If you’re planning a vacation trip to Panama City, Florida, you’re going to be looking for things to do for when you’re not occupied with fishing, golf, or laying by the pool in a lounge chair soaking up the rays. We’ve come up with 5 totally awesome things for you to do in Panama City while you’re here and they all promise to be tons of fun!
- St. Andrews State Park – Set a full day aside to spend at this beautiful state park because you’re going to need it. While you can spend the day sunbathing on the white sandy beaches or swimming in the emerald green ocean water, there’s so much more to do here. Be sure to go snorkeling or try out scuba diving. They also offer kayaking and canoeing. Great fishing opportunities can be had from the two fishing piers and a jetty or put your boat in at the park’s boat ramp. Also available are nature trails, full-facility campsites, primitive camping, concession stand and Shell Island boat tours during the spring and summer. Address: 4607 State Park Lane, Panama City.
- Rockit Lanes – Here’s a place that has it all! Come out and enjoy a game of bowling, arcade & billiards, or go rollerskating. Check out Monday Night Mania when from 9 p.m. until closing there is bowling, 2 for 1 Well Drinks and Team Bowling Tournaments. Check out the sports bar and grille. Happy Hour is Monday thru Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 with specials on Well Drinks, Longnecks, Drafts and Imports. Address: 513 Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach
- Pier Park – When you need some shopping therapy there are over 124 stores, a Grand IMAX Theatre, and many dining and entertainment venues at Pier Park. From home décor to jewelry to women’s clothing, this is the premier shopping venue in the Panama City area. Location: 600 Pier Park Dr, Panama City Beach.
- Gulf World Marine Park – Pay one price and enjoy daily shows that include amazing dolphins, sea lions, reptiles, tropical birds and other animals. The indoor and outdoor tropical gardens have sea penguins, turtles, alligators and colorful flamingos. The stingray petting pool is a popular activity for many vacationers. Go ahead, get up close and personal with the animals. You can make a reservation for any of the interactive programs by calling 850–234–5271. The programs include Swim with a Dolphin program, Trainer for a Day program, Day Camps, and Sea Lion & Dolphin Meet-N-Greet programs. Parking is free and they are open rain or shine. Address: 15412 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach.
- Dolphin and Snorkel Tours – Offering dolphin group tours for up to six people, dolphin dinner cruises, fireworks tour, moonlight cruises, Shell Island eco tour, restaurant and bar cruises, sunset cruises, specialty cruises, and more. Address: 3824 Hatteras Lane, Panama City Beach.
(Panama City Beach, FL)- Royal American Beach Getaways announced earlier today they have launched their new website at RABeachGetaways.com. “We are very excited about the capabilities of our new website. We are one of the first rental management companies in the area to offer our guests the unique ability to view and book the actual condo unit they will be staying in on their getaway to Panama City Beach,” said Mike Greer, VP of Operations.
Amy Harris, Director of Marketing states, “While this practice isn’t uncommon on third party websites, we are pleased to be able to offer the same functionality on our very own website. We believe this additional booking option will not only increase our guests’ satisfaction but will also appeal to the owners on our rental program. Condominiums differ from hotel rooms in many ways but largely in decor and furnishing choices that reflect the owner’s personal decorating taste. We want our guests to choose the unit that fits with their desired vacation experience. Owners too, stand to benefit from this additional booking formula option. All units are featured equally and it is the guest whom decides which unit they want to book. By the very nature of this booking option, the owners who put additional time and resources into their units will be rewarded with increased bookings thus producing increased rental income.”
The website includes detailed information and photo galleries for Royal American Beach Getaways diverse 17 property portfolio, with units ranging from affordable hotel rooms to upscale 3-bedroom condominiums. The website is the main source of information for guests to learn more about area attractions, special events, as well as Royal American Beach Getaways very own condo rental management team and program.
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When you’re visiting Panama City Beach head on down to Front Beach Road and check out the Panama City Beach piers. Located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico the M.B. Miller Pier pier sits 1500 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico and offers some fabulous fishing as well as stunning views of sunrises and sunsets.
The two most prominent fishing piers in Panama City Beach are the identical Russell-Fields Pier (16101 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach) and the M.B. Miller Pier (12213 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach), often referred to as the City Pier and the County Pier. Constructed within a year of each other (completed in 2009 and 2010), these two concrete piers are built to resist hurricane damage and are the longest twin fishing piers on the Gulf of Mexico, stretching some 1,500 feet into excellent fishing waters. In addition to fishermen, the piers are popular with spectators as well, who enjoy walking out over the water, witnessing some amazing catches by the local fishermen, or just enjoying the unique view of the beach and the clear emerald waters swirling around the pilings of the piers.
The piers are open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. While there’s a fee to go out on the pier, it’s well worth the small price. Passes purchased for one of these piers can be used at either. Open all year. Fish caught in season: Cobia, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Red fish, Blues, Blue liners, Pompano, Flounder, Hardtails and other varieties. Rod rentals bait and tackle available on site.
Spectators – Daily Fee $3.00
Fishing – Daily Fee (includes a daily fishing license):
Regular (over 6 yrs old) $6
Child (6 yrs. and under) No charge
Disabled – $3.00 (Must present registration & handicapped sticker)
Active Military – $3.00
Senior (65 & older) – $3.00
Seasonal & Active Passes:
Fishing – 3 rods plus 1 bait rod allowed
20 visits – $60
3 Months unlimited – $60
Annual – $90
Disabled, Active Military, Senior Citizens – 50% off the above fees
Miscellaneous Fees – $2 (Additional rod up to 5 rod maximum, excludes 1 bait rod)
Panama City Beach is well known for its outstanding fishing. If fishing from one of the piers doesn’t appeal to you, there are many fishing charter companies in the area that would be happy to take you out on one of their boats. There’s just no good reason to miss out on the fabulous fishing opportunities that this area offers residents and visitors alike!
Whether you’re coming to Panama City Beach for Spring Break or you’re looking for accommodations for during the Seabreeze Smooth Jazz Festival, you won’t have to waste time trying to figure out where’s the best place to stay. We can make short work of that for you by giving you the secret to the best vacation spots in the Panama City Beach area.
We have 17 different resorts in and around Panama City Beach. Offering views of the ocean, lake, street and Gulf, you can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose. We also have hotels and convention centers large enough to hold that business meeting or seminar.
We have a special deal for those attending the jazz festival too! Because we’re one of the Preferred Accommodations for the festival you can get 20% off when you stay 3 nights with us and attend the festival! Read more about it here.
Our resorts have amenities that include swimming pools, fitness facilities, game rooms, hot tub/Jacuzzi, Internet, on-site restaurant, kiddie pool/area, kid’s activity programs, and a full range of spa services. We even have units where pets are welcome to join you on your getaway.
You won’t have to pay a lot for accommodations when you stay with us either. Sure, we have premium, luxury suites — large suites big enough to hold the whole family plus some — but we also have plenty of 1 bedroom units and efficiencies as well as. We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our rates.
If you’re hoping to attend the Seabreeze Jazz Festival on April 22-26, 2015, we encourage you to book your accommodations now. This ultimate weekend of smooth jazz will have all of our resorts filling up fast. Still on the fence about whether to attend? Why not tempt yourself – or treat yourself! You can read the full schedule of events for the festival right here.
We know you’ll want to squeeze in as much as you can on your vacation to Panama City Beach whether you’re here on Spring Break for some time off or you’re enjoying a family vacation. There are lots of things to do and local activities taking place this time of the year that you won’t want to miss!
The Panama City Beach Plein Air Festival – “Capturing the Moment” — takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 11-17 at the Palms Conference Center, 9201 Front Beach Road, PCB. The oil and acrylic workshop instructor will be Harold Frontz, a contemporary impressionist painter with an interest in all themes including landscapes, seascapes, and still life subjects. The watercolor workshop instructor will be Deblyn Ceeley, a local artist with her National Teaching Certification that has spent 25 years exploring watercolor through workshops, training and experience. Register for Harold Frontz’s workshop for 1 day, a few days or spend the week. Register for Deblyn Ceeley’s workshop for a weekend. For reservations call 850-541-3867.
Plan on attending the 2nd Annual 2015 PCB Beer Festival on Saturday, April 18 from 1-4 p.m. Rain or shine. Fishale Taphouse and Grille are sponsoring this year’s event that includes over 200 beers from around the world. General admission tickets are $25 and include commemorative glass, free shuttle service, parking and unlimited samples of 2 oz. pours of the world’s finest craft beers. VIP admission is $50 and includes access to the VIP tent which will feature rare craft beers, free hors d’oeuvres, rest rooms and 30 minute early entry to the festival. VIP guests will also receive a commemorative glass, free shuttle service, parking and unlimited samples of 2 oz. pours of the world’s finest craft beers. Day of General Admission Purchase is $35 and can be purchased at the gate on April 18. Festival location is 7715 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL. Tickets are available online through xorbia.com. For more information call 850-640-1410.
When you’re at the beach and you want to experience something new and different, try out the various helicopter tours that fly over and around Panama City Beach FL. If you’ve never been in a helicopter it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. It’s beyond breathtaking! Following are some local companies offering an assortment of tours around the coastal area.
15726 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Reservations: (850) 230-2080
This family owned business offers 5 different types of tours that vary in time, distance and price. If you have something special in mind they can accommodate most requests. Helicopter’s are weight based but can usually hold 3 passengers plus the pilot. Be sure to bring your camera or video cam. There will be some unbelievable shots you’ll want to capture!
Shell Island Helicopter Tour in Panama City Beach Florida
You’ll fly over 24 miles of the emerald coast to view St. Andrews State Park, the shipping channel, Grand Lagoon, and the famous Shell Island. See sunken boats and manmade reefs; home to a variety of fish species. This extravagant helicopter tour takes you to see the best of Panama City Beach. Come experience for your self why it’s a crowd favorite.
Panama City Beach Helicopter Charters
Panama City Beach, FL 32401
Offering a wide range of services, from helicopter tours and rides to carrying and lifting heavy equipment, aerial photography, and gift certificates that have an expiration date of two years from date of purchase. Tour packages of varying lengths are available from Panama City Beach Helicopter Charters. The amazing sights from above will leave you breathless.
Thrillant Helicopter Tours
Panama City Beach, FL 32401
Come experience the Shark Run Helicopter Tour in Panama City Beach. It’s an adventure that all thrill seekers and shark enthusiasts alike will want to partake in. You’ll get close-up views of numerous sharks swimming in the water. Expect to see hammerheads, bull sharks and more, feeding in their natural habitat on this 16-mile helicopter tour. If you can stand being up close and personal with one of the most revered creatures in the sea, then this thrilling tour is for you.
You’ve surely heard about people that have gone swimming with dolphins but did you ever think about trying it out for yourself? Have you even been up close and personal with a friendly dolphin? You might be surprised just how personable they are, not to mention such excellent swimmers! We want you to have a fabulous time when you spend your vacation in Florida, so as well as providing you with outstanding yet affordable Panama City Beach vacation rentals, we’ll also tell you about the 4 best places where you can swim with the dolphins right here in Panama City Beach. Make this summer the year your memories are downright priceless!
5201 North Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 32408; Tel. 850-238-2484
The whole family will enjoy this unique way to experience Panama City Beach, Florida. Swimming with Dolphins and visiting Shell Island are some of the beaches most popular things to do here. We hit every spot and cover every angle on our Dolphin Tours. Our tours last approx. 2 hours, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy the experience. Come experience a stunning adventure in the Gulf of Mexico you won’t soon forget.
St. Andrews Marina, Panama City Beach, FL 32405; Tel. 850-774-0909
The waters around Panama City Beach are home to one of the highest populations of bottle-nosed dolphins in North America. This, coupled with predominately warm, clear water conditions make the perfect scenario to interact with one of the most friendly and intelligent marine mammals known to man. With Last Local the boat is occupied with only your group and the captain. Our trips start with a minimum of four hours. The odds of dolphin interaction with us are greatly increased. Capt. Vann will see to it that your dolphin encounter is an amazing and unforgettable experience! Not to mention, a more personable one.
3824 Hatteras Lane, Panama City Beach, FL 32407; Tel. 850-866-8815
We are located at Bay Point Marina, the closest marina to Shell Island and the closest marina to the areas where dolphins are often spotted. This area is famous for having one of the highest and most consistent concentrations of Bottlenose Dolphins. We can virtually guarantee dolphin sightings. Our focus is on personal experience. You are welcome to swim in the areas that dolphins swim, if they want to swim with you they will. We will put together a day that you are sure to never forget. You learn about the intelligence and hear stories about these majestic creatures. You may even get a chance to hear them underwater with our underwater microphone!
203 Greenwood Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32407; Tel. (850) 230-6030
Water Planet offers a variety of dolphin swim programs for the whole family including fun and educational swim-with-the-dolphins tours and dolphin therapy programs for children with special needs. All of our dolphin tours combine the natural beauty of a dolphin encounter with education. We are the oldest (since 1994) and most experienced wild dolphin swim facility in Panama City! Our swim with the dolphins tours include an educational briefing, a sightseeing boat ride across the Bay of St. Andrews, the dolphin encounters, the exploration of Shell Island, a marine ecology wet lab (by request), shelling and exploring boat wrecks. Our 1-day Wild Dolphin Swim tour is offered March through October in Panama City Beach FL.
Ice cream is something everyone loves. When you’re looking for things to do in Panama City Beach, whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, have dessert, relieve some stress, or if you’re just trying to cool off, ice cream never lets you down! It comes as soft serve or hard scooped, in a dish or on a cone, dipped with any number of different toppings, or dressed all up as a sundae. Something we all agree on is that when it comes to pleasure ice cream is near the top of the list.
Here in Panama City Beach there are lots of places to enjoy ice cream whether dipped, scooped or swirled from a machine. Following are some of the best places!
The Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar is located at Shoppes At Edgewater, 543 Richard Jackson Blvd, Panama City Beach. A gourmet ice cream parlor and restaurant. Offering souvenir mugs filled with your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt. Flavors include favorites such as red velvet with real cream cheese and banana cream pie.
Marble Slab Creamery is located at 9956 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach. They make small-batch homemade ice cream that is hand blended. Free homemade waffle cones with unlimited mix-ins, just one price. Ice cream cakes, too. Come create your favorite combination today!
Hershey’s Beach Ice Cream Shop is located at 8815 Thomas Drive with indoor and outdoor seating. Hershey’s Beach Ice Cream Shop offers 40 flavors of creamy, smooth hand dipped ice cream…Scooped into crisp homemade waffle cones or piled high into sundaes loaded with fudge, caramel and toppings. For the true ice cream lover…we recommend you “create your own” Shake or try our famous BIG Banana Split!
It’s that time of year when the thoughts of many turn to the upcoming winter months. For those in the colder northern states, the thought of spending their winter someplace warm is very appealing. But did you know how easy it is to make that happen? We’ll tell you how to make sure this is the winter you spent at least part (if not all) of it in one of our toasty warm winter rentals in Panama City Beach FL.
At Royal American Beach Getaways we can provide you with the opportunity to spend part of your winter in a warmer climate for what may be the first time in your life!
Many of the vacation rentals that are available on a weekly basis during the summer months are priced affordably by the month during the winter. You can find and secure a Panama City Beach winter rental from a large assortment of homes right now. If spending any part of your winter here is something you’ve decided you want to do, it’s important to act sooner rather than later when it comes to securing that winter rental.
Our winter rentals are fully furnished and the utilities are included in the rate. Amenities vary from place to place but you can count on them being well-equipped with everything you need for an extended stay of any length.
For convenience sake, you probably won’t want a unit that doesn’t have a washer/dryer if you’re going to be staying for a month or more. Keep in mind that location, unit size and amenities offered all affect the price. Before you start looking decide what’s most important to you and then use our search engine to find your ideal spot.
If you’d like to talk with us at RA Beach Getaways about our winter monthly rental accommodations we can be reached by calling toll free 1-800-224-4853. We look forward to hearing from you!
If you’re planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday with us in Panama City Beach this year you’ll have your choice among our large inventory of comfortable accommodations for the holiday. For those people that look forward to cooking a holiday meal of any size you’ll appreciate our well-equipped kitchens suitable for preparing a feast for your family. But if your idea of a holiday vacation is not doing any work at all then you’ll be relieved to know there are plenty of restaurants open where you can dine out on Thanksgiving and enjoy a feast without any of the work.
Following are some local restaurants in Panama City Beach that we know will be serving dinner and offering buffets on Thanksgiving Day. Why not treat yourself special and let someone else do the cooking for you and your family this year. Maybe we’ll see you there!
3000 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 235-2349
We are open from 11-4 for free thanksgiving dinner for any family in need. We want to give back to the community. We are serving a traditional thanksgiving dinner. On the table will be turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, yams, stuffing, green beans, rolls, and of course pumpkin pie. Anything left over goes to the rescue mission.
16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 235-7870
Open 12- 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Serving regular menus and a traditional turkey plate.
14521 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 634-4884
Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations encouraged.
4723 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 233-8879
Open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a special holiday menu offering turkey or ham; other limited menu items will also be available.
989 W. 15th St., Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 784-0111
Serving turkey dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $12.
17290 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach
Phone: (850) 234-6628
Thanksgiving Buffet serving from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $32.95; $14.95 for ages 11 and younger. Reservations recommended.
4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 235-6978
Buffet seatings on Thanksgiving Day at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Cost: $20 per person; $10 for children. Reservations required.
9800 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 230-3425
Buffet open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
103 W. 23rd St., Panama City, FL
Phone: (850) 522-9933
Buffet serving from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Thanksgiving favorites served after 10 a.m. Cost: $13.95; $4.25 for ages 6-10.
12627 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 234-6060
Buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $27.95; $15.95 for ages 4-11; free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations.
9802 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 238-8589
Starting at 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. all-you-can-eat all day dinner buffet of Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine.
11040 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 230-2739
Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $24.99; $11.99 for ages 11 and younger; ages 3 and younger are free.
15201 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL
Phone: (850) 235-2420
Buffet is open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $25.95; $15.95 for ages 12 and younger; free for ages 4 and younger ($4 more for crab legs).
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving from those of us at Royal American Beach Getaways!
The holidays are here, the decorations are going up, and everyone is making their plans on where to spend the holidays. We’d like to invite you to come to Panama City Beach and spend the holidays with us at RA Beach Getaways. We have many holiday vacation rentals that have special rates and deals going on for the holidays. For those who look forward to cooking a holiday meal, our rentals all come with well-equipped kitchens for meal preparation of any type.
When you’re in the area be sure to take advantage of the following special holiday events:
Come see the Bethlehem Christmas Village from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 16-19. The Bethlehem Christmas Village features live petting animals, food and gift merchants – even a working blacksmith! Imagine walking thru ancient Bethlehem…being present as Isaiah, Mary and Joseph learn of and spread the word of the coming of the Christ child. Follow the path they trod as they strolled through town looking for a place to sleep. Come as we share the message of Christ’s birth with the community. Located at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, 5550 North Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach.
Ring in the New Year with us with Panama City Beach! The New Year’s Eve festivities will kick-off with a family celebration along the boardwalk on Pier Park Drive. Families can enjoy interactive activities such as face painting, costumed characters, exclusive giveaways, and live entertainment. The 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop is free and open to the public.
Many people travel over the holidays but the fortunate one’s will choose to come to Panama City Beach for a relaxing holiday this year. If you’re looking to treat yourself and your family this year, take a look at the vacation rentals we have available
You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home plus so much more when you stay in one of our holiday rentals. Fully furnished throughout and beautifully decorated, with separate sleeping arrangements, sizable kitchens and separate dining areas, you’ll have everything you need.
We’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and holiday season this year.