Hotel at a Glance: Shores of Panama by Emerald View Resorts
The Shores of Panama by Emerald View Resorts has everything you need for a relaxing Florida beach vacation—300 feet of private beach, a giant pool overlooking the ocean, and a huge full-service spa. The high-rise hotel resort also has some family-friendly amenities, such as a kids’ club and arcade, and adults can relax at the poolside bar. You’ll be close to area restaurants and grocery stores and have long views of the Atlantic at this beachfront resort.
- Float trip: Lay back in the lazy river of the large lagoon-style pool, or grab a fruity drink at the poolside Tiki Bar and Grill.
- Beachfront condos are spacious and homey, with complete kitchens, separate living areas, and views of the ocean.
- Book a soothing massage, body wrap, facial, or aromatherapy treatment at The Shores of Panama Spa.
- Turn kids loose in the arcade, or help them build sand castles on the beach.
- Keep fit on vacation in the onsite fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, and steam room
Panama City Beach, Florida: Sugar-White Beaches, Spring Breakers, and Scuba-Diving Spots
Panama City Beach’s slogan—“The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”—may seem boastful. But TripAdvisor helped back up this claim in 2013, naming the local St. Andrews State Park as having 1 of the top 25 beaches in the United States. The park also has two fishing piers, a jetty, and a boat ramp, plus nature trails for bird watching. Elsewhere in town, you can arrange a scuba-diving trip to explore the area’s dozens of natural and artificial reefs.
Every March and April, spring breakers descend on the white-sand beaches and fill the streets outside dance clubs. The rest of the year, however, the atmosphere is more relaxed and geared toward families. There are numerous amusement parks along the 20-plus miles of shoreline. Many of the popular seafood restaurants and bars here overlook the Gulf of Mexico.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds, take the ferry to Shell Island, an uninhabited, 7-mile-long barrier island. On the ride over, you might see some of the bottlenose dolphins that frequent these warm waters. Once there, you can soak in the sun on the empty beaches and go snorkeling. It’s also worth it to visit the nature preserve at Conservation Park, which has 24 miles of trails. One 11-mile trek goes past wooden boardwalks and wetlands; keep your eyes peeled and you might see woodpeckers in the trees and alligators lurking beside cypresses.