Things to do in Panama City Beach, FL

Looking for things to do in Panama City Beach, FL? Look no further than the beach and the Gulf. Voted a top destination year after year, PCB has countless activities and tours to try on your trip. Some essential experiences are dinner cruises, fishing, and watersport rentals (pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, and more). Once the Spring Break capitol, Panama City Beach is now considered a great place for families, couples, and young travelers looking for great nightlife!
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Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III

1,685 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Take part in an unforgettable Panama City Beach sunset cruise. Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III is the ideal way to travel through the historic Grand Lagoon and St. Andrews Bay to the edge of the Gulf, and watch dolphins play. Being out on the water and watching these graceful, wild animals in their natural habitat is one of the greatest experiences in beautiful Panama City Beach. Book your cruise today!
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Booked 16 times in last 48 hrs
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Panama City Beach Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise

248 ratings
3 Hrs.
Enjoy a fun-filled catamaran cruise in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida! Swim and snorkel the calm water in the bay behind Shell Island, check out the bayside beach, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, or zip down the waterslide! Afterwards, set sail for the Gulf of Mexico to visit local wild dolphins! The fun continues at the dock with dancing, contests, and activities. Prepare for a fun adventure the whole family can enjoy! Book your Panama City Beach Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise!
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Booked 5 times in last 48 hrs
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Panama City Sunset Dolphin Cruise on the Grand Mére

27 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Step aboard the Grand-Mere, an air-conditioned double-decker boat, for the perfect ending to your day with a Sunset Dolphin Cruise in Panama City, Florida! Keep your eyes peeled for playful pods of dolphins swimming beneath the surface of the water and jumping above the waves. As you sail past Shell Island, an untouched 7-mile barrier island, take in the beautiful scenery. As the sun begins to set beyond the horizon, watch the sky erupt in a variety of colors as you cruise atop the beautiful water of the Emerald Coast. Do not miss your chance and book your Sunset Dolphin Cruise today!
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Booked 18 times in last 48 hrs
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Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour

948 ratings
3.5 Hrs.
Journey the Historic Grand Lagoon on the unforgettable Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour! Watch for a variety of aquatic wonders, sea shells, and wildlife. Explore Shell Island and swim, go shelling, picnic, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful island! Book your Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour today and make memories that last a lifetime!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Shell Island Excursion & Dolphin Watch on the Grand Mére

21 ratings
3.5 Hrs.
Climb aboard the Grand-Mére, an air-conditioned double-decker boat, for a day of relaxation and adventure with a Shell Island Cruise & Dolphin Watch in Panama City, Florida! Keep your eyes peeled for playful pods of dolphins swimming beneath the surface of the water and jumping above the waves. As you journey to Shell Island, an untouched 7-mile barrier island, take in the sights and sounds of the natural beauty surrounding you. Upon docking, choose your own adventure whether it is taking a leisurely walk, swimming, diving, or snorkeling. You can even choose to simply unwind on board, sipping a refreshing cocktail and cherishing the tranquility of Shell Island's shore. Do not miss your chance and book your Shell Island Cruise & Dolphin Watch today!
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Booked 9 times in last 48 hrs
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St. Andrew Bay Pontoon Rental

6 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Spend the day out on the water with this St. Andrew Bay Pontoon Rental in Panama City, Florida. Be your own captain and take your group in any direction you want...as long as you stay in the Bay. Pack some lunch and drinks and explore the famous Shell island or other islands off the beaten path if that is more your thing. Watch the dolphins swimming and passing your boat as you cruise atop the water. With a full tank of gas, the possibilities are endless. This rental promises a fun-filled adventure that family and friends will come back from smiling. Don't miss the boat, book your St. Andrew Bay Pontoon Rental today!
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Private Dolphin Excursion

25 ratings
3 Hrs.
Explore Panama City and Panama City Beach from the water as you cruise through St. Andrews Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Let your captain take the wheel while you sit back and enjoy the sights and the breeze. Watch dolphins play in the water and unwind as you sip on your favorite beverage and have the opportunity to see wild birds, dolphins, fish, and maybe even spot a manatee! Book your Private Dolphin Excursion today!
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4 Hour Shell Island Dolphin Swim Experience

185 ratings
4 Hrs.
Take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime and swim with wild dolphins in Panama City Beach, Florida. Spend the morning or afternoon with a professional team of instructors that will educate you on the proper way to interact with these amazing creatures. Finish off the tour with a dip in the emerald water of Shell Island for potential dolphin encounters. Book today for an experience you'll never forget!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Panama City Beach Helicopter Tour - Miracle Strip

1,028 ratings
10 Min.
View the majestic Panama City Beach coastline from above on a thrilling Miracle Strip helicopter tour. This activity is great for a first date or a fun family outing. Travel up to 14 miles as the helicopter takes you along the beach allowing you to see both city and county piers, over the Shipwreck Waterpark, and all of the hotels and beach life in between. Keep an eye out for marine life like dolphins, stingrays, and sea turtles swimming below you. Plan a day you won't soon forget and book this Miracle Strip Panama City Beach Helicopter Tour now!
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Booked 4 times in last 48 hrs
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Sunset Dolphin Sail Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

783 ratings
2 Hrs.
Sail into the sunset aboard the Privateer Catamaran! This exhilarating sail along the Gulf of Mexico offers a great opportunity to relax and leave your worries behind. Listen to tropical music and enjoy a complimentary beverage aboard Panama City Beach’s best sunset cruise. Don't forget to relax on the deck and look for Flipper and his friends!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Adventure Tour With Inflatable Waterpark Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

337 ratings
3 Hrs.
Enjoy an exhilarating and relaxing sail along the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach! Sail to the world famous Shell Island and play on the inflatable water slide, jump on the water trampoline, or try your hand at kayaking and paddleboarding. Guests can also swim, snorkel, and take in all of the amazing surroundings. The Adventure Tour aboard the Privateer Catamaran has something for everyone! Book yours today!
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2 Hour Jet Ski Eco Tour

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2 Hrs.
Embark on a thrilling 2-hour Jet Ski Eco Tour in Panama City Beach, Florida, covering approximately 22 miles round trip. Operate your own jet ski as you follow an expert guide to explore the stunning scenery around Shell Island as you cruise atop the water. Get the chance to see some local dolphins and other marine life like fish, turtles, and more! This adventure combines the excitement of jet skiing with the beauty of nature, offering an unforgettable experience on the water.
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs
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Panama City Pontoon Boat Rental

89 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Spend the day on the water with your crew as you captain your own boat from the still waters of Grand Lagoon. Located just minutes from Shell Island, you can pull up on the beach and enjoy the day. Whether you are shelling, dolphin watching, swimming, or just relaxing, there is something for everyone. Book your pontoon rental today and experience beautiful Panama City Beach!
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Big Kahuna's Water Park Admission Tickets

376 ratings
With more than 40 water attractions and an Adventure Park, Big Kahuna’s offers something for every member of the family. Take a break from the beach and enjoy a fun-filled day at the water park on slides like the Cowabunga Racer, Jumanji, and the Hammerhead. Book your tickets today for big fun at Big Kahuna's!
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Booked 6 times in last 48 hrs
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Panama City Beach Helicopter Tour - Intro

1 rating
5 Min.
View the majestic Panama City Beach coastline from above on a thrilling Intro helicopter tour. This activity is great for a first date or a fun family outing. Travel up to 7 miles as you fly you over the beautiful Emerald Coast water from the Panama City pier and back. All scenic air tours will put a smile on your face and it perfect for first-time riders or for families with small children. Plan a day you won't soon forget and book one of this Intro Helicopter Tour now!
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Panama City Beach Helicopter Tour - Fast Lap

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3 Min.
View the majestic Panama City Beach coastline from above on a thrilling Fast Lap helicopter tour. Take flight and catch a glimpse of the Emerald Coast from 500 feet in the air! This flight is perfect for those looking to get a taste of being airborne or check off a bucket list item for cheap! Roughly 3 minutes of flight time will take you up and around the facility to catch a glimpse of the coastline just 1.5 miles away! Plan a day you won't soon forget and book one of this Fast Lap Helicopter Tour now!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs
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Panama City Beach BYOB Sunset Cruise

35 ratings
2 Hrs.
Enjoy a serene evening on the water with this Panama City Beach BYOB Sunset Cruise and experience the scenic views of Saint Andrews Bay, Grand Lagoon, and Shell Island. Explore the bay with a frosty beverage in hand as you take in the surreal beauty around you. The Emerald Coast is known for its unrivaled cotton candy sunsets. So sit atop the gentle waves and capture some postcard-quality photos of the day. Don't miss your chance to see a Panama City Beach sunset tonight!
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Sandbar Snorkeling Excursion

28 ratings
3 Hrs.
Experience the beautiful emerald green water and white sugar shores on this Sandbar Snorkeling Excursion. If you have never experienced snorkeling, you are in for a real treat! As you open your eyes to a whole new world of underwater intrigue, you will have the opportunity to see seahorses, puffer fish, scallops, hermit crabs, and so much more. Cruise on a center console, snorkel and chill on a sandbar or opt for some island hopping fun. Book your totally customizable Sandbar Snorkeling Excursion today!
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Private Wild Dolphin Excursion

16 ratings
2 Hrs.
If you are looking for an adventure that is both exhilerating and relaxing, then look no further. This Private Wild Dolphin Excursion focuses on searching for and responsibly interacting with the amazing bottlenose dolphin in the wild. You will enjoy up close and personal encounters from the comfort and safety of your own 21' Robalo center console. Experience a day on the water and gaze at the beauty of the natural world around you. Book your Private Wild Dolphin Excursion today!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the best time to go to Panama City Beach?

The best time to go to Panama City Beach is in late-spring (May) and mid-fall (October). These times have the least traffic on roads and beaches, best rates for lodging and attractions, and weather warm enough for outdoor activities.

2. Why is Panama City Beach so popular?

Panama City Beach first grew to worldwide fame as a college spring break destination. Most recently, the beach town has become a family destination offering shopping, dining, and family-friendly attractions and tours. Beachfront hotels and condos are very affordable, and the weather is warm enough for swimming and the beach 8+ months out of the year. The beaches are beautiful soft, white sand, and the waters are clear and emerald-green.

3. Is the water clear in Panama City Beach, FL?

Most of the year, the waters are clear with a beautiful emerald-green sheen in Panama City Beach. During warmer months (Mainly June and July), the "June Grass" reaches the shore. This algae is harmless, although it is a bit smelly and slimy. Florida Emerald Coast waters are considered one of the cleanest and most beautiful waters for swimming, watersports, fishing, and boat rides.

4. Does Panama City Beach have a boardwalk?

There is no real "boardwalk" in Panama City Beach. The closest thing to a boardwalk would "Pier Park", a large, beachside, shopping and entertainment complex. If you're looking for a boardwalk, head to Destin's Harborwalk Village, or the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

5. Panama City Beach, FL vs Destin, FL, which is better?

Both destinations offer an incredible family-friendly atmosphere. Panama City Beach is a bit older, with newer attractions throughout. Overall, Panama City Beach is a little more affordable and closer to the neighborhoods and beaches of 30A. Panama City Beach is still a prime destination for adults and college students with lots of large night clubs and live music venues. Destin got its start as a fishing village. Saltwater fishing is still the main reason many visit Destin, with events like the Fishing Rodeo attracting thousands of anglers. Destin is newer overall, and as-a-whole, offers a more luxury vacation. And while Destin has tons of things to do, it also can be more congested in the warmer months. Destin is closer in proximity to Fort Walton Beach/Okaloosa Island and the Sandestin area including Baytowne Wharf and the beaches of Old 98.

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