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!
If you stop to think about it, there are probably thousands of songs written about summer, all of which do their best to keep you in summer mode year round! As we hum along to the lyrics that teach us about easy living, hot fun, and nights where summer loving happened quickly, you can’t help but start to look forward to your own summer plans. When it’s time to stop dreaming about long days you wish would never end, sultry nights under velvety night time skies, and sunrise walks along the beaches of the world, turning your focus towards Panama City Beach and our Vacations Perfected summer escapes will make those dreams become a reality. This guide to Panama City Beach activities will ensure that every minute will be filled with fun and excitement!
Creatures of the Sea
If you spend any time at all at the beach, chances are you will catch glimpses of the creatures who make their homes in the water, but if you really want a clearer picture of their lives, a visit to Gulf World, located at 15412 Front Beach Road, will teach you all you need to know! Offering dolphin encounters and stingray snorkeling, animal encounters and daily educational shows, this beachfront amusement park may be the highlight of your Panama City Beach getaway!
Panama City Beach Activities Close to Nature
Conservation Park, located at 100 Conservation Drive, is one of our favorite places in town—after the beach, of course! Offering hiking trails, wooded areas, swampy vistas, and a serenity you won’t often find in town, you can have a picnic as you explore the tranquil landscape or simply enjoy a few hours in the park before heading to your next summer adventure.
Take a Step Back into Your Past
Remember the not so distant summers of your youth during which you spent nearly every day at the local pool or waterpark? Seasonal passes were inexpensive and your parents knew you couldn’t get into too much trouble in these watery paradises and were happy to let you spend your days working on your tans, flirting, and hiking to the top of the waterslide over and over again, for those few minutes of excitement on the ride down. Today’s waterparks are more complex and the slides are higher, faster, and more plentiful, especially at Shipwreck Island Water Park, located at 12201 Hutchison Boulevard. Offering lazy rivers and wave pools, gentler and more shallow areas for the little ones in your life, and of course, raging rapids and pirate themed waterslides, Shipwreck Island promises to be the adventure you’ll never forget!
Prepare for the Perfect Summer
Heading home every evening of your summer sojourn to one of our Vacations Perfected seasonal escapes will be the best part of your day as you climb into your comfy clothes and prepare for a quiet evening of family fun. Reserve yours today!
What do you do when you have vacation time scheduled but none of your friends and family can manage to get the same time off? We suppose you could stick close to home, cross some things off the endless lists all homeowners have, and maybe enjoy a couple of margarita lunches with the company of your eBook. That could be fun for sure. Or, and we think this might be an even more exciting idea, you can take a solo journey to the beautiful town of Panama City Beach in Florida and enjoy a relaxing stay in one of our Vacations Perfected beachside hideaways! The following Panama City Beach activities for a solo traveler will ensure that this won’t be the first time you decide to take a journey all on your own.
Sunset Views and Quiet Contemplation
Not every activity you partake in has to make your heart beat faster during your stay in Panama City Beach; some of the most memorable moments will be those spent watching a sunset so spectacular it takes your breath away! Sip a glass of wine on the balcony of your Vacations Perfected condo, or walk along the shores of the gulf, enjoying ocean breezes and the company of other travelers enjoying the same view!
Explore the Wildlife
Gulf World is our hometown “aquarium” that offers an up close and personal look at life under the sea! Take in the daily shows that involve dolphins, sea lions, and a feather & friends show, or inquire about the opportunity to feed a stingray in Stingray Bay. You don’t need a plus one to laugh at the antics of these sea creatures—unless your plus one is a dolphin and you are checking out the Swim with the Dolphins program!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Although you might miss your favorite purse and package holder during your shopping spree at Pier Park Drive, do you really think you need an anchor holding you back as they ask you if REALLY need that stained glass imitation of a mermaid’s tail? Of course you need it, and all the other fun and unique gifts you can purchase without restraint; shopping in Panama City Beach is definitely one incidence where solo is best!
As Night Falls and Daylight Fades
The best part of your solo journey to Panama City Beach will be coming home to one of our exclusive Vacations Perfected vacation escapes—reserve yours today!