PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., October 20, 2020 –  Visit Panama City Beach is looking towards the future with optimism and is pleased to announce its upcoming fall events and new developments for 2021.

Known for its 360 annual days of sunshine, 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and brilliant emerald-green waters, Panama City Beach has become a beloved destination for families, athletes, nature enthusiasts and foodies seeking a relaxed and affordable getaway. As a result of its loyal visitors, this beach destination continues to expand at an incredible rate, quickly bouncing back from early 2020 travel restrictions.

“This year has been difficult for everyone. We are thrilled to see continued interest and investment in our community,” shares Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “From the IRONMAN races in November and this year’s virtual Beach Home for the Holidays event, to a variety of hotels and resorts opening in 2021, the destination has much to look forward to in the coming months.”

Please see below for Panama City Beach’s latest developments, including new attractions, restaurants and accommodations:


Red Alert Diving: Newest Dive Facility in the "Wreck Diving Capital of the South”

Red Alert Diving (RAD) is the Florida panhandle’s newest full-service Dive Center and Aquatic Training Facility. Located in beautiful Panama City Beach, also known as the "Wreck Diving Capital of the South,” RAD divers have direct access to miles of uninterrupted sugar-white sand beaches, shipwrecks, natural reefs and freshwater springs. Regardless of skill level, the RAD staff can prepare divers for every type of experience, from simply taking in the aquatic life, swimming with sharks or visiting relics hidden deep below. For more information, visit

New Restaurants:

Dat Cajun Place

One of Panama City Beach’s local favorites, Dat Cajun Place, may be moving to a new location, but guests will still find the same amazing Cajun food and fun drinks on the beach when it opens in early 2021 at 2705 Thomas Drive. In the meantime, foodies can enjoy its famous flavors, fresh oyster, live music and more at the original Thomas Drive location. For more information, visit  

Hunt & Gather Raw Bar & Pub

H & G Raw Bar & Pub is a place to gather and enjoy the bounty of the oceans and land. This unique restaurant specializes in local and regional oysters. In the mood for something different? Hunt & Gather offers foodies a fresh take on wild game inspired meals. Stop in and check out the elk burger or quail quesadilla. For more information, visit @huntandgatherrawbar.


Home2 Suites by Hilton

Featuring complimentary high-speed Internet, an outdoor pool, hot breakfast, business center, an on-site restaurant, exercise facility and pet-friendly rooms, this new 72-room hotel is conveniently located less than three miles from Emerald Coast beaches. For more information, visit

Calypso Towers III

The first condo construction to take place in Panama City Beach in 10 years – Calypso Resort and Towers’ Tower III is located adjacent to Pier Park, offering striking Gulf views and convenient access to the beach. This third Calypso Tower features 250 executive units with both three-bedroom and one-bedroom plans. For more information, visit

Embassy Suites

The St. Joe Company and Key International, a prominent Miami developer, broke ground in August 2019 for a new $50 million Embassy Suites on Front Beach Road next door to Pier Park. The hotel, scheduled to open in March 2021, will feature 255 rooms in a sprawling four-and five-story "E"-shaped building facing the Gulf. Amenities will include an on-site restaurant, meeting space, fitness center, resort-style swimming pool, sky bar and upper-level event space with Gulf views. For more information, visit

Homewood Suites by Hilton

The St. Joe Company broke ground in April for a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel, conveniently located adjacent to the new Panama City Beach Sports Complex. Opening in Spring 2021, the four-story hotel will feature approximately 120 one and two-bedroom guest suites, each equipped with a full kitchen and refrigerator. Planned amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center and complimentary hot breakfast served seven days a week. For more information, visit

Hilton Garden at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Scheduled to open in 2021, the St. Joe Company is also building a new Hilton Garden Inn located adjacent to the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The hotel features 143 guest rooms, meeting space and a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It is being built in what is already St. Joe's 110,500-acre development known as the Bay-Walton Sector. For more information, visit

Margaritaville Panama City Beach Resort

Featuring Margaritaville’s casual-luxe design, the Margaritaville Panama City Beach Resort covers more than 13 acres in Panama City Beach and will offer a full-service hotel, vacation cottage rentals, a clubhouse with upscale amenities, an outdoor resort pool and a selection of signature restaurants and bars sure to transport guests to the Margaritaville state of mind. The resort is expected to begin a phased opening in Spring 2022. For more information, visit