The east end of Panama City Beach is known as a tight knit community, made up of local businesses providing resources for both visitors and locals. Grand Lagoon, better known as the “Gateway to the Gulf” serves as the core for all things fishing, boating, antiques and authentic cuisine. This area is also known for their community events, such as the Grand Lagoon Grand Slam Fishing Tournament, Bloody Mary and Music Festival and Fourth of July firework shows.

Grand Lagoon prides themselves on providing activities for all to enjoy, and is considered to be a treasure chest of Panama City Beach. With a range of eclectic businesses and restaurants, you will be entertained for hours while driving down Thomas Drive.

The Shadow Box, owned by beach local, Terrah Waynick, is stocked with whimsical décor to inspire any home. You know you have arrived to her quaint boutique when you see the decorated, old school Volkswagen Bug parked out front! Decorative wooden cut outs line the front porch, before walking into a cottage filled with re-purposed furniture, wall art, jewelry and more. Open daily from 10:00AM-5:00PM, you are sure to find the perfect addition for your home!

Florida Watersports is the perfect place to start for any outdoor activity gear. Located right on Thomas Drive, this local recreation and fishing outfitter provides free kayak demos each spring, allowing future customers to find the right kayak for each individual. If you are looking for a kayak tour or a fishing charter, Florida Watersports’ website is filled with recommended companies to do the job. Fishing rods, coolers and different types of kayaks are available for purchase, making it the one-stop-shop for your outdoor needs!

Fuel your body and feed the soul by visiting Finn’s Island Style Grub. You will be on island time when you enter this beach-y, outdoor atmosphere. Located on Front Beach Road, next to Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop, Finn’s provides the beach’s best acai bowls, Ahi Tuna tacos and homemade ceviche. Feeling thirsty? Finns Barista Bar and Snack Shack serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages on tap or to go. Grab a freshly made latte or some fresh carrot orange kombucha to start your day right! Or stay for a bit, and enjoy canned Infinite Monkey wine, or a local beer on tap.

Looking for a creative way to satisfy your sweet tooth? Or perhaps you are looking for an Instagram-worthy, savory lunch? Look no further than Gypsea Crepes. Located on Thomas Drive, they specialize in cold brew coffee and creative crepes, filled with a variety of fresh ingredients. Some of their more popular crepes include the Gypsea, the Duke and the Strawberry Banana Cheesecake! This is a noteworthy stop for a healthy and unique breakfast, or lunch, experience!

There are a variety of companies that are perfect for outdoor activities. Beach Art Group is a great option for groups to get creative! With a variation of designs and classes, both on the beach and off, this makes for perfect activity for groups.

Looking for a little more adventure? Rent paddle boards with Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop, become dive certified with Diver’s Den, find your inner zen with PC Beach Yoga, or battle the seas with Jubilee Fishing Charters or Hook’em Up Charters.

No matter where you stay when you come to Panama City Beach, don’t miss out on the east end, where the Grand Lagoon community is vibrant with a small town feel and full of local businesses waiting to serve you!