Did you know that Panama City Beach is known for having the most sunshine in the USA!?
While lots of sunshine is great, this thriving city has even more to offer.
World-class hotels, malls, and adrenaline-pumping activities all await you.
Rather than waiting until you arrive to get a feel; I’ve put together this 2022 guide to Panama City Beach.
You will learn about the best places to go if you want to have a blast.
Stay until the end and you can experience Panama City Beach from the comfort of your home with the live webcam.
Where To Stay In Panama City Beach: The Best Hotels
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Best Luxury Option)
Some Holiday Inns can be subpar.
But not this one.
Let us ask you a question…
“Do you enjoy luxury on your travels!?”
…then Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Panama City Beach provides just that.
Something we love about this hotel is the breathtaking views. You can choose between multiple room types; each with different views.
One side of the hotel faces inland, providing city views.
But if you want to take things to the next level, you can also book an ocean view. Doing so lets you experience crystal clear waters and soft white sand.
Sounds like our kinda hotel!
You’ll also be glad to hear the staff are friendly, which can be the difference between a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ experience.
LA QUINTA INN & SUITES
If you still want a touch of luxury without the sky-high prices, La Quinta Inn & Suites is your best bet.
These suites are located at 7115 Coastal Palms Blvd, just off Thomas Drive. You don’t get ocean views, but you’re still within walking distance from the beach.
And the best thing? It’s pet-friendly!
That means you can bring your furry friend along for the ride.
…but expect to pay a $20 pet fee.
After digging a little deeper, we wanted to find out what others thought of this accommodation. One of the most complimented aspects is the comfortable beds.
There is also a fitness room with a treadmill, weight machines, and an exercise bike.
Once you’ve worked up a sweat and showered, you can head outside to the swimming pool to cool off and relax.
There is also a jacuzzi.
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Best Malls In Panama City Beach
Pier Park Mall
Monday – 10am – 8pm
Tuesday – 10am – 8pm
Wednesday – 10am – 8pm
Thursday – 10am – 8pm
Friday – 10am – 9pm
Saturday – 10am – 9pm
Sunday – 12 – 6pm
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Want to go on a shopping spree?
…Pier Park Mall is the place to do it!
This shopping mall has many big brands such as Victoria Secret, Target, American Eagle, and more.
The most famous surf shop – Ron Jon Surf Shop – can also be found inside. Our advice!? Pick up some surfboards and wetsuits, so you can catch some waves later in the day.
While entertaining yourself with the newest fashion, you can also enjoy a meal thanks to the many restaurants at Pier Park.
Here are some options to consider:
- Angry Tuna Seafood Company
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Pier Park Pall is also home to The Sky Wheel.
The Sky Wheel lets you see Panama City Beach in style! It’s also the perfect date for couples, especially at night when the city lights up.
Tickets cost $18.99 but are FREE for children under 4 years of age.
Shoppes At Edgewater
Monday – 10am – 10pm
Tuesday – 10am – 10pm
Wednesday – 10am – 10pm
Thursday – 10am – 10pm
Friday – 10am – 10pm
Saturday – 10am – 10pm
Sunday – 10am – 10pm
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While not as popular as Pier Park Mall, Shoppes At Edgewater is definitely worth a visit while in Panama City Beach.
You can go shopping.
…or try your luck at an escape room.
Not feeling in much of an ‘escape room’ mood? That’s fine! There is also a bowling alley, so you can challenge your friends to a game.
Once you’ve had some fun, you can indulge in some of the mouth-water restaurants. Shoppes At Edgewater is more geared towards dining and activities, rather than clothes shopping.
With that being said, there are some basic shops.
How To Have A Blast At Panama City Beach
Enjoy The Beautiful Beaches
There’s a reason Panama City ‘Beach’ has a 4.8-star rating on Google. If not for the crystal clear waters and flawless white sand – then the dazzling sunsets.
Most people visit during the Summer months (May-August).
But we recommend heading to Panama City Beach in September. There are fewer people, but still loads to do!
If you’re traveling with friends, don’t skip out on some volleyball. There are numerous nets along the beach, allowing you to show your friends who’s boss!
Do you prefer something more relaxing?
Panama City Beach has a large fishing pier, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views (while catching some big a** fish).
The pier spans a whopping 1500 feet. It’s also the best place in Panama City Beach to watch the sunset (or sunrise!).
Get Your Adrenaline Up With Jet Skiing
Jet skiing is super popular in Florida. Panama City Beach has numerous jet ski rental companies, so you can get the adrenaline pumping!
Do you need a rental company you can count on!?
Then head over to 5611 US-98 for the best jet ski company in town – Freedom Water Sports.
They offer 3 main packages…
- 1-hour excursion ($99/hour)
- 2-hour excursion ($125)
- Unguided jet ski rentals ($125)
…but don’t get excited just yet.
Before you can operate a jet ski, you will need to pass a test. If you’ve completed this already, then congratulations – you can jump the queue!
The good news is that this test can be taken online.
Find it here.
It also only sets you back $8.99, which is a bargain!
Once you’ve completed the test, it’s time to hit the water! If it’s your first time on a jet ski, we recommend sticking with the guided tours.
This means you will always have somebody there to lend a helping hand.
Once you get your experience up, unguided tours offer a sense of adventure that can’t be matched.
And the open water!
Doesn’t get any better than that, right!?
Oh and did we mention – gas is included in the rental price.
Eat At The Best Restaurants
Eating out at fancy restaurants is part of a fun vacation, right!?
After all, who wants to cook at home?
Here are some excellent cuisines to consider while in Panama City Florida…
All these restaurants are highly rated and loved by locals and tourists alike.
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