Welcome to Panama City Beach

Architecturally dire high-rises spring up from the beachfront and block both sunlight and vistas for those on the streets below, which are lined with more strip malls, chain hotels, amusement arcades, uninspiring restaurants and dive bars than good taste allows. From March to May the place goes bonkers as a spring-break destination, when students from 150 colleges east of the Mississippi roar into town to drink and party till they puke.

That said, PCB's beaches are objectively lovely, with dozens of natural, historic and artificial reefs attracting spectacular marine life.

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$25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama City Beach Gulf of Mexico 2-Hour Sunset Catamaran Sail

After checking in at our blue kiosk at Pirates Cove Marina in Panama City Beach, your evening tour starts as you board the 78 passenger, Privateer  catamaran and set sail from the dock. Glide across the bay toward the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, watching for dolphins along the way. Your captain will get as close as possible to give you the best chance for sightings and photos. Listen to relaxing music as you enjoy the sunset and sip your included glass of wine, sangria, cold beer, or something nonalcoholic. The fully stocked bar also provides more drinks and snacks (own expense).  Once the sun has set, we cruise back to the marina, returning in time to enjoy the rest of the night out on the town at your leisure.

$69 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama City Beach Adventure Catamaran Sail

After checking in at Pirates Cove Marina in Panama City Beach, hop aboard the Privateer and set sail from the dock. Admire views during the 20-minute ride to Shell Island while listening to commentary from your captain. When you arrive, you'll be provided with a safety briefing before disembarking the catamaran to enjoy the island's activities. You may participate in whichever activities interest you, from kayaking and snorkeling to the inflatable water park with trampolines, a climbing wall, a 12-foot (3.6-meter) water slide, and a seesaw ball. Test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), or take a banana boat ride. Life jackets are provided, and there are several deck hands to assist with anything you need. If you'd rather relax, simply lounge on the catamaran in the sunning nets, or enjoy the shaded area around the bar, where one beverage is included. The full-service bar is available to purchase light snacks and drinks (own expense); you may also bring your own lunch with you. After two hours at Shell Island, return to the boat for about an hour of dolphin-spotting in the gulf before heading back to the marina, where your tour ends.

$168 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Shell Island Pontoon Rental

Nothing beats spending time with the whole family or a group of friends on the beach enjoying the sugar-white sands and crystal clear ocean waters of Panama City. Only problem is, you’ve now found more shells than the kids could possibly use for arts and crafts in a lifetime; you’re sure you’ll never get all of the beach sand out of the dog’s fur; and everyone is rolling their eyes at the thought of spending another day just lounging on the beach.It’s time for a fun adventure that gets your group out on the ocean enjoying fresh air and tropical sunshine without adding to your stress or breaking your vacation budget!!! Pontoon Boating is a great way to savor the breathtaking scenery, tranquil beauty and balmy Florida breezes from a whole new perspective.Imagine being the captain of your adventure and setting your own agenda as you explore the beautiful coast of Panama City Beach. Push the throttle and enjoy the salt spray and warm ocean air blowing through your hair. Fish from the plentiful waters of St. Andrews Bay right from the deck of your boat. Float peacefully among a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins and laugh at their playful antics. Or simply find a secluded shore, break out the picnic basket and relax in your own private paradise. With our fleet of comfortable pontoon boats that can accommodate you and up to 12 passengers, there’s no better way to get out on the water and create some great memories with family, friends and of course little Fido!

$31.18 Kid Friendly

Gulf World Marine Park General Admission

The Gulf World Marine Park is a perfect place for the whole family to explore the beauty of marine life. This all day admission pass gives you access to daily live shows, exhibits, tropical gardens, and more!Watch animal shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles and tropical birds. Explore our indoor and outdoor gardens featuring exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea turtles, and more. See an underwater scuba demonstration and watch shark and sea turtle feedings. Visit our stingray area!Doors to the park open daily at 9:30am, rain or shine. Guests are asked to arrive before 2pm to explore all of our shows and presentations and enjoy a day full of adventure and beautiful animals in Panama City Beach! Guests should plan to spend at least 3-4 hours to explore everything that Gulf World has to offer.

$42.80 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Catamaran Cruise in Panama City Beach

The Island Time sailing catamaran is docked at Treasure Island Marina, located at 3605 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time, which is about 3 hours East of Pensacola.  Once you're on the boat.....relax and unwind! You're on Island Time! Listen to our fun and relaxing playlist while you visit the bartender in the galley to get an ice cold beverage or snack. Then sit back and enjoy the view! You will cruise for about 30 minutes to a spot behind Shell Island. The crew will anchor the boat as shallow as possible, typically around 5ft deep, depending on wave conditions. You and the family can get in the water by going down the waterslide or walking down the descending staircase. You’ll be provided with masks and snorkels to use, or you can bring your own. While snorkeling you can find starfish, sanddollars, hermit crabs, blue crabs, sea urchins, fish and more! If snorkeling isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, there are lots of options! There are two stand-up paddleboards and kids love going down the slide over and over again. And if you really just want some relaxation you can stay on the boat and kick back with a drink while soaking up the sun. The bartender will keep your drinks coming and there are two restrooms and a shaded area to keep you comfortable.If Shell Island is calling your name be sure to head up to shore right away so you have ample time for all the activities. We do recommend wearing water shoes if possible, to avoid stepping on anything unpleasant. While on the beach you’ll need to stay on Bay side because you have to stay within view of the boat. While onshore you can explore and let the kids run around and hunt for crabs.After Shell Island it's time to go looking for dolphins! If conditions are favorable the boat will take you through the shipping channel to the Gulf of Mexico. This is where the local pods of dolphins are often feeding and swimming along or jumping out of the water. Here babies can be seen with their moms and pods can swim right under the boat, giving you the full grasp of their beauty and size. The boat will generally stay in the vicinity of the dolphins for a little while, giving you ample time to take pictures and watch from the boat. We cannot guarantee seeing the dolphins, but we will certainly try our best!On the way back to the dock is when the crew kicks it up a notch with games and dancing. 

$25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama City Beach, Gulf Coast Dolphin Sightseeing Tour Cruise

After checking in at The Bay Point Sheraton in Panama City Beach, you will board the Footloose catamaran and set sail into the bay en-route to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, you'll see the wonderful dolphins in their natural habitat. Your captain will get as close as possible to give you the best chance for some truly memorable photos! Listen to relaxing, topical music was as you enjoy a complimentary beverage. Chose from wine, sangria, cold beer or a non-alcoholic beverage. There is a fully stocked bar where you can purchase addition beverages and snacks. There is no guarantee to see the wildlife, tour operator tries to locate the playful mammals in their natural surroundings, however they are very active and aware of their surroundings.