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Experience Panama City at vacation home rentals

Panama City is many a spring breaker's city break of choice, but this strip on the Florida Panhandle has more than enough attractions to draw crowds of all ages. There are sprawling golf courses, thrilling water parks, and golden beaches with the alluring azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Find your home away from home in a Panama City vacation rental, the ideal base for beach bumming, saltwater fishing, and water park- and aquarium-hopping. History buffs can take a day trip to Camp Helen State Park, where archaeological sites suggest that it had human residents about 4,000 years ago. Or you can simply go for the swimming, fishing, and beachcombing.

Things to do

Attractions near Panama City vacation rentals

The 20-acre Shipwreck Island Waterpark is overflowing with exhilarating aquatic attractions, such as a wave pool that generates 3-foot waves on the reg, side-by-side slides where you can race with a pal, and a replica of a 17th-century ship, which you'll zipline off before dropping into a lagoon pool. Families with li'l ones can check out Gulf World Marine Park, where the kiddos can pet stingrays, feed turtles, and make friends with fearsome sharks. Then, take the tykes to the Man in the Sea Museum, whose diving-related exhibits will show them what it's like to be a deep-sea voyager.


Activities near Panama City vacation homes

There are plenty of worthwhile activities for adrenaline junkies and outdoorsy types, so make sure you load up with a big brekkie before leaving your Panama City vacation rental. Watersports like sailing, kiteboarding, and paddle-boarding are popular, as are excursions for snorkeling, scuba diving, and dolphin-watching. The Gulf coast is a famous fishing destination; charter a boat and see if you can find anything interesting on the other end of your fishing line. Back on land, hop on a bike and follow the city's cycling routes—if you're lucky, you might spot some wildlife on the trail.


Best time to visit Panama City vacation homes

Just like the rest of Florida, Panama City has a subtropical climate, meaning summers are hot and humid, while winters are short and mild. Summer highs dance around 90 degrees from June to September, with lows in the mid-70s. There's no such thing as personal space in the touristy areas when you visit in March, July, or August, as the massive spring break and summer crowds will have you shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow travelers. Panama City vacation rentals tend to have lower price tags from November to February, although some attractions might be shuttered for the winter. Temps during this season range from 40 to 65 degrees.

Natural features

Take a walk on the wild side in Panama City

Water parks with man-made lazy rivers make for a fun afternoon, but if you want a dose of nature au naturel, head over to St. Andrews State Park for snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, and kayaking in a former military reservation. There are fishing piers for avid anglers, while hikers and bird-watchers can take to the nature trails. While you're here, why not make a side trip to Shell Island for some fishing and shelling? If you're going in early to mid-summer, you might spot seabirds and sea turtles nesting on the island.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Panama City

Fly into Panama City, FL (ECP-Northwest Florida Beaches Intl.), the closest airport, located 18.1 mi (29.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), which is 55.7 mi (89.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Panama City vacation rentals

Panama City has an array of fun-filled attractions for kids. Vacation homes can be found near locations like St. Andrews State Park, an outdoor sanctuary with beaches, nature trails, and boat tours, and ZooWorld Zoological and Botanical Conservatory, a zoo focused on conservation with hundreds of animals and programs in a tropical setting. You'll also like Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, a sprawling family-friendly park with 2 mini golf courses and a maze.

Good for couples

Couples retreat in Panama City vacation homes

If you're looking for a romantic vacation, Panama City has plenty to choose from. Vacation rentals are available near places like St. Andrews Bay, a bay with beaches, piers, and fishing in an estuary on a scenic coastline, and Oaks by the Bay Park, a scenic park with a waterfront boardwalk and unique palm trees. You'll also like the Panama City Center for the ARTS, a visual arts center with sculpture, paintings, and other works.

Can I find a vacation rental around Panama City?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,333 vacation rentals near Panama City. From 6,117 Condos/Apartments to 574 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Panama City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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:

  • Rosemary Beach: 1,191 vacation rentals
  • Seacrest: 587 vacation rentals
  • West Panama City Beach: 2,809 vacation rentals
  • Laguna Beach: 855 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 1,921 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?

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

  • St. Andrews State Park: 7,986 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Coast State College: 9,090 vacation rentals
  • Panama City Mall: 7,369 vacation rentals
  • Port Panama City: 9,100 vacation rentals
  • Panama City Marina: 7,445 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Panama City 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 Condos/Apartments in Panama City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 6,117 Condos/Apartments in Panama City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Panama City include:

  • Houses: 574 rentals available
  • Cottages: 55 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 314 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?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,572 vacation rentals with pool available in Panama City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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