There is always something to do in Panama City Beach, FL. There are more than 27 miles of white sands beaches as well as the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay, to enjoy coastal adventures. Here are 5 action-packed reasons to escape to Panama City Beach.
1. Shipwreck Island Water Park
Home to nearly 3 million gallons of water for children to slide down, splash under, swim in, float down, raft through or just relax in, Shipwreck Island Water Park has been a favorite attraction among families for generations. Attractions include the 500,000-gallon wave pool, Tadpole Hole for toddlers, Lazy River, Tree Top Drop tube ride, Pirates Plunge Racing Slides for thrill seekers, Rapid River Run, famous for its twists, turns and waterfalls, and White-Knuckle River with 400 feet of winding fun.
2. Fishing Charters
Panama City Beach’s sandy shores are home to a vast array of wildlife for both inshore and offshore fishing. Whether visitors are looking to reserve a fishing charter for deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or sit on a pier at St. Andrews Bay, they will be delighted to enjoy the diverse salt and freshwater options. Fishing adventures abound in Panama City Beach, so much so that the award-winning “Chasin’ The Sun” TV show takes place in the beach community and its surrounding waters.
3. Jet Ski and Boat Rentals
One of the best ways to experience the fun and natural beauty of Panama City Beach is to get out on the water. The destination offers a variety of options for visitors to make their boating dreams come true. Relax and let a charter or cruise boat captain and crew do the work or take the helm of a pontoon boat or Jet Ski rental.
4. “Wreck Diving Capital of the South”
Known for some of the best shipwreck diving on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach is a premier diving destination for both beginner and advanced divers. Guests can become scuba certified with Dive Locker and discover hidden, underwater treasures, including the destination’s newest artificial reef, the former El Dorado Cruise Liner. Divers will get up close and personal with octopus, grouper and other colorful wildlife that frequent these waters.
5. Snorkeling Adventure
For those who do not have their diving certification, snorkeling is the perfect way to discover the underwater paradise below the destination’s emerald-green waters. Sea turtles, goliath grouper and even bottlenose dolphins frolic off the shores, and numerous historic shipwrecks are scattered throughout the region. With an emphasis on local wildlife, snorkel tours provide unforgettable and educational day trips focused on unforgettable wildlife sightings, private island picnics and (of course) dolphins.