Destination guide

Fun in Panama City Beach vacation home rentals

Set on the Gulf of Mexico and backed by beautiful bays and languid lagoons, Panama City Beach (nicknamed PCB) is the quintessential Gulf Coast destination. Known as a spring break party town and a haven for heat-seeking retirees, the city is a healthy mix of family fun, vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and nearby nature parks. In short, it has everything. Choose a Panama City Beach vacation rental to suit your needs—near the club scene or off the beaten path—and bask in the sun and the glory of your good decision.

Things to do

Attractions near Panama City Beach vacation homes

One thing you can count on if you book a PCB vacation rental: you'll never be bored. Museums in the area will delight any kids in tow, and they're quirky enough to fascinate grown-ups as well. The Man in the Sea Museum takes a close look at the sport of diving, and its interactive exhibits allow you to crank up an air pump, climb into a submersible, and learn how diving bells really work. WonderWorks is half museum, half amusement park, with an obstacle course, a laser-tag maze, and virtual-reality soccer matches.


What to do near Panama City Beach vacation rentals

The hub of Panama City Beach is the beach itself, miles of white sand that's known for being so soft, it squeaks underfoot. Pair that with the emerald green ocean waters, and well, what more could you ask for? The scene is lively and youthful, especially during spring break and summer. If you don't mind a crowd and love a club scene when the sun goes down, you'll be in heaven. If something quieter is more your style, book a sunset boat tour or take the sailing shuttle to Shell Island, a more peaceful beach destination.


Climate during your stay in Panama City Beach vacation homes

PCB's subtropical climate means some wet weather during hurricane season, but don't let that cloud the facts—the city boasts 320 days of sunshine each year. Spring break is the most popular time for visitors, especially the college-age variety, so join the party or wait until May if you don't want to share your beach towel. Hot, beach-perfect weather makes summer an ideal time to visit. Just bring an umbrella for rainy days, especially in July and August. If you'd like a deal on a Panama City Beach vacation rental, book in winter and enjoy the quiet.

Natural features

Your new animal friends are furry, scaly, and feathered

You might think PCB is just too busy and bustling to accommodate marine species and wetland wildlife. Fortunately, you're wrong. St. Andrews State Park, on the southeast edge of the city, is 1260 peaceful acres of nature trails, swimming spots, and habitats for foxes, coyotes, seabirds, and alligators. (Don't touch! But do swim freely in the saltwater. ‘Gators stay safely in their freshwater homes.) Head to the northwest corner of the city for another natural locale, Conservation Park. Its 2900 acres offer 24 miles of trails shaded by cypress trees.


Beaches near Panama City Beach vacation rentals

Panama City Beach is found on the stunning Florida coastline with white-sand beaches and turquoise seas. Vacation homes are available near beaches like Panama City Beach, a long stretch of white sand and clear water with a fishing pier, and Alys Beach, a picturesque beach area with soft sand and gentle waters. Camp Helen State Park, a park with a beach near a large coastal dune lake, and Rick Seltzer Park, a swimming beach with calm waters and pavilions and picnic areas, are also great places for sun and surf.

How to get there

How to get to and around Panama City Beach

The nearest airport is in Panama City, FL (ECP-Northwest Florida Beaches Intl.), located 12.2 mi (19.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), which is 42.5 mi (68.4 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Panama City Beach vacation homes

Panama City Beach is filled with kid-friendly attractions for children of all ages. Vacation home rentals can be found near exciting places like St. Andrews State Park, a vast park with beaches, nature trails, and campsites, and Shipwreck Island Waterpark, a tropical-themed water park with slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. Kids will also enjoy Gulf World, a tropical garden with sea life like dolphins and sea lions, and ZooWorld Zoological and Botanical Conservatory, which houses conservation species and shows in a tropical environment.

Where to stay around Panama City Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 12,441 vacation rentals near Panama City Beach. From 3,365 Houses to 7,717 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Panama City Beach area.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Panama City Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Panama City Beach:

  • West Panama City Beach: 2,825 vacation rentals
  • Laguna Beach: 867 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 1,926 vacation rentals
  • Sunnyside: 4,396 vacation rentals
  • Laguna Beach Estates: 2,583 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Panama City Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Panama City Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pier Park: 12,431 vacation rentals
  • Frank Brown Park: 12,500 vacation rentals
  • Camp Helen State Park: 13,829 vacation rentals
  • Coconut Creek Family Fun Park: 9,984 vacation rentals
  • M.B. Miller County Pier: 11,171 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Panama City Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Panama City Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,365 Houses in Panama City Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Panama City Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 7,717 rentals available
  • Cottages: 329 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 659 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Panama City Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10,931 vacation rentals with pool available in Panama City Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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