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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.

In October 2018, Hurricane Michael, a Cat 4 monster, made a direct hit on Panama City Beach and wreaked havoc; repairs are still ongoing at the time of research. Tourists at the coast won't see the worst of it, as the real devastation was in the rural spots west and north.

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

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Paradise Adventures Catamaran, Panama City Beach, FloridaExcursion offered by Paradise Adventures CatamaranPass By: Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, FloridaStart your excursion by checking in at our blue kiosk at Pirates Cove Marina in Panama City Beach

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Panama City Beach Adventure Catamaran Sail

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, FloridaParadise Adventures CatamaranDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Shell Island, Panama City Beach, FloridaAccess to our Inflatable Water playground, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, banana boat rides and dolphin sightseeing.Duration: 2 hours

$25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama City Beach, Gulf Coast Dolphin Sightseeing Tour Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productTour offered by Paradise AdventuresPass By: Paradise Adventures Catamaran, Panama City Beach, FloridaCheck in at The Bay Point Sheraton in Panama City BeachPass By: Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, FloridaSee views of Shell Island from your catamaran sailPass By: Shell Island, Panama City Beach, Florida

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Sunset Sail on The Footloose Catamaran

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Paradise Adventures Catamaran, Panama City Beach, FloridaSail is offered through Paradise Adventures CatamaransPass By: Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, FloridaSee stunning views of Panama City Beach from your sail

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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.

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Shell Island Snorkel & Dolphin Cruise from 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.