Visit Panama City Beach

Official visitors' guide


Welcome to PCB! The Real. FUN. Beach.

No matter what your dream vacation looks like, we’ve got you covered. In fact, TripAdvisor named us among the Top 2 Emerging Destinations in the world.

Located in Northwest Florida, along 27-miles of sugar-white sands and turquoise waters, PCB is where you’ll discover everything from amazing foodie finds and adrenaline-packed adventures to beachy family fun and top-tier entertainment.

You can visit St. Andrews State Park for 2.5 miles of outdoor activities. From cycling, fishing and kayaking to simply relaxing on the beach. Or go to Camp Helen State Park to explore coastal dunes, salt marshes and both fresh and saltwater fishing.

Or plan your trip for UNwined in March, the Florida Jeep Jam in May, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in September, the Real. Fun. Forth in July or Beach Home for the Holidays in November and December.

Every day here is another opportunity for a jam-packed day full of whatever you want. So go hiking on an eco-tour, take the family to the amusement park, break out the Jet Skis or reserve a romantic dinner for two. No two vacations here are the same here. PCB has so much to offer, and we invite you to make it yours.

Real. Fun. Beach. Experience Panama City Beach

Walk to the end of this popular 1500-foot long pier stretching over the Gulf of Mexico for fishing, sea turtle spotting and sunset views.

Book a dolphin cruise, fishing tour, day trip to Shell Island, or simply rent beach chairs, jet skis or a pontoon boat for a day of fun on the beach.

Escape on a 50-ft. catamaran to see dolphins at Shell Island or snorkel St. Andrews Bay on one of their sailing trips, private charters, snorkeling and sunset cruises run by a family-friendly staff who can't wait to show you why they call PCB home and serves the best rum punch in town.

Hop aboard the safest and quickest way to get to Shell Island, an undeveloped 7-mile long barrier island. Shell Island Shuttle also offers day trips, dolphin tours, snorkeling, kayaking and boat rentals.

Enjoy the Gulf Of Mexico on one side and St. Andrews Bay on the other, as you swim, snorkel and surf Florida's panhandle where you will find five distinct ecoological landscapes all in one park.

Soar over the city to enjoy unforgettable panoramic views of Panama City Beach in the fully-enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas.

Get a birds-eye view of PCB during one of the many helicopter tours Panhandle offers over the city, beach and across Northwest Florida

Jump waves in the 500,000-gallon wave pool or float down the 660-foot lazy river. From a kiddy area to exhilarating slides, Shipwreck Island has activities and water fun for visitors of all ages.

Home to some of the most exhilarating Panama City Beach attractions, including The PCB 500, the city’s fastest and steepest go-kart track. Enjoy roller coasters, bumper boats, an arcade, and many more of your favorite amusement park rides and activities.

Book a Jet Ski Dolphin tour, a Shell Island Adventure or snorkeling trip to experience the natural beauty of PCB by water. Jet ski rentals and Pontoon boat rentals are also available.

Panama City Beach's premier shopping destination, filled with the stores you love, attractions like the SkyWheel and Selfie Museum PCB, delicious restaurants and more.

Check out the world's largest Tiki hut, as you chow down on delicious menu items on this beachside patio.

Smack in the middle of town you will enjoy laid-back vibes, good drinks, great food and ocean views.

Discover a romantic dining experience like no other as you sit under lit-up oak trees, enjoying local ingredients used in creative ways and signature cocktails you don't want to skip.

Breakfast and bakery goodies to get you started in the morning using fresh ingredients, creative cocktail blends and hot coffee all day.

Watch the daily catch come in as you dine at this local seafood and steak restaurant that has been feeding the locals for more than 50 years.

Kick back a this relaxed waterfront bar and seafood restaurant with gorgeous sunset views and live music.

Expert Guides

Hot Spots along the route

Capt. Andersons Restaurant

A Gulf Coast Legend, this landmark restaurant has been dazzling seafood lovers for over 54 years! Dine early and watch the fleet unload.

Dat Cajun Place

Starting with appetizers like fried boudin balls and gator bites, the menu is like a second line through the French Quarter!


For those looking for food truck proficient in local Gulf fare, Finns offers a slew of favorites, but the standout has to be their island style tacos (fish, ahi tuna or shrip)


Firefly is the locals' choice for special occasions, a romantic night out or a casual get together at the sushi bar. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, not just an ordinary meal, then Firefly is the place for you.

Gulf Coast Burger Co.

This family-owned restaurant specializes in Gourmet Chef inspired burgers and Shakes. They only serve the freshest ingredients and make everything in house. Don’t want a burger? No worries, try some local fresh seafood, awesome wings, gluten free, and even vegetarian options!

Hang Five Beach Bar & Grill

WIth an open-air deck and main dining room that offers access to beach breezes, this bar and grill draws you in. A fresh array of local seafood includes some unique offerings such as Gulf Coast paella.

Harpoon Harry’s

amazes guests with their 16-foot windows and sweeping 180-degree views of the Gulf of Mexico and features its famous Seafood Bucket.

Hook’d Pier Bar and Grill

Head down the shoreline for some delicious seafood fare, located directly across the street from Pier Park, the eats can't be more fresh


There is something for everyone at Margaritaville, from decks overlooking the Gulf to the Boat Drinks Bar serving up your favorite frosty beverages. There is plenty to do or discover with island music daily and an exciting atmosphere

Pineapple Willys

Still serving the best ribs on the beach, you'd be hard pressed to find better drinks, and the staff is as friendly and fun as ever. Dine out on the pier, which reaches out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Pompano Joes

Pompano Joe's located in Pier Park serves the same fresh Gulf seafood with a Caribbean flavor that has made Pompano Joe's a destination restaurant along the Gulf Coast. Located beachside you can enjoy great Gulf views while dining and sipping on an icy cold beverage.

Runaway Island

Offers unobstructed views of the sunsets from all three levels of their beachside decks. Dine on 7 different types of Fish Tacos!

Saltwater Grill

The fresh Gulf seafood, Maine lobster and hand-cut steaks are a big draw, but it's the 7 foot-high, 25,000-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium that sets the mood.


Schooners has a locale right along the surf, putting your toes steps away from the sand! Feast on grouper, lobster and redfish and much more while you gather to countdown the sunset blast of the Schooners cannon.

Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Since 1986, locals and visitors have made Sharky's the place to go for fresh seafood, amazing entertainment and spectacular views.

The Grand Marlin

For an upscale experience, The Grand Marline has the freshest seafood delicacies that combine the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast.

Thomas Donuts

Thomas Donut & Snack Shop is the perfect place to stop for a snack on vacation. Tourists and locals alike frequent Thomas Donut & Snack Shop for their great atmosphere, great food, and all around great experience.

Adventures at Sea

With over 25 years of experience and 60+ locations, Adventures at Sea is one of the largest and most experienced providers of Panama City Beach watersport activities, dolphin tours, pontoon boat rentals and attractions!

Camp Helen State Park

This ecological gem sits on the far western border of Panama City Beach and offers pristine beaches, excellent trails and a rare dune lake.

Goofy Golf

The original Goofy Golf in Panama City Beach! This local attraction boasts two 18-hole miniature golf courses and remains the best mini-golf bargain anywhere! It’s mini golf with a bonus play-land.

Gulf World Marine Park

For interactive education and family fun featuring dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds, pay a visit to Gulf World Marine Park.

Panama City Beach Conservation Park

The Panama City Beach Conservation Park protects and balances our natural environment while providing amazing outdoor recreational opportunities to visitors. Visitors can enjoy the park’s boardwalks and 24 miles of unpaved trails as they hike, bicycle, or run loops that range from half-a-mile to 12-miles.

Panhandle Helicopter

Come fly with us in Panama City Beach! Choose from four different tours that will take you over the beautiful emerald coast water from the Panama City Beach pier to the County pier and back. All of our scenic air tours will put a smile on your face.

Pier Park

Pier Park is your one-stop destination for premier shopping, delicious dining, and exciting entertainment and events. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you will love everything Pier Park has to offer.

Race City

Race City is Panama City Beach's largest amusement center with the fastest, tallest, and steepest go cart tracks on the beach! If you are looking for FUN things to do in Panama City Beach, family and kid-friendly attractions, and even things for little one's - Race City is the place to be!

Seadragon Pirate cruise

Young or old, the Pirate Cruise has something for everyone! Cruise away into the fantasy world of friendly swashbucklers and spirited pirates aboard our real 85' pirate ship. Our journey cruises within cannon shot range of the shores of Shell Island.

Shell Island

A favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, Shell Island is approximately a 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island running east to west between the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay. Here you'll find Florida at its most natural, where graceful sand dunes, coastal scrub forest, pine hammocks, and an inland lake provide the perfect home for coastal wildl wildlife.

Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Shipwreck Island is the perfect place for families on Panama City Beach to spend quality time together. Enjoy great food, refreshing beverages, and a full day of family fun at one of Florida's best themed waterparks


Experience Panama City Beach at 200 feet with the area's biggest and newest attraction. The SkyWheel offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the area from a climate controlled gondola.

St. Andrews State Park

This state park is consistently one of the most popular state parks in Florida. Situated on a peninsula, beach goers will love the swimming, surfing, snorkeling and kayaking. There are 2 trails to explore nature along with picnic tables.


WonderWorks is a four-story fun house filled with over 100 highly interactive virtual, physical and mental challenges for the whole family.

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Festivals & Events

May 15

Visit Panama City Beach 70.3 Gulf Coast / Visit Panama City Beach IRONMAN Florida

What began as a challenge between groups of Navy SEALS has become one of the most recognized endurance events in the world. IRONMAN is a statement of excellence, passion and commitment that is a true test of mental and physical toughness. Panama City Beach has proven to have the best combination of temperature and terrain for this competition, making the Florida edition of the challenge one of the most popular races on the circuit.

Jun 4 - Jun 5


UNwineD is an award-winning culinary event held in Aaron Bessant Park, featuring craft beer, spirits and wine from around the world, culinary creations by the region’s leading chefs and a Southern garden party presented by Southern Living. Guests can raise a glass at the Friday Night Kickoff Party, a time to mix and mingle with some of the South’s most elite chefs, mixologists and tastemakers. The celebration continues Saturday with the Grand Afternoon Tasting & Cocktail Competition followed by a live concert.

Dec 31

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop

Tens of thousands of visitors head to Panama City Beach for the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, which features not one but two countdowns, fireworks and 10,000 inflatable beach balls raining down from the sky over the streets of Pier Park. The 8 p.m. Beach Ball Drop gives kids the chance to experience the fun before they head to bed and let their parents continue the celebration. More entertainment and live music will follow during the build up to midnight, when a dazzling fireworks display will accompany the lowering of a giant LED-lit beach ball to signify the beginning of the new year.

Getting here

Drive here

Road-tripping to PCB is an easy drive from any direction. Highway 79 is the most direct route from the north. From east or west, just take Highway 98 (Panama City Beach Parkway) directly into Panama City Beach.

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Fly here

Flying into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) is easy. The airport is currently served by Delta, American, Southwest and United airlines with flights arriving and departing daily. The airport is conveniently located about 15 minutes from the beach.

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