Home to 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, emerald green waters, 320 days of sunshine annually and a year-round calendar of exciting events, Panama City Beach is beloved by travelers of all types seeking an affordable beach vacation. The destination has something for everyone, from voluntourism seekers, eco-adventurers, adrenaline chasers and foodies to couples and families looking to make lasting memories.
Perfect for all visitors, Panama City Beach is now offering the “Stay It Forward” voluntourism opportunity, unique to Bay County. This package reinvents the meaning of vacation by giving guests the opportunity to assist neighboring Mexico Beach with hurricane cleanup, planting sea oats on sand dunes, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and more, all while enjoying the very best of Panama City Beach.
With secluded stretches of sand, dense woodlands and wild wetlands, opportunities to experience nature and eco-adventure abound around every corner. The destination has some of the most beautiful state parks in the U.S., including St. Andrews and Camp Helen. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, bird watching along scenic trails, boating, fishing, diving, kayaking, off-road cycling, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and more. Thrill seekers can explore Florida’s wild side by spotting sea life from a helicopter, swimming with dolphins off Shell Island, skidding through inland marshland on an airboat or flying across the ocean on a jet ski.
Known as the “Seafood Capital of the South,” Panama City Beach offers an array of dining options to please all palates including award-winning restaurants, casual beachfront cafes and family-friendly tables. Cajun influences abound as chefs fuse bold flavors and fresh seafood to create signature dishes in distinct spaces that make the most of their seaside setting.
Panama City Beach’s premiere culinary festival, UNwineD, showcases the very best regional chefs and cuisine, offering guests the opportunity to savor craft beer, spirits and wine paired with delectable bites. Taking place March 20-21, 2020 and in partnership with Southern Living, this not-to-be-missed event is the perfect festival for friends and couples, with live entertainment from American alternative rock bands Death Cab for Cutie and Joywave as well as an art and vendor row with local artists, shops and boutiques.
Couples searching for a romantic getaway will also love Panama City Beach’s natural beauty, waterfront accommodations, pampering spas, romantic restaurants and more. The perfect place to relax and reconnect, pairs can enjoy a sunset stroll on the picturesque beach, Swedish massages at Sheraton Bay Point Resort’s new Serenity Spa and a candlelit dinner at Firefly, recently included in OpenTable’s list of “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.”
Year after year, generations of families have continued to return to Panama City Beach for the variety of activities perfect for kids from toddlers to teenagers, such as marine attractions, water parks, pirate cruises, boating, fishing, snorkeling, diving, parasailing and more. Some of the destination’s most popular family activities include a boat ride to the pristine Shell Island, along with visits to Gulf World Marine Park, WonderWorks and the SkyWheel at Pier Park.
Whether you are looking for ways to give back while on vacation or wanting to sip and savor cocktails at UNwineD, Panama City Beach offers something for every type of traveler and ensures memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure and visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com to plan your 2020 vacation.