As you begin to make your checklist of everything you want to do and see during your unforgettable Florida vacation in Panama City Beach, don’t forget to set aside some time to devote to your sweetheart! We have put a lot of hours into researching the top date night hot spots in our hometown on the Gulf, and we think you will keep the fires of your love bright and hot when you check out these places. Going home to one of our Vacations Perfected romantic escapes just makes the good times even better!
Let Your Hair Down
After all these months of being cooped up inside, it will be a nice change to get out and dance to the music of your people! Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, 700 Pier Park Drive, has been a local tradition since the 1960s, offering two stages on which to practice your two-step. Country music rules this venue, and the fun doesn’t stop until last call! Isn’t it time you got your twirl on with a visit to Tootsie’s?
The Couple That Plays Together
The best thing about your relationship is that you haven’t forgotten how to have fun, and if you’re looking for a new place to play, Rock it Lanes, 513 N Richard Jackson Boulevard, has enough toys to keep the giggles coming! More than a bowling alley, this hot spot is fun central, offering a roller skating rink, arcade games, billiards, and a full bar & grill. Spend a few hours practicing your bowling skills, rolling around the rink holding hands with your sweetie, or simply showing the arcade games that you are STILL the boss of them all!
Love Is in the Air
A romantic dinner for two is the ultimate experience for young lovers of all ages and Firefly, 535 N Richard Jackson Boulevard, offers the ultimate date night dinner! Featuring a seafood menu that is always fresh and sweet, white-clothed tables, and a tree covered in twinkle lights, this big occasion hot spot is even better for a night on the town!
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Obviously, we aren’t talking literally. Panama City Beach is warm enough without a fireplace but coming home each night to our Vacations Perfected honeymoon hideaways is guaranteed to keep the romance alive in your relationship! Reserve yours today and spend your fabulous Florida getaway falling in love all over again!
We all love the nicer things in life: the feel of high thread count sheets beneath our skin, the smoothness of an excellent bottle of wine, or the amenities that come along with a first-class plane ride all make us feel as if we are leading a charmed life. Luxury cars, luxury homes, and luxury vacations are the goals we all strive to attain, and if your luxury getaway has you pointed in the direction of Panama City Beach, this guide to all things sumptuous will ensure your stay will be everything you dreamed it could be!
An excellent meal is the ultimate in luxury, and the meals served at g. Foley’s, 3212 W 23rd Street, fit the bill quite nicely! Offering a quiet sophistication that contrasts nicely with the casual ambiance, it’s impossible to not find something you will love during your visit. From the Sweet Heat Shrimp found on their appetizer menu to the Tarpon Dock Grouper on the Foley’s Favorites menu, every bite will be better than the last, especially if you save room for their sinfully rich flourless chocolate cake!
Shopping is an adventure wherever you go, but in Panama City Beach, we have more than a few shops and boutiques that will take your shopping excursion to the next level! Pick up something “swell” with a visit to Lizard Thicket Boutique, 15565 Starfish Street, or something sparkly when you drop by David Scott Fine Jewelry, located at 15600 Panama City Beach Parkway #760. Step into the past when you check out the wares of A Coastal Chic and Antique Shop, 2505 Thomas Drive, or simply stroll through 8000 square feet of aisles to find something unique at Turtle Girls Market, 7930 Front Beach Road. We can promise you are sure to find something that you will never find at home!
The Luxury of Vacations Perfected
Whether you are sipping something sinfully delicious at the Panama City Beach Winery or simply looking for a place to buy a new bikini for a day on the beach, coming home each night to the simple comforts of our Vacations Perfected luxury abodes will be the highlight of your vacation! Offering everything from condos to cottages, our luxury amenities will welcome you and spoil you in ways you never knew possible. Reserve yours today!
Valentine’s Day is all about the love as we take the 24 hours to show the people in our lives how much we really care. But is one day really long enough? Your Valentine has been by your side through the good times, the bad times, and the super rough times of the pandemic, and this year you feel the need to really spoil him or her! This year, a getaway to the tropical delights of Panama City Beach and a stay in one of our luxurious Vacations Perfected love nests is on the agenda and this guide to the most romantic activities will ensure that your special someone will feel like royalty by the end of the weekend!
The Romance of Breakfast
Anyone can set up a romantic dinner, but have you ever considered the romance factor of a really good breakfast? There is no more powerful way of saying I love you then by letting your Valentine sleep in and awaken to the sight of you bringing in the most important meal of the day on a breakfast tray! And if cooking is not really your thing, the All American Diner at 15406 Front Beach Road offers takeout. Slip out of bed carefully, pull up their menu online, and call (850) 233-6007 for a special morning meal that never fails to please. The All American Diner is a Panama City Beach tradition and must be visited in person at least once during your stay for the complete breakfast experience!
A Bike Ride on the Beach
It’s not just the grand gestures that will keep the heart of your beloved belonging to you. Sometimes it is the smaller moments that bring about the largest impact: a kiss at sunset, whispered dreams shared late in the night, and a quiet bike ride on the beach during your romantic Florida getaway! Bike the Beach PCB, 17292 Front Beach Road, rents out beautiful beach cruisers; after that, all you need to do is find your favorite beach to ride on! We don’t think that part will be a difficult task.
Sweets for the Sweets
The romance of a truly great piece of chocolate can’t be overrated, and a visit to Kilwin’s Ice Cream & Fudge of PCB, 821 Pier Park Drive #100, offers the greatest proof! Offering specials every day, if you come in on Saturday, the taste of their Caramel Chews (buy one, get one free) will convince your sweetheart that you really do love him or her!
Quiet Evenings at Home
A sumptuous dinner enjoyed on the balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, a romantic movie, and some quality hot tub time are all you need to finish off the ultimate day of love on a high note! Reserve your Vacations Perfected love nest today!
Year-round warmth and sun are what makes Florida a getaway no matter when you need to take one of your own. Beach time is always a priority – whether it’s a walk on the beach or some time to work on your tan. The winter months may not be the most ideal to test the waters of the Gulf for a swim, with water temperatures between just 57 and 64 degrees in the winter months. While water sports like SCUBA diving, snorkeling, or floating swimming don’t make the list, there are plenty of water-related as well as land-based activities to keep you busy on a winter vacation at Panama City Beach.
Fishing is a year-round activity in Florida. Stay close to the water with a fishing excursion. Many companies offer nearshore, inshore, fly, and deep sea fishing options including all the gear, bait, and tackle. Bring home snapper, mahi-mahi, king mackerel, redfish, trout, and much more depending on where you drop a line. For a unique experience, ask about nighttime fishing.
Panama City Beach and the surrounding area is dotted with state parks and hiking trails. In the winter months when the intensity of the sun has backed off a little bit, it’s perfect weather for a day on the trails. Explore the area and be on the lookout for local wildlife like osprey, black bear, coyotes, and deer, just to name a few.
Take the fun inside and check out one of the many indoor activities Panama City Beach and the surrounding area have to offer. Do your best to reach 300 at Rockit Lanes bowling. Get baffled by the maze of mirrors, take on your friends or family in laser tag, or test your spy skills with the laser challenge at Emerald Coast Mirror Maze. Other indoor venues to add to your list are the Museum of Man in the Sea and the famed Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
When you’re out and about enjoying Panama City Beach, or you’re looking for some local flavor to please your palate, check out one of the many dining establishments in the area. From local seafood to a taste of Havana, there are dining options for every meal of the day and budget. Many establishments offer children’s menus, and some even accommodate special diets like gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian.
Plan Your Winter Visit to Panama City Beach
Make every day of your Panama City Beach winter vacation one to remember when you begin and end it in a vacation rental provided by Vacations Perfected. Enjoy the privacy of one of our luxury rental homes or condos. Choose a cozy studio for an intimate experience, all the way up to a spacious four-bedroom to stay and play in luxury with friends or family on your winter getaway.
By the time New Year’s Eve arrives, much of the world is already experiencing cold weather and sleet, but that isn’t an issue when you say farewell to the last 12 months of your life with a lovely vacation in Panama City Beach! Offering positively balmy temperatures and the promise of sunny skies, visitors often feel warmed from the inside out—especially when they choose one of our Vacations Perfected holiday hideaways in which to celebrate! This guide to New Year’s fun in Panama City Beach is designed to help you start out 2021 the right way.
Yes, There Will Be Fireworks!
Although 2020 has changed the way we look at every special event, Russel-Fields Pier, M.B. Miller Pier, and the Grand Lagoon are all still planning fireworks celebrations that will help dissipate the bad taste the past months have left in our mouths. The celebration may look different than it has in past years, as we social distance and wear colorful masks, but the sentiment will be the same. We will all be eagerly awaiting the blank slate that January 1st offers the world as we ooh and ahh over the colors lighting up the sky!
Beach Blanket Ball Drops
As of this writing, we don’t know for sure if the traditional Panama City Beach Beach Ball Drop will be held as it has in previous years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t host a beach ball drop of your own! Bring the blankets to the sugar white sands found right outside your Vacations Perfected vacation retreat and spend the waning hours of 2020 tossing a beach ball back and forth as the music of the Gulf lulls you into tranquility. Plan a picnic with handheld foods, sip champagne out of plastic cups, and send a silent message of thankfulness to the universe that in spite of all the negative, your 2021 is looking pretty positive from your seat on the sand!
Stay in and Play
Heat up appetizers in our fully equipped kitchens, sip champagne on the balcony as you watch the fireworks displays going off in the distance, and thoroughly hug and kiss your traveling partners who have been by your side every day of the year we are all happy to see the end of! Choosing Vacations Perfected for your holiday abode is the perfect way to send off the old year with a bang. Reserve your stay today!
As we enter the beginning of the new school year, many classrooms look quite different than those in the past. With the advent of the pandemic, online schooling has become the latest trend, and although it may mean more work for parents, it also offers new possibilities! Schooling and working from home can take place from any home in the world (as long as it has internet), and since fall temperatures in Panama City Beach are projected to be absolutely gorgeous, why not pay us a visit? Our comfortable and stylish Vacations Perfected rentals are designed to make your educational journey one you and your family will never forget!
Classwork Has Never Been This Fun!
Whatever topic you choose to study can be made more interesting when you bring our beachfront village into the equation! Give your child a certain amount of money for souvenirs and snacks and practice budgeting for math class, explore the reasons why so many retirees choose Panama City Beach in which to live out their golden years for Social Studies, and make science class all about the world under the sea! Low tide at Rick Seltzer Park, located at 7419 Thomas Drive, offers a sand bar from which you can get an up close and personal glimpse into that world when the tide is low. Recess is as important to a healthy mind as it is to a healthy body, and if you choose to take part in the “class” by wading in the emerald green waters of the Gulf, no one is going to judge you! History class involves another field trip, only this one will be to the Man in the Sea Museum at 7314 Panama City Beach Parkway to learn everything there is to know about the history of diving; a trip into the past doesn’t always have to involve wars!
Hungry Minds Need Fuel
Seafood is known to be the best brain food there is, and in Panama City Beach, your options are plentiful! Grill up that amberjack you caught on your weekend fishing expedition or step out of the fully equipped and totally cheerful kitchen in your rental property and head to the beach for a lunch of surf and sunshine! Harpoon Harry’s, found at 12627 Front Beach Road, offers both as well as a delicious menu of seafood, burgers, steaks.
Book Your Fun and Educational Journey Today
A good night’s sleep is vital to a healthy brain, and the sleep you will receive in our tranquil bedrooms will be better than any before. Reserve your Vacations Perfected Florida getaway today and enjoy a getaway that is both education and entertaining!
When we travel, we love to learn as much as possible about the place we are visiting. We go about our days exploring the sites, attractions, and landscape of wherever we landed. Learning about the place and the people who once walked along the streets we are now exploring gives the getaway a little more depth and a lot more luster. If you are a kindred spirit and are right now planning your own historical journey to our favorite place on earth, this guide to the past will ensure your Panama City Beach historical journey will be one you never forget!
Man in the Sea Museum, 17314 Panama City Beach Parkway
With the crystal clear waters of the Gulf located just steps away from the door of your Vacations Perfected escape, you can expect that water activities, including diving, are much loved, and the Man in the Sea Museum gives away all the details! Dedicated to revealing the history of diving and the beauty that lies under the water, this museum has exhibits that go back over 100 years. Featuring diving helmets, experimental diving systems, and the first underwater living facility, their attention to detail brings the undersea world alive and will fascinate people of all ages.
Anyone who has ever lived on the coast understands the various worries and problems that accompany seaside living, including surviving hurricanes and staying cool in the hottest days of summer—especially before air conditioning! The Latimer Cabin, located on the northeastern shore of Powell Lake, is a perfect example of American ingenuity. Built in 1935 from cypress logs, the cabin was designed to let the Gulf winds keep the home cool naturally, and the 22 windows are placed to ensure that no views are left unseen. The cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, preserving its history as a prime example of early Florida living forever.
The Gideon vs. Wainwright Case Historical Marker
Sometimes events happen that change the world for the better, and the Gideon vs. Wainwright Case is a prime example. Once upon a time, the impoverished were not appointed an attorney if they couldn’t afford one and were forced to defend themselves in trial, but in 1963 everything changed. Going all the way to the Supreme Court after being denied an attorney, the Justices ruled that every American accused of a serious crime must be appointed an attorney paid for by the public. A marker commemorating this historic event stands outside one of the original courthouses in Panama City, just a short drive from your Panama City Beach hideaway; if it fits into your schedule, it is worth the trip!
Vacations Perfected is the Only Choice
Our homes may not be the historical choice, filled as they are with modern furnishings and updated appliances, but they are definitely the right choice when you’re looking for a wonderful place to stay. Reserve yours today!
Summer lovers are a unique breed of humans, coming alive only when the sun is beating down on their shoulders and the mercury is rising. For them, the beginning of sweater weather makes them sad as they huddle in front of space heaters and fireplaces, seeking warmth in all ways possible. If this describes your personality and your life, instead of isolating yourself, why not head to the state of eternal summer when that calendar page turns from August to September? Panama City Beach in the fall will allow you to shed your sweaters and slip back into your favorite flip flops as you soak in the rays during the day and sleep in comfort and style in one of our Vacations Perfected fall hideaways!
Beach Day Every Day
Obviously, the first thing you’ll do after flinging your bags on the bed of your Vacations Perfected home away from home is head out for some toes in the sand therapy, and if you happen to arrive around sunset, even better! Walking along shore’s edge hand in hand with your life partner, your children, or even all by yourself is one of those activities that soothes the soul. And in the fall, although it still feels summery, the heat is turned down a degree or two, making the walk even more enjoyable. Because the summer crowds have mostly departed, it will feel as if you have your own private beach!
One of the best parts of fall is the taste of pumpkin that makes just about every dessert, breakfast, and beverage taste like a celebration of the season, and you can create your own pumpkin-palooza in the kitchen of your private escape. Create pumpkin spice pancakes (much to the delight of your children) with a box mix in which you’ve added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree (subtract an equal amount of water from the recipe to ensure it’s not too runny). And because adults deserve pumpkin treats as well, a pumpkin spice martini created with Irish Cream liqueur, vanilla vodka, pumpkin flavored liqueur, ice cubes, and a pinch of nutmeg will go down smooth and easy!
Ghost Stories After Dark
This last adventure requires a bit of pre-planning, but we’re heading back to the beach for ghost stories told under the harvest moon and in front of a roaring bonfire. Bonfires are allowed in certain areas with permits from the city fire department. Tell your ghost stories around the fire—Dem Bones is a great one that’s not too scary for the little ones—or just relax and enjoy an evening on the sand.
Our Vacations Perfected rental properties are designed for comfort and enjoyment during all seasons of the year. Reserve your stay with us today!
Although the last few months have been rough, there have been moments that shine brightly in spite of it all, such as watching the light of understanding glow on our child’s face as they figure out a particularly difficult math problem, commuting from the bed to the kitchen table for those early meetings, and late-night talks with our life partners. Self-quarantine and social distancing have led to moments like these and a new appreciation for family, making us look for more of the same during vacation. If your vacation journey is bringing you to paradise (otherwise known as Panama City Beach), this guide to some of the more isolated activities you can enjoy with your family will help create a getaway that will be filled with happy memories!
A Walk in the Park
St. Andrews State Park is more than an ordinary park, offering over 1200 acres of serene and tranquil beauty. While it is a popular tourist spot in many areas, there are still spots you can visit that will feel as if you and your family are the only ones in the world. Walk along quiet paths with the trees closing in around you and the sounds of the Gulf whispering throughout the park. Watch for birds in the sky, or when you take a hike along the Gator Lake Trail and Overlook, keep an eye out for the state reptile, the cold-blooded alligator! Rick Seltzer Park is another sweet local spot, and even though it lies within blocks of the city center, the beach and dunes that dot the area feel as secluded as a lagoon on a tropical island.
Adrift on the Gulf
The time spent in these gorgeous parks will be much enjoyed, but if you really want to get away from it all, rent a boat from any of the rental places found in town (Scotty Boat Rentals, 850-872-1714 is a local favorite) and head to the sea, where the water is clear and blue and the fish are always biting! As you zip across the waves, feeling the water kissing your face, you’ll know that you really have found paradise and a peace of mind you may never know again.
Be Safe Far from the Crowds and Enjoy Great Isolated Activities
When you choose to take a day to stay inside and explore the charms of our properties, you’ll feel isolated in all the good ways. Rent one with a pool and spend the day swimming and tanning, sleep in late and enjoy mimosas on the deck, and spend your evenings playing games with the kids. Reserve yours today and discover the joys of family all over again!
After weeks of being cooped up inside, we are all looking forward to spending a lot of time in the great outdoors. When your vacation wanderings bring you to our little piece of paradise, spending a lot of that time on the water probably sounds like an excellent plan; we at Vacations Perfected would have to agree! There is no better way to fill the minutes of your fabulous Florida getaway than by spending as many of them as possible on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf. This guide to some of the water activities in Panama City Beach you can enjoy during your stay in Panama City Beach will ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
Shiver Your Timbers
The Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise is an awesome way to enjoy the water and give your young children an adventure they will never forget. Lasting for two hours and offering swashbuckling fun, dolphin sightings, and the occasional cannon blast or two, this adventure will help you get your sea legs—fast! And don’t worry, no one has had to walk the plank in at least a few months.
One of the Best Water Activities in Panama City Beach
Snorkeling is a fun and exciting experience, but if you really want to explore the world under the sea, scuba diving is the only way to go. If you don’t have your certification, it’s ok! Many of the local dive shop offer diving certification courses, allowing you to expand your horizons. From Trinity Scuba Driving, located at 129 Twilight Bay Drive, to Panama City Diving, found at 106 Thomas Drive, the opportunity to get up close and personal with the creatures under the sea is one you will never forget!
You’ve watched people do it for years and now it’s your turn to get out there and hang ten with the best of them. Surfing the Gulf waters is one of our favorite water activities and we’re betting it will soon be yours as well! For those who have surfed before, you can rent all the necessary gear from Salty Dog, 11930 Front Beach Road #3402; they offer surf reports that will tell you where all the hot spots. Interested in taking lessons? Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop, 7220 Thomas Drive, offers instructors that are knowledgeable, patient, and personable!
Chill by the Pool with Vacations Perfected
Not all adventures have to be daredevil ones. Sometimes taking a day in the midst of your vacation journey to just hang by the pool is the best way to relax and recharge! Many of our summer escapes offer private pools, but it’s ok if your unit doesn’t have one because all of our properties offer community pool access. Reserve yours today!