Panama City Beach is legendary wordwide for its beautiful, soft white sand beaches framed by the sparkling blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Watersports are the big thing here -- boating, jetski, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba and waterskiing opportunities are plentiful. The diving is especially superb, in fact, Conde Nast Traveler rated Panama City Beach as number one in the country. The area recieves visitors year round with average temperatures in the 70s, and the height of the tourist season is March through October. Local attractions and amusement parks are at their peak between Memorial day and Labor day. Mild temperatures produce a wide range of lush tropical and sub-tropical vegetation.
Attractions in the area include Gulf World, featuring a shark tank, parrots aplenty and bottlenose dolphins performing four times daily. Shipwreck Island is a water theme park with a 35 mph speed slide, and special gentle kiddie areas. Across the street is Miracle Strip Amusement Park, with a fearsome rollecoaster and nine acres of continuous excitement for all ages. Zoo World has more than 350 animals on view, many endangered. The awesome Gran Maze is a real challenge, a test of logic as you race against time.
For leisurely strolling. there's the Art District, housed in historical downtown. It's a showplace for galleries and restaurants. For peacful relaxation, try the St. Andrews State Recreation Area Jetties that extend almost half a mile into the Gulf -- it's a great place to fish. Getting around is made eay with the Bay Town Trolley, with a scenic ride along the beaches and other areas of interest. Alvin's Island is a haven for shoppers, with 60,000 sq ft of shopping, with outrageous sportswear and swimsuits to go with the alligators and shark feedings that add to the fun.