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Panama City is a sun-soaked urban paradise set on the sparkling shores of Florida’s Bay County, which crests the aquamarine Gulf of Mexico. This mid-size family-friendly city is perfect for a relaxed, stress-free city break - boasting quiet palm studded streets, educational kid-themed museums, and plenty of aquatic adventures - from marine parks to water sports. Nature-enthusiasts will find a lot to love here too, as Panama City is surrounded by lush state parks, dense forests, and wildlife reserves.

Things to see

If you’re traveling with the little ones, begin your sun-washed Panama City day by taking a trip to one of its weird and whacky kids museums. They’ll get a kick out of Wonderworks -based just outside the center - a hands-on science museum built to resemble an upside-down laboratory. Inside, kids can test the bed of nails, learn about space exploration, and experience stormy hurricane simulators. After, head over to the Gulf World Marine Park, and catch a daily show of jumping dolphins and silly sea lions. In the Marine Park’s grounds, you can also visit playful penguins and deep-green alligators. Meanwhile, nature lovers should head over to Conservation Park, a rich stretch of idyllic wetland and forest, crisscrossed with walking trails and specked by wildlife spotting stations. If you’re after a tranquil day of swimming, boating, and hiking - or simply want to sunbathe on pristine white beachfront - then visit St. Andrews State Park.

Hotels in Panama City

There are a range of affordable and budget hotels in Panama City, perfect for those after a sun-kissed getaway without the high price tag. For basic, no-frills comfort at a super cheap price, check out a 1-star hotel, where the cozy rooms and free parking make for a hassle free stay. Panama City’s 2-star hotels offer more classic accommodation, with shimmering outdoor pools and free filling breakfasts. For a touch of elegance, stay in a mid-range 3-star Panama City hotel, and enjoy relaxing in-house bar lounges, and restaurants that cook up fresh delectable seafood.

Where to stay

Panama City’s Downtown area provides a peaceful, residential vibe, with a range of welcoming local hangouts - from bars and cafes to grill and BBQ restaurants. Shoppers can also splurge in the collectable antique stores, funky flea markets, and affordable fashion boutiques. Panama City is adjacent to Panama City Beach, a smaller city flush with green parks and soft sugary beaches. To be within easy reach of both Panama City and Panama City Beach, stay west of Downtown, in the youthful Pretty Bayou area. Outdoor adventurers, meanwhile, can split their time between Panama City and the starry campgrounds at St. Andrews State Park.

How to get to Panama City

The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport rests just 23 miles from Downtown Panama City. This small, easy-going airport serves a handful of direct year-round flights to key domestic destinations, such as Atlanta, Houston, and Baltimore. If you’re traveling from overseas, you’ll likely catch a connecting flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - the flight will only take 1 speedy hour. From the airport, you can hire a car onsite and drive the quick 30 minutes to Panama City. Once there, you’ll find it’s handy to have your own rental vehicle, especially if you want to explore the nearby parks.