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Panama City Beach Guide Your Complete Guide to Living in Panama City Beach, Florida

Panama City Beach – Home to “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” 

Panama City Beach, Florida has long been a destination for families to have fun in the summer sun, retirees to escape the northern cold, and anyone looking to have a great time. For those who fall in love with the beach and don’t want to leave it- you’re in luck! Panama City Beach is a great place to live, play, work and raise a family. 

White Sugar Sand Beaches in Panama City Beach

We all know what you’re here for — the beach! With 27 miles of beachfront access, there’s something new to discover daily. Take the ferry to undeveloped Shell Island to enjoy the wildlife- deer, birds, crabs, fish, turtles, and more; or try your hand at snorkeling, kayaking, and more. 

St. Andrews State Park is often considered one of the country’s best beaches. When you’ve had all of the fun in the sand you can stand, explore the park in other ways- go hiking, bird watching, or even rent a bike at the general store to explore on two wheels. You can even sleep under the stars at St. Andrews with 60 campsites available- featuring both primitive sites and RV hookups.  

For those looking for a thrill or a unique way to spend their day at the beach, Panama City Beach offers several different ways to enjoy the sun, sand, and water. To see the city from above, try parasailing. You might even be able to spot some native aquatic wildlife- like dolphins, stingrays, and even sea turtles during your flight. 

The 27 miles of beaches in Panama City Beach are home to diverse aquatic species. Get up and close with the vast array of wildlife by chartering a fishing trip. Go deep into the waters with a deep sea trip, or stay close to the land by fishing off a pier in St. Andrews Bay. Don’t have experience? Don’t worry! Your talented and knowledgeable guide will show you the ropes. 

Panama City Beach Beyond the Beach 

Unfortunately, yes, sometimes it does rain in Panama City Beach. When the weather forces you indoors, there are plenty of options to keep the fun going! Visit Pier Park, Panama City’s premier shopping and entertainment destination. With more than 120 stores, there is a restaurant, boutique, or shop for everyone at your party. Taste the area’s flavors with great seafood at Hook’d Pier Bar & Grill, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House, or Margaritaville

Emerald Coast Mirror Maze and Laser Tag Center are for families that still like to be active even on down days. With the third largest mirror maze in the country, you’re sure to have fun with everyone. Finish off your perfect day with a game of laser tag or bazooka ball. For the movie buffs, Pier Park offers two great ways to catch the latest flick. The Grand 16 offers 16 screens and even an IMAX theater. 

Year-round events offer fun for the entire family:

For Jeep lovers and overall car enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss Florida Jeep Jam each May. If you’re a Country music lover, the annual Gulf Coast Jam brings some of the biggest names in the industry to the area for a weekend-long festival. Be sure to check the calendar weekly so you don’t miss any of the action! 

Living in Panama City Beach 

We can surely understand why you’ll never want to leave, and you’re in luck because you don’t have to! Whether you’re looking to relocate permanently or for a vacation or investment property, Panama City Beach has the perfect home for you! With everything from townhomes to condos, garden homes, and even lots to build your dream home, you’re lucky to call Panama City Beach home. 

Comparatively to other beach cities in Florida, the cost of living in Panama City Beach is relatively low– about 13.3% below the national average. One of the biggest factors is that Florida has no state income tax. Residents also pay no sales tax on groceries. The Florida minimum wage is also set at $10 an hour compared to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. 

Counts Real Estate Group is Here to Assist Your Move to Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach has so much to offer for families, professionals, and retirees alike and Counts Real Estate Group is your partner in finding the perfect house to call home. In PCB, get the best of vacation life every day without having to leave your hometown. If you’ve already started packing your bags, give us a call today at 850-249-3615 or reach out to us online. Our professionals are standing by ready to help!