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5 Things Visitors Must Do at Panama City Beach

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.

As many of you know, I am a Houstonian. I had only been living in the city for a year when Hurricane Harvey hit. Now, I’ve lived through the Northridge Earthquake, tornados in Ohio, and Hurricane Sandy in New York, but nothing compared to the devastation I saw during Harvey. Nothing also compared to the loving community that rose to support one another as well. My friends in Florida experienced the same devastation just last year during Hurricane Michael. But like Houstonians, Floridians are coming back even stronger and doing it as a loving community. For the sake of camaraderie, today I’m doing my part to highlight a beautiful part of the state that has weathered the storm. Panama City Beach. They have a tourism-based economy, so let’s get them some tourists! And seriously, who doesn’t want to travel to a gorgeous beach town anyway?! Here are my top 5 things visitors must do when they visit Panama City Beach

1. Eat Seafood!

Did you know that Panama City Beach is the seafood capital of the South?! Seriously, I need to book my flight immediately!  Yes from the famous seafood markets to waterfront restaurants like Capt. Anderson’s, it is a foodie paradise. Plus, you can literally share a meal with mermaids at Sisters of the Sea Dive Bar. I know, right?!

2. Go Shell Hunting

Plan a relaxing day of shell hunting on Shell Island! A 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island that is part of St. Andrews State Park, it is home to an abundance of land and sea wildlife, gorgeous sand dunes, and plenty of shells to be found. So pack a lunch, start your sandy scavenger hunt, and make it yours.

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3. Include your Furry Friend

Panama City Beach gets that pets are part of the family. And with a pet-friendly array of adventures and inclusive restaurants, you can actually bring your furry friend along on this vacation. From endless walking along piers & parks to shopping at Ron Jon’s Surf Shop to enjoying fried green tomatoes at Salty Sue’s, little Fido can tag along. Best of all, Ocean of Love Pet Sitting will watch your furry family member when you go scuba diving or need a few hours to decompress at the spa.

4. Go Paddleboarding

Panama City Beach has an array of protected and open waters that are perfect for paddleboarding. From the Grand Lagoon to St. Andrews Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, it is a fun and relaxing way to take in both the beautiful sights and wildlife.

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5. Stay in an Ocean-Front Resort Tower

If there is anything Panama City Beach has an abundance of, it’s stunning ocean views. So take advantage of them during your stay by booking a room in one of the many ocean-front resort tower buildings. Is there anything more relaxing than waking up to the sight of crystal-blue ocean?!

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If you’re anything like me, any one of these top 5 has convinced me to book my trip to Panama City Beach. They had me at “seafood capital”! With warm weather around the corner, the time is now…plan your fun today! And keep in mind that natural disasters can really take a toll on a community, so we all need to do our part to help get them back on track. Also check out the best campgrounds in Florida for some more vacation ideas. Tourism is a great way to pitch in. So book your trip to Panama City Beach and visit the Real. FUN. Beach.

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  1. Lily Kwan says:

    Panama City Beach sounds very fun. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Betty Curran says:

    I’d love to visit there one day.

  3. Susan Marina Brown Lane says:

    This is a beautiful area. I was there many years ago when I was a teenager.

  4. Laurie Nykaza says:

    We love to stay at the beach and this looks so amazing there lots to do. Were on the West Coast but it does look amazing there too.

  5. Rae says:

    I would love to go

  6. Joy Venters says:

    I would love to go but I imagine I would pig out on the seafood

  7. maria simon says:

    love the ocean it helps me think and pray and kids love love the beach

  8. Doreen says:

    Never been, looks like a lot of fun!!

  9. Sheila F says:

    Love Panama City Beach…still has a small beach town feel…lovely🌱

  10. Frances Carty says:

    Love to go. TakFe my dog and go shell hunting

  11. sarah conaway says:

    I haven’t been to the beach in probably 10 years.

  12. kathy pease says:

    This looks like a beautiful place to visit or vacation

  13. Carolsue says:

    Never been there, but that beach is sure pretty!

  14. Antoinette M says:

    I’ve never been to Panama City Beach. Looks wonderful!

  15. Paula Pennachio says:

    I would love to go, so much to do and see

  16. Paula Pennachio says:

    I love the beach so much I would love to go

  17. Lyndsey Rullman says:

    Sounds like a great time. I have never been there! I love anything adventurous so paddle boating would for sure be on my list.

  18. Erica Boscio says:

    I have never been, I would love to visit!

  19. kerry paul says:

    I love traveling. I love beaches especially ones with warm water!

  20. Donna L Holder says:

    never been to the beach. would love it

  21. Johanna Newman says:

    I always wanted to go

  22. Pamela Denise Sims says:

    I’ve never been to Panama Beach but one day will. It’s beautiful!

  23. Michael Harris says:

    I haven’t been there since high school. Looks great!

  24. Donna L Holder says:

    great beach to visit

  25. I love seafood Never Been to Panama City beach

  26. kimrk56 says:

    Great place to vacation!

  27. denyse says:

    I lived in FL 10 years- there’s no better place to visit.

  28. Derek L says:

    Staying in a ocean front resort tower would be awesome

  29. Marla Jones says:

    Panama city is where we like to go on vacation

  30. Phil rutan says:

    Never had a vaction..this looks amazing

  31. Jodi W says:

    Looking for shells and paddle boarding look like los o ffun

  32. Cindy M says:

    It looks beautiful here. I would love to visit.

  33. Tina Fuller says:

    I have never been to Panama City beach but it looks like a place I would Love to visit!

  34. Sheri Smith says:

    This sounds like an amazing place and somewhere I would love to visit one day

  35. Susan Marie says:

    Thank you for the ideas, it would be a nice trip.

  36. Francine Long says:

    Shell hunting would be my favorite! Shells are so beautiful.

  37. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Never been to Panama City Beach

  38. Candace Galan says:

    Looks so fun, hope to be able to make a trip there one day!

  39. Anne W says:

    Its been 30 years since I was in PCB.. Wonderful memories, beautiful beaches..

  40. Michele says:

    I have never been there, but I have heard Panama is a beautiful place to visit.

  41. Leanne says:

    Would love to visit Panama City beach . Still have to try paddle boarding. I love that they have pet friendly restaurants and outings, that makes me want to go so much more .

  42. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I haven’t been there in years. Seafood and shells are a must!

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