Fall in Panama City Beach

It is fall in Panama City Beach. It is possibly the best time of the year to visit the panhandle. Broad beach views, cool waters, and a wide range of family activities all help make Panama City Beach the perfect place to vacation in the fall.

But the big question is, what can you do? Below is an overview of the four finest fall events, filled with fun things to do, to fit the crisp cool of the season.

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No fall season is complete without an Oktoberfest. Panama City Beach delivers the best of the bunch for their annual pumpkin-themed celebration.

This distinctly German event features an eye-opening 150’x150’ tent designed to mimic the authentic Oktoberfest celebration that originated in Munich, German. If you take a look, you might mistake Panama City Beach for the heart of Germany.

Brats, beer, music, and more will erupt on the shores of Panama City. The event is at the Aaron Bessant Park, which is located in the Pier Park district of Panama City Beach. Local vendors will have mustard-soaked pretzels, a range of legitimate German beers, smoked bratwursts, and other traditional Oktoberfest foods.

It will also features family games and activities, including corn hole, a bounce house, face painting, a photo booth, and a special slide zone.

The event is available in different ticket packages. There is a 2-day family pass, a special beer garden pass, VIP access, and single day entries available. It is Oct 12th and Oct 13th. Don’t miss it when you’re in the Panama City area, or stop by for the full weekend!

Pirates of the High Seas Fest

You can never run out of things to do if you attend the Pirates of the High Seas Fest. The event is a full pirate adventure. Stop by for the treasure drop. Test your mettle on the pirate 5K.

Drink it up afterward with a Pirate Crawl, corresponding with the local parade. Enjoy the jams of Victor Wainwright & the Train. Stay to 9:15 p.m. on Friday for a celebratory fireworks launch to commemorate the holiday weekend.

This really is a massive draw for the community. To top it all off, it is completely free. Come on out Oct 5th to Oct 7th at Pier Park. Sunday’s events are at the Grand Lagoon Park.

Bloody Mary and Music Festival

Perhaps the best thing about visiting Florida for the fall is that you can still drink margaritas and Bloody Marys outside, and comfortably. Schooner’s is hosting a bombastic get-together for the fall season.

Who makes the best Bloody Mary in town? It is up to participants, Schooner’s, and other locals to figure it out. The Grand Lagoon Coalition will run a competition featuring 20 of the top bar restaurants in Panama City Beach.

Each will surprise and win over local judges (you) for the best Bloody Mary. The winner receives a giant four-foot Red Tomato- and everyone wants it.

To really get in the spirit, enjoy the pleasurable jams of the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews and Southern Sunday. The event is right on the local beaches. Simply stop by Schooner’s at 5121 Gulf Drive and walk around the building.

You won’t miss hundreds of visitors sipping on Bloody Marys and soaking in the beach views. The event is Oct 20th. It begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The price is $20 per person.

Beach Home for the Holidays

Check out the Beach Home for the Holidays event on the cusp of the winter season. Before the holidays kick into full gear, come and sneak in a pre-emptive fall vacation. The event will showcase family activities, carol-themed concerts, and a gift bag of goodies filled with s’mores and other treats.

You can find a stellar transition from the soothing fall to the chilly (yet warm) winter. The event is Thanksgiving weekend at the Aaron Bessant Park.

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Find an array of rewarding activities and events for your fall vacation to Panama City Beach. Book your stay online with us today and enjoy the warmer weather than much of the country, pleasant beach views, and a full range of events and activities to plan your schedule around.

Outdoor Attractions Within 2 Hours of Panama City

Are you visiting Panama City Beach in the near future? The good news is that you can never run out of exciting outdoors things to do here, including some of Florida’s most beautiful preserves and recreation areas, just a few hours or less from Panama City.

If you are into spending time out in the wild, kayaking or swimming, hiking untouched habitats, viewing rare birds and other native wildlife, hiking, you are in luck when visiting this area!

Below are three incredible outdoor family-friendly attractions that are well worth the quick trip from Panama City Beach for a fulfilling outdoor experience.

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The Econfina Creek Water Management Area

The Econfina Creek Water Management Area is a 41,000 acre creekfront region offering kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, scenic trails, and seasonal hunting.

Located just 45 minutes from Panama City and managed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, it’s one of the most scenic outdoor recreational areas in the state, with fern draped limestone rocks, steep canoe trails, spring fed creeks, and shallow, clear lakes.

Econfina Creek is known for its remarkable kayaking and canoe trails, which you can explore with a professional Panama City Beach provider like Coldwater Excursions. Or the Econfina Canoe Livery, a rental provider at the creek, offers a kayak adventure on a self-guided tour with shuttle service.

The upper creek area is considered to be strenuous and should only be attempted by experienced paddlers. Hikers can enjoy exploration on over 27 miles of designated trails throughout the creek that cross wetlands, scenic buffs and uplands.

Throughout your journey, whether hiking or by kayak, you’ll find numerous local bird species including osprey, hawks, bald eagles, kestrels, native plants and blooming wildflowers in the spring and summer, large oak trees and other native species.

The Choctawhatchee River Water Management Area

The Choctawhatchee River Water Management Area offers 57,000 acres of exploration as well as 30 miles of river. Located just a little over an hour from the Panama City area, this is a top destination for hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, picnicking and seasonal hunting.

This area is home to the beautiful spring-fed Holmes Creek, a top destination for paddling, snorkeling and diving. It’s particularly stunning to kayak in this area because the springs keep the water almost transparent for much of the year.

Holmes Creek can also be toured with a local Panama City Beach kayak provider or by renting from the Holmes Creek Canoe Livery in Vernon Florida, another convenient self-guided option near The Choctawhatchee River WMA.

The wildlife is abundant here, making it an excellent destination for hiking and wildlife viewing. Some of the wildlife species you might run into during your visit to this preserve include turtles, a variety of fish species including large mouth bass, flat head grey mullet, and blue gill, vultures, owls, hawks, eagles, cardinals, warblers, woodpeckers, heron, mockingbirds, deer, wild turkeys, and more.

The Point Washington State Forest

As one of the closest outdoor preserves to Panama City and PCB, just a 30-40 minute drive away, the Point Washington State Forest offers over 15,250 acres of stunning outdoor attractions and sport opportunities. Some of them include biking, hiking, horseback riding and hunting.

In particular, this area offers over 30 miles of extensive biking and hiking trails, with most of them being a sandy single track surface across four trail systems in the forest. Hikers also find them equally enjoyable and easy to navigate. The trails cross the diverse and scenic terrain, featuring cypress swamps, basin swamps, wet prairie, and wet flatwoods.

Here you can view several native species plants, from wild buckwheat, to figwort, goldenrod, hairy jointweed, and blazing star. Native animal species here include the gopher tortoise, flatwoods salamander, red-headed woodpecker, ground dove, mourning dove, American kestrel and many others.

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If you are staying in Panama City for your vacation and are enticed by the thrill of exploration, any of these outdoor attractions are sure to make for a more complete and memorable vacation.

And these attractions are close enough to Panama City Beach that you won’t spend much time on the road at all!

Kayaking Tours and Rentals in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is one of the most visited destinations in Florida for its incredible kayaking.

From sea kayaking the Saltwater Paddle Trail, to tours of the beautiful Econfina Creek, Holmes Creek and more, there are endless opportunities for both calm and leisurely and challenging kayaking.

Kayaking is more popular than ever because of its minimal environmental impact and how truly easy it is to learn.

Kayaking tours are also a great opportunity for you to meet new people and get up close to the wildlife of any area, seeing a variety of different landscapes and ecosystems, local fish, turtles, marine mammals and more.

This sport is popular with both locals and tourists alike, and you will find several providers right in Panama City Beach for your convenience. Here are a few top kayak tour providers in Panama City Beach to set you on the right path to touring the area.

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Coldwater Excursions Kayak Tours

If you are looking for the ultimate kayaking experience, consider Coldwater Excursions, a top provider in the area.

Their kayak tours cover several of the top nearby opportunities, including Econfina Creek, Holmes Creek as well as Dune Lakes. A unique aspect about Coldwater Excursions is that they are genuinely inspired by ecology, and their service appeals to people of all ages.

On the Econfina Creek kayak tour you’ll get the chance to view a huge variety of wildlife and natural vegetation including white oak, tupelo and cypress trees.

You’ll paddle through a pristine ecosystem that has hardly been touched by humans. It’s a full day tour where you’ll get to paddle along a six mile stretch and see many of the 11 springs that feed the creek.

The Cypress Spring tour takes you to one of the most scenic cold water springs in Florida, just a short distance from Panama City Beach.

The trip to the spring takes about 20 minutes and once you arrive you can choose to jump in the spring with snorkeling gear and a SeaDoo underwater scooter or you can simply enjoy the views.

You’re provided with all the gear you need for the day including lunch, drinks, cameras, towels and more. For all these tours, you will get a safety briefing before you set out exploring the various routes.

Kayaking On Your Own

If you’re an experienced kayaker, it can be rewarding to head out on your own, either kayaking the surrounding waters around PCB or renting a kayak and heading out to the incredibly clear, spring fed waters of Econfina Creek or Holmes Creek.

There are several kayak launches and rental providers near Dunes of Panama including right next to us in St. Andrews State Park.

Shell Island Shuttle

Shell Island Shuttle at St. Andrews State Park offers fun self-guided kayak tours that start with a shuttle ride to Shell Island where you can then pick up your kayak and start exploring.

As just a short ride from St. Andrews State Park, Shell Island is beautiful, undeveloped, and offers a calm relaxing kayak experience where you can enjoy views of local wildlife ranging from osprey, deer, heron, rays and of course plenty of dolphins, which the island is known for.

Bay Point Water Sports

Also nearby at 5709 N. Lagoon Dr., Bay Point Water Sports offers self-guided kayak tours of Shell Island, which is about 20 minutes from their location. They offer very reasonable prices for half day or full day Hobie kayak rentals, with both single and tandem kayaks being the same price.

Panama City Paddleboards

Also as a convenient option, Panama City Paddleboards will delivery kayaks or paddleboards right to your vacation rental and they also offer some of the best rates that you will find, including weekly rates.

This can be a great choice if you want to simply rent a kayak for the week and head out on your own to Econfina Creek, Shell Island, Holmes Creek and some of the other incredible kayaking destinations in our area.

Peddle Paddle Surf Shop

The Peddle Paddle Surf Shop is located at 15010 Front Beach Rd and will also deliver right to you, including surf boards, kayaks, paddle boards and bicycles.

Just rent a kayak, choose a destination here in PCB or nearby, and enjoy some of the most thrilling kayaking anywhere!

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Top Panama City Beaches

Skip on over from Panama City to the bold and beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach. Panama City Beach is miles of pearl-white sands for you to spend your entire vacation time, if you so desire.

From virtually every location in this waterfront town, you are within walking distance to the water. It is a gorgeous and idyllic vacation getaway for the whole family.

Where are the best beaches in Panama City? What are their defining attributes and what can you expect? Just like any good beachside vacation destination, you can find your own little niche of sand with wonderful features for you to love.

Though Panama City Beach is home to a whole lot of sand, each beachside haven is somewhat unique. Below is a broad guide to the top Panama City beaches.


Pier Park and City Beach

The extensive Pier Park entertainment center and its City Beach access point at 16201 Front Beach Rd are hugely popular for good reason. This area serves as the anchor for the dozens of other beach access points surrounding it.

Enjoy beautiful white sands, calm and clear blue waters for swimming, fishing at the 1,500-foot City Pier, facilities for families including 11 regulation volleyball courts, pet accessibility, and dozens of nearby restaurants, stores and fun attractions to explore.

Pier Park offers a grand City Beach access point with excellent facilities including lifeguards from April through Labor Day, but there are nearly one hundred other access points along the shore, which can be reached through Front Road.

Pier Park also offers many local activities and games, frequent community events, accessible parking, an IMAX theater, a state of the art XD Darkride Experience theater, Mirror Maze, Laser tag and other fun attractions for families.

Though it is often seen as a major shopping haven with one of the most beautiful piers in the state, it is also one of the most inspiring beachside escapes on the northern gulf.

St. Andrews State Park Beaches

St. Andrews State Park is located on the far eastern edge of Panama City Beach near Dunes of Panama. It is your quieter and more pristine alternative to the main public beaches of the area.

This outdoor sanctuary is a welcoming and family-friendly place to swim the cool waters, explore the beaches, hike the well-marked trails, and even camp for the weekend. There are two distinct trails available in the reserve, and both are approachable for families seeking a mild-to-moderate challenge.

Boat tours will even leave the park reserve to visit the isolated Shell Island. It’s one of the main places to see for snorkeling, fishing, and enjoying the coastal wildlife in relative isolation.

St. Andrews State Park is a fantastic place to visit if you prefer the quiet energy and the humble views of the nearby nature. There is an $8 per vehicle admission fee.

M.B Miller Pier and Beach

The M.B. Miller County Pier at 12213 Front Beach Road is the sister pier to the City Pier and offers lifeguards at its beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Enjoy a bit of a quieter vibe at this beach along with fishing access throughout the year. This pier also reaches a massive 1,500 feet out into the Gulf for some serious angling.

Rick Seltzer Park

The Rick Seltzer Park at 7419 Thomas Drive is adjacent to Dunes of Panama and offers a public beach access point that can be conveniently reached and is protected from development. This 4.75 acre park offers interactive displays to educate visitors about the area’s dune systems.

It also offers extensive facilities including restrooms, picnic areas, trails, a pavilion, water fountains and a swimming area. Lifeguards are on duty here from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Breakfast on the Beach in Panama City

You can take a jog along the edge of Panama City Beach and discover a whole slew of fantastic breakfast spots. From the local coffee bars to the big omelet-filled diners, the area has some wonderful escapes on the beach.

Below are just five coffee shops and restaurants in Panama City Beach to get you started with some of the best vacation breakfasts you will ever have over the water.

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Barefoot on the Beach Bar and Grill

Come in by 7 a.m. to Barefoot on the Beach Bar and Grill to get your hands on some delectable and dizzying breakfast dishes.

Barefoot embraces its beachside atmosphere. Unlike virtually every restaurant in the country, Barefoot on the Beach requires no shirt or shoes in its expansive outside deck area.

Sit by the pool, walk on over to the sands, and enjoy a friendly breakfast meal all in the same morning. The breakfast menu features the Barefoot Waffle, a thick Breakfast Burrito, and corned beef hash, all delivered in a casual and cool basket for your waterside pleasure.

It’s the kind of relaxing breakfast-filled get-together vacationers crave on their Florida getaway. The grill is located at 11073 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407.

Jesse’s Place

Jesse’s Place is a wonderfully cool and casual café by the water. The specials change often on a flexible chalkboard menu. The laid-back energy is the perfect Florida fit. Choose from a rage of fresh sides, including collard greens, mashed potato, Purple Hall peas, baked potato, squash, and a varied list of additional vegetables.

Grab a breakfast or brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. most days of the week (closed Sundays and Mondays). Jesse’s Place can be found at 7008 Thomas Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.

A’More Donuts

This café is a bit of an anomaly. Somehow, someway, the owners managed to merge fresh donuts, large subs, and authentic pizza into a wide-ranging breakfast to dinner eatery. A’More Donuts is an eclectic mix of Dunkin Donuts and Pizza Hut, with a splash of unique local character. Oh, and ice cream!

It can be found by the water at 14508 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, FL 32413.

The Pour

Coffee. Community. Compassion. These three words embolden the front entrance of The Pour, a socially-minded and welcoming coffee collective fitted with couches, games, televisions, and more. The Pour is a vegetarian-friendly café with big windows and a quiet sensibility. You can complement your coffee or tea here with a breakfast biscuit sandwich or another casual breakfast option.

The Pour is not a bombastic breakfast place, and shouldn’t be taken as such. But for a quiet morning to ease into the day, it’s a wonderful place to be.

Muy Wayne O’s

Muy Wayne O’s big claim to fame is their Tex-Mex inspired breakfast menu. Brunch is buzzing with excitement from excited locals who know where the most authentic Mexican is found.

You can soak in the close proximity to the beach as you enjoy your bold breakfast meal. The atmosphere is top-notch, and worth the price alone. Enjoy the seafood-tinged menu, with fajita breakfast tacos, steak and chicken options, and more. It is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 303 S Arnold Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.

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Though Panama City Beach is home to some incredible breakfast eateries, not all sit right above the sands. The restaurants above represent the best kind of vacation eating- enjoying each bite with the beautiful views and subtle winds coolly breezing by you. Contact us today for more.

Panama City Beach Family Friendly Activities

Panama City Beach is an ideal family-friendly vacation destination. It is packed with outdoor activities, dolphin tours, welcoming nature preserves filled with amenities, mini-golf courses, water parks and much more.

To get the most out of your next family vacation here, you’ll find a quick guide below to a few of the area’s top family-friendly activities that are sure to please everyone in your group.

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St. Andrews State Park

Visiting St. Andrews State Park is a must during any family vacation to Panama City Beach. This scenic oceanside preserve has pristine sugar white sands and clear emerald waters for swimming, wildlife viewing, shelling, snorkeling, beachgoing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and more.

Head out with the group on two incredible nature trails for some exercise and bird watching. A picnic pavilion is available for a scenic and relaxing outdoor lunch with your group. You can also pick up snacks, fishing supplies and souvenirs at a concession stand for your convenience.

As one of the top benefits of staying at Dunes of Panama, you will have St. Andrews State Park almost right next door to explore it to your heart’s content. Find it at 4607 State Park Ln, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.

Water Planet

Water Planet offers some incredible opportunities for dolphin swim tours for the family on nearby Shell Island. It is one of the few opportunities to experience dolphins up close during a swim, and the company has been professionally run since 1995.

Water Planet offers the unique opportunity for safe and close encounters with dolphins, and there are multiple tours available including boat tours, swimming opportunities with the dolphins, and even dolphin therapy.

You and your family will receive a full education about what you can and cannot do during the tour. You will also get to see a wide range of other fascinating local marine life.

Many who have tried this experience say that it is thrilling and life-changing. Find Water Planet at 5709 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32407, just a few minutes from our Panama City Beach vacation rentals.

Shipwreck Island Water Park

Shipwreck Island Water Park is the ideal fun spot to bring the entire family to cool off and enjoy 11 different rides including a wave pool, several water slides, an inner tube ride, a dueling water plunge and others.

It’s easy to spend an entire day at the park, and it is a fun and safe alternative to outdoor exploration for the young ones. You also will find a wide range of food and beverage options right there for your convenience including BBQ, burgers, pizza, wraps, ice cream, and frozen drinks.

Find Shipwreck Island Water Park at 12201 Hutchinson Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL 32407.

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park is made for family entertainment as the name suggests, with two separate 18-hole miniature golf courses filled with tropical landscaping, waterfalls, bridges, and incredible life-size animal statues of elephants, gorillas, monkeys, zebras and giraffes throughout.

It’s well worth a quick round of putt-putt golf with the family, and there is also a fun giant human-sized outdoor maze to test your navigational skills and find four checkpoints before leaving.

This park has great prices and is sure to be fun for everyone in your group. Daily and annual passes are available and children under the age of 6 can visit for free!

Find Coconut Creek Family Fun Park at 9807 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach FL 32407, also right by our vacation rentals!

What Else is There to Do in Panama City Beach for Families?

These are just a few of the top things to do for families here – from welcoming beaches, to the year-round community and holiday events, shopping at Pier Park, boat and wildlife tours, snorkeling and more, Panama City Beach is the place to go for a thrilling vacation for all ages.

Our Panama City Beach vacation condos are right in the midst of all the action and the ideal home base to explore everything fun that this pristine beach paradise has to offer! Call us today at 800-874-2412 to learn more or plan out your next family vacation here.

July 4th Events in Panama City

Panama City Beach is known for its gorgeous Gulf views and multitude of things to do. The fun is taken to a new level when you visit this beach city over the Fourth of July holiday.

Book a stay at one of our Panama City Beach rentals and have easy access to some of the best holiday events on the Gulf Coast. Below is a quick guide to where to see fireworks in Panama City Beach, as well as some of the many Panama City Beach events and activities.

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The Star-Spangled Spectacular

As far as popular opinion goes, the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Panama City is the biggest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast.

The Spectacular is a joint collaboration between the M.B. Miller County Pier and the city, with the goal of both celebrating our country’s independence and kicking off the summer season.

For something a little different, this year’s event organizers will be offering a playlist of songs timed perfectly with the fireworks. To tune in, visitors can download the Kick’n 103.5 app and let the playlist roll.

While the event is totally free, bring some cash to buy a snack at the concession stands, which will be open throughout the day as chairs and tables are set up to accommodate the many expected visitors.

Parking may be hard to find, especially in the days leading up to the show. Instead, opt for the Bay Town Trolley in order to enjoy the event without the stress of fighting your way through traffic and vying for limited parking spaces along the water.

The fireworks will be held at the M.B. Miller County Pier, located at 12213 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL. The show begins promptly at 9 p.m.

The Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Summer Concert

Music will erupt from the Aaron Bessant Park every Thursday evening over the summer.

Here in Panama City Beach, you can enjoy one activity after another. One of the most popular Panama City Beach events, the summer concert series gives you the opportunity to listen to great music outside in one of the community’s lush parks.

All of the events in the series are free, and are located 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL. They feature an array of family-friendly activities, as well as close proximity to the Pier Park shopping area. Through the event is free to attend, be sure to bring blankets, a drink cooler, and lawn chairs. Pets are also welcome. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Only July 5th, the concert series will offer and a special treat for guests: fireworks to further celebrate Independence Day – the day after. Stay after the show for a fireworks encore to make the Independence Day spirit even brighter.

Light Up the Gulf

Light Up the Gulf is one of the most-awaited holiday events in the area – and, like many others, it all ends with fireworks.

The Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center is hosting a grand beachside show at 9600 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach, FL.

Both hotel guests and the general public are welcome to attend. There is no cost for admission; simply bring your own beach gear and hang out for the day. The fireworks are set to launch at around 8:30 p.m. on July 6.

The Veteran’s Memorial Event

Before the fireworks are launched high into the sky on the evening of July 4, thousands gather to reflect on American history and remember those who fought to make this country what it is today.

The event takes place at 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL, on the morning of July 4, around 9 a.m., and continues into the afternoon. Local politicians, businesspeople, and community leaders are expected to make an appearance.

For more information about our available Panama City Beach rentals, call us today at 800-874-2412. We can not only help you find the perfect home away from home, but help you decide which holiday events and activities you’d like to take the kids to.

Get in touch with our team for information on things to do, events, and activities this summer in Panama City Beach.

Shopping in Panama City Beach

Sure, Panama City Beach has some of the most stunning beaches on the gulf coast. The family attractions are numerous, and events are hosted month that rally the community together for a great cause.

But as a vacationer taking a break from the sun, it is time to treat yourself to some shopping time. Thankfully, you have plenty of excellent places to go for shopping in Panama City Beach. Below is your guide to getting the most out of the local boutiques.

Visit the Pier Park Shopping Center

The Pier Park Shopping Center in Panama City Beach is like your one-stop shop for all things “beach.” It is 1.1 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment.

You can dig up just about anything that you can take to the water in the many local boutique shops here as well as conveniently located retail stores that you are familiar with in this fun shopping area. You can also grab a quick bite and take it to the beach.

You have many quaint and unique local places you won’t find anywhere else. For example, Avenue Sea has some awesome accessories, tableware, and home decorations that you could look to add to your collection.

The center also has a lot of niche apparel providers. You won’t go wrong stepping into Chico’s or Francesca’s for some modern apparel designs with premium quality. These shops offer sleek quality clothing that will dazzle.

Find some stylish home decorating items at Footprints. Shimmering Seas and Synchronicities are both local-centric places to shop for cute tops, local-made sundresses, jewelry, and other items you will feel comfortable in.

You got will find plenty of dining, deals, and even a Ferris wheel to explore. The shopping plaza is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, and the buys are better than ever. It is located at 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 32413.

A few more of some of the most popular local stores in Panama City Beach are highlighted below, but there are plenty more to explore and cater to your unique interests.

Coastal Casuals

Coastal Casuals is also located in Pier Park, and it is a blast. You can find some of the most colorful beachwear in the city. It is also completely local. The team will help you accessorize your choices with some hand-crafted handbags, shoes, and free fabrics.
The shop is at 800 Pier Park Dr # 115, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 if you want to head directly there. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with hours from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Ron Jon Surf Shop is located in the Pier Park Shopping Center at 16150 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. If you have never heard of it, this classic surf spot is the quintessential beach extravaganza.
It is all things beach-themed, including surfboards, apparel, kids’ toys, beach blankets, souvenirs and trinkets, safety gear, scuba equipment, and even hermit crabs. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Hy’s Toggery

Hy’s Toggery is also located in Pier Park at 700 S Pier Park Dr # 165, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. It is known for high-quality and fashionable apparel, including outerwear, casual clothing, and high-end modern classics built to last.
This modern and premium shop competes by making things classy but not “suits and ties” classy. The outfits are slick, well-fitting, and well-built without losing that casual and laid-back energy.
This apparel-focused outlet is a top spot to shop for visitors looking for a contemporary and classy look. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, with limited hours from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Alvin’s Island

Alvin’s island has a few locations in the city, but the one near our Panama City Beach vacation rental homes is right against the coast at 4200 Thomas Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Alvin’s Island makes sure you are ready for the beach with an affordable range of sometimes necessary beach buys. Forget your suntan lotion? You have nearly a whole aisle of options. How about beach gear, such as toys, towels, and umbrellas? Alvin’s Island has you covered.
The shop is also clean and a different vibe from some of the tourist-trap beach shops. Items are made with long-lasting quality in mind, including swimsuits for men and women, games, and a variety of unique souvenirs you can take back – from alligator toy heads to bottle shaped bottle openers with toy fish inside, candy, magnets, shells, key chains and more.

Alvin’s Island is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

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Biking in Panama City

Resting right along the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is home to subtle wetlands, maritime woodlands, vibrant wildlife, and sprawling beaches.

The community embraces a real Floridian lifestyle by adopting a bike-friendly atmosphere. This includes bike paths along the major streets like Thomas Drive and Front Beach Road, the beaches (with a special beach cruiser bike), and multiple dedicated paved and mountain cycling trails.

Forget a rental vehicle (at least for some part of the vacation) if you can manage it. It is expensive and cumbersome, especially when you have the alternative of seamlessly gliding in and around the sights of your beachfront Panama City Beach rental.

Panama City Beach is extremely bike-friendly. Spacious biking trails line the major streets, and biking is allowed on virtually any beach area. This includes the private beach area outside the Dunes of Panama beachfront Panama City Beach rentals. Cruiser bikes with special tires can be rented to make sure you glide over the sands smoothly.

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Where are the Biking Paths?

There are at least a few major dedicated Panama City Beach biking trails, and even more, if you get creative with your adventuring.

Gayle’s Trails

Gayle’s Trails are a group of linear paved trails that begin at Frank Brown Park and head up to the massive Panama City Beach Conservation Park (6200 Panama City Beach Pkwy, Panama City Beach, FL). Gayle’s Trails offer cyclists the choice of three routes with a round trip of up to 19.5 miles. Gayle’s Trails are part of a growing network of bike trails in Panama City Beach.

Conservation Park

Conservation Park (100 Conservation Drive, Panama City Beach, FL) is also a rewarding place to traverse on bike or foot once you arrive, with wide hiking trails and an incredible 24 mile off road mountain bike trail. You’ll find a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation here and can easily spend several hours, with hours of operation going from dawn to dusk.

The Watersound Trail

The Watersound Trail (530 Pathways Dr, Panama City Beach, FL) is a new 5-mile trail which connects the Watersound Origins community to Conservation Park. This old logging road biking journey carries you through gorgeous cypress domes, scattered wetlands, and blooming purple Liatris flowers during the fall. The 5-mile trail doesn’t take much time to complete and offers bountiful natural views at every turn.

The extensive biking trails of Panama City Beach are always evolving and growing. What began as a few straightforward bike paths in city streets has grown to incorporate parking rest stops, dedicated picnic areas, clubhouses on Watersound Trail, and scenic boardwalk pathways into natural areas. The paths continue to expand to give you full access to different terrains and territories of this beachside city escape.

With traffic being minimal during early morning hours, even the streets are very bikeable, including both Front Beach Road and Thomas Drive which have dedicated bike paths much of the way.

Where Can You Rent a Bike on Panama City Beach?

You can rent a bike from nearly every corner by the beach. Rental providers offer cruiser rentals, family-friendly equipment, high-end mountain bikes, and other accessories as needed. You can find a whole new list of things to do just by visiting a few of the major rental providers in the city, and they often offer equipment rental for other sports.
Below are three main city providers that offer rental opportunities.

Bike the Beach PCB

Location: 15812 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Bike the Beach PCB caters to the family audience looking for something simple and affordable as they cruise the soft sands. Rentals include trikes, kid bikes, cruisers, and carrier for a pet or young child. Rates vary but average about $10 a day or $55 for a week.
The team at Bike the Beach PCB can also guide you to the closest bike trails and other tips for families. You can find them open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Barley’s Bike Rentals

Location: 169 Griffin Blvd #113, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Barley’s Bike Rentals is popular for their thorough biking knowledge and stock of many top brands. If you want a bike built to endure the longer biking paths and tough trail conditions, Barley’s can get you set up right.
They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rentals vary from mountain bikes to trikes and beach cruisers.

Peddlers 30A

Location: 10343 E County Hwy 30A #115, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
This bike rental provider is open a little late, so you can rent a bike for a late trip along the quiet north side of Panama City Beach. Weekend deliveries are also available. Visit Peddlers 30A from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Our Panama City Beach vacation rentals are located in one of the most exclusive areas, offering unique access to the beach for biking when you wish, as well as several nearby trails.

Our resort is family-oriented, with spectacular views and close proximity to the city attractions. Enjoy a fitness room, tennis and basketball courts, private beach access, and more with our assortment of breathtaking beachfront Panama City Beach rentals. Explore the area by bike, over sand, streets, and biking trails. Give us a call today at 800-874-2412.

Best Place To Get A Bathing Suit in Panama City Beach

You have plenty of places to see and things to do on your vacation getaway to Panama City Beach. But you have to save just a little time to check out the shops, especially if you are in pursuit of a brand new bathing suit.

Fortunately for you, there are places to go at every turn. What are some of the best places to get a bathing suit without ever heading far from the Panama City beaches? Take the opportunity to shop the day away and watch the hours rush on by.

Dunes of Panama - Where to Find Bathing Suits

Big Willy’s Beach Company

Location: 9703 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

The name is no coincidence – the place is utterly massive. Swimsuits are lined on extended racks throughout every square foot of this beach-themed shop. Choose from hundreds of pairs of sunglasses to complement your swimsuit.

Visit the glass counters for some quality beach jewelry – perfect for an afternoon by the water. Don’t forget to equip yourself right with snorkel gear, beach towels, sandals, sundresses, and a whole lot more.

You can get lost in the endless shuffle of stuff to see. Of course, take some time to find the perfect bathing suit. You have huge dedicated sections for men, women, and children. The place is affordable, giving you the best in-road to find a bathing suit that is both cost-friendly and will actually last more than a few years.

To top it all off, Big Willy’s is only a few blocks back from the beach. You might even be able to manage to walk there from the coast.
This beach warehouse is open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an extended opening hour to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Location: 16150 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Ron Jon Surf Shop is a beach gear and surfing retail chain that was founded in 1959, with a location in the Pier Park Shopping Center in Panama City Beach. It is surrounded by dozens of other shops, but few can compete with the sheer scale of beach equipment and apparel found here.

Ron Jon Surf Shop is known for having affordable ocean sport gear, clothing and equipment, from snorkeling gear to surf gear, beach towels and other accessories. If you managed to forget anything beach-related for your vacation away, (especially a bathing suit) stop here.

The styles range from traditional and safe to some of the funkiest and most niche-oriented suits anywhere. If you ever wanted a Spongebob Squarepants or Dragonball Z bathing suit, come on in. Grab some surfing gear while you’re there.

Ron Jon Surf Shop is, above anything else, a really fun time. The shop is massive and fun to just explore and see what you can find in the shelves and hanging high up on the walls.
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It closes at 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Shipwreck Ltd.

Location: 10570 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407

You can’t go wrong with buying your bathing suit at Shipwreck Ltd. This retail shop is an adventure all of its own. It embodies the pirate spirit – always energetic and often loud, with apparel that showcases your sassy side.
Find fun bikinis for women, fanciful trunks for men, and cozy beachwear for all. Though you will never run short of eccentric bathing suit designs for men and women, you will also find hats, belts, shoes, and other accessories.
It’s open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in a popular little plaza.


Location: 17292 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Sunsations is a staple of Panama City Beach. With multiple locations, most of them right up against the coast, Sunsations is a main place to find fitting beachwear with a little attitude. The suits are often colorful and patterned, giving you a little pep on the sands.

Beach apparel includes bikinis, sundresses, beach hats, cute sandals, sunglasses, and big castle-making kits for the family.
Sunsations’ hours vary, but the locations are typically open from 8 a.m. to midnight. Sunsations is open late so you can pop on in after getting an unexpected invite to a beach party.
Panama City Beach is a place where you can find some incredible apparel to wear on vacation and a variety of gifts you can take home for a friend.

Vacation Rentals on Panama City Beach

Our rentals sit right on the gulf so that you can explore the beaches here to your heart’s content. Get exclusive balcony views overlooking the ocean. Wake up in the morning with a cup of coffee and the tender glow of the sun. We deliver the amenities you want and need, from complete beach-themed furnishings, beach access, multiple pools, a fitness room, and events for the kids. Give our team a call at 800-874-2412 to learn more.