Romance looks easy in the movies. Boy meets girl, boy finds a cute way to ask girl out, and boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after. But what the movies don’t show is that happily ever after involves a lot of work! It’s easy to slack on the work when your jobs, your kids, and your families fill up your hours, but when you plan a romantic getaway to Panama City Beach, we at Vacations Perfected can help you remember the important stuff like date nights and quiet evenings in. This guide to romantic things to do in Panama City Beach FL will offer up the perfect ingredients to ensure your happily ever after really does last forever!
Tranquility by the Sea, 601 Grand Panama Boulevard
Sometimes all you need for a romantic outing is two extra pairs of hands, soothing lavender aromatherapy, and a private room for two. We are, of course, talking about the Sweetheart Special offered by Tranquility by the Sea, one of our favorite local day spas! Also offering the All You Need is Love special that includes a complete spa service of a Swedish massage performed with chocolate oil, hot stones, and feet and scalp massages, all that’s missing is a glass of champagne. Oh wait, for $5 more you can add a glass of champagne to this sweetheart’s delight, making your day all that much more special.
Firefly, 535 N Richard Jackson Boulevard
The romantic meal of your dreams can be easily attained at this local hot spot! Firefly offers everything you need to flame the fires of your love, including a tree that grows right in the middle of the dining area! Share bites off each other’s plates as you sip your favorite grape and share secret dreams that only your partner can make come true. Be sure to save room for their famous Chocolate Turtle Cake, made by topping a moist and delicious chocolate cake with caramel sauce and toasted pecans!
Home Sweet Honeymoon Hideaway
You don’t need to be on an actual honeymoon to enjoy the luxuries and comfort of our Vacations Perfected honeymoon hideaways. Watch the sun set over the sea from the balcony of your favorite, sleep late every morning, and cuddle while watching fake couples find their happily ever after on the big-screen television. Reserve your favorite today!
The colder days are coming, and you may not be quite ready to deal with snow, ice, and sleet, making a Thanksgiving getaway to Panama City Beach the top item on your holiday bucket list! Offering moderate temperatures, the laid-back vibe of beach living, and a taste of tranquility that will help prepare you for the upcoming Christmas holiday, the only thing better than visiting Panama City Beach at Thanksgiving is staying with Vacations Perfected when you do! This guide to the fun you can have and the relaxation you will enjoy will have you clicking the Book Now button almost before you finish reading!
No Name’s Annual Day Before Thanksgiving Party, November 24th, 5555 US-98, PCB
Since you won’t be shopping, cleaning, or cooking for Thanksgiving this year, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the party at one of our favorite watering holes, the No Name Lounge. Featuring another favorite, the musical group called Sons of Saints, the music promises to be hot, the drinks cold, and your mindset will be stationed on celebration as you relax and enjoy the party you would never have been able to attend back home!
Harpoon Harry’s for the Win, 12627 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach
As if sunny skies, white sands, and turquoise waters aren’t enough to make your heart skip a happy beat, the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked meal cooked by someone else is guaranteed to make you smile hard! Harpoon Harry’s is a local tradition for tired moms who just don’t want to handle the heat of the kitchen and will be your newest obsession! Offering all the traditional fixings, the reasonable cost and beach views ensure you won’t feel as if you are missing out on something important, as you gather round the dining table dining in accompaniment to the music of the sea!
Modify Your Own Traditions
Maybe you are worried about missing out on your signature stuffing (the one that your Nana brought over from the old country, resplendent with Italian sausage and mushrooms) or maybe you caught your first glimpse of our fully equipped kitchen and you decided right then and there that you couldn’t wait to get your hands on that stove. Whatever your reasons for choosing to cook a Thanksgiving meal, spending the holiday with the ones you love most in our comfortable and stylish holiday hideaways promises to give you plenty to be thankful for! Reserve your favorite property in Panama City Beach today!
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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As you sit on your balcony watching the rainfall into the waters below you, the realization that choosing Vacations Perfected was the best idea you have had this year may bring a smile to your face and peacefulness to your soul. Reserve your stay with us today!
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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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.
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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!
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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!
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!
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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!