Fall is the perfect time for couples to plan their romantic escape along Panama City Beach's award-winning beaches and indulge in some of the Gulf Coast's finest hospitality. With beautiful weather and more romantic indulgences available than ever before, Panama City Beach is the perfect place to fall in love for the first time, or all over again.
"Each fall is a special time for couples because of the unbeatable weather and selection of amenities on and around the beach," shares Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Dan Rowe. "Our calm, emerald waters and soft white sand provide the perfect backdrop for a fun date, intimate honeymoon or unforgettable wedding."
Below is a listing of romantic offerings and activities in Panama City Beach:
Long Walks on the Beach
With 27 miles of beautiful beach stretched along the Gulf of Mexico and about 100 public beach access points, walking hand-in-hand along the soft sandy shores is a romantic pastime that can lead couples from their accommodation to scenic beach-front restaurants, award-winning state parks, or one of America's top ice cream parlors.
Sunset Sail with Paradise Adventures
Perfect before dinner or a night out on the town, Paradise Adventures offers a two-hour sail along the Gulf of Mexico to take in the breathtaking sights and sunsets of Panama City Beach. Couples can relax onboard the 55-foot catamaran and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, sangria, cold beer or a non-alcoholic beverage. For more information, visit www.paradiseadventurespcb.com.
Romantic Hideaways on the Water
The majority of Panama City Beach's accommodations offer picturesque Gulf views, and options range from simple to ultra-luxurious. Roomy beachfront condos like El Soleil allow couples to enjoy a romantic night in with a Gulf view, fireplace and sprawling balcony. Just down the road, Carillon Beach Rentals features a collection of cottages, five private pools, shopping, dining and spa all within a private community. The Serenity Spa at Bay Point Wyndham Resort has played host to the First Lady and provides soothing facials, manicures, pedicures and Swedish massages. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/places-to-stay.
Candle Light Dinners and Waterfront Dining
Romantic dinners are always on the menu in Panama City Beach, whether couples opt for high-end cuisine or fresh Gulf seafood with breezes blowing through a casual beachside restaurant. Known for its award-winning cuisine, Firefly provides a Mediterranean vibe for couples to celebrate and dine under the restaurant's illuminated oak tree. Firefly's Chef Paul has served two sitting U.S. presidents, and was also selected to prepare a special meal for Team USA Olympians at the London Summer Games. Saltwater Grill is another dining experience known for both their excellent martinis and successful marriage proposals in front of its breathtaking 25,000 gallon saltwater aquarium.
Dolphin Tours and Entertainment
The waters off of Panama City Beach are home to the highest concentration of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins in the world and can easily be spotted from the beach or while taking a sightseeing tour with one of many experienced boat captains. To guarantee a sighting, visit Gulf World Marine Park, which features marine life exhibits and the chance to swim with a dolphin. For more information, visit www.gulfworldmarinepark.com.
Private Picnic at Shell Island
Located just across the pass from St. Andrews State Park, Shell Island is an undeveloped seven-mile island of beautiful trees, white sand and emerald water, perfect for a secluded picnic, walk on the beach or snorkeling adventure. Sightseeing trips, private charters, boat rentals and an hourly shuttle service make the barrier island accessible to anyone who really wants to get away from it all. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Paddleboarding for Two
Learning to paddleboard is easy thanks to the calm local waters and many businesses offering lessons, rentals, or equipment. Paddleboarding tours offer basic to advanced instruction and provide a fantastic workout, not to mention one of the best ways to watch a sunset. For more information, click here: Shell Island info.
Shopping and Entertainment at Pier Park
Pier Park is a 900,000+ square foot shopping center and entertainment hub located just steps from the beach. With a wide array of restaurants, specialty stores and attractions to choose from, couples can treat each other to a special gift or enjoy a stroll through this open-air mall. For more information, visit www.simon.com/mall/pier-park.