This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.
Many of you grew up like me, spending the summer at Panama City Beach, Florida and the surrounding beach towns along the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a place full of nostalgia for me, from the bull at Angelo’s to the souvenir shops that line the boulevard. But there’s so much that “PCB,” as it’s affectionately known, has to offer all ages and interests, whether that’s turquoise water and sugar sand beaches or adventurous activities. As I plan a return trip, I’d like to share what I would do when I visit the Real. FUN. Beach now that I’m an adult. There’s no shortage of ways to make it yours.
Scuba Dive at a Wreck
Panama City Beach is considered to be the region’s wreck diving capital. As a certified advanced diver, I can’t wait to explore the depths of sunken ships, including a World War II ship. Outfitters around PCB offer equipment rentals and guided charters as well as certification classes.
Watch the Sunset from a Boat
What’s better than watching the sun fade into orange from the comfort of a boat? Just about nothing. Companies like Island Time Sailing run snorkeling tours to Shell Island and dolphin watching cruises by day and sunset cruises in the late afternoon.
Relax at Shell Island
Panama City Beach has 27 miles of beach, so it’s hard to choose just one. Shell Island and St. Andrew State Park are visitor favorites for the white sand and calm water that appeals to all ages of beachgoer.
Roam the Swamp in Search of Wildlife
The Panama City Beach Conservation Park is made up of nearly 3,000 acres of boardwalks that can be explored by bike or by foot. Enjoy the shade of the cedar trees and keep on the lookout for creatures.
Dine at the Old School Eateries
Capt. Anderson’s and Angelo’s Steak Pit have been classics in Panama City Beach for as long as I can remember, serving fresh Gulf seafood and steak, respectively. But there are also newer spots, including the colorful donuts at A’more and barbecue from Back Beach Barbecue.
Indulge in Spa Treatment and Fitness Class
There are dozens of spas around town, but none finer than the Serenity Spa at Sheraton Bay Point Resort, a AAA 4 Diamond property, which offers treatments like massages as well as yoga classes. Visitors can also indulge in beachfront yoga or even paddleboard yoga.
Shop for Kitschy Souvenirs
Every trip of my childhood was spent at Alvin’s Magic Mountain buying hermit crabs and neon colored t-shirts. Pick up your beach essentials and even coastal decor at the many stores in Panama City Beach.
Enjoy the Thrill Rides
Panama City Beach’s old-school carnival rides are a favorite of the young and young at heart, including roller coasters, giant slides, zipline, and go karts.
Book yourself a vacation in Panama City Beach, whether you’re traveling with your family, group of friends, significant other, or on your own. The area has accommodations for every budget, from campgrounds to rental houses to luxury resorts. Plan your fun today by visiting Visit Panama City Beach‘s website.
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