“As You Like It” — that’s the name of, arguably, Shakespeare’s most definitive romance. The phrase expresses the idea that love is a very subjective thing. Just as a phrase by any other name would sound as sweet, Panama City Beach offers a setting sure to speak to your definition of romantic. As with love, there are many ways to find romance in Panama City Beach.
Fun at the beach
Whatever floats your boat: The Gulf of Mexico is a sea of love. Whether you want to dip your toes or just want to ride the waves, dive and boat charters in Panama City Beach offer adventures year-round. Many local businesses can help you navigate a tailor-made romantic excursion. The emerald waters of Panama City Beach host a wide variety of marine life. Sea turtles, goliath groupers and bottlenose dolphins are just a few of the species that you can spot in the blue green waters of Northwest Florida. Dive Locker, Dolphin and Snorkel Tours or Panama City Dive Center make Panama City Beach an ideal jumping off point for those looking to take the plunge under the waves. If above the water is more your speed, Island Time Sailing Cruises or Paradise Adventures can take you through the Grand Lagoon pass and beyond. Take your loved one and view the horizon with a bird’s eye view or relax as the sunset fills an orange colored sky.
Relax and Unwined
To Each His Own: “Me time” can be “us time” when it’s at one of the area’s spas. Luxurious spa treatments are an escape into relaxation at Indigo Earth Spa, which provides organic facials, waxing and Ayurvedic balancing treatments in downtown Panama City, or you can cocoon yourself at Therapeutic Beach Massages, where they offer many services, including clay therapies, scrubs and, yes, full body wraps. For the ultimate couples activity, try a couple’s massage at Serenity Spa at Sheraton Bay Point Resort.
Date Night Dining
Getting lovely — for the one you love or with them — is the ultimate indulgence. A Matter of Taste: Runaway Island Beach Bar and Grill and The Grand Marlin all provide outside decks for you and yours to take in the breathtaking views of the gulf while enjoying catch-of-the-day seafoods and cocktails. If feeding your enduring bliss or first blushes by candlelight is your preference, a romantic dinner can elevate a necessity to a whole other level. The best option around might be Firefly, named Open Tables’ “2017 Most Romantic Restaurant.” The award-winning cuisine and magical Mediterranean bistro atmosphere will whisk you and your lover off your feet.
Thrill Seeking Adventure
Instead of the usual romantic clichés, perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more engaging. The young at heart can be entertained together at nostalgic beach attractions like Race City Amusement Park’s bumper boats and Coconut Creek’s putt-putt golf, Cobra Adventure Park’s go- cart racing or more state-of-the-art entertainment such as Dave and Buster’s or Emerald Coast Mirror Maze & Laser Craze.
Dance the night away
If the games are a little too virtual, Panama City Beach has a selection of fun and entertaining live music venues. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is the place to do some serious two-steppin’ as local bands and loaners from Nashville’s original landmark venue play the country music couple’s jam. Sharky’s has cocktails for those who like to enjoy a signature beverage while listening to the sounds of live music.
Explore the Outdoors
If money can’t buy you love, Panama City Beach has nearly 60 maintained free to the public boardwalks onto the sugar white shore beginning with Access No. 1 at the east end of Thomas Drive behind Patches Pub and ending not far west of Pier Park. See them from bicycles rented from Barley’s Bike Rental and lay out on any of the chaise cabanas under the Florida sun. If a canopy of leaves rather than canvas is more your speed, there are miles to explore from Camp Helen State Park to Gayle’s Trails to St. Andrews State Park.
Regardless of your idea of a romantic vacation, you can make it a reality in Panama City Beach. It’s only a matter of pursuing your ideal your way. Let your imagination and passions guide you on a trip of a love-life time, for more ideas for a once in a live time romantic getaway, click here.
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