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The perfect blend of white sand beaches and family-friendly attractions, Panama City Beach far exceeds its former Spring Break reputation. Outdoor activities are endless in this area, from surfing and fishing to snorkeling, dolphin spotting, romantic cruises and diving through shipwreck sites. If you’re looking for a quiet escape near the picturesque Gulf, book a vacation in one of these top hotels in Panama City Beach.
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A beachside resorts that features 340 Gulf front rooms, Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach boasts private balconies with incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. You’re spoiled for choice when staying at this full-service resort, as you’ll have multiple dining options, an expansive beachfront deck and tiki bar and daily live entertainment at your fingertips. Bring the kids along, as there’s also kid-friendly activities available, such as frisbee tic tac toe, kids night out, beachside bingo and DJ Games.
An alluring beachfront hotel that invites you to relax and unwind, Beachside Resort Panama City Beach boast private decks and balconies from many of its rooms. Soak in the hot tub or enjoy the seasonal live music at the pool deck, then grab a cocktail at The Reef Beach Bar or take a dip in the beachfront swimming pool. Grill up your own feast on the grills or work up a sweat in the fitness center, while hot coffee can be found throughout the day in the lobby.
Take a break at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Panama City Beach, which offers direct access to the sugar white shoreline of Panama City Beach. It boasts a popular tiki bar in addition to two pools and hot tubs, while there’s also an on-site restaurant, gift shop and an array of water sports activities on offer. Pick from the spacious studio, one and two-bedroom resort suites, which feature fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers and private balconies.
Perfect for traveling families, Palmetto Inn & Suites has a free airport shuttle as well as beach games, indoor and outdoor pools and access to water-based activities like waverunners and parasailing activities. Collect seashells by the shore or relax on the sundeck, while spacious suites offer cable TV and premium channels like HBO in addition to gulf-front balconies. When you want to explore, you’re just minutes from Pier Park and its shops, restaurants and movie theatre, while two large pavilions have gas grills in case you want to stay nearby.
Legacy by the Sea is a 14-story hotel on Panama City Beach’s shoreline, offering stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll have easy access to the beach as well as Gulf World Marine Park right across the street, while the shopping and entertainment at Pier Park is just down the street. Enjoy all-day dining at the open-air Barefoot Hide-A-Way Bar & Grill next door or swim in the heated Gulf-front pool, then work out a sweat in the fitness center. Looking for a romantic retreat? Stay in the opulent Penthouse or Jacuzzi Suites.
Located directly on the beach, Beachcomber by the Sea offers you the chance to roll out of bed and into the sparking Gulf waters. Take a break from the beach to relax at the pool or tiki bar, which serves an array of enticing food items and Key Lime Pina Coladas. Stay in the Double Suite to enjoy a living and kitchen area in addition to a flat-screen TV and queen-sized sofa sleeper, or upgrade to a Jacuzzi Suite for a bedside Jacuzzi and views overlooking the Gulf.
Just one mile from the beach, La Quinta Inn & Suites Panama City Beach is also within walking distance to popular local restaurants like Dick’s Wings and Grill. Start your morning right with the daily breakfast of waffles, eggs and breads and fruit, while a 24-hour sundry store is also available. There’s a 24-hour business center and high-speed Wi-Fi if you need to get stuff done, while rooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs and plush pillow top mattresses. Relax by the pool or workout in the fitness center, then explore nearby attractions like St. Andrews State Park and Frank Brown Park.
Beach Tower by The Sea sits on nearly 200 feet of beachfront property, where guests can soak up some of the best views of Panama City Beach. Each of the rooms come with private balconies where you can soak up sunset views of the Gulf of Mexico, while its also just a short walk away from one of the city’s iconic fishing spots at M.B. Miller County Pier. Take advantage of the on-site picnic area and barbecue grills, while kids will love the easy access to Shipwreck Island Water Park. For extra space and a kitchen, stay in the Family Suite.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Panama City Beach – Beachfront offers all the amenities you’d expect from a Holiday Inn Express with its signature breakfast bar, while it also has extra perks like a lazy river and poolside bar and grill. Discover modern gulf-front rooms that cater to solo, couples and families with rooms that can accommodate up to eight, then relax poolside with a cocktail or grab lunch at the poolside grill before visiting nearby Gulf World Marine Park, Wonder Works and Pier Park.
Across from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Breeze by the Sea offers a blissful beach vacation in Panama City Beach. Dig into regional specialties at Barefoot on the Beach across the street, which also offers guests access to the on-site pool with a kiddie splash area and beach access point. You’re within walking distance to Rock’it Lanes entertainment center, while spacious Double Queen Gulf View rooms are perfect for staying in with its Gulf views, cable TV with HBO and complimentary coffee.