We just returned from Grand Panama Resort after a great, fun-filled and relaxing weekend. GPR is a collection of condominiums in two high rise buildings. One building (#1) is located right on the beach while the other building is across the street. Both buildings are connected by a skywalk. If you want to have a full ocean view, make sure you book a place in Building #1.
It also appeared to my wife and I that the original plan for the resort was to build additional condo buildings north of Front Beach Road. But this never happened, most likely due to the recession back in 2008. Still, GPR is a beautiful property and as nice as they come at Panama City Beach.
We ended up renting a two bedroom, two bath unit with all the standard amenities for $1650 plus tax, plus refundable security deposit for the week. We used the VRBO booking site and were able to work directly with the owner of the unit. This is a great option as is dealing with the GPR booking people.
The resort includes a beautiful pool that's located between the building and beach. The pool also includes multiple grills for cooking. The beach itself is your typical, beautiful, white sand beach the area is famous for. There's no full blown restaurant on the property, but there is a Tiki Hut restuarant poolside that offers great favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, beers, etc. We ate there for lunch one day and enjoyed the food.
The beach also offers water sports for an additional price that include jet skiing, para gliding and banana boat rides. Make sure you talk to the jet ski owner regarding restaurants. He's a native of PCB and a former chef and he'll be more than happy to offer up great suggestions, as was the case with our family.
ADVICE: When booking your unit, make sure you find out whether or not lounge chairs and umbrella setups on the beach are included in your rate. If they are, great! if not, expect to pay about $30-$35 a day for set-up.
ADVICE PART 2: PCB is fairly congested, build out and at times suffocating. I compare it to Myrtle Beach. If you've got kids or you like lots of activities, this is your place. If you are laid back and don't like crowds, I'd opt for somewhere like Portofino at Pensacola Beach, where it's a little less crowded.
Overall, we had a great time. The beach was amazing, the restaurants top notch and the resort five star. GPR is a high end option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Panama Beach Resort boasts some of the Emerald Coast’s unrivaled amenities which include 2 Sparkling pools, 2 water spas, pool side Tiki bars and BBQ areas, exercise room, meeting room & 2100 Sq. ft. Conference room , covered secure parking, dining and shopping on site at the Village of Grand Panama, and the area’s best Southern Hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Panama Beach Hotel Panama City Beach