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“Beautiful beach with a hidden hot spot”

Beach at Panama City
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Owner description: This 27-mile long beach offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy such as swimming, snorkeling, dolphin-spotting parasailing and jet skiing.
Marietta, GA
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach with a hidden hot spot”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been going to Panama City Beach since I was 2, and to put that in perspective I'm 56 now. The sand is just gorgeous, as are the dunes. The water is often beautiful, but sometimes is marred by the presence of seaweed and alga. The good thing is, you can go to bed one night with the water thick with seaweed, and wake up the next morning to clear water.
About that hidden hot spot. I talk to so many people who say they were disappointed by their visit. I always ask if they had visited Saint Andrews State Park and the answer is almost always "no". If you haven't been there, GO. There are jetties to fish off of and snorkel around, a mile of the prettiest beach you can imagine, with tall dunes, bird nesting areas (but DON'T walk through those, just enjoy the wildlife they bring to the park), deer, seashells all over the place, a pier for the fishermen (and a great place to watch the sundown), a lake containing alligators and tons of nesting birds on a small island, trails to hike, a boat ramp that feeds into the bay, a shuttle that takes passengers across the channel to Shell Island (another cool place, unoccupied by humans except the few that venture over during the day via shuttles or boats) ... okay, I'll stop rhapsodizing now. We always stay at Moonspinner Condominiums, not only because they are pretty nice condos, but they are the last rental units before entering the park. This is not an endorsement of Moonspinner, although as I said they are pretty nice, but if you want easy access to the park (in other words, the capability of just strolling down the beach and being there), this is the place to stay. To my family and myself, this park is the main draw to PCB, although the minature golf courses, game rooms and attractions like Zoo World and Gulf World certainly help us pass idle time :)
So, to summarize: PCB - great family location. St. Andrews Park - a do-not-miss if you visit PCB.

Visited September 2013
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Rainsville, Alabama, United States
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

5th summer in a row beautiful as always. Lots things to do shopping, eating and great beaches. Love it everytime we come if you have never been you must see it at least once.

Visited September 2013
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Mableton
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A lot of coral ref in water”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Ok, too much coral ref. everything else was fine. Several activities to select from: jet skis, swim with dolphins, parasailing

Visited September 2013
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Akron, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“It's a beach”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

If you want to go sit on the beach, eat seafood, and do nothing else, this is the place for you. The beach does have sugar white sand, but we never saw any cleanup being done, and it sure could use it. There was lots of June Grass when we were there in early Sept, thankfully it settled by mid week, and we could enjoy being in the warm gulf water again. We had a hard time finding things to do in the heat of the day, and the evenings. I'll go back to Myrtle Beach in a heartbeat. If PCB wants tourists, they need to work on the redevelopment, get in more shopping areas like Pier Park, get some theatres for quality evening entertainment (NOT nightclubs!), and get rid of the dive motels & "hookah" shops all over.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
“First year anniversary.”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We loved the whole entire set up. After Palms Paradise put us through so much Holiday Inn intercepted and made our first year anniversary fun, pleasant, exciting and just wow.

Visited August 2013
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