Everyone’s got their list of favorite Panama City Beach attractions – and chances are that no two are exactly the same. PCB arguably offers more fun per square foot than any other beach location in the world, so it’s way too easy to miss out on some of the best activities. Here’s our list of must-dos and must-visits to make your Panama City Beach vacation one you’ll never forget and never regret.
Swim with Dolphins
Adventures at Sea offers some of the best island tours around, including the one-of-a-kind Shell Island tour. The seven-mile stretch of beach between St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is part of St. Andrews State Park, and is commonly regarded as among the most beautiful beaches in the world. The area is renowned for its sugar-white sand, the plethora of seashells and wildlife, and, most of all, for the friendly wild dolphins that inhabit the surrounding waters. Pack a picnic lunch, bring your snorkeling equipment and enjoy one of the most scenic unspoiled beaches in the world.
Sail with Pirates
The Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise offers fun for all, young and old. You’ll cast off with a pirate crew for a two-hour cruise of scenic St. Andrews Bay, hosted by costumed tour guides and the pirate captain himself. They’ve put together a great sing-along sound track and an afternoon of fun activities to keep kids engaged and busy throughout the two-hour run. Kids will have a chance to swab the decks, cross swords with a pirate and even find sunken treasure. It’s a one-of-kind family adventure that should be on every family’s PCB vacation list.
Fish with Real Sportsmen
The Sea Dragon sails out of Lighthouse Marina, the Man Cave of the Emerald Coast. Lighthouse Marina is a full service marina, and you’ll find an assortment of charters and fishing boats for hire to take you and your crew out for some serious sports fishing. Whether you’re looking to charter a barebones boat, or want a fully staffed crew, you’ll find what you need, from family fishing afternoons to serious deep sea saltwater fishing trips.
Sail Over the Ocean
No PCB vacation is complete without taking part in one of the most exciting and adventurous water activities – parasailing. There’s nothing that compares with sailing over the ocean on parachute wings, and there are a number of local vendors that specialize in parasailing (and banana boat) rides. You’ll never get a better view of the entire Emerald Coast.
Enjoy the Sunset
Stunning sunsets are the rule rather than the exception here on the Emerald Coast, and there are dozens of places where you can enjoy a perfect view of the fiery sun disappearing beyond the ocean horizon. We recommend the deck at Harpoon Harry’s, where you can kick back with a bucket of seafood and one of their rightly famous frozen drinks.