Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Panama City Beach

Shell Island

Offshore from St Andrews State Park, this sandy 'desert' island is fantastic for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. There are neither facilities nor shade: wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. To get here, buy tick…
Top Choice Modern American in Panama City Beach


This uber-atmospheric, casual fine-dining establishment glistens with hundreds of fairy lights and beckons with seafood dishes including sesame tempura shrimp, andouille crusted snapper and a wide variety of sushi a…
State Park in Panama City Beach

St Andrews State Park

This peaceful 1260-acre park is graced with nature trails, swimming beaches and wildlife, including foxes, coyotes, snakes, seabirds and alligators (fear not: gators live in freshwater, and the swimming areas – incl…
Bakery in Panama City Beach

Andy's Flour Power Bakery

Come for hands-down the best breakfasts in town: fluffy rolled omelets cooked to perfection, cheesy grits, breakfast frittata, Belgian waffles and, of course, bacon and eggs, any way you like 'em. Locals are known t…
Museum in Panama City Beach

Man in the Sea Museum

Owned by the Institute of Diving, this museum takes a close look at the sport. Interactive exhibits let you crank up a Siebe pump, climb into a Beaver Mark IV submersible, check out models of underwater laboratory S…
Bar in Panama City Beach

Craft Bar

Head to this anti-PCB choice to trade pirate-themed camp and beach blanket anarchy for 30 thoughtfully sourced microbrews on tap, craft cocktails and excellent, elevated pub grub (mains $12 to $35) – shares a menu w…
Museum in Panama City Beach


Designed to look like an upside-down building (complete with an upside-down lawn and palm trees), this wacky interactive museum and fun center is impossible to miss (even if you want to). While hands-on exhibits lik…
Museum in Panama City Beach

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Love it or hate it, the ubiquitous Ripley's is very Panama City Beach – loud, crowded, tacky-but-fun. In a building designed to look like a ship, the 'odditorium' features bizarro exhibits like a replica of the worl…
Creole in Panama City Beach

Dee's Hangout

This popular eatery gets points for classic American favorites (burgers and such), family-friendly atmosphere, and some tasty Louisiana-inspired goodness, including New Orleans–style barbecue shrimp cooked in a rich…
Mall in Panama City Beach

Pier Park

Popular with families, this sprawling outdoor mall and entertainment zone has endless chain stores for clothing, accessories and snack foods, and several touristy restaurants and bars.