Hotel at a Glance: Wingate by Wyndham Panama City Area
This Wingate by Wyndham hotel offers a quiet getaway near many of Panama City Beach’s top attractions. The soft, sandy beach is only about 10 miles away; it stretches about 27 miles, encompassing scenic St. Andrews State Park. Before heading out, fill up on scrambled eggs, waffles, and yogurt from the hotel’s complimentary hot breakfast buffet.
- Spacious guest rooms feature fridges and microwaves.
- Soothe tired muscles in the hotel’s hot tub and sauna, or take a dip in the heated indoor pool.
- Fit in a workout in the hotel’s fitness center.
- Nearby attractions: Make a splash at Shipwreck Island Waterpark or swim with dolphins at Gulf World Marine Park.
- Go shopping at the open-air Pier Park, located about 15 miles away.
- Grab lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants near the hotel; choose from sushi, subs, and more.
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.