I admit to you that I have never been a big “Florida” person. Coming from the southwest the Pacific and California were my go-to places when I had an inkling to go somewhere with sand and surf. Heck they even have Disney and Universal there too so why would I ever go to the sunshine state? Well, I did go a few times, mostly to the Orlando area and it was nice but Cali was till my fave.
That has started to change though with my introduction to Panama City Beach, Florida. I left a piece of my heart there. It was absolutely beautiful and so much fun as a family.
We stayed for a week at the gorgeous Sunrise Beach Resort. We were so spoiled with views like this…
We got a three bedroom, two bath condo with a full kitchen and an ocean view. It was soooo much better than booking a standard hotel room. We all had room to stretch out and get away from each other after lots of family togetherness during outings. We could cook full meals for when we chose to, allowing ourselves to save some money whenever we weren’t eating out. That way we felt very little guilt about hitting up seafood buffets most nights when we were eating breakfast and lunch at the resort each day. And I did not feel deprived by doing so. How could I when I could drink Mimosas for breakfast every morning without restaurant prices?? We still ate out plenty…
We also planned a few sea fishing excursions. One day the whole family went and my husband and oldest son went on their own a couple days. It was a fantastic and fun experience. Every single one of us caught fish. In fact we had fish lunches for several days and came home with lots of fish. My two fishermen had the time of their lives and we saw a dolphin in the wild.
Panama City also has plenty to do. We visited Pier Park, Coconut Creek Family Fun Park, WonderWorks, and of course the beach, every single day. Plus the resort had a great pool and hot tub that we visited daily. I even got a tattoo! I highly recommend American Classic Tattoo if you are in the area.
We cannot wait to back!