Memorial Day Activities and Events in Panama City

If there was an official start to the summer season, it would be Memorial Day. For millions of Americans, this weekend initiates a reinvigorating new stage. It represents the closing of the early months of the year and the refreshing air of newness that the summer season brings.

If you landed on this page here with us, you are probably already exploring a Memorial Day vacation getaway. There may be no matter better place to do it than the attractive, affordable, and scenic beaches of Panama City Beach.

Stay at any of our top beachfront vacation rentals on Panama City Beach and choose from dozens of events, activities, dining destinations, and ocean sports to celebrate the start of summer.

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Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Panama City Beach is your oyster this Memorial Day weekend (May 26th – 28th). You can find several events, thrilling water activities and adventures to enjoy for all skill levels.

Take a trip to Aaron Bessant Park (600 S Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413) for the afternoon and early evening festivities. The park typically features live music, local vendors, and overall 70-acres to walk and explore. It’s a popular hangout throughout the holiday weekend.

Around Memorial Day, several free Panama City Beach summer concert series also start to kick off, including the PCB Summer Concert Series which is held in the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from early June through August.

Get more details on Memorial Day events and the upcoming PCB concert series as the date approaches on the Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation website.

Little Village in Panama City

Head inland to Panama City to explore what Little Village has to offer in the way of Memorial Day things to do. Little Village is located at 2808 W 12th St, Panama City, FL 32401. It is home to some splendid and rustic shops, great local food, and live outdoor music.

On May 27th, KC Phelps is performing in the village. May 29th is a fun and frantic trivia night, and Brian Muth will be following up the festivities on May 30th.

Dining

You can grab a delectable Memorial Day lunch at Barefoot Hideaway Grill (15405 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413). The boisterous and colorful deck and the surrounding beach is the perfect backdrop to dine in. The restaurant will be open at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Dine right on the water, with some local music to ring in the season.

Capt. Anderson’s (5551 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408) is ranked as one of the best seafood restaurants from Southern Living. It’s a radiant building with an accomplished menu of fine dining delights. This is another go-to Memorial Day dinner option among several in Panama City Beach that we can inform you about by calling 800-874-2412.

Water Sports

Take a snorkel cruise with an informative local guide with Dolphin and Snorkel Tours (3824 Hatteras Lane, Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, FL). Head out on trips of about 1.5 hours, which leave from the Bay Point Marina. All equipment is included.

You can also rent a jet ski from Emerald Surf WaterSports (20723 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413) or take a dolphin-themed cruise with the aptly titled Jet Ski Dolphin Tours (5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL 32408).

Both providers deliver the kind of water-bound experience you may want for Memorial Day. But that’s only the beginning. You can parasail the waters with Paradise Watersports (5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408) or grab a bike and ride along the shores with Beachside Motorsports (12500 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, FL 32407).

Throw yourself into the celebrations to kick off the summer season. Indulge in the frantic fun of all the many things to do, from shelling along the radiant beaches, listening to talented live musicians, snorkeling through colorful reefs, soaring across the sky in a parasail, or just lounging on the beach outside the best beachfront vacation rentals on Panama City.

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Give us a call at 800-874-2412 for information on the nearby attractions, events, things to do, and more information on how you can call Panama City Beach your home for the holiday.

Spring Events in Panama City

The weather is getting warmer and you’re eager to plan your next vacation. It is time to get out there and see what is happening in Panama City and Panama City Beach this spring.

Your visit to Florida’s scenic panhandle might be filled with several lovely afternoons on the beach. But the city is bustling with events of all kinds, from kid-friendly western-themed events to motorcycle rallies.

It is quite the place to be. Read below for some of the most exciting things to do when visiting Panama City this year.

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Seabreeze Jazz Festival – April 18-20, 2018

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival at Aaron Bessant Park is a perfect example of the wide variety of events you can participate in while visiting Panama City Beach this spring. Sure, you can see the motorcycles or jeeps, but for many, it’s all about the smooth jazz of some iconic greats.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival has hit its 20th anniversary this year and is sure to bring out some crowd-pleasing jazz elites to celebrate it.

You can see headliners, like the Commodores and Kool and the Gang, perform their pop perfections. Other headliners include Brian Culbertson, Boney James, and Gerald Albright. A full list of lesser-known but highly talented jazz artists include Rachelle Ferrell, Spyro Gyra, Peter White, Richard Elliot, and Ragan Whiteside.

You can purchase admission for a single day for about $90. Admission for the entire four-day event is about $250 per person. The event begins April 18th and ends April 22nd.

 It will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is expected to end around 11 p.m. You can park for free at Pier Park.

The event takes place at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, Florida. This is a classic jazz event. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

Kid’s Fishing Rodeo – April 28, 2018

This free event takes the fun of the rodeo to the water. It’s quite simple. Bring your kids out to the park to experience some fun old-school fishing.

All equipment will be provided to participants. The goal of the event is to promote local fishing as a hobby as well as teach sound and safe fishing practices. Kids will be educated on how to unhook a fish, what sizes to look for, and other fishing tips.

This event is entirely free and open to ages 16 and under. Lunch is provided for all.

The event is April 28th 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It takes place at the Frank Brown Park, located at 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL. You can contact (850)-233-5045 for more details.

Thunder Beach Spring Rally – May 2-6, 2018

The Thunder Beach Spring Rally is a roaring good time. It’s all about the growl of the motors and the fun of the noise. The event features an array of rip-roaring events, revolving around the Thunder Beach Bike Show. Participants bring the best motorbikes and motorcycles out for display, fully tuned and primed with accessories.

The event features a bike parade, a tattoo contest, and a contest for Miss Thunder Beach. The Thunder Beach Spring Rally is a blast and runs May 2nd to May 6th 2018. The event is located at 550 Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, Florida.

Jeep Beach Jam – May 15-20, 2018

Jeep enthusiasts all over the country have migrated to Panama City Beach for the annual Jeep Beach Jam. Frankly, it’s an easy sell. The event showcases collector jeeps for display and brand new models fully accessorized for your viewing pleasure.

The Jeep Beach Crawl is the most popular event. But don’t forget the intercoastal races, various rock and mound obstacles courses, and more. Visitors can even find some free music in the park and a slew of vendors will offer some of the finest Jeep merchandise.

The event is May 15th to May 20th. The event, like many in Panama City Beach, is located at Frank Brown Park (16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL).

Registration is about $50, and it gives you access to every part of the event, including the Poker Run, parking, scavenger hunt, the drive-in movie, the welcome dinner at Bonfire Luau’s, cash raffle, surf school, and more.

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Contact us at 800-874-2412 for information about our comfortable beachfront rentals in Panama City Beach. You can find your own perfect vacation home to explore the many energetic and entertaining events of Panama City Beach’s spring season.

Easter Activities and Events in Panama City Beach

It’s another spring in Panama City Beach, and that means another calendar of seasonal Easter events to appreciate. Make your way over to Panama City Beach this Easter for your next family-friendly vacation getaway to enjoy a plethora of events next to some of the most pleasant beach scenery you’ll find anywhere.

Panama City Beach offers a splendid mix of smaller and more intimate Easter activities next to some big and celebratory get-togethers. Below is a look at some of the area’s staple events that happen every year. Make the most out of your trip by coming on down and seeing what is in store.

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Schooner’s Egg Hunt

Schooners Restaurant has hosted their youth beach Easter event for many years each Easter weekend Saturday. It is called the Little Locals Beach Easter Egg Hunt, and it is likely one of the most popular Easter activities for families that you will find.

Kids of all ages can receive prizes of candy, gift certificates, and more for their spirited collecting. Hunts are divided by age, including 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-9. This gives all ages a chance to find as many eggs as possible with friends.

Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. The event this year will feature a massive Easter-themed sandcastle. It takes place outside Schooner’s at 5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408 on March 31st.

The 2019 dates for the event are April 19 to the 21st. You can even pop on by to the city again in 2020 from April 10 to the 12th for similar Easter excitement at Schooners.

The Furry 5K

The Humane Society is tying in their special Furry 5K event around the Easter festivities. This April 7th at 8 a.m., you can bring the whole family along for a casual 5K run to support the ongoing mission of finding homes for the homeless animals.

Your energy will support the organization. Bring your dog along. Pet some animals in need of love. Surround yourself by love-filled dogs and cats following Easter weekend.

A single person is $30. Team rates are also available. The event will take place at the Frank Brown Park, located at Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL.

Easter Brunch Buffet at Boars Head Tavern

You can take the kids to the Easter egg hunt, get up early for the pet run, or just lounge on the beach for the holiday. But, at some point, you have to eat and may as well eat big.

The Easter Brunch Buffet at Boars Head Restaurant and Tavern brings out the most enthusiastic big brunch eaters for the holiday.

Find fresh shrimp, steak omelets, char-grilled fish fillets, and seemingly everything in between for one of the city’s most bombastic Easter brunches.

The restaurant is located at 17290 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. Brunch is the entire mid-day of Easter Sunday, April 1st. You can call the restaurant at (850) 234-6628 for further details on prices, what dishes to expect, and reservations.

Get connected with some affordable and fantastic Panama City Beach condo rentals. Book a vacation rental to grab a spot in this highly sought-after vacation destination and find yourself indulging in all of the fun and love of the Easter holiday next to beautiful world-class beaches.

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Our condo rentals are conveniently located in Panama City Beach at 7205 Thomas Drive, near all of the best Easter and post-Easter events and activities – giving you the perfect home base to experience it all, right on the beach!

Contact us at (800)-874-2412 for more details about what you can find in Panama City Beach this spring.

The 3 Prettiest Dining Views in Panama City Beach

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Stunning Beach Views, and Nothing Less:

Dining in Panama City Beach means the chance to watch the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico while you indulge in the catch of the day.

Take advantage of Florida’s beautiful northern coast, with a water view while on vacation.

The three Panama City Beach restaurants below offer some of the most stunning views you can possibly find in the area. With food to match the scenery, these restaurants are must-visits during your stay at one of our Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

Hook’d Pier and Grill

Location: 16201 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL

Hook’d know they have a premier location on the water. The website even includes a page for photos, a celebration of its sensational coastline views frequently snapped from the outdoor seating area.

This uninterrupted water view is complemented by a nearby pier and a walking path, where locals and visitors gather to fish, jog, and play. The restaurant’s ocean-inspired décor ties together perfectly laid-back atmosphere and casual food.

The menu includes all a variety of specialty dishes, such as a cheesesteak covered in melted provolone and sautéed peppers and fish and shrimp tacos smothered a tropical mango-pico blend sauce – and much more. It is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Sharkey’s Beachfront Restaurant

Location: 15201 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL

Sharkey’s is big, bombastic, and open almost all the time. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week, you can grab a meal and a mean margarita – all overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Some menu highlights include a mango salad, the Hawaiian tuna poke, the famous Shark Bites, and the Seafood Mac and Cheese – the likely candidate one of the most desirable local delicacies – made with Tasso cheese, Bay scallops, crawfish, shrimp, and Panko breadcrumbs.

Not only a feast for the eyes and mouth, Sharkey’s has live music almost every night of the week. When there is no live music (most Sundays, for example), you’ll find a fun social event, such as trivia or bingo.

Have a cold beer or a frozen drink against the backdrop of a beautiful water view. Listen to local artists jam out as the sun rolls over the horizon. It doesn’t get much better than this. Contact Sharkey’s at (850) 235-2420 for information.

Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and Waterfront Market

Location: 5551 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City, FL

Captain Anderson’s is somewhere between a restaurant and a fish market – perfect for visitors who want to live like locals.

Visitors can order top-tier scallops, shrimp cocktails, calamari, mushroom caps, and more from the dinner menu. This marketplace offers takeout, so you can carry items back to your Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

Visitors expect a beach view while dining at Panama City Beach restaurants, and at Captain Anderson’s the view is particularly unique. This eatery offers a front-row seat to the local fishers who sail the gulf for fresh seasonal catches. They can be seen throughout the early evening unloading their fishing boats, charters, and yachts – usually full of Gulf delicacies.

While you can venture to the dock any time of year to watch the daily fishing routine unfold, please note that the restaurant is only open seasonally. Give them a call at (850) 234-2225 for 2018 dates and hours.

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Here at Panama City Beach, you can not only dine with a breathtaking water view, but you can also live with one. Contact us at 800-874-2412 for our available Panama City Beach vacation rentals, many of them right on the beach.

We feature top-of-the-line amenities in relaxing, family-style condos of 2 to 3 bedrooms each, accommodating 6 to 10 people easily!

Don’t settle for anything less. Explore our reasonably priced rentals that offer unrivaled services and close proximity to the dining, attractions, and waterfront of Panama City Beach.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Panama City Beach

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A collection of tiny people, eccentric animals, one-of-a-kind talents, seemingly impossible feats, and everything in the book of bizarreness, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a celebration of all things weird.

What makes Ripley’s special is that it is all real – and ready for visitors to see for themselves. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has challenged our conception of the possible for decades, offering insight into some of the most fascinating stories of extraordinary feats and human weirdness.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach is one of the best family-friendly attractions to explored during any trip here. Below is a guide to Ripley’s Panama City Beach. But words can’t describe the oddities, so be sure to take a brief beach break and see it firsthand.

Ripley’s: Believe the Unbelievable

The museum’s main hall, the Odditorium, features many of Ripley’s permanent exhibits. The Odditorium is filled with shrunken heads, car-part sculptures, and an authentic vampire killing kit, as well as multimedia stories of crazy achievements and many games and activities for the whole family.

Visitors can venture off to the Titanic Room to see the peculiar history of the doomed vessel. Both adults and children can dip their hands in wax, play maze games, and measure themselves against the tallest man on earth. Floating cars, a jungle gym, and some absurdly ambitious art are all included in the museum. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

General admission to the museum is $18 for adults and $14 for children. There is ample parking in the museum lot. The museum suggests you allot about two hours to explore the sights and attractions.

Extra Attractions

While Ripley’s has some universal objects and exhibits, it also has a few unique, location-specific experiences. At the Panama City Beach location, there are three extra attractions – must-sees for all visitors:

  • The 7D Moving Theater: The 7D Moving Theater is a thrilling experience. Slap on your 3D glasses to see dinosaurs and other crazy, life-like creatures popping out of the screen. Curious where the extra four dimensions come in? Take a seat, hang on, and feel the dips, bumps, and jolts as you experience one of the three films.
  • Impossible Laser: Channel your inner Tom Cruise and attempt to get from one side of the room to the other, without getting hit by the green lasers. This might actually Mission: Impossible. This challenge costs $11 for adults and $10 for children.
  • Mirror Maze: The mirror maze plays tricks on the mind and challenges perception. Find your way out the maze avoiding hundreds of “yous.” Admission to the maze is $11 for adults and $10 for children.

All of the above extra attractions can be purchased as combination packages or individually. Combos vary from about $30 to $15 per person, depending on the attractions. All packages including entrance to the Odditorium, and one or two extra experiences.

The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Panama City Beach is located at 9907 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL. Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (850) 230-6113.

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Call us at 800-874-2412 for information on our nearby Panama City Beach vacation rentals, rates, and availability at the Dunes of Panama resort. You’re sure to find a home away from home to suit your family’s needs. Whether you’re looking for proximity to the water, outdoor adventures, or local attractions like Ripley’s, we have the perfect vacation rental for you.

Parasail Over the Northern Gulf in Panama City Beach

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See the world from a completely new angle. Soar over the northern Gulf of Mexico sitting in a harness while parasailing, with the wind whipping in your hair. It’s one of the most exhilarating activities you can indulge in while visiting Panama City Beach.

Parasailing is a riveting sport for spotting wildlife and seeing the waters from a gorgeous new view.

Below is a quick guide to how you can parasail over the gulf during your next vacation to Panama City Beach.

The Basics of Parasailing in Panama City Beach

Parasailing is a non-intensive process that requires almost no work on your end. One rider or two will sit on a small seat with a strap. The seat dangles under a large kite, and the kite and seat are attached to a boat.

The boat tows the kite, giving it lift, while the parasailers soar through the air. It is different form paragliding, which is a self-controlled sports activity requiring some training or hang gliding, which consists of a sitting in a non-motorized plane with a steering bar.

You can parasail in Panama City Beach by signing a waiver with a local provider and booking a trip. Trips are typically 30 minutes to an hour and will often run along the coast of the city about a quarter mile from the beach.

Adventures at Sea

Location: 5711 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

There are a number of reputable parasailing providers in the city. One of the most acclaimed is the aptly-titled Adventures at Sea.

Adventures at Sea supplies rentals for a range of activities. You can open the door to new things to do while finding double-decker boats, jet skis, pontoons, and guided boat cruises into the gulf.

Adventures at Sea has about 35 different launch-off locations in the city. You can visit the website for specific locations, but you are sure to find a spot within a short distance of our Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

You can find the office on Lagoon Drive. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. You can also call (850) 235-0009 to book a trip or ask further questions.

Panama City Parasail

Location: 14806 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Panama City Parasail is a family-operated provider that excels in offering an accessible journey for all ages. The captain has 30 years of extensive experience parasailing. The team will ease you in with a little training as well as some tips for getting the best photographs.

Panama City Parasail is the only location with clear beach access parking. Drivers can find a spot right where the launch is, which makes packing and preparing a whole lot easier. Non-riders can easily watch their family soar over the gulf from below.

Like other local providers, customers can also rent equipment, such as beach cruisers, banana boats, and paddleboards. The launch point and parking area is right by the water by the Open Sands neighborhood.

Parasailing trips are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Contact the team at (850) 234-2122, especially during busy seasons, to save a spot or obtain more information.

A Flyover of Shell Island

Shell Island is one of the most enthralling attractions in Panama City Beach. Often considered Florida’s most pristine beach peninsulas, Shell Island occupies a 7-mile span by St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf. A few parasailing providers may launch from Shell Island, but most will do a stunning flyover of the crystalline waters surrounding the island.

Request an adventure over Shell Island from your selected parasailing provider for what could possibly be the greatest gulf view anywhere.

Our Panama City Beach vacation rentals offer you the best in beach views, tropical landscaping, and elegantly furnished kitchens and living spaces. Contact our team at (800)-874-2412 for a sky-soaring family friendly adventure in Panama City Beach.

Romantic Restaurants in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is your place for a passionate romantic getaway under the stars and next to the beach. The city is brimming with sensational events and warm attractions for this romantic season. But it means little without an incredible and classic dinner to take your valentine to.

Any of the below romantic Panama City Beach restaurants are more than suitable for your upcoming getaway this next Valentine’s Day.

Dolce 101

Location: 11535 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Dolce 101 is your main city selection for authentic Italian fine dining. The dining experience focuses primarily on local seafood, incorporating seafood manicotti and carpaccio as some of the menu staples.

The location is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with an extended hour on Fridays and Saturdays and closed on Mondays. Reservations are recommended. Contact (850) 249-5300 to book an evening.

The Terrace Restaurant

Location: 13741 US-98, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

You can find tapas and beachside eating at the cozy and cool Terrace Restaurant. The menu evokes Greek sensibilities while including traditional seafood and juicy steak entrees along with a variety of other authentic Mediterranean dishes like spanakopita, Tuscan calamari, and even lobster tail.

Reservations are essential for Valentine’s Day. Contact the front counter at (850) 231-5202. The restaurant is dinner-only, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (closed Sundays and Mondays). Everything is cooked to order.

Firefly

Location: 535 N Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Firefly’s full bar, exhilaratingly varied menu and rustic décor only scratches the surface of what could be the most popular fine dining establishment in the city.

Firefly manages to find a tender balance between casual and fine dining. The prices are approachable but the atmosphere is supremely divine and romantic.

Guests can take advantage of a sunset special menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It includes an entrée and salad for $14.95.

The dinner menu features Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Shrimp and Yellowfin Tuna as starters. Gulf Grouper over Jumbo Lump Crab Sauce can be found along with the Pan Seared Scallops and the Winter Squash Puree Seasonal Fish among other delicious selections.

The wine list is extensive and international, including Italian Moscato and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Firefly is located in the Shoppes at Edgewater shopping district. You will find it open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (850) 249-3359.

g. Foley’s

Location: 3212 W 23rd St, Panama City, FL 32405

g. Foley’s adds an often peculiar spin on traditional seafood dishes. One of the most impressive dishes includes the Black Grouper, slabbed in bacon and covered with Cedar Key clams. You can also find the Tarpon Dock Red Snapper, covered in Smoked Gouda Cheese Grits.

The g. Foley’s chef also likes to add a rotating menu of nightly specials. The menu has historically included the Gouda and Cheddar Cedar Plank Burger, the Seafood Risotto Jambalaya, and a Butter Pecan Candy Bacon Cheesecake for dessert.

The restaurant is wonderfully romantic, allowing you and your valentine to play with a unique and different kind of holiday meal from an acclaimed yet casual fine dining atmosphere.

g. Foley’s has varied hours, but can typically be found open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with afternoon closings from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact Us To Plan Your Valentine’s Day Getaway

Find an exciting and beautiful romantic getaway in Panama City Beach this year. Our cozy and romantic Panama City Beach vacation rentals bring you right to the center of the fun, with your loved one right beside you.

Call us at (800)-874-2412 for vacation rental details or with any questions at all about Panama City Beach.

Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Excursions

There is an endless supply of fun things to do in the water in Panama City Beach. Visitors come from all over the country for a slice of life in the Florida Panhandle, and part of the draw is remote Shell Island.

Shell Island is a small island off the coast of northwestern Florida – a short day trip from Panama City Beach vacation rentals. Isolated from the city, this island haven is home to tons of wildlife that soar above, swim in, and graze alongside some of Florida’s most intricate waterways.

Saint Andrew Bay and the Gulf of Mexico surround the island, offering a series of beautiful bays, inlets, and fingers of land.

The best way to experience the hidden beauty is to dive – literally – into its waters with the help of a local tour guide. There are many opportunities near Shell Island that allow visitors to snorkeling, enjoy the sunset, and watch for playful dolphins that call Shell Island’s coast home.

What to Expect on a Tour with Aquatic Adventures

The Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Excursion by Aquatic Adventures (often referred to as FUNPCB) offers the unique opportunity to swim with dolphins and experience some of the more remote parts of the Florida coast.

This may be one of your best options for viewing marine life up close in the water. The tour involves snorkeling, shelling, and dolphin cruising activities in this all-in-one adventure.

You begin at the Lighthouse Marina (5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach) and head out to the Saint Andrew Bay by way of the Grand Lagoon. Passing through an inlet, you will be able to see the two strips of land that make up the eastern tip of Panama City Beach, which includes St. Andrews State Park (4607 State Park Ln., Panama City Beach), Bay Point, and the small peninsular tip of Alligator Point.

The ultimate destination is, of course, Shell Island. Here, everyone gets out of the boat and snorkels the quiet waterways along the island. Guests are provided all necessary Shell Island snorkeling gear, including instructions and safety tips to keep everyone safe. In these quiet waters away from the crowds, you’re sure to witness some spectacular exhibits of wildlife, including seahorses and starfish.

The final leg of the tour finds you cruising on the open water in Saint Andrew Bay on the lookout for frolicking dolphins, known to hop and play in the boat’s wake. Sometimes they’ll follow you all the way back to the marina.

Tour Details and Further Information

The adventure encompasses all the best things to do on Shell Island. Dolphin tours are available for groups of two to six people, with some special accommodations available upon request.

Guests select one of the available excursion times. Typically, there are four tours a day, beginning at around 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., with some exceptions. Arrive roughly 20 minutes prior to launch time for check-in and orientation.

For the safety of all guests and guides, trips are weather permitting. Guests who have a trip canceled will be able to receive a refund or to select an alternative date. The captain reserves the right to cancel a tour at any time.

Contact

For more information or to book a tour, contact at Aquatic Adventures at 850-235-8051. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. It is located at 5325 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, FL.

If you love adventure, plan to embark on a Shell Island snorkeling tour during your next vacation. Stay at one of our available Panama City Beach vacation rentals to see the dolphins and the water right around the corner from your home away from home.

Call us at 800-874-2412 for more information on availability, booking, and the many activities you can enjoy while visiting Panama Beach City.

Restaurant Highlight- Dusty’s Oyster Bar

Panama City Beach has hundreds of places to eat, many of which are fantastic. But Dusty’s Oyster Bar is special for quite a few reasons.

This acclaimed seafood restaurant and dive bar sits at the top of any best Panama City Beach restaurants list, serving up some of the best seafood in the Florida Panhandle.

Introducing Dusty’s Oyster Bar

Dusty’s is an oyster bar through and through, with an ambiance that will take you back a few years in time.

This casual restaurant displays its numerous seafood options across a large bar top. Guests are treated to fresh seafood, including oysters and crab, off the raw bar. The raw bar is, without a doubt, one of the main features that draw people from all over to this restaurant’s tables year-round.

Guests often opt for the four-variety oysters, a mix-and-match oyster special including both selections off the raw bar and cooked oysters. Guests can order dozens of oysters with a wide range of flavors like Mexi, Rocky, and Jalapeño-baked, among others.

A Quick Look at the Menu

At Dusty’s, there’s enough here to satisfy any craving. For visitors who aren’t too keen on a raw bar-style dinner, the restaurant offers a varied and budget-friendly menu that includes traditional seafood and other pub fare.

Some of the staples include fried shrimp baskets, gator bites, mozzarella sticks, and a number of soups, including clam chowder and gumbo.

The crab claws, smoked tuna dip, scallops, stuffed crab cakes, and grouper are popular choices among visitors and locals alike.

Most seafood options come fried, grilled, or blackened. The seafood adventure, a mix of many local kinds of seafood, and the oyster sampler are two delicious and must-try dishes.

Guests can also request take-out to bring those oyster plates back to their Panama City Beach rentals. The restaurant is kid-friendly, with a children’s menu that has both seafood and non-seafood staples.

Dusty’s has a full bar, including a selection of wine, beer – local, domestic, and imported – and hard liquor.

The Ambience

Dusty’s has that laid-back dive bar vibe. The building is rather small, which gives it all an intimate feel. Décor includes hundreds of dollar bills dangling from the ceiling and plastered on the walls – a unique design choice that sets it apart from other seafood joints.

Starfish hang in the glow of the many halogen beer signs that dot the walls. Red and white linoleum floors make you feel as though you’re in someone’s kitchen.

Dusty’s is close to the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant is a block back from the shore on the main drag – and it can get busy.

At a place where the service is great and the food even better, there can be a wait during peak seasons (spring and summer). Visitors are welcomed to sit by the bar while they wait for a table.

All in all, Dusty’s is a great place to have a drink, savor great seafood, and get to know the locals. Welcoming and sometimes rambunctious, this casual restaurant perfectly reflects the relaxed beach ambiance of Panama City Beach.

Restaurant Facts and Details

Dusty’s is located at 16450 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL near our rentals on Panama City Beach. Guests can park in the area and enjoy the nearby attractions, which includes a one-block walk to the beach and Aaron Bessant Park, a popular park with a large concert amphitheater.

There’s no doubt that this is one of the best Panama City Beach restaurants to experience, with sea fare that will make any aficionado pleased. Dusty’s is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and reservations are recommended for large groups.

It is right around the corner from our Panama City Beach rentals, which offer the opportunity to enjoy the beaches, local attractions, and community in total comfort and luxury. We promise you’ll love every moment you spend with us just like so many others have!

For more information on a Panama City Beach vacation, contact us at 800-874-2412. We can give you more details about available vacation rentals and how you can enjoy some of Florida’s most delicious oysters a stone’s throw away from your vacation home.

St. Andrews State Park

For those who want to get away from it all and experience the pristine nature of Panama City Beach on a family vacation, St. Andrews Park is the place to go.

Open year-round from 8 a.m. to sundown, this 1,200 acre protected area is a perfect nearby place to see the local wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy outdoor activities.

Below is a guide to what you can expect to see and do at St. Andrews State Park while staying at our vacation rentals on Panama City Beach.

Things to Do at the Park

St. Andrews State Park is an ideal destination for anyone who loves the outdoors and coastal attractions of Florida. Fishing, hiking, scuba diving, picnicking, boating, and cycling are just a few of them. There’s so much to do there that you’ll likely want to make multiple visits as many others do.

The park includes two accessible piers for some leisurely afternoon fishing. Anglers can fish right off the pier or access the water with the on-site boat ramp.

Or take a swim along two and a half miles of white-sand beaches. The park offers two main hiking trails that circle its perimeter. Keep your eyes peeled for a large migratory bird population that stops to rest every year during the fall and early spring.

The Gator Lake Trail, a short, less than half-mile loop around a small lake, is a great place to spot alligators – especially in the early morning when they’re most active. Other wildlife you can spot include deer and a wide range of bird species on the park’s two trails.

You can find a small store with snacks for sale as well, a picnic pavilion, and restrooms for your convenience.

The park is also a main launch site for Shell Island Boat Tours. The tours will take you across the bay to Shell Island or out into the Gulf waters in pursuit of the famous bottlenose dolphins on snorkeling tours.

Events at St. Andrews State Park

Almost every month, park rangers host a number of educational and mostly free Panama City Beach events right in the park. On January 1st, a guide will take guests along the Heron Pond Trail and point out budding vegetation and wildlife in the area.

Guided hike participants receive free park entry for the day. Visitors should come prepared with hats, bug spray, sunscreen, and a lot of water.

Park Entry Fees

Fees vary based on the vehicle and length of stay. A day pass is $8 per vehicle (up to eight people), and $2 for walk-in pedestrians or cyclists.

Additional fees apply to those camping overnight, launching boats, or visiting with large tours or groups. Boat launches cost approx. $12 for an individual or $16 for a group (up to 8).
Discounts are available for seniors and some Florida residents who meet the requirements. You can request further details with the attendant upon entering the park.

Location and Contact Information

St. Andrews State Park is located at 4607 State Park Ln., Panama City Beach, FL, on the eastern end of Panama City Beach and just a few minutes from our vacation rentals.

While the main part of the park is easily accessible by vehicle, a large portion of the park is an inaccessible aquatic preserve, with acres of protected marshland.

You can contact the rangers responsible for the park at (850) 708-6100. They can cover any details regarding hours, applicable fees, and park restrictions.

A Top Outdoor Attraction on Panama City Beach

St. Andrews State Park is one of the most popular protected areas on Florida’s panhandle. It is a window into the nature and wildlife of the area – and you can experience it all on your next family vacation here.

With plenty of Panama City Beach events and other things to do in the area, you’ll have a lot to fill your schedule with. Now is the perfect time to schedule your getaway and see why St. Andrews State Park is so popular among visitors to our area.

The park is just a few minutes away from our comfortable vacation rentals, allowing you to explore it to your heart’s content and then retire after a long day of fun, with every amenity you could want and more.

Call us at (800)-874-2412 for details on any of our vacation rentals on Panama City Beach, including several reasonably priced 2 and 3-bedroom options filled with luxuries.