Take a trip to Panama City

With world-class beaches and kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and kite surfing all on your doorstep, it’s little wonder Panama City Beach is renowned as a watersports centre par excellence. However, with a rich cultural heritage, Panama City is undoubtedly a four-season destination, with plenty in this little piece of paradise to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

CULTURE, ARTS & CRAFTS IN PANAMA CITY

Panama City has a whole world of cultural attractions for visitors to discover. Whether it’s a night at the theatre or a day learning to paint, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Beach Art Group

The Beach Art Group, perhaps not surprisingly, brings art to the beach with painting parties and art classes hosted on the city’s most picture perfect natural attraction.

Kaleidoscope Theatre

Founded in 1971, the Panama City Beach Civic Center is a community theatre that regularly puts on plays for the benefit of locals and visitors alike. Over the years the productions and audiences have grown significantly and now sell-out crowds regularly fill the 262-seat theatre.       

Marina Civic Center

The Marina Civic Center attracts national touring acts, competitions and individual entertainers to create an eclectic range of performances for the benefit of the local community. The building itself is also a focal point in downtown Panama City and enjoys panoramic views over the beautiful St. Andrews Bay.     

Martin Theatre

Having first opened its doors as ‘the Ritz’ in 1936 as one of an early chain of cinemas, this historic building has been visited by a few famous faces over the years. That includes Clark Gable, Constance Bennett, William Boyd and Michael O’Shea. In the 50s, the Ritz was subsequently bought out and renovated by the Martin Family on its way to becoming to the state-of-the-art venue we see today.

Painting with a Twist

Ever fancied trying your hand at a bit of inebriated painting? Perhaps you want to show off your artistic skills to a new date? Now you can at Painting with a Twist. All materials are provided and artists of every level are welcome.

PANAMA CITY BEACHES, SURFING, PARKS & RIVER CRUISES

With 27 miles of beautiful beaches and acre upon acre of conservation park, Panama City makes it easy to find a new experience every day.

Mexico Beach

A favourite spot of many of the locals is Mexico Beach, which sits on the edge of the Gulf but miles from anywhere else. It’s only an hour’s drive from Panama City and there are no high rises to spoil the view.

Dolphin spotting tours

It’s always an incredible sight to see dolphins swimming in their natural habitat, but more than that, a dolphin tour is a great way to see the Gulf of Mexico from a completely different perspective. Dolphin tours regularly run from Panama City Beach.

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPA TOURISM IN PANAMA CITY

If you’re not finding your holiday stress-free enough then how about ramping up the relaxation with a spa treatment or professional massage…

Panama City Beach Yoga Studios

Combine the tranquil surroundings of the beach with a gentle spot of yoga and leave all your troubles behind you. If yoga sessions on white sands or even a paddle board yoga class sound like your thing, you’ll be able to re-center yourself without having to leave the beach.     

PANAMA CITY ECOTOURISM, WILDLIFE & THE GREAT OUTDOORS

St. Andrews State Park

Trip Advisor named St. Andrews State Park the second best beach in the whole of the US, which can’t be a bad thing. Whether you want to catch some rays on the beach, fish from the pier, snorkel along the jeti or canoe, kayak and hike your way up through the forest, there’s sure to be something for you.

Shell Island

A short boat trip from St. Andrews State Park is the pristine Shell Island, which means you can see two of Panama City’s must-see natural attractions in a single day. Home to deer, turtles, pelicans, sandpipers and gulls, and with dolphins and plenty of colourful fish, you’re sure to spot at least a few of the island’s inhabitants during your stay.

Gayle’s Trails

This growing greenways and trails system will eventually cover the entire island of Panama City Beach. It already connects Frank Brown Park to the 3,000 acre conservation park, with long boardwalks, cypress tree swamps and off-road trails to enjoy along the way.

Camp Helen State Park

This hidden gem on the western border of Panama City Beach boasts coastal dunes, salt marshes, freshwater wetlands and scrub oak forests as well as fishing areas for saltwater and freshwater enthusiasts.

The Panama City Beach Conservation Park

This 2,900 acre tract of West Bay ecosystem has 12 looping trails ranging from 0.6 to 11 miles in length, ensuring there’s a trail for hikers and cyclists of every age and level of fitness.

PANAMA CITY SPORT

The fantastic climate is a big part of why Panama City Beach is such a sports mad location. With everything from international swim meets to the expansive, multi-sport Frank Brown Park, there’s an opportunity for everyone to indulge their tastes.

Surfing and skimboarding

Part of what makes Panama City unique is the fact that whatever watersport you love, or would really love to have a go at, the Gulf’s mid-sized waves mean entry-level never felt so good. The sugar-white sands and flat waters make Panama City Beach a must-skim destination, whatever your age!

Golf

With five championship courses and 320 days of sunshine a year, you have the perfect recipe for a round of golf. Panama City Beach was named one of Golf Digest magazine’s three best American golf towns, and it’s not hard to see why. With affordable green fees and tee times available all year round, you’ll definitely regret not packing the clubs!  

Diving and snorkelling

An underwater landscape that positively teems with life makes for some world-class diving. With reefs and wrecks to explore, experienced divers flock to Panama City Beach, while newbies can find their feet in the tranquil waters of the Gulf.

Jet skis

If zipping across crystal clear waters while looking like a Hollywood A-lister is your thing (not guaranteed) then jet ski hire is available, whether you’re riding solo or taking a 2- or 3-seater out with friends.

Paddle boarding

Paddle boarding is the new kid on the block as far as watersports are concerned, with big boards that provide the stability ‘riders’ need to gently paddle their way across the sea. The tranquil waters of the Gulf are the perfect place to find your sea legs.

Dining in Panama City

Panama City beach front restaurants  

The good news is that Panama City Beach has earned itself the unofficial title of ‘Seafood Capital of the World’, so, if you like your seafood fresh then you’re really in for a treat. With chargrilled grouper that falls apart on your fork, fresh Apalachicola oyster still harvested by hand and jumbo Gulf fish shrimp stuffed with buttery blue crab, you’ll be spilt for choice.

Southern Barbecue, steak and more

While Panama City Beach might specialise in seafood, you’re still free to explore other cuisines. And with lip-smackingly good pulled pork and juicy, tender steak, or the best of both worlds with some surf and turf, you’re certainly not going to go hungry.  

From around the world

Whatever your favourites, with cuisines from around the world, including Italian, sushi, Thai noodles and Caribbean jerk, you’re sure to find something you fancy.   

Panama City Hotels

Marriott Legends End at Bay Point

These well-appointed holiday rentals, in the heart of Panama City, are just a short walk from some of the city’s main attractions. That includes the celebrated shops and fantastic eateries, while the crystal-clear waters of Panama City Beach are just 10 minutes away. Each rental comes complete with all the amenities you’ll need. That includes a full kitchen, washer and dryer and private patio, and there’s also access to an outside pool and two championship golf courses, which are conveniently just an iron shot away.

Legacy by the Sea

Located just across the street from the Gulf World Marine Park and within walking distance of Pier Park is the 14-storey Legacy by the Sea. With stunning views of the Gulf from private balcony rooms, fully equipped kitchens and Jacuzzi baths that adorn the posh penthouse suites, your every need will be taken care of so you can enjoy the many attractions of Panama City.

Holiday Inn Resort

This modern resort is 3.9 miles from Gulf World Marine Park and 18.1 miles from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. 

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