Panama City Beach
To withstand the pounding of the Gulf, the area has made a continuing commitment to beach renourishment.
As the host site of numerous triathlon events, including the Isuzu Ironman Florida Triathlon, Panama City Beach takes sports very seriously. However, visitors don't have to take their sports as seriously to enjoy the beach. While volleyball, Frisbee and other beach activities keep beach-goers entertained, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer bountiful aquatic recreational activities. Visitors can don snorkeling gear or scuba gear and explore the area's abundant marine life. Playful bottle-nosed dolphins can be counted on to make their appearance when least expected. Sea turtles, manta rays, puffer fish, sand dollars, blue marlin and horseshoe crab are just a few of the other species that inhabit the warm waters. Parasailing, jet skiing, boating and windsurfing are the preferred forms of transportation by visitors and locals alike.
Recognized by Golf Digest magazine as one of America's top three golf towns, Panama City Beach has pristine greens, reasonable fees and a wealth of choices. Tee time is any time of year. This seaside destination on the Gulf of Mexico enjoys an average annual temperature of 74 degrees and an estimated 320 days of sunshine annually.
Perfect for family fun, Pier Park features a variety of open-air entertainment and sporting venues. A central lake stocked with local fish for fishing derbies and tree-lined parks offer ideal venues for outdoor concert series and outdoor movies. The Grand 16 Theatre at Pier Park boasts a 16-screen, 3,000-seat movie theater complex.
For a more one-of-a-kind amusement, the Ripley's entertainment complex houses Ripley's Moving Theater and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Pulse-pounding turns, wind in your ears, tumbling boulders and shooting stars - these are the experiences that await on your journey into the fourth dimension of big screen entertainment at Ripley's Moving Theater.