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Panama City BeachUnited States of America

Panama City Beach is known for its soft white sand and sparkling waters, and thriving surf culture and stunning beaches. 

Panama City Beach, along Florida’s Emerald Coast, has 27 miles (43.5 kilometers) of beautiful green water, crystal-quartz beaches, abundant sea life and many family-oriented attractions.

Walk along one of America’s most picturesque beaches or hang out in a local café. While it has undergone a period of rapid development in recent years, and high rises now dot the skyline, Panama City Beach still retains a laid-back atmosphere.

Surfers and sunbathers alike will find top spots to do their thing. If you’re not content to simply hit the surf, there are plenty of places to organize extreme sports excursions or rent a boat. Go parasailing, ride a Jet Ski or board a sailing boat.

Kids will love the many fun and water parks in town. Play golf and navigate the maze at Coconut Creek Family Fun Park or zoom down a slide at Shipwreck Island Water Park. To see some wildlife, take a trip to the ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory. If you’re in the town center and want a place to relax or kick a ball, check out Frank Brown Park. There are baseball and soccer fields, plenty of spaces for picnics, and the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center.

To explore less-developed parts of the shoreline, head to St. Andrews State Park. There are trails through the dunes, plenty of near-deserted beaches, the Grand Lagoon, and even camping grounds. For something a little more relaxed, hop on a tour boat to see some of the area’s famous sites. Spot dolphins as you head over to Shell Island. Small and deserted, it’s a place to collect shells, swim and fish. You can even renr a pontoon for the day.

Panama City Beach attracts thousands of vacationers every year. With a beach to match any other in the country, activities for leisure and thrill seekers alike, and an addictive beach-bum vibe, there’s no reason to wonder why.

Where to stay in Panama City Beach

Top Hotels in Panama City Beach

Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
4 out of 5
4114 Jan Cooley Dr, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is ¥10,697 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

This Panama City Beach resort is on the beach, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from St. Andrews State Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of WonderWorks and Ripley's Believe It or ...

4.1/5Very Good! (527 reviews)

"Hotel location was perfect there were numerous attractions in close proximity. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable and lastly the hospitality was outstanding"…"

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
Beach Tower By The Sea
Beach Tower By The Sea
2.5 out of 5
12001 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is ¥6,153 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Edgewater Gulf Beach and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Ripley's Believe It or ...

3.9/5Very Good! (950 reviews)

"I could not get enough of the beach view from this hotel. The room was nice and the staff very friendly, but even if they weren't I'd still stay for that amazing view!!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Beach Tower By The Sea
Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
2.5 out of 5
12818 Front Beach Rd, Front Beach Road & Clara Ave, Panama City Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,268 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located in Panama City Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Gulf World Marine ...

3.8/5Good! (974 reviews)

"Good value. Beds comfortable. Breakfast not hot but warm. Staff very pleasant. Have been there before and would stay again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Panama City Beach/Ocean Front
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Panama City Beach

Shores of Panama Beach Resort
Shores of Panama Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
9900 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
The price is ¥8,204 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Nestled on the beach, this Panama City Beach condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Thomas Drive, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and WonderWorks. Shipwreck ...

3/5 (583 reviews)
STAY HERE!

"Fantastic location, right next to everything you could want to do in PCB. Phenomenal pool area with hot tub. Room was WAY larger than expected with so much room to spare. Overall, YES."…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Shores of Panama Beach Resort
Laketown Wharf by Emerald View Resorts
Laketown Wharf by Emerald View Resorts
3.5 out of 5
9902 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL

This family-friendly Panama City Beach condo resort is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Thomas Drive, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and WonderWorks. ...

3.8/5Good! (789 reviews)
Perfect little getaway

"The room was bigger than thought, so roomy. Perfect amenities, location to the beach, and view of the ocean. Loved it! Can't wait to go back. Just prepare for the extra charges."…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Laketown Wharf by Emerald View Resorts
Majestic Beach Resort by Resort Collection
Majestic Beach Resort by Resort Collection
3.5 out of 5
10901 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL

Nestled on the beach, this Long Beach condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Edgewater Gulf Beach, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and WonderWorks. Shipwreck Island ...

3.7/5Good! (1,493 reviews)

"Great location. Only problem was at check-in. Front desk clerk or manager didn’t know the code to enter the door and had to change rooms."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Majestic Beach Resort by Resort Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Panama City Beach

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Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.49923896499239%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.076103500761034%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

I come to P.C atleast twice a year and i usually stay at lakewarf but this is a nice area more quite

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

The beach is very good. The water is clean and clear. In the early morning at around 7am you can watch the dolphins go after fish near the shore. Overall very beautiful beach and would recommend.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

good beach overall but definitely has a shady element - it aint kansas!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I love PCB, have been going there my whole life.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Exelente playa

4/5 - Good

DawnH

Jun 2, 2020

They are doing road work on Thomas Drive but it didn't really affect us where our condo was

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