Panama City was given its name after the building of the Panama Canal as formerly it was known as Harrison. It is located in Bay County, between Pensacola and Tallahassee, in the Florida Panhandle. Panama City is a popular beach resort with atmosphere congenial to beach lifestyle, outdoor activities and entertainment. There is no such thing here as weather inclemency with average air temperature of 78 degrees and 320 average days of sunshine annually. Well, the only danger are hurricanes and you always watch the summer forecast before visiting the place, but it is a rare phenomenon, as you know. Don’t panic as everything in Panama City is about relaxation and having some good, laid-back time without the usual urban worried consciousness. No matter how long you stay, you will feel it’s just get into this feeling that constitutes the Panama’s spirit.
The city was found in 1936 and today it has a population of about 36,500 people and covers an area of 35.4 sq. m. (91.8 km2). Its 27 miles of beaches make it an attractive destination and its resorts and condos provide all amenities that will make you feel at home. More than 18,000 units cater for visitors and provide oceanfront views and everything that you may think of when hearing the words “Vacation in Florida”. You know it’s abundant with attraction and opportunities for outdoor activities. It’s actually one of the hubs of Florida entertainment scene. There are theme and fun parks, but also cultural venues where you can visit concerts and performances. Annual events include the Bay Point Billfish Invitational Tournament, the Gulf Cost Triathlon, the Indian Summer Seafood Festival, and more. The most prominent places are Gulf World Marine Park, Shipwreck Island Water Park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the Emerald Coast Mirror Maze
Outdoor activities include kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, biking, hiking… well, actually almost everything you can think of, it’s just out there. This diverse range of options is de to the unique Florida ecosystem and coastline that provides habitat for many species. Eco-tourism is extremely popular as there are many hiking trails, rivers, state parks, and forests. One of the best places is St. Andrew’s State Park with its 1.5 mile long beach with all water sports opportunities available. We highly recommend cruising to Shell Island and enjoy wildlife watching including dolphins, turtles, and a variety of birds.
Another natural jewel in Panama City is Camp Helen State Park with its coastal dunes, freshwater wetlands, marshes, and lakes.
Other outdoor and water sports opportunities include diving and snorkeling in the opulent wildlife of the Gulf waters, kiteboarding, parasailing, skimboarding, and more. The Econfina River is the best place for canoeing as its runs through beautiful landscape. Diving is also many popular as Panama City’s bay is nicknamed “Wreck Capital of the World” as many Spanish galleons lie on the ocean floor.
If you want to enjoy live theater then visit Kaleidoscope Theatre found in 1971 by local enthusiast. Today it is a professional platform for performing artists run by the non-profit corporation Kaleidoscope Theatre.
There are also 20 golf courses close to the beach of Panama City like Signal Hill Golf Course, Holiday Golf Club, and many more. There are a few18-golf courses with excellent amenities.
Is it worthy visiting Panama City? With so much things to do, what do you think we may answer?