We all love a good meal, but what we love even more is to have a place we can rest our weary bodies, get a drink, and maybe something to satisfy the rumbling of a discontent stomach. There is just something to the casual dining place that makes them more memorable and special than any fine dining. If you agree with this, join us as we explore some of the best casual places to eat in Panama City Beach!
A Journey South
Let’s start our trip by examining some of the flavors from south of the border with Finns Island Style Grub! You won’t find stale and flavorless ingredients, nor ones that have sat hidden away in a jar for ages. At Finns, you will find only the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible. As well, your food will never know the inside of a frier nor a microwave. You’ll find yourself in culinary heaven as you dig into a plate of towering nachos, or perhaps a warm and comforting taco or a large, bulging burrito. You can even go the healthy route and stick to a wrap or even get a smoothie from the barista bar! While you’re at it, why not get a coffee or two, organic and only of the highest quality beans of course, and see why so many flock to Finns no matter the time of day.
While we are looking towards the south, make sure you stop by Diego’s Burrito Factory. Offering burritos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, and tacos, you have the freedom to create whatever behemoth you decide, whether it be filled with steak and beans or fully veggie! As well, there is no better way to enjoy the beach than a good margarita, and Diego’s has some of the best around!
The Coast and Beyond
Now let’s move north a bit but keep close to the coast with some of the best seafood around at Hang Five! Not only will you find a selection of drinks from their full bar, but you will have a great selection of entrees ranging from seafood gumbo to the seafood nachos, grilled mahi-mahi, seafood pasta, crab cakes, and all that lies in between. What’s even better is every Sunday you can enjoy your meal and drinks while rocking out to live music. However, make sure you don’t miss out on their daily happy hour, which stands as a point of pride with them!
If you’re looking for something truly different, join us as we take a jump across the pond with The British Eatery, which hosts a wide selection of authentic English food all the way in Panama City Beach! You’ll find all the classics of British cuisine like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash, though you’ll also find a selection of more American items like gourmet hamburgers which are sure to add a twinkle to your eye when it is sat before you. Don’t forget to try some of their classic sides like poutine, pickle fries, battered sausage and more. You can even try their Frankenstein Burger which is made with elk, veal, and venison, making it truly a monster to behold!
This is but a short journey in the dozens upon dozens of casual eateries to be found in Panama City Beach. However, if you’d like to find out what other treasures lie hidden in plain sight, make sure you contact Vacations Perfected at (844) 478-2972 or book your rental property with us online today!
Vacations are only as wonderful as the homes you are staying in, and when you choose our 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath sanctuary on Thomas Drive, you are guaranteed to have the best vacation of your life! Located across the street from the Gulf of Mexico and easy beach access, you can enjoy the life you always knew you deserved, and if you aren’t convinced yet, this guide to all the wonders you can expect from our elegant showplace may provide the gentle nudge you need to push that bright green book now button you see on the side of our page!
Your first thought when you walk into your sanctuary for the next week of your life may be one of surprise, as this home is not your ordinary beach property! Wood floors feel smooth against bare feet, leading the way to an open concept space where everyone will always feel as if they are connected and a part of the fun. A living room with black leather sectional hints at the nearness of the beach with throw pillows decorated with coral prints, offering comfort and relaxation during those moments you are not frolicking at the beach. The dining area provides a place to eat, a place to play, and a place to sit and enjoy happy conversation in the shadow of the large tropical painting that looks over the room. The kitchen, the heart of the home, is a thoroughly modern space. Featuring custom cabinets in a crisp white, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops that are smooth and cool to the touch, this is a room in which you may not do much cooking, but the choice is there if you like! Head upstairs for a peek into the bedrooms, choosing the one you want for your own. Comfortable, cozy, and containing beds so soft you will sink into happy dreams, not awakening again until the sun is high in the sky! Sitting areas, en suite baths, private patios, and state-of-the-art televisions are more of the luxury amenities you can expect from this gorgeous place across from the beach. Sit out on the balcony, feeling the ocean breezes kiss your cheeks as you sip on your favorite wine, and watch the sun set over the horizon. These moments, right here, right now, are the ones you will never forget!
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One thing you will notice almost from your first day in Panama City Beach is the rain that comes rolling in on many days, right around 3 PM. Most Floridians know that it won’t be long before it rolls out again, and we rarely even notice when it starts or when it stops, but there may be a day during your fabulous Florida getaway where the skies stay gray, the sun hides behind the clouds, and the rain does not stop falling. There is no need to worry that your day is going to be ruined, however, even if it keeps raining all day; instead, keep a smile on your face and follow our lead with this guide to rainy day activities!
The Sky Is No Limit
The Pier Park Sky Wheel, rescued from Chicago and restored to its initial glory, will take you on a ride through the rainy skies (as long as there is no lightning), keeping you warm and dry as you take in the Florida landscape, snuggled up to the one you love most! The ride lasts just a few minutes, but the memories you make in the gondolas attached to the wheel will last a lifetime, and to be sure you don’t forget, a souvenir picture will be taken right before you board and will be displayed for purchase after your revolutions have been completed.
What a WonderWorks World!
As you and your family are driving down Front Beach Road, you won’t be able to miss a very distinctive building made of cream stucco, faced with four columns and seemingly perched precariously on its roof! Before you call 911, however, we can assure you that the building is meant to look that way and houses over 35000 feet of fun. Hands-on science exhibits, laser tag, and a 6D motion ride ensure that your children will have a blast, and everyone will stay warm and dry!
Under the Sea
You will spend quite a bit of your Panama City Beach journey at the beach, and the Man in the Sea Museum will give you a clearer picture of the world under the seas in which you will be swimming. This unique museum offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, including some of the earliest diving equipment ever made. Run between the raindrops and check out the submarine modules and pods that are lined up on the grounds or stay dry inside and explore everything else this unusual museum has to offer!
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It’s no secret that life gets busy. Between work, family activities, and the many responsibilities in between, it can be easy to overlook the importance of finding time to step away from it all and simply indulge your interests and a sense of fun to the fullest! While some travelers are taken in by the idea of a slope-side mountain escape where every spare moment is defined by amazing runs and fresh powder, others find their vacation stride within desert landscapes complete with towering rock arches and options for rock climbing, adventuring, and exploring. While all of these vacation settings are well worth enjoying at one point or another, if you have time to travel in the summer or fall and have a passion for time on sugar-white shorelines, soaking up sights of emerald waves and making the most of amazing dining and shopping options too—there’s no better place to find yourself than Florida’s scenic stretch of highway known and loved as 30A.
This mesmerizing destination is made up of a variety of coastal communities that each host their own atmosphere, ambiance, and options for fun waiting to be discovered. In total, 30A encompasses just about 28 miles of sandy shoreline which is plenty of space to leave stress behind and embrace the best of Florida living—even if it’s just for a short while! 30A is known for its impeccable weather thanks to its prime location snuggled within the panhandle of Northwest Florida. While the vibe here is decidedly laid-back, visitors bringing all types of interests and passions with them on vacation won’t have any trouble finding activities, attractions, and exciting stops that speak to their preferences every step of the way.
Whether you’re headed to 30A in the name of time well spent on the shorelines, can’t wait to get out on the waves, or are looking forward to time exploring captivating coastal communities, it’s a place that promises to have something for everyone. When you’re headed this way in the summer or fall, be sure to take advantage of the following activities when your goal is to round out your itinerary with the best options possible to make for an unforgettable experience!
30A Travel Guide: From Beautiful Bike Trails to Amazing State Forests
For so many summer and fall visitors, a trip to Florida’s 30A revolves around making the absolute most of time surrounded by stunning scenery. When it comes to incredible views there’s no need to worry as this panhandle destination has a way with amazing vistas that’s truly one-of-a-kind. While the option to take it all in from the comfort of a vehicle is always there, 30A is a comprehensive space that offers up alternative routes to sightseeing that bring in a touch of fresh air too!
If you’re a traveler who is up for adventure and can’t wait to see it all on two wheels, you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy time on the 30A Bike Trail. More formally known as the Timpoochee Trail, named for an influential Euchee Indian chief, the 30A Bike Trail is an iconic stretch of 19-paved miles that runs through a variety of 30A coastal communities. Those who take time to explore the 30A Bike Trail will find a seamless access point between Dune Allen and Inlet Beach that runs exactly parallel to the entire length of Highway 30A. For vista seekers, this means a seemingly endless lineup of beautiful views to admire along the way and plenty of stopping points to capture them on film too. Because the 30A Bike Trail is paved, it makes for a wonderfully smooth ride that can be customized to preference. Cyclists can enjoy a portion of the trail or make the most of stops at the various communities connected by this unique route. Either way, you’ll find that you’re up close to stunning shorelines and vantage points over rolling waves that are hard to beat.
While some cyclists are sure to bring their own gear when they know that time on the trails tops their summer or fall itinerary, those who don’t want to worry about transporting bikes can easily rent them for a day or a week at a time. Since opening their doors in 2005, 30A Bike Rentals has been a premier area provider of bikes of all types, whether you’re aiming to enjoy a family journey or can’t wait to push your athletic skills to the limit. Free delivery and pick-up options make renting bikes with 30A Bike Rentals even easier. When you’re looking to swing by, the rental shop is headquartered at 5399 E. County Highway 30A #9 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Pairing your biking excursions with off-road forested adventures is a great way to balance the outdoor experiences you’ll have in 30A with ease. It’s an easily achieved goal when you make sure to set aside time to explore and discover Washington Point State Forest. Encompassing over 15,400 acres of land, Washington Point State Forest is a pristine and ecologically diverse destination to enjoy when you’re up for birding, hiking, or a four-wheeling adventure that promises to be one-of-a-kind! Over 10 different and distinct ecosystems exist within this state forest ranging from basin swamps and wet Flatwoods to cypress swamps and wet prairie. It’s an oasis of intrigue for those who are mesmerized by the beauty of nature and those looking to enjoy some adrenaline-pumping fun far from the crowds as well!
While off-road biking is a popular activity to enjoy in Washing Point State Forest, hiking is just as appealing thanks to the maze of extensive trails that exist here. The Eastern Lake Trail System includes access to three double back loop trails while the Greenway Trail System provides more than 27 miles of recreational trail use that connects the forest to iconic destinations like Deer Lake State Park and Grayton Beach State Park.
Don’t Forget to Check Out the Rare Dune Lakes
When you’ve had your fill of forests and bike trails, this 30A travel guide promises to offer up even more in the way of incredible stops. Among the many options to check out, visitors often find the fact that this area is home to a variety of rare coastal dune lakes to be particularly appealing! These beautiful and rare geological features are found throughout the panhandles, but you’re hard-pressed to find them elsewhere on the planet! Traveling outside of the Florida panhandle or the northern Pacific coast of the U.S., you’d have to make your way to places like Australia, New Zealand, or Madagascar to find similar natural wonders! While viewing these coastal dune lakes is sure to inspire, there’s something special about grabbing a stand-up paddleboard and getting out onto the water at your very own pace. Surf Sup Paddle Board Sales and Rentals is a local company that’s more than willing to deliver paddle board rentals to your dune lake of choice upon request and serves the greater 30A area as well as Destin, Miramar Beach, and Panama City Beach.
Coastal Communities to Check Out
One of the most unique aspects of a summer or fall trip to 30A is the chance to dedicate time to exploring and discovering a plethora of charming coastal communities that make up the area. Each community comes with its own charming ambiance and sense of identity that makes a stop a completely unique experience for visitors. While every town and community that makes up the area is worth exploring, if you’re short on time and have to narrow down the list, there are a few you won’t want to miss. Among them is Seaside.
For the summer and fall traveler to 30A that has a true passion for unique architectural aesthetics and styles, a stop through Seaside is bound to be a highlight of your visit. While some will recognize Seaside immediately from the role it played in the 1998 Jim Carrey Movie The Truman Show, even without its Hollywood ties, this area has a way of capturing the minds and imaginations of those who pass through. Much as the name indicates, Seaside has the best seat in the house when it comes to communities with unsurpassed waterfront views. The community is snuggled up against a pristine shoreline and the architecture throughout is wonderfully designed to match! A style hailed as New Urbanism is showcased purposefully throughout Seaside, in large part thanks to architect Tom Christ who designed the vast majority of the buildings and city layout in the 1980s. Many would call the aesthetic of Seaside idyllic, and they wouldn’t be wrong. This coastal community manages to capture a feeling of pristine beauty with its’ collection of intricate coastal pavilions, pastel-façade homes, and white picket fences that are perfectly paired to pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets.
When you’ve spent time in sensational Seaside and could use a healthy dose of art and nature in perfect balance, make your way to Grayton Beach where there’s plenty of both to be found. This unique community is one that’s long thrived within the parameters of unconventional design and perhaps the most visible proof lies in plain sight on what is known as the art wall. Sitting at the corner of Hotz Avenue and Garfield Street, visitors to Grayton Beach will find an impromptu open-air art gallery to which creative minds continue to add their work at will. As you walk along the sand, you can feel free to be inspired by unique designs that sit in stunning contrast to the natural beauty of the area, yet somehow still go hand-in-hand.
Fun Activities in 30A
Honestly, it’s hard to imagine a getaway of any type or time to Florida’s fantastic 30A without some serious beach time involved. With so many sandy locales to choose from, visitors are never faced with a shortage of places to work on their golden tan, enjoy a swim, or settle into a beach chair and watch the waves roll in. While the 30A beaches are bustling places during the sunny daytime hours, there are plenty of options to keep the fun going after the sun goes down when you book services with 30A Blaze. This local small business specializes in helping guests set up amazing beach bonfires that are safe, fun, and aligned with all local beach bonfire regulations so you can make the most of the experience stress-free! Your reservation means all you have to do is show up and 30A Blaze will bring the goods your way. From equipment to get the fire going and even the ingredients for s’mores upon request—a beach bonfire is an absolute must while you’re here.
For those that love to get out on the water and enjoy amazing encounters with marine life, a 30A dolphin spotting tour is another activity you just won’t want to pass up while you’re in the area. Enjoy a chartered sightseeing experience that can often be paired with activities like shelling, snorkeling, or diving when you’re hoping to extend the fun. There’s nothing better than seeing dolphins jump and thrive in their natural habitats while learning more from insightful and knowledgeable guides.
Places to Stay in 30A
There’s no doubt that Florida’s Highway 30A offers up an abundance of options when it comes to planning a summer or fall adventure that you won’t soon forget. That said, knowing you’re booked into a vacation rental that offers up comfort, luxury, and a convenient location close to the fun makes all the difference too. When you’re ready to start planning a trip this way, be sure you’re partnered with the property professionals at Vacations Perfected and book a home away from home that fits your travel style preferences exactly. Guests can pick and choose from a variety of home styles, designs, and size requirements to fit you and your traveling crew with ease. Homes can be booked with access to a pool, hot tubs, vaulted ceilings, full kitchens, and more, making a trip to 30A the very definition of fun! Reach out to learn more.
Red, white, and blue, fireworks, and a long weekend are just around the corner. Have you decided what you are going to do with this bonus long weekend yet? 4th of July falls on a Sunday this year, and many travelers are going to have an extra paid day off, so why not spend it on the white sand beaches of Panama City Beach? Laze your way to the perfect tan, celebrate with your family, and after the fireworks have finished, come home to the comforts found in our Vacations Perfect holiday hideaways! This guide to all the fun you can have on your long Independence Day weekend will help you discover the most exciting way to celebrate!
Let the Celebrations Resume
2020 was a year we all wish we could forget, but the good news is that it will just make this year’s celebrations even better as we go about our business of celebrating our country’s beginnings! 2021 is the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and we deserve a good party, don’t you think? The people who put together the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Freedom Rocks Fireworks Display certainly think so, and are so eager to get the party started, they are having their Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 3rd! The skies will be alight with a cornucopia of colors, the air will be filled with big booms intermingled with oohs and ahhs, and this night will go down in the record books as one of the best celebrations you can remember. Held at the Grand Lagoon Bridge, people are invited to come early and shop and eat at any of the Freedom Rocks restaurants perched on the edge of the waters and stake their spot on the lawn of Treasure Island Marina for the show beginning at 8:45 PM. If one night of fireworks is not enough, come on over to Pier Park on July 4th for a second night of fun and colorful explosions! The details aren’t completely available, but Pier Park also offers stores, restaurants, and a giant Ferris wheel (named the Sky Wheel) that gives riders incredible views of the Florida landscape. Open until 10 PM, it is the perfect way to check out ALL fireworks displays in the area, so be sure to take a nighttime ride!
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For many people, finding that ever-elusive work/life balance can prove to be tricky. Between the demands of daily life, work responsibilities, and family needs, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and forget how important it is to step back, find time to be inspired and relax! One of the very best routes to achieving the mental and physical balance that’s so important in life is to carve time out of busy schedules to plan a vacation that’s as scenic and exciting as it is viable for a relaxing and restful getaway when life calls for that as well.
For some who are in need of a well-deserved getaway, an ideal vacation is centered around mountain slopes and opportunities to explore the fresh powder in perfect ski style. For others, planning the perfect vacation starts with setting their travel sights somewhere that pairs endless blue skies with red desert rocks and sands. However, for those who dream of turning tropical plans into a reality complete with white-sand beaches and emerald waves, there’s no place on the map that beckons quite like Panama City Beach, Florida.
Featuring an impressive 27 miles of sugar-white shorelines and seamless access to the mesmerizing waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach has long been a warm-weather enthusiast’s dream destination come true. Visitors head this way year-round to make the most of pristine beaches, savor time at waterfront restaurants, enjoy afternoons spent on the water, and make the most of a variety of exciting attractions to check out.
The versatile lineup of scenery, entertainment, flavor, and fun make Panama City Beach a great place to enjoy as a solo traveler, couple on a romantic escape, alongside family, or in the company of a large group of friends. While some inevitably come for the scuba, snorkeling, and fishing, others feel drawn to Panama City Beach in the name of working on that golden Florida-inspired tan. No matter what it is that brings you here, from the sunshine to the sensational options for adventure, this is a destination that really comes to life in the summer and fall. The following are just a few of the many options to pick and choose from when you’re ready to put the finishing touches on that one-of-a-kind Panama City Beach travel itinerary this year.
Things to Do While You’re in Town: From State Parks to Waterparks
With an average high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit in July and an average high of 87 degrees Fahrenheit in September, both summer and fall trips to Panama City Beach promise to be ideal for making the most of outdoor adventures. For the traveler with an insatiable taste for fresh-air fun, Panama City Beach is brimming over with opportunities to get outside, enjoy nature at its finest and see some exciting things along the way as well. If you’re up for exploring beautiful state parks while you’re in the area, Camp Helen State Park is a great place to start. Located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Camp Helen State Park is both a regional gem and a historic site that encompasses the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell. Endlessly rich natural landscapes make up this 180-acre park which is open to the public daily between 8:00 am and sunset for enjoying. Accessing the park requires $4 per vehicle and $2 per pedestrian or cyclist depending on how you prefer to do your state park sightseeing. Either way, you’re in for a treat.
One of the biggest and perhaps most appealing features of Camp Helen State Park is the fact that it’s home to a beautiful and rare coastal dune lake that’s found in few other places across the planet! While many visitors come to Camp Helen State Park to make the most of their time in the outdoors hiking the trails, swimming in designated areas, beachcombing, fishing, or searching for seabirds, it’s also a place that’s filled with historical landmarks. Here, you might just stumble upon a prehistoric mound that many experts believe date this area back nearly 4,000 years into the past.
A stop at St. Andrews State Park is also well worth your time when you make your way towards Panama City Beach in the summer or fall in pursuit of well-deserved fun! Situated at 4607 State Park Lane, St. Andrews State Park covers a breathtaking 1,200 acres of land along U.S. 98. This state park in particular is renowned for hosting no less than five distinct ecological landscapes within one beautiful location! Seated between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay, this state park is the ideal place to find yourself when you’re craving time snorkeling, swimming, surfing, and exploring. Complete with jetties, picnic pavilions, hiking trails, and shuttle access to Shell Island, St. Andrews State Park is open from 8:00 am until sunset daily and can be accessed for $8 per vehicle.
While exploring one-of-a-kind state parks in Panama City Beach is sure to be inspiring, a trip this way with little ones in tow may mean that you’re in for a stop at a park of another kind entirely: a waterpark! Shipwreck Island Water Park is one of Panama City Beach’s most notorious and highly anticipated stops for those that are in town with family and have little ones of all ages that are needing to be entertained outdoors. This oasis of family fun is found at 12201 Hutchison Boulevard and is open to the swimming public daily between 10:30 am and 5:00 pm. Shallow pools perfect for little ones are paired with high-energy waterslides, rides, and fountains that are suitable for everyone in the family. From the Tipping Bucket and Lazy River to the Raging River and the Ocean Motion wave pool, visitors to Shipwreck Island Water Park are sure to find something that sparks their interest.
Places to Shop
When you find yourself in Panama City Beach in the summer or fall and can’t wait to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, there’s no reason to put off your plans. Pier Park Mall is by far the area’s most exciting and comprehensive shopping stop, offering up visitors plenty of options when it comes to brands, storefronts, and a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy along the way. A giant archway lets you know you’ve reached this unique open-air destination which hosts over 125 stores and restaurants in total! Whether you plan on spending a few hours here or an entire day, it’s likely to be a place you’ll find yourself wanting to return to time and again. While shopping enthusiasts will love the combination of big-name brand stores and unique boutiques, those who are more inclined to look for entertainment will love that the complex hosts a laser tag arena a well as movie theaters to enjoy.
The waters that surround Panama City Beach are pristine and appealing. It’s hard to resist the urge to jump in and enjoy encounters of the marine kind while you’re in town. While snorkeling is a popular activity to enjoy in this area and there are plenty of boat rental companies ready to get you out on the waves and enjoying your day—there’s something to be said about diving that calls to travelers with a passion for adventure.
Be sure to plan time to partner up with Panama City Diving while you’re here in the summer or fall and are looking to take your underwater fun to the next level of excellence. Panama City Diving offers certification courses taught by enthusiastic and experienced divers that provide you with the option to head for open and deeper waters if you don’t already hold your certification credentials. More experienced divers can book chartered dives that give them a chance to explore prime locations alongside an experienced Panama City Beach travel guide. Trips are limited to just 14 divers at a time, making for an intimate and more meaningful experience overall. If you’re looking for even more to enjoy, this company can pair dive excursions with spear fishing tours upon request.
Unique Stops and Attractions from Our Panama City Beach Travel Guide
For all of its natural beauty and eco-friendly appeal, Panama City Beach is also an amazing place to find yourself if you’re looking for more off-the-beaten-path entertainment. For many summer and fall travelers, it’s best showcased with a stop at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Conveniently located at 9907 Front Beach Road, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is an entirely unique, and family-fun museum that’s both interactive and mind-bending! The museum itself is designed to look like a colorful sinking ship, and stepping inside, the wonder only increases for guests. Enjoy taking time to browse a collection of displays and exhibits that are designed to perplex and impress.
Oddities are celebrated at every turn from exhibits that showcase how you might compare to the world’s tallest man, to those that feature mysteries related to shipwrecks and dinosaurs alike. In addition to the mesmerizing display floor, guests to Ripley’s Believe It or Not can enjoy exploring the on-site mirror maze, enjoying a 7D movie theater experience, and giving the impossible laser race a try.
A Focus on Conservation
If you’re interested in incorporating some education and insightful natural interactions into your Panama City Beach experience, planning for time at ZooWorld—Zoological and Botanical Conservatory is a good idea. Situated at 9008 Front Beach Road, this stop is a great place to learn more about wildlife conservation efforts locally and abroad while enjoying the fact that you’re surrounded by more than 260 amazing creatures right on-site! The setting in ZooWorld is decidedly tropical and the staff are more than willing to offer up insight into the care provided to rehabilitated animals and those that have found a permanent home at ZooWorld too. From giraffes and lemurs to alligators and porcupines, visitors will get a close look at some of the world’s most intriguing creatures while simultaneously learning what it takes to keep them thriving in the wild despite all of the natural and human-based challenges they face.
Restaurants to Enjoy in Panama City Beach
Whenever you go on vacation, finding savory stops to enjoy is always a highlight and a trip to Panama City Beach is no exception to the rule. Sharkey’s Beachfront Restaurant is a great place to add to your savory itinerary for those nights when you’re in the mood for seafood while Nick’s Slice of Brooklyn Pizza will cater to any craving for New York Style fare while you’re enjoying warm and shoreside settings. Firefly is a choice eatery for those excited to make the most of a romantic night out at an elegant steakhouse while the Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar is a must when you’re just looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth on a hot afternoon.
Places to Stay While You’re in Town
For all of the fun and adventure that’s waiting to be found in Panama City Beach, knowing you’re booked into a vacation rental that not only keeps you close to the fun but guarantees comfort, convenience, and luxury at every turn is a sure way to elevate your experience from start to finish.
When you’re ready to transition from vacation dreaming into vacation planning, partnering with the property professionals at Vacations Perfected makes the process easier than you ever imagined. Guests who book with Vacations Perfected will enjoy access to a versatile portfolio of area rentals that are beautiful, inviting, and come furnished with the essentials and luxurious details that every traveler deserves to enjoy! If tasteful furnishings, fully equipped kitchens, spacious floor plans, and unsurpassed views are your idea of a great experience, our rental options are sure to please. Many of our properties are located in prime areas that make access to both the beach and in-town entertainment a breeze. From properties with access to wi-fi to those that feature fantastic multi-level balconies to maximize the view, Vacations Perfected is here to make sure every guest enjoys a customized Panama City Beach stay from the moment they step through the front door. Reach out today to learn more!
When it is time to visit a place you have never visited before—Panama City Beach, for example—you may feel a little unsure about all there is to do while you are there. In Panama City Beach, of course, there are beaches where you will be spending a large portion of your time swimming, tanning, or just filling your vacation hours by walking up and down the shoreline, reveling in the sights, sounds, and scents of ocean life, but did you know that Russell-Fields Pier extends 1500 feet out onto the Gulf? Or that Shell Island is totally uninhabited but is also one of the best places in town for snorkeling or watching dolphins play? This guide to the top tours you can experience during your stay with Vacations Perfected in Panama City Beach will ensure that this will be a getaway you will talk about fondly for years to come!
Don’t Just Wade at Shore’s Edge
Your Panama City Beach getaway is the perfect time to get out there and experience sea life, and the dolphin tours offered by Sea Screamer are an awesome way to do so! Take their Daytime Dolphin Cruise and laugh out loud at the antics of these friendly sea creatures or add a touch of romance to your adventure with a Sunset Dolphin Cruise offering all the fun the Daytime Dolphin Cruises offer but with a ringside seat to the spectacular Florida sunset! Both are two hours long, and both are family-friendly, so bring your kiddos along for an unforgettable experience.
A Bird’s Eye View
If you like to get the lay of the land, so to speak, before you head out for your own adventures, Panhandle Helicopter offers tantalizing glimpses of what you can expect from your getaway! Featuring flights that tease and last only for 5 minutes hovering above the beaches of Panama City Beach, flights that satisfy, lasting up to 25 minutes and giving you a bird’s eye view of everything special about the area, and everything in between, this tour promises to be your favorite—as long as you aren’t afraid of heights!
Under the Sea
The Gulf isn’t just beautiful to look at and fun to play in, the world under the sea will take your breath away as you learn to snorkel with a tour of Shell Island offered by the Shell Island Shuttle. You can also go deeper with a totally new adventure when you learn to scuba with Try Scuba Diving. Both adventures offer a way to get to know the area better and promise to be the most memorable part of your vacation!
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The joys of Christmas do not have to be accompanied by gray skies and subzero temperatures; balmy weather and sunny skies can actually give celebrants of the season another reason to feel merry, which is why we suggest that spending your 2020 Christmas in Panama City Beach could be the most joyous way to celebrate! After a year of tension and uncertainty, it is time to relax in warmth and recuperate with happiness in one of our Vacations Perfected holiday escapes. Throw your mittens back in their storage bin and slip into your flip flops and prepare for a Christmas you won’t ever forget—this guide will start you on the correct path to joy!
Decorate with a Touch of Beach
Not every Christmas decoration HAS to be red or green, and because some of the most breathtaking decors we have ever seen were done in shades of beach, a visit to Shell Port at 9949 Thomas Drive in Panama City can change the way you look at Christmas decorating forever! Substitute a starfish for the star on the top of your tree, shells for ornaments, and if you haven’t bought your 10 year old nephew’s Christmas gift yet, we can promise he will be THRILLED with a shark’s tooth necklace that is often in stock!
Although the Gulf waters are a little chilly during the winter months, the mild temperatures make beach play fun. Grab some plastic buckets, shovels, and your favorite picture of Santa Claus and try to recreate him from sand. If a sandy Santa is beyond your level of skill, a sweet white Christmas tree decorated with shells and sea glass can make a festive substitute. Don’t forget your camera, though; this is one memory you will want to capture and keep forever!
Peaceful Nights Filled with Joy
However you choose to spend your days, coming home to the cheerful comforts of our Vacations Perfected holiday homes will be the shining star on the top of your Christmas tree! Sipping eggnog as you decorate a small tree, singing along to Christmas carols playing over your laptops, and re-telling the classic Christmas stories the night before the big event ensures your holiday will be topnotch! Reserve one of our joyously comfortable Christmas condos today and let the merrymaking commence; it just doesn’t get any better than Christmas in Panama City Beach!
We at Vacations Perfected count our blessings many times a year, but never more so than at the holidays when the weather is about as close to perfect as possible. No ice, no sleet, no freezing temperatures, just clear skies and all the sunshine we can handle staring down at us. How can you not be thankful that you are in Florida and not somewhere cold? If your Thanksgiving journey has you heading south for the holiday, your first stop should be at one of our Vacations Perfected holiday hideaways. Designed for families, they add a sparkling touch to your Thanksgiving escape on your getaway to Panama City Beach!
What Are You Thankful For?
2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, and quite frankly it could be hard to find something to be thankful for, but all that changes when you step inside our doors. Check out the kitchens that are the heart of the home, fully equipped for whatever challenges that need met. Plan and prepare an entire Thanksgiving feast, bake some sweet desserts, or simply use it to keep your wine and beer chilled. However you spend your Thanksgiving with us, this space is where memories will be made! In the living areas, keeping up with your family tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a luxurious experience on the big screen televisions placed so as to not ruin your views of the Gulf, visible through oversized glass doors. Play board games or video games, have intimate conversations with your family, or after you have eaten the last bite of turkey, nap happily on plush and comfortable furnishings. After all, the tryptophan hangover is not such a bad thing when you are enjoying the perfect vacation with Vacations Perfected! And long after the sun has sank down below the horizon and the sky has lit up with the twinkling of a million stars, you will soon discover that night time offers a sleep so deep you won’t want to wake up for a week.
Give Your Chef a Break
Year after year, there is one person who is responsible for the tightrope walk that preparing a turkey day feast could be considered. Creating all the dishes you love, our mothers do not have the opportunity to enjoy the day, but this year should be different. Cuvee 30A at 12805 US-98 D101 in Rosemary Beach is offering a Thanksgiving dinner to go, allowing mom to sit back, relax, and count her blessings for the first time in years!
We’re Thankful for You
In the topsy turvy world we are living in this year, the one constant is our eternal gratitude to our guests. Reserve your Vacations Perfected holiday escape today!
The beauty of Panama City Beach doesn’t just lie in the sugar white sands framing clear emerald waters, although that’s definitely part of its draw! Beauty can be found all around you as you get out and explore everything our Gulf front town has to offer; it can be found in the palm trees swaying in the breeze, in the wooded areas that offer quiet moments in days that can be very loud, and in the parks that dot the landscape. This guide to natural attractions in Panama City Beach and the surrounding area is filled with reasons our town is destined to be your favorite!
No matter how popular Panama City Beach becomes, we never want to forget what made us famous in the first place, and Conservation Park is just one of many ways we remember. Located at 100 Conservation Drive and offering a combination of grassy open areas, wetlands, and quiet forested areas filled with mature trees that block the sun and allow for easy hikes even during the hottest days of summer, this park is reminiscent of what Panama City Beach once was. Tall cypress trees are what you’ll find swaying in the wind here, and as you hike along dirt paths, the only sounds to be heard involve woodland animals and the whisper of the winds. Offering 24 miles of trails that traverse over 2900 acres of parkland, birdwatchers consider this stretch of land their personal paradise as they use their binoculars and birdwatching apps to track the different species of birds that make their homes in these words. In the winter months when most of the nation is facing bitter cold and terrible weather conditioners, the migration of birds flying south for the winter add extra joy as their check-marked lists grow larger!
Coastal Dune Lakes
Along the stretch of Highway 30A, a road that meanders along the Gulf Coast and leads you straight to our doorstep, you will find a variety of rare and treasured coastal dune lakes. There are only four countries in the world that offer these unique bodies of water, and Florida is home to an astonishing number; there are 15 of these beauties scattered along the Gulf Coast! Lake Powell is the largest of the 15 and is also located closest to Panama City Beach. It offers a unique glimpse into the natural history of our state. Rumored to have been in existence for over 10,000 years, a coastal dune lake is unique due to its location and water type; separated from the Gulf by only a narrow berm of sand, it is not unusual to find a combination of saltwater and freshwater in the brackish depths of the lake, which also leads to a variety of saltwater and freshwater fish living in its depths.
After a Day of Exploring Nature
Coming home to the comforts of our Vacations Perfected retreats will be the highlight of your Florida adventure! Offering luxurious style and decadent comfort, there’s nowhere else you’ll want to stay. Reserve your rental home with us today!