This city is a playground for beachgoers — and scuba divers looking to explore a wreck.

With some 320 days of sun per year, Panama City Beach, Florida, is the ideal destination for relaxing by a beachfront pool bar or escaping to a luxurious world-unto-itself resort with activities for the whole family. Known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the South,” there is plenty of world-class scuba diving to go around, plus tons of fishing boats ready to take you out on the water to cast a line. After a day in the sun, escape to town to fill your belly with seafood, shop to your heart’s content at Pier Park or take a day away from the waves by hitting the links at a nearby golf course.

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Explore Panama City Beach

  • West End
  • Grand Lagoon
  • West End

West End

Overview

If you're looking to shop, Pier Park is the place to be. Home to more than 120 stores (from souvenirs and surfing to crafts and fine art), you could spend an entire day exploring this area. Once the sun goes down, the nightlife kicks up in this lively neighborhood.

Known For

Shopping, Dining, Beaches

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Grand Lagoon

Overview

The Grand Lagoon neighborhood is known as the Gateway to the Gulf, as it's the quickest way for boaters to enter the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing is a popular pastime, but there’s also the shop-laden Sheraton Boardwalk and plenty of green space — don't miss St. Andrews State Park — to explore.

Known For

Marinas, Seafood

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West End

Overview

The West End neighborhood of Panama City Beach is known for having some of the city's best water views. Away from the high-rises of the surrounding neighborhoods, you can explore the Man in the Sea Museum, Camp Helen State Park and Conservation Park.

Known For

Museums, Ocean Views

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Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Pack Some Sunscreen for Your Three-Day Weekend to Panama City Beach, Florida

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Experience the Beaches

Trade in your travel shoes for sandals and head directly to the beach. Visit Russell-Fields Pier, explore Camp Helen State Park and the largest coastal dune lake in North America before digging into some seafood on the sand.

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Get Into the Great Outdoors

Make your way through your souvenir list at Pier Park, Panama City Beach's shopping and entertainment mecca that’s home to more than 120 stores selling clothing, jewelry and trinkets. End the day with a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery.

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Get Into the Great Outdoors

Round out your three-day adventure with a visit to Conservation Park, a public green space filled with walking trails fit for all levels. On the trail, you’re likely to spot lizards, birds and even alligators.

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