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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Featured Panama City Beach Activities

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Apr 13 - Apr 19

Sunset Dolphin Encounter Aboard Captain Anderson III

1,657 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 4 times in last 48 hrs

Sunset Dolphin Sail Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

775 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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Pontoon Rental (12 Passengers) in Panama City Beach

434 ratings
8 Hrs.
A day on the water is guaranteed to please the whole crew! Captain your own boat from the still waters of serene Grand Lagoon where you can pull up on the beach and have a picnic or just gaze out at the beauty of the world. Whether you are looking for shells, looking for dolphins, going for a swim, or just relaxing, there is something for everyone! Book your pontoon rental today and experience Panama City Beach in style!
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Shell Island Dolphin Sea-fari Boat Tour

938 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

Panama City Beach Helicopter Tour - Miracle Strip

1,024 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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Panama City Beach Snorkel Trip Aboard The Footloose Catamaran

217 ratings
3 Hrs.
Cruise through the Historic Grand Lagoon and the Gulf of Mexico in search of wild and beautiful bottlenose dolphins. Hit the water and snorkel, try out a stand-up paddleboard, look for some shells, or just relax and soak up the sun. This guided cruise is a fun trip for the whole family. Grab your sunscreen and explore beautiful Panama City on this Snorkel Trip Aboard The Footloose Catamaran.
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Dolphin Tour on Waverunners

171 ratings
2 Hrs.
Join FUNPCB and zoom around on a speedy jet ski to play and swim with bottlenose dolphins! A family-friendly adventure to explore the beaches and waters of St. Andrews Bay, this dolphin tour brings you face-to-face with these incredibly intelligent and social species. Premium jet skis are nimble and easy to use. Book today for the experience of a lifetime!
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Panama City Beach Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise

244 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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5 Hour Deep Sea Party Boat Fishing in Panama City Beach

110 ratings
5 Hrs.
Cast your worries away on a 5 Hour Deep Sea Party Boat Fishing in Panama City Beach. Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, you’ll enjoy a fishing trip aboard this large & comfortable head boat. Prepare for the best deep sea fishing excursion that Panama City Beach offers. Depending on the season, customers can expect to catch snapper, trigger, grouper, mackerel, amberjack and more. This adventure has everything that you need to create a memorable time, from bait and tackle to food and beverages. Book today for the ultimate fishing trip!
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Adventure Tour With Inflatable Waterpark Aboard The Privateer Catamaran

333 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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Panama City Deluxe Pontoon Rental

2 ratings
4 - 8 Hrs.
Looking to spice up your next beach adventure in Panama City Beach? If so, then look no further than this Deluxe Pontoon rental! With a power upgrade of 90 hp, this baby will have you speeding through the waves and soaking up the sun in no time. And with a single Bimini top to keep you cool and a super plush interior for ultimate comfort, you won't want to come back to shore. Bring along your crew of up to 12 people, because this pontoon has got space for everyone to sit back and take in the stunning sights of Shell Island. Don't settle for anything less than deluxe - this pontoon will not disappoint! So, what are you waiting for? Book now and get ready to have a blast on the water!
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Small Group Dolphin & Snorkel Tour

429 ratings
2 Hrs.
Take a cruise around the area in search of wild, bottlenose dolphins. This guided cruise is a fun trip for the entire family! Not only do you get an exciting dolphin tour experience, but snorkel gear is available for those wanting to park the boat and cool off. Grab your sunscreen and hit the water Panama City style! Book your spot today!
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Speedboat Ride and Dolphin Watching Tour

101 ratings
60 Min.
Calling all thrill-seekers and dolphin watchers for this St. Andrews Bay Dolphin Watching Tour. Step on this powerful speedboat and get ready for a wet and wild ride as you skip across the waves at top speed as you look for dolphins in their natural habitat! Your heart will race as your expert captain performs 360° spins, nose dives, power slides, and more. Make your vacation a legendary experience with this Speedboat Ride and Dolphin Watching Tour!
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Shell Island Excursion & Dolphin Watch on the Grand Mére

12 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 2 times in last 48 hrs

Shell Island Snorkel & Sail on the Island Time II

21 ratings
3 Hrs.
Enjoy a fun-filled catamaran cruise in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida! Begin with a short trip across St. Andrews Bay to some of the best spots along Shell Island. Anchor down and snorkel around in search of seashells and sea critters. Stand up paddleboard, make a BIG splash in the water from the slide, or just relax in the calm water. you can even take a sail out to the Gulf of Mexico to look for wild dolphins! As you cruise back to the dock, enjoy an upbeat sailing party with lively music, games, and even dancing. Prepare for a fun adventure the whole family can enjoy! Book your Shell Island Snorkel & Sail on the Island Time II today!
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6 Hour Deep Sea Party Boat Fishing in Panama City Beach

63 ratings
6 Hrs.
Join in on a fishing trip to remember. Sleep in a little the boat departs at 9:00 am! Perfect for new and experienced anglers, this is a deep sea fishing excursion that Panama City Beach offers. This extremely wide boat does allow for extra wiggle room, making it much more comfortable than some of the other charters. So climb aboard the Captain Anderson V for a fun-filled family-friendly fishing excursion. Book today!
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Wild Dolphin Excursion

66 ratings
2 Hrs.
If you are looking for an adventure that is both exciting and relaxing, then look no further. This 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 excursion today!
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Sunset Dolphin Tour & Shell Island Snorkel Adventure

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2 Hrs.
Hop aboard a luxury pontoon boat and set off on a coastal journey with a Sunset Dolphin Tour & Shell Island Snorkel Adventure! Witness the mesmerizing sight of dolphins frolicking in the crystal-clear water as they swim beneath the water's surface and jump above the waves. Explore the pristine shores of Shell Island and plunge into the underwater wonderland for an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Cruise and relax to music as you experience the breathtaking beauty of a Gulf Coast sunset painting the sky in vibrant hues. Get ready to make memories to last a lifetime and book your Sunset Dolphin Tour & Shell Island Snorkel Adventure today!
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Panama City Beach Sailing Excursion

74 ratings
2 Hrs.
Enjoy a relaxing and fun-filled sailing cruise, perfect for couples or families. Cruise and sightsee through the calm waters of Grand Lagoon, past the marinas, state park, and homes. If the waters of the Gulf are calm enough, take a leisurely sail and keep your fingers crossed for those cotton candy sunsets over the horizon. The whole cruise is enjoyable with fun music playing throughout and the entertaining crew keeping the fun going after the sun goes down with lots of dancing and games. Don't miss out, book your Panama City Beach Sailing 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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