Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach
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This 27-mile long beach offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy such as swimming, snorkeling, dolphin-spotting parasailing and jet skiing.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sharon L
    North Bay, Canada36 contributions
    Love PCB!
    Absolutely wonderful place to visit. Locals were friendly and helpful with attraction recommendations in the area. A clean smaller city vibe with plenty to do and all the amenities within walking distance from our condo on Front Beach Blvd. The white sandy beach is beautiful and clean. Although PCB is considered to be a much cooler area to vacation in winter and early spring, the weather was been perfect. Low 69 -78. The perfect vacation location.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • HavingHope
    Powell, Tennessee179 contributions
    Better than Destin!
    I've traveled a lot, and the emerald green water and fluffy sand are like no other. We have also stayed in Destin and been like sardines on the beach. We couldn't drive anywhere due to the traffic and eating out...yeah even Chick Fil A took 45 minutes. After that bad experience, we decided to give Panama City Beach a try. We have been here in Oct 2022, February 2023 and March 23 during "Spring Break". No issues with traffic, restuarants or people. I think it is a rouse to keep people away, and I'm glad it didn't keep us away. Kids have been in swimming in the ocean each day. We did find some cool shells. We've seen rays and dolphins from our beach front condo. We will definitely be back.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
  • St_Matty
    Houston, Texas5,083 contributions
    Nice clean beach, well looked after.
    This was a lovely beach to visit. Well kept and nice and clean. There were a few car parks you could use along it. Also a dog section, near the pier, which was good as they were not allowed on the rest of the beach.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Roy Z
    37 contributions
    Family Trip
    The fishing in the lagoon and on the beach was awesome. The Airbnb we rented was clean and an easy walk to the beach. We felt safe walking the area and the Carnival Market had excellent fresh produce along with the fresh fish from Buddy's Seafood.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2023
  • C B
    1 contribution
    Much needed R&R with breathtaking ocean sunsets. Unplugged and enjoyed the simple things in lfe.
    We stayed in a beautiful airbnb atTropic Winds on the 23rd floor with oceanfront views. I was looking for absolute R&R and I found it here. I could honestly sit on that balcony every day all day, listening to the ocean and watching the sunset. Simply beautiful. The beach is beautiful but I'm not much of a beachbum. In my opinion, this is an area geared toward families, not a party scene. I will definitely be returning. Also, we drove there from southern Michigan. Not a bad drive, 15 hours. Lastly, there are a ton of nearby shopping malls for you shopaholics. I can't wait to go back to my balcony someday! Safe travels everyone! 🙏
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Michele P
    Buckhead, Georgia34 contributions
    Wonderful weekend in PCB despite the storms and rip current warnings.
    The beach is beautiful, this weekend however, there was inclement weather and rip tide warnings, so was not able to actually get in the water. We loved the condo we rented and proximity and access to the beach, the view, and humidity was not as high as usual, so that was good. PCB is growing by leaps and bounds, however, still lacks a variety fine dining choices.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • james b
    9 contributions
    PCB 2023
    We ended up staying at the Tidewater. The whole stay was great. Of course they're doing construction on front beach road as always but it wasn't a problem. A lot of security at the Tidewater and plenty of workers there to help and answer questions. The water was crystal clear and the weather was perfect.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Patricia S
    United States133 contributions
    Delightful
    It was a holiday weekend, and the beaches were very crowded. However, the beach near our rental was not as crowded and very nice. The beach was beautiful and the water was fine! Our children enjoyed it very much. Shelling is not as good as at other beaches I have been to, and there were no boardwalks in our area making it not accessible for the mobility challenged. Nonetheless, it is beautiful and a delighful experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Jaylasmom
    Conway, Arkansas575 contributions
    Beautiful
    Beautiful beach! Sadly the weather and rip currents were bad this time so we weren’t able to enjoy the beach like we wanted to and wasn’t as beautiful as usual. Hopefully next time will be better.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Christina W
    Mint Hill, North Carolina78 contributions
    Double red flags
    Unfortunately we traveled to PCB under poor weather conditions. So no swimming and the beach patrol was strict about staying out of the water, or $500 fine. The sand is soft and almost white, so not hot on feet.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
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Cindy F
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
Don’t get me wrong. The beach is beautiful and the city overall is great. Lots of skunk weed smokers. We decided to store our camper at a facility on Thomas Drive. They sold our camper without telling us. Took us months to get it back. Do NOT recommend the campground at that location.
Written February 24, 2024
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Unknown U
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Too many cigar and smokers. Too many dog owners walking dogs and not pickin up poop properly. If you can’t stand smoke this is not your place. Too many smokers. It was a struggle in January I can’t imagine in high season. Nobody gives a damm! The only beach where smoking is not allowed is the dogs beach so lots of dogs and more poop and crowded. Water is clear and amazing views but lung cancer or issues with smoking this is not your place. No fresh air on the beach nor around. Also lots of bikers on the streets.
Written February 3, 2024
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Lisa B
7 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is their offseason in January. There was still plenty to do. There were so many good restaurants that we went to. Neons had a roaring '20s party one night which was so much fun. We got dressed up and they had a live band and great food. They also had their Mardi Gras celebration at Pier Park. They had the street blocked off and had a parade and live bands. It was like a mini Mardi Gras. So much fun. They have a state park there on the Gulf or you can walk along the beach. The water is very tropical looking and plenty of beach to walk on.
The town was hit by a tropical winter storm and you could see some of the damage but many places are open and in full swing. I will go back.
Written February 1, 2024
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Jesse F
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Family
Beware of Blue Swell Rentals. Extremely disappointing experience. We stayed at Aqua during the week of Thanksgiving and two of the three balconies in our condo were closed as well as the large outdoor pool due to construction. We were not notified until days before our vacation that the construction ”might” be happening. Blue Swell Rentals told us that we’d be on a refund review and did not get back to us after several contacts over a month and a half that they would not provide us with any refund at all. Very poor communication and ultimately false advertising since we did not get what we paid for. My family will NOT be returning to any of their properties.
Written January 30, 2024
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Venissa H
Silsbee, TX4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
A place where your cares wash away on warm ocean breezes. Sink your toes into the soft white sands and enjoy all that this tropical oasis offers.
Written January 16, 2024
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ddutto921502
Griffin, GA2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This beach is beautiful. Double red flags but still beautiful. Great for walks and dolphin watching.
Written October 17, 2023
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TIFFANY B
30 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful beaches. High energy and lots to see and do. Numerous restaurants, mini golf, beach shops and more! It's not just for spring break.
Written October 14, 2023
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,248 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Panama City Beach is a very nice, white sand beach with clear, warm water. The seas are fairly calm so it's easy to enjoy the water. The area itself is pretty congested with hotels/restaurants/bars. We were there mid week in late September so it wasn't too bad. I would think that crowds would be an issue at busier times.
Written September 28, 2023
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JacksonvilleGM
Jacksonville, FL1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Family
Recently moved here and the beaches are so much better than west coast. My family loved the crystal blue water and gentle shoreline. Goodbye California!!!
Written September 18, 2023
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American busine... G
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Business
I’ve never seen all my life a beach like Panama beach FL. The entire beachfront is particular with gate and code.
There’s no public parking, no shower, no beach… that’s ridiculous beach place.
I do not recommend and very frustrating
By by Panamá beach
Written September 14, 2023
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