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.
Highlights of Panama City
- Great for: An action-packed beach holiday with plenty of variety
- Famous for: Amazing sea-life, including large numbers of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
- Closest airport with direct flights: Atlanta International Airport is 289 miles to the north
- Why we like it: A really happening beach destination with lots to see and do
- Itineraries featuring Panama City:
Panama City Location
Weather in Panama City
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Hotels in Panama City
Marriot’s Legends Edge is the perfect hotel if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday by the pool. The tranquil gardens with tropical vegetation make it the perfect place for you to unwind and relax.
The Legacy by the Sea beach resort is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for an idyllic place to unwind and relax. Make the most of the oceanfront location, relaxed rooms, pool, free breakfast & fitness centre.
Things to do in Panama City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 is the new kid on the block as far as water sports 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.