Kissed by the sun, blessed with sparkling white sand beaches and azure blue waters and steeped in prestigious awards worldwide, Panama City Beach is a great choice for your vacation in Florida. Located in the popular Florida panhandle on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach has been ranked time and time again as one of the world's top beaches. Beeing a premier (and affordable!) vacation destination of Florida, Panama City offers a wide range of rentals and most of the condos and houses are built on the beach or close to it. Panama City is just east of Panama City Beach, and rests on the shores of St. Andrews Bay as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Naturally, the water activities are endless, with fishing, sailing, snorkeling parasailing and jet skiing available to you all year round. Diving is world renown here, garnering an award by Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine as the #3 Best Diving Location in north America. However, it's hard to beat just relaxing on the sugary white sand beaches with a chilled beverage in hand. We aren't done with awards yet, and this one is for golf. Ranked #3 in their "Best Little Golf Towns in America" survey by Golf Digest, Panama City Beach, FL, boasts six championship courses.
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Vacation rentals in Panama City Beach, FL, are numerous in style and price. From cozy beach houses and cottages to high rise condos, you will definitely what you desire in vacation accommodations. Spring break time (March and April) are very, very busy, so if you are planning your getaway during these months, book your accommodations in rentals such as condos, cottages, houses as early as possible. You will also find this to be the most expensive time to visit, also, so if you are on a budget, consider going just before high season, or in the late fall and winter, when you can spend there a really affordable vacation. The weather is still great, probably much warmer that from where you hail, and you will save a money. Then you can go on that parasailing adventure you've always wanted to try. Or maybe just do some extra shopping. Panama City is truly one of the greatest and most affordable vacation destinations of Florida that don't depend on roller coasters to keep its fans coming back year after year! Blue Marlin, Trout, Cobia, Pompano, Mackerel and Red Snapper can be found in the Bay and Gulf waters surrounding Panama City and Panama City Beach. Charter fishing is very popular here, so remember to book early if you are going to vacation between January and April. The St. Andrews State Recreation Area offers many great activities for the entire family including hiking, camping, fishing, snorkeling and boating. Make sure to take a shuttle boat to undeveloped Shell Island. Here you can snorkel with wild dolphins (don't worry, it's a supervised program that’s even safe for the kids) and explore the pristine ecosystem that exists here.
The area of Panama City and Panama City Beach is the perfect setting for just about anyone's tastes. Championship high ranking golf courses, six in all, are never more than about fifteen minutes away from the gorgeous white sand beaches hugging the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay. And yes, the beaches have been ranked in the top five worldwide on numerous occasions also. What else is there to do? Well, there is great shopping and local dining, tours and arts offerings, plus every water activity imaginable. Windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing or good old fashioned sunning and swimming is all here for your pleasure. Then there is the fishing - some of the best you will find anywhere, and yes, Panama City Beach holds top five rankings in the country for that also. Blue Marlin, Mackerel and red Snapper are just a few of the fishy friends you'll find here. If you want to charter a boat, plan as early as possible, and hopefully you will be eating the catch of the day every night at sunset. Accommodations range from hotels and motels to quaint beach cottages, high rise condominiums and private luxury homes. Consider a vacation rental property to maximize your vacation satisfaction. And don't miss one beautiful sunset while you are in Panama City Beach. This is a requirement.