This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.
I grew up traveling to Panama City Beach as generations of my family had before. We went to the same restaurants every trip and spent days going between the sand and relaxing in the condo. The community is where so many of my childhood memories were forged, where traditions were created. It was our home away from home.
I was excited to return as an adult last year, but my plans were changed when Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Panhandle in October 2018. And while rebuilding continues in some parts of the county, Panama City Beach is officially open for tourism. I’m looking forward to going back to my happy place this spring to see for myself. I encourage you to make it yours as well.
Back to the Beach
The beaches are open and have the same clear blue water and sugar white sand that makes it a favorite of visitors and locals alike. The accommodations, including hotels and condos, are open and ready for vacationers. The restaurants you’ve come to love (like the casual seafood restaurants!) are preparing delicious dishes as you read this. I can’t wait to visit the Real. FUN. Beach.
This Is My PCB
Friends and fans of Panama City Beach are encouraged to share their favorite photos, videos, and tales of their trips there along with tips for first-time visitors. By using the hashtag #MyPCB, you can enter to win a stay at Grand Panama Beach Resort, dinner for 4, and 4 attraction passes to Gulf World Marine Park. Don’t forget to visit MyRealPCB.com for more information!
The warm spring months are among the best to visit Panama City Beach as the climate is ideal. There are dozens of events going on, with something for everyone. A favorite festival is UNwineD, a craft beer, wine, and spirits event in March that the destination will be using to support charities and the surrounding communities. This year, amazing talent like Brandi Carlile and JOHNNYSWIM will perform! Some of Northwest Florida’s best chefs will be on hand to create their finest dishes. There’s also the PCB Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, featuring the area’s mobile kitchens, the PCB Mardi Gras & Music Festival, led by the Krewe of Dominique Youx, and SandJam, the region’s top alternative rock festival. Headliners include Kings of Leon, Third Eye Blind and Young the Giant. If you’re into festivals, plan your fun today!
But I’m not just excited about festivals and food. Now that I’m certified, I look forward to going scuba diving in the area. I look forward to taking a boat ride out to Shell Island, a 7-mile barrier island that has one of the best beaches in the country. It’s home to endangered birds and turtles and was once inhabited by Native Americans and pirates. If these activities don’t appeal to you, there are also outfitters to take you kayaking and paddleboarding on the lagoon or parasailing above the Gulf of Mexico.
I also have a whole list of places to dine, including ones I remember fondly from childhood. Shrimp from Dusty’s Oyster Bar? Check. Donuts from Thomas Donut and Snack Shop? Absolutely. There are too many delicious things to eat in PCB!
So when you start planning your spring travels around the South, be sure to visit Panama City Beach.