Hello, sunseekers and adventure lovers! Summer is finally here, and there's no better place to kick off the season than at Panama City Beach. With its stunning white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a plethora of activities for all ages, PCB is the perfect destination to welcome the summer vibes. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature enthusiast, or just looking to relax, we’ve got you covered. Here’s eight ways to make the most of your first day of summer in Panama City Beach.


1. Sunrise at St. Andrews State Park

Start your day with the breathtaking beauty of a sunrise at St. Andrews State Park. This serene spot offers pristine beaches, lush greenery, and the perfect backdrop for a peaceful morning. Bring a blanket, a cup of coffee, and watch as the sky transforms with hues of pink and orange, signaling the start of a glorious summer day.


2. Stroll Through the Conservation Park

What better way to greet the summer sun than with a refreshing walk or bike ride through the PCB Conservation Park? With over 24 miles of trails, you can explore the natural beauty of the area, spotting wildlife and enjoying the serene surroundings. Whether you're an avid cyclist or a casual walker, the park offers trails suitable for all levels. Breathe in the fresh air and start your day on a healthy note.


3. Water Sports Galore

As the day heats up, dive into the action with a variety of water sports. Try your hand at jet skiing, parasailing, or paddleboarding. With tons of rental options all along the beach you’ll find exactly what adventure you are looking for. For a more relaxed pace, kayaking and snorkeling in the clear waters around Shell Island are fantastic options.


4. Beachside Lunch Break

After a morning of activities, refuel at one of the many charming beach spots. Enjoy fresh seafood, tropical drinks, and breathtaking ocean views. Schooners, known as the “Last Local Beach Club,” is a favorite spot where you can savor amazing food and drinks right on the beach. Runaway Island is also a great choice when looking for a delicious meal and a waterfront view.


5. Explore Pier Park

Take a stroll through Pier Park, the heart of Panama City Beach's shopping and entertainment district. With a wide array of shops, boutiques, and attractions, it's the perfect place to pick up summer essentials or unique souvenirs. Don’t miss the SkyWheel for a bird’s-eye view of the coastline.


6. Afternoon at the Dog Beach

For those traveling with their furry friends, head over to the dog-friendly beach area behind Pier Park. It’s a fantastic spot where your fur baby can run, play, and splash in the water. Let your dog enjoy the sun and surf while you soak up the warm summer rays. Remember to bring fresh water and a bowl to keep your pet hydrated, and always follow local guidelines to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone.


7. Sunset Sailing Cruise

As the day winds down, embark on a sunset sailing cruise. Several local companies offer catamaran cruises that provide stunning views of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. With the sea breeze in your hair and the sky painted in vibrant colors, it’s an unforgettable way to end your first day of summer.


8. Dinner at a Waterfront Restaurant

Cap off your perfect day with a delicious dinner at a waterfront restaurant. From upscale dining to casual eateries, PCB offers a variety of options to suit any palate. Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant is renowned for its fresh seafood and beautiful marina views, making it an ideal spot for a memorable meal.