Get Away From It All
With so much beach to choose from, there's no problem in getting away from the crowds. The main beach is sandwiched by two state parks, St Andrew's and Camp Helen, both of which offer plenty of secluded spots to kick back at. You can get closer to nature too, with the chance of raccoons for company and alligator-spotting at Gator Lake.
Besides all the beachside fun, there are plenty of other attractions to keep the kids happy. There's swimming with dolphins, sea lion shows and shark feeding at Gulf World Marine Park; exotic and endangered animals at Zoo World; thrills and spills at Shipwreck Island Waterpark; and cutlass action aplenty at the annual Pirates of the High Seas festival.
Take to the Water
The quality of the water-based activities can't be over-emphasised. Dive courses and charters come with the opportunity to explore crystal-clear reefs, and to spot sea turtles and bottle nosed dolphins. Fishermen will have plenty of success by casting a line from the shore or from a choice of four piers - or they can take to the Gulf by boat for some deep-sea action.
Hit the Shops
If you're in need of some retail therapy, then there's plenty on offer. Take a break from sun worshipping, sling on a sarong and go in search of quirky stores behind the beachfront. And for serious shoppers, there's the immense Pier Park - a tempting combination of specialty shops, high street names, restaurants and attractions.
Panama City Beach holidays are about fun, and come night-fall you can take your pick from some seriously superb restaurants and entertainment, including shows by the Blue Man Group and plenty of clubs. The biggest nightclub in the USA, the state-of-the art La Vela, is right here in Panama Beach City.