Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach
4.5
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This 27-mile long beach offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy such as swimming, snorkeling, dolphin-spotting parasailing and jet skiing.
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  • james b
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PCB 2023
    We ended up staying at the Tidewater. The whole stay was great. Of course they're doing construction on front beach road as always but it wasn't a problem. A lot of security at the Tidewater and plenty of workers there to help and answer questions. The water was crystal clear and the weather was perfect.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Patricia S
    United States128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful
    It was a holiday weekend, and the beaches were very crowded. However, the beach near our rental was not as crowded and very nice. The beach was beautiful and the water was fine! Our children enjoyed it very much. Shelling is not as good as at other beaches I have been to, and there were no boardwalks in our area making it not accessible for the mobility challenged. Nonetheless, it is beautiful and a delighful experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Jaylasmom
    Conway, Arkansas580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful beach! Sadly the weather and rip currents were bad this time so we weren’t able to enjoy the beach like we wanted to and wasn’t as beautiful as usual. Hopefully next time will be better.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Christina W
    Mint Hill, North Carolina78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Double red flags
    Unfortunately we traveled to PCB under poor weather conditions. So no swimming and the beach patrol was strict about staying out of the water, or $500 fine. The sand is soft and almost white, so not hot on feet.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Reina Reviews
    Orlando, Florida13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    “Is it worth driving 5 and half hours to get here”…?
    Let's start with the beautiful beach, where the sand is so white that it blindfolds your fashion sense. If you manage to find your way to the water without tripping over a seagull, behold the amazing Oceanview from your hotel room. You can witness waves crashing against a horizon full of possibilities, like the high chance of a sunburn. Now, let's dive into the most delicious food this place has to offer. The local cuisine is a fusion of flavors that will make your tongue think it’s dancing at EDC. From fried everything, like Nathan’s, to the seafood at Runaway Island, tasting like Poseidon's kisses, you'll be questioning your life choices while reaching for another bite. Panama City is the perfect mix of fun and relaxation, like trying to balance on a hammock during a hurricane. And the best part? It's conveniently close to all the entertainment, so you can walk five steps and be stuck in traffic. It packs entertainment into every nook and cranny, making sure you never have a dull moment. Whether you're searching for a parking spot or navigating through crowds, every turn is an adventure that tests your sanity. Is it worth driving 5 and a half hours to get here? Absolutely! So hop in your car, buckle up, and get ready to experience Panama City, FL – the place that turns vacations into unforgettable memories, and leaving you wondering if you could secretly build a sandcastle to extend your stay. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • SNSEKRS
    Delaware, Canada72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great area with lots of options and fun to be had for everyone.
    We have always vacationed in Florida as a family, mainly on the Atlantic side but we have always loved the calm beautiful waters on the Gulf side so decided to head to PCB. The beaches in the area were beautiful with a shallow entry into the water in most areas but unfortunately, we had double red flags so really could not fully enjoy. Can't say enough about all the water patrols that came by every 30 mins or so keeping everyone safe. The beaches were very clean and everyone definitely did their part by throwing away any garbage. I am an early riser and garbage and any maintenance on the beaches were done every morning. We stayed further to the East of PCB and not the heart of the strip which is to the West but still lots of great stuff to do. The area has fun for all with lots of options from water parks to go-carts to museums to roller skating and arcades. The options for dining were extensive as well from fine dining to chain restaurants. We focused more on locally owned restaurants such as Schooners, Patches Pub and the Bayou on the beach to get our fix for great fresh seafood and awesome atmosphere. We mainly stayed near the beaches but next time we will explore more of PCB and they have some military bases that hopefully offer a tour. PCB is well developed with all the necessities such as Wal Marts and the like in plazas slightly further away from the beaches so there is shopping too. We traveled with kids who are in their early 20s and they had no complaints. I think we followed most families' plans when they visit the area, we rented a condo that was beachfront and all worked out really well. Weekends of course are busier with lots of people driving in from closer States as well. I look forward to returning and exploring further.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Vincent F
    Marion, Illinois6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous!
    Other than the beach being too crowded (at least in front of the big condo's), it was perfect. Crystal clear water, great weather and it was so fun to play in it and collect shells. We come back every couple years or so.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Bri B
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this beach
    Did notice some trash floating near the shoreline, also many days double red. This beach is known for deadly rips, but they have a great system to warn beach goers. Many people were seen in the water during double red flags. The water was gorgeous.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Panama City Beach is a very nice, white sand beach with clear, warm water. The seas are fairly calm so it's easy to enjoy the water. The area itself is pretty congested with hotels/restaurants/bars. We were there mid week in late September so it wasn't too bad. I would think that crowds would be an issue at busier times.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Lisa B
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panama City Florida in the winter has plenty to do.
    This is their offseason in January. There was still plenty to do. There were so many good restaurants that we went to. Neons had a roaring '20s party one night which was so much fun. We got dressed up and they had a live band and great food. They also had their Mardi Gras celebration at Pier Park. They had the street blocked off and had a parade and live bands. It was like a mini Mardi Gras. So much fun. They have a state park there on the Gulf or you can walk along the beach. The water is very tropical looking and plenty of beach to walk on. The town was hit by a tropical winter storm and you could see some of the damage but many places are open and in full swing. I will go back.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 February 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
my mom has a condo at regency towers in Panama City Beach Florida it is room 215 it has 2 big pools the beach is beautifully white the ocean is sparkling in the sunlight the pool feels so good after you have been laying out in the sun while enjoying a nice cold coke a cola in your hand listening to the waves crashing and the seagulls flying over head and then having a nice lunch on the beach you will have the time of your life there is nothing more relaxing than a beach life from LINDSEY Hammond
Written 27 May 2024
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Carlos G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The place is beautiful but they are closing the beach for more than a week, even on beautiful days. Imagine coming here for a week, expending money plus your days and not being able to touch the water. If they can close the beach for so many consecutive days even sunny beautiful days, this is not a good vacation destination
Written 15 May 2024
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Heidi g
Traverse City, MI374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Hubby, , teen son, and I drove down to PCB from northern Michigan earlier this month. Our first time staying in the Florida panhandle. Spent total of 5 days and 6 nights here. Rented an amazing beachfront condo through Airbnb - Rm 1301 in the TidewaterBeach Resort. Our first full day in PCB we lazily got up and around and headed down to the beach with our chairs we brought after we ate lunch. It was breezy but only one red warning flag posted so we could go into the gulf and swim, etc. without being fined. The rental chairs on the beach cost $50/hr! So glad we brought our own. We walked each direction on the beach alternating days, one of our highlights. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side after that day. The winds called for double red flags so no swimming in the ocean. The 2 outdoor pools are each on the side of the 39 story resort and the chairs there didn’t come out these days due to wind and storms. There were tornado watches as well. The temps here were in the 70’s the week before ours but in the 60’s and cooler while we were here. It made for cooler temps when the it rained because of the wind but we still did our beach walks. One silver lining was the resorts did not rake their beachfronts so we found a very few little whole shells! Another goal of ours. We thought there would be way more. We had reserved a full day mid week for a pontoon boat to cruise around St. Andrew’s Bay. On our first day in PCB, I noticed the weather was not looking good for outdoor stuff so I called Beachy Boat Rentals who kindly changed our reservation to Friday, our last day there. Hubby Eric has a lot of experience operating various types of boats so we did ok crossing a large part of the bay to get to Shell Island and we collected a few more shells, but they were far and few between even there. We ended up heading back to the marina a few hours early as it was so choppy, we were getting really wet and cold. And we’re tough and used to cold weather/water. It was beautiful! We ate dinner out every evening and really liked a few of the restaurants for their seafood, reasonable prices, and atmosphere: Dusty’s, Sharkey’s, Hook’d, and Margaritaville. There are many places to eat here! There are also a few decent grocery stores nearby. There are several places where you can access the beach if you aren’t staying on it. Pier Park is a nice and safe and clean shopping area across the main beach road, Front Beach, and you can either park to the west of Pier Park in the big lot, or take a shot at pulling into a parallel spot along the road, beachside. We did both. There are several little shops and restaurants in Pier Park, and a large Ferris wheel and other activities. Very touristy. It’s across Front Beach from the long pier which we walked out on to the first evening. Hubby got to check out just how they were fishing, etc. He went fishing there the next day with his wagon (we brought from home) full of supplies but he didn’t bring his fillet knife! So the 3 x 22” Bluefish he caught he gave to others!!! Oh well. He had a nice time, and that’s when my son and I shopped Pier Park. While March is the big Spring Break month, April isn’t so much so it wasn’t packed, not lots of traffic, hardly any noise and partying (yep, I’m getting old! Been there, done that!). Overall, I’d go back again and would hope to have better weather. There are lots of things to do for families with small kids, we noticed.
Written 21 April 2024
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audikos
Hermitage172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous water, sugar soft sand and lots of nice people make PCB a very special place indeed. On our first visit here we were lucky enough to see a manta ray jump out of the water. Our second visit, we were eating at Harpoon Harry's, and people were gathering on the beach. A fever of stingrays was right near shore. It was an awesome experience!
Written 26 March 2024
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jenniferhelton070
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is the ultimate beach vacation experience!! The water was emerald green and the beaches were white sand and clean. The weather was perfect- even the cloudy days. My family loved it and we will be returning. Don't miss our on this spot!! Beautiful!!
Written 18 March 2024
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Jill R
Neillsville, WI125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The beach was amazing! So clean! The water was great! We were in a high rise and could see so much! A shark swam by! Pretty big too! Manatees down the beach, stingrays! Amazing. Our friend went parasailing from our area! Could walk to bars and restaurants! The strip was on the other side of our resort. We didn’t have to drive at all! But we did!
Written 12 March 2024
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Daydream76842
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The beaches here are absolutely beautiful. The sand is soft and fluffy and just gorgeous. It does make it hard to walk, though. The water is clear and clean. We will definitely come back to the area
Written 6 March 2024
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biloZ1
624 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
The beach is vast and wide but has one main drawback, the sands are very white. With the brightness of Florida sun, the beach there is blinding even with sunglasses since one needs to take them off to swim. Unlike the beaches on the East Coast of Florida, the panhandle beach in Panama City is nice to see from the street while walking or driving by
Written 29 February 2024
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Navigate26726939552
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We loved the balcony overlooking the ocean and beach. Our Room was spacious, probably because it was handicap accessible. While well maintained, parts of this hotel are showing their age. The bathroom had an older plastic tub rather than walk-in shower. One of the mattresses (we had two queen beds) seemed to lean along the side near the nightstand, presumably because hundreds of people have sat on the edge of the bed there. The mattress was still pretty comfortable, but I had to roll up hill to get to the center. The first floor of the hotel is beautiful and the pool/patio area is very nice. Breakfast was terrific and Cheryl (staff) was friendly and efficient. There's a bar, which was a nice touch, but it closed very early so no nightcap after a long day. Parking in the garage is convenient, but costs $20 per night.
Written 28 February 2024
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Chris D
New Jersey596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Went here to visit friends that recently moved to the area. The Beach is very well kept and clean. Plenty of room to spread out with many bars and restaurants with beach access.
Written 28 February 2024
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