Panama City Beach Area Guide

Browse the Best Panama City Beach Attractions, Shopping, Nature, and More

Plan your vacation to Panama City Beach with our area guides, blog, tips, and advice for the best things to do and see while you're here. 

Panama City Beach sits along the Emerald Coast of Florida, boasting 27 miles of shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico, abundant family-friendly attractions, nature preserves, coastal dining, and so much more. You can visit here and simply spend your days digging your toes into the sand at our beaches or take in all the culture and excitement abound throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Plan Your Visit to Panama City Beach, Florida

PCB Beaches and Parks

There are nearly 100 beach access points throughout Panama City Beach, offering access to popular spots and secluded stretches throughout the region. Visit Shell Island, a 7-mile barrier island off the coast of St. Andrews State Park for the most pristine undeveloped beaches. Outdoor enthusiasts will love a visit to Camp Helen State Park and Beach, which is a 185-acre preserve with a rare coastal dune lake, hiking trails, and picnic areas.


The beaches here are great for all types of activities. Enjoy sunbathing, walking, beachcombing, bodyboarding, swimming, and more. Plus there are plenty of things to do out on the water as well. Book a fishing charter or dolphin tour to explore the seas on a guided excursion, rent a jet ski, or paddleboard along the shores.


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Family Friendly Attractions

Panama City Beach is a destination for the entire family. One of the most iconic attractions in PCB is the Shipwreck Island Waterpark, which has been in the community since the ‘80s. This waterpark and amusement park has something for every thrill seeker in the family. Speaking of thrill-seekers, if your little ones are brave, the Cobra Adventure Park has a kids-only rollercoaster.


Check out the oddities at Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, play a few rounds of mini golf at the Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, or visit with the animals at Zoo World. If the family loves animals and wildlife, the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise is a fun way to get out on the water and view dolphins and other aquatic life. If you prefer to stay on land, Seacrest Wolf Preserve offers a unique opportunity to see wolves.


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Shopping for all Interests

There is shopping for everyone in the Panama City Beach area. Pier Park is a massive shopping, dining, and entertainment center that is a must for every visitor to the region. There are nearly 125 retail stores at Pier Park as well as a live music and entertainment stage, a Grand IMAX movie theater, and the Mirror Maze & Laser Craze park.


There’s plenty of boutique and local stores in the PCB area as well. Visit the Little Village, the Beach House, and the Grand Lagoon Farmers Market for local goods.


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Coastal Dining

Panama City Beach and the entire Emerald Coast of Florida boasts plenty of options for dining, whether you’re looking for a casual meal or a fine dining experience. PCB dining is great because plenty of the best dining options welcome flip flops and post-beach wear. You’ll find some of the best fresh-caught seafood at many of the local restaurants here. Check out favorites like Dee’s Hang Out, Saltwater Grill, Pineapple Willy’s, The Front Porch, Moe’s Original Bar B Que.


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beach dunes and ocean at Aqua Gulf Resort in Panama City Beach Florida