to visit is Carillon Beach, a popular place to enjoy the water. Spend your day at one of the world's most beautiful beaches sunbathing, surfing, jet-skiing, and even parasailing. The marina is another nice spot to go fishing and watch the sun set in the distance.
Panama City Beach has just as many fun things to do in the city. Panama City Beach Winery offers free wine tastings that show off their unique creations, including non-grape fruit-based wines, like citrus wine. In 2016, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will be held in Panama City Beach, from September 2nd through September 4th. This music festival will feature artists like Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, which is not to be missed!
Pier Park is a 900,000-square-foot outdoor shopping mall and entertainment center. Here you’ll find familiar names like American Eagle, Nike, and Chipotle, but you’ll also discover unique specialty boutiques. Entertainment venues like an Imax theater and Dave and Buster’s are also included in this shopping mecca. In the middle of this entertainment empire lies Miracle Strip. This rebuilt amusement park with a retro feel features historical rides ranging from the 1937 Jolly Caterpillar through the 1991 Tilt-a-Whirl. New rides have also been added, like a double zipline and kiddie bumper boats. Other highlights include remote-control tugboats, a Butterfly Pavilion, and the Rainbow Umbrella Bridge.
When you need a break from the sea, sand, sunshine, shopping, and sights, you will want a relaxing place to call home. When you rent a Panama City Beach beach house, you are signing up for your own home away from home on the beach. You’ll have plenty of room to stash the goodies you picked up at Pier Park, and you’ll have a washer and dryer so you can clean your beach towels. You’ll have a kitchen in which to prepare a midnight snack and a comfy living room where you can prop your feet up and sample that wine you bought from Panama City Beach Winery. Nothing could be more comfortable.
While Panama City Beach is known as a family-friendly town, there are countless activities for grown-ups to enjoy. The dining in Panama City Beach may well be the highlight of your trip. Go on a nice shopping trip, enjoy the summer concerts, and after sunset, gather your energy for the Panama City Beach nightlife and explore some of the most famous nightclubs in America! So why wait any longer? Enjoy every second of your vacation with a Panama City Beach vacation rental through BeachHouse.com.