Panama City Beach: Emer­ald Green and Sugar White

2017 Travel Guide to Florida - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY STEVE WIN­STON

With 27 miles of sugar white beaches, a 3,000-acre con­ser­va­tion park, two state parks, and ev­ery­thing water, Panama City Beach has long been one of Florida’s fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions. Plus, fall and win­ter are the cho­sen sea­sons to visit for those in the know.

DO

Whether you’re boat­ing, fish­ing, scuba div­ing or kayak­ing, the emer­ald-green wa­ters of­fer the per­fect way to spend the day.

If shop­ping is on your agenda, Beach House Mar­ket of­fers 20-plus ven­dors sell­ing beach-in­spired gifts un­der one roof. Mo­mand-pop shops blend seam­lessly with na­tional chains and restau­rants in the dis­tinc­tive out­door shop­ping and life­style cen­ter Pier Park.

Ar­riv­ing for New Year’s Eve? En­joy the fam­ily-friendly cel­e­bra­tion at the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop. The Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Fe­bru­ary wel­comes the en­tire fam­ily to revel in the fun.

SEE

The kids—and the kid in you—will de­light in the imag­i­na­tive at­trac­tions found only in Panama City Beach. Get lost in the labyrinth named Gran Maze at Co­conut Creek Fam­ily Fun Park then head over to Bar­na­cle Bay for a round of mini-golf.

Artists love the nat­u­ral beauty of this area and many, like Paul Brent, have gal­leries open to the pub­lic.

If it’s Satur­day or Sun­day morn­ing, the Grand La­goon Waterfront Farm­ers’ Mar­ket is hailed by the New York Times as one of the “top 10 things to do at PCB.”

PLAY AND EAT

Some of the finest fresh-from-the-sea dishes can be found at ev­ery turn. En­joy fresh grouper, oys­ters, Gulf shrimp and am­ber­jack. If bar­beque is your pas­sion, get ready for the best pulled pork the South can of­fer.

Home to the largest night­club in the coun­try, Club La Vela tells you first-hand that this place knows how to party. If rock or coun­try mu­sic are more your style, check out Spin­naker Beach Club & Par­adise Grill next door. You can’t go wrong with Toot­sie’s Orchid Lounge ei­ther; it’s just as much fun as its world-fa­mous name­sake in Nashville.

TOP: Ad­mir­ing the view at Panama City Beach. CEN­TER: Fam­ily time at sun­set in Panama City Beach.

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