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Panama City is part of what is widely termed Florida’s Emer­ald Coast, af­ter the color of nearshore wa­ters, at times hav­ing a dis­tinct clear-green hue. Many of the ac­tiv­i­ties that at­tract vis­i­tors are water ori­ented, not sur­pris­ing given the in­side wa­ters of sev­eral sprawl­ing bays and, out­side, the Gulf be­yond the sandy beaches. To get more in­for­ma­tion on all that Panama City has to of­fer, visit des­ti­na­tion­pana­mac­


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There are plenty of op­tions of many types at many prices in and around Panama City. We stayed at the Hil­ton Gar­den Inn, which of­fers an ex­cel­lent cen­tral lo­ca­tion. DIN­ING If you visit Panama City, ar­rive hun­gry. The place is loaded with eater­ies of all sorts and, as you might sup­pose, seafood fig­ures heav­ily in that list. We sam­pled four:

• Bayou Joe’s — In the seafood-to-die-for depart­ment, look for the jumbo lump crab cakes. (bay­ou­ • The Cap­tain’s Ta­ble Fish House Restau­rant — Don’t miss the baked oys­ters. (face­ cap­tain­sta­ble­fish­house)

• Just the Cook — This unique spot is on a lit­tle house­boat in St. An­drews Ma­rina, where you’d be nuts to miss the chipo­tle slaw burger or cilantro slaw burger (you’ve never had burg­ers like these). (face­book .com/just­the­cook­florida)

• The Ship­yard Grill — Bring some of your fil­lets for their “hook and cook” op­tion, and come hun­gry. (sun­har­bor­ma­ TOUR­NA­MENTS Check out the Grand La­goon Grand Slam (grand­la­goon­grand­, a bill­fish-re­lease off­shore tour­na­ment held in Au­gust, spon­sored by Le­gendary Ma­rine and Scout Boats, based at Light­house Ma­rina.

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