The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “Panama City Beach” is obviously the beach. Millions of tourists annually come to enjoy our pure-white sands and emerald-green to ocean-blue coast. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but our waves are as playful as they are inviting and they’re made for exploring, especially during the summertime.
Whether you’re adventurous and daring or chill and cautious, the truth is, we have the perfect watersport for everyone to enjoy. Of course, with Resort Collection Rewards, you can easily indulge all of them, if it’s your heart’s desire, as you’ll receive discounts for most of these aquatic adventures. Here are our top watersports (from adrenaline pumping to calming) to try before this summer is over.
FOR THE ADVENTURER
Photo by Glen Thaxton
If you’re seeking for a real thrill, we’d like to suggest hitting the waves on a WaveRunner tour or renting your own Jet Ski. There’s nothing like the rush of excitement you get as you cruise alongside the coast on a powerful personal watercraft. While the chase is fun, always remember to keep a watchful eye out for swimmers and other moving vessels.
Take your speedy experience up a notch when you ride beside a family of dolphins. The sight and experience are surreal; your whole family won’t be able to stop talking about it.
TOUCH BASE WITH THRILL FACTOR
Take in the view of the magnificent coast of Panama City Beach in the best way—from up in the air! Parasailing is the perfect medium between adventure and leisurely sightseeing. It almost feels like you’re floating with the clouds. Although cameras are not allowed while parasailing, you have the pleasure of disconnecting from technology for a while as you take a mental photograph that is unforgettable.
Photo by Dawn Chapman Whitty
If you’re looking for fun with the whole family or with a group of friends, make it a party on a pontoon boat tour! Accommodating up to twelve passengers, including pets, this is one of the best and most leisurely ways to stroll around Panama City Beach’s beautiful blue waters and sightsee at the same time. Expect to find dolphins along the way, catch glimpses of a variety of coastal birds and other wildlife, visit the pristine Shell Island, and snorkel in shallow waters.
Looking for a friendly competition? Take your group out fishing. After all, there’s no better way to fish than out in the deep blue of the Gulf of Mexico with a highly trained and professional crew onboard. Enjoy fishing for pompano, kingfish, red snapper, Spanish mackerel and more. This will definitely be the catch of your life.
CATCH THE WAVES
Photo by Dawn Chapman Whitty
Of course, calming watersports such as swimming and paddleboarding are always great ways to enjoy our beautiful beaches while getting your feet wet. There’s nothing more satisfying than riding on or swimming into our warm summer waves, creating a live-in-the-now sensation.
Whatever watersport you choose to explore, there’s nothing that makes you feel more alive than experiencing the waters of Panama City Beach. This is just the start of our list. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our Goin’ To The Beach
magazine for more beach activities to try.
So, what are you waiting for? Panama City Beach is calling, all year round. Better start packing!