The perfect spot to relax or have some fun, this charming little city rests along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Once called Harrison, Panama City combines the well-known hospitality of the American South with lush vegetation and white sandy beaches. With an average of 320 days of sunshine every year, it is no wonder that this city is a choice destination!
The region is known for the quality of its water activities. The surrounding Gulf waters house an impressive collection of wrecks from the Second World War, and Panama City Beach is ideal for scuba diving, hence the nickname “Wreck Capital of the South”.
The area is also popular with an impressive number of dolphins—actually, Panama City Beach has the highest concentration of dolphins in the world. No need to feel sorry for the fishers of the area; they have nothing to complain about here—Panama City hosts the largest sports fishing fleet in the country.
To the delight of anglers, the area abounds with many varieties of fish, such as blue marlin, red snapper, mackerel, trout, pompano and cobia.
St. Andrews State Park is an essential stop for nature lovers. This nature reserve accommodates campers on its two sites and is a must for budding ornithologists.
Relax and enjoy the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters that disappear over the horizon. Hop on a trolley to continue your tour of Panama City. Next stop—St. Andrews Historic District and its marina.
This neighbourhood has many restaurants offering freshly caught seafood; it also has the largest public market in the region. Continue your adventure on Harrison, home of the city’s first skyscraper. Found in the heart of downtown Panama City, Harrison offers a wide selection of boutiques, stores and restaurants for all tastes.
At sunset, the tranquillity of the beach gives way to Panama City Beach’s nightlife, especially during Spring Break. The area is famous as the world’s Spring Break capital. Looking for adventure? A quiet and quaint little corner? How about a place to unleash your crazy? Panama City is your travel destination!
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Events We Love
New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop in Panama City Beach is a great family-friendly celebration. The streets of Pier Park are closed off to traffic as thousands of people enjoy free live music and entertainment. A huge, glowing beach ball is lowered to signal the start of the New Year, as well as a great fireworks display.
Central Panhandle Fair in Bay County celebrates the spirit, tradition and heritage of our community. Several exciting competitions are held such as competition pies, quilts, paintings and much more.
Travel around Panama City by car. This small city is fairly easy to navigate. There are also several rental companies available in the region.
Discover Panama City by boat. Enjoy more than 27 miles of white sandy beaches, and relax on the water watching the breathtaking sunset.
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