Many thanks to Pamela Wright of Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, in Panama City Beach, Florida for this blog post.
- If you head east on I-98 from Pensacola to Fort Walton you are going to find wall to wall traffic, shopping malls and hotels. This can be quite exhilarating if you enjoy the feel of the big city stretched out along the beach, but if you would prefer a slower pace, you need to keep heading west to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida. You will still have the options of shopping at a modern mall, eating at an award winning restaurant and soaking up the sun on the beach – just at a more leisurely pace.
- At the tip of Panama City Beach lies St. Andrews State Park. A beautiful park with a lot to offer; not the least of which is the shuttle service to Shell Island. Walk along the quiet beach searching for shells, sit and relax on the white sugar sand beach, or watch the Skate (think manta ray but smaller) frolicking in the surf.
- Take a ride out into the gulf to watch the dolphin at play. They are beautiful creatures who give you a sense of serenity.
- Cross the Hathaway Bridge to visit the deceptively quiet towns of St. Andrews and Panama City. There are a lot of choices when it comes to food. Nothing quite as nice as sitting on a deck, gazing out over the lagoon and enjoying that glass of wine with a great salad.
- Check out the art scene, the antiques scene, and the “old” town scene along Harrison Avenue in Panama City. Lots to choose from. If you make it on a Friday evening beginning in March, you can also participate in the Friday Fest. Lots of fun, music, people watching and, once again, great food.
- Panama City Beach has a very active Senior Center where you can do anything from practice Yoga, to make jewelry, to paint. The price is right, the atmosphere is fun filled and you are guaranteed to learn something.
- Check out the theater scene! Musicals, plays, symphonies, what more could you ask for?
- Take a drive on I-98 heading east and visit the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Stop at Mexico Beach and visit the shops, head for Apalachicola for the freshest oysters and on the way check out the lighthouses.
- Be sure to visit the local seafood markets for the freshest fish, shrimp and my personal favorite…blue crab. Great taste, good for you and a whole lot cheaper than up north.
- Relax at Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, one of only 17 RV parks nationwide to attain Trailer Life’s coveted 10/10*/10 rating. Just north of the Zoo in Panama City Beach, you can’t find a better place to stay.
If those aren’t enough reasons for you to plan a visit to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida, then you will just have to wait for the next installment. See you soon!