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Panama City Fla - Panama City Fla: A Mainland Vacation Paradise

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Along the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico lies an ultimate vacation destination where swimming, jet skiing, parasailing, sunning, fishing and boating are just a few activities available for everyone. This twenty-seven mile stretch of sugary white sand beach to which I am referring, is Panama City, Fla. Many believe that the abbreviation for the state of Florida is “Fla”, when it is actually “FL”. In 1995, Panama City was ranked the number one beach in a survey of the world’s beaches. The Travel Channel, in 2000, ranked Panama City, the number four beach in America. This little piece of heaven is truly, paradise on the mainland.

Upon visiting Panama City, Fla, finding a place to stay is never too difficult if you plan ahead. There are twenty seven miles of beach that offers more than 20,000 hotels, motels and condominiums. If you are the more adventurous type, there are also campgrounds and RV parks. Panama City has something for everyone. You can have your choice between a quaint, quiet, small beach side motel, or go resort style where tennis courts and golf courses are just a few of the amenities. Since the fishing is so wonderful in the area, there are also hotels that cater to fishing. There are also some that cater to diving, nature lovers, families and church retreats. For those traveling by boat, there are boat docking facilities so you can enjoy this great city from your own water retreat. As easy as it sounds, however, these accommodations do fill up fast. It is recommended that you reserve your perfect spot on Panama City beach in advance.

Not only is Panama City, Fla known for being a number one and number four beach destination, it is also known as the Seafood Capital of the World! This title is very true when you see that the beaches are covered with restaurants that serve some of the world’s greatest seafood dishes. Although, seafood is what it is known for, not everyone eats seafood. There are hundreds of other options in Panama City such as steakhouses, BBQ restaurants, and country buffets. Once again, there is something for everyone!

For those young and hip, or just hip, Panama City offers some of the most exciting night life in the world. Beach bars and night clubs line the beach along the strip and come to life when the sun goes down. Club La Vela is a super night club that offers nine different dance clubs in the same building. If you are not into dancing, there are plenty of beach-side, open air bars that you can kick back and relax in. These bars are local favorites and often have some great bands. So, whether you prefer the club, dance style, or kicking back and talking with friends while listening to live bands, you can find it here, in Panama City.

For daytime fun, if you are ready to take a break from the beach, there are many other activities to consider. Panama City, Fla offers activities for all ages, whether you are 9 months or 90! There are several special events that go on in Panama City throughout the year. Check out a calendar of events and see if there is an event for you during your vacation. If there is not a special event, there is still plenty to do such as miniature golf, a visit to the zoo, swimming with dolphins, an amusement park, a water park, museums and so much more! If you want to engage in some activities where you are exploring nature, there are state parks and snorkeling or scuba diving. If you want to find out why Panama City Fl is called the “Wreck Capitol of the South”, a diving excursion may be just the ticket.

Temperatures in Panama City, Fla are best beach temperatures between the months of May and September. During this time, temperatures can be as high as 88 and only as low as 71. The winters can be quite cool with highs around 62 in December, January and February and lows around 44. Depending on whom you are, however, Panama City can be a wonderful destination year round. If it is too cold for the beach, Pier Park is one of the best shopping and entertainment destinations in the world. Also, amusement parks, state parks, golf, fishing and trying out all of the fabulous restaurants are just a few things to name that can be done in the winter months.

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