Years ago, Panama City Beach, situated along the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida with sparkling white sand and gorgeous green water, found itself the destination of choice for college students. Having passed through Panama City Beach during these rowdy times, I was understandably concerned about what a vacation in the area would be like with my grown daughter and seven-year-old grandson as we headed to the beach this summer. After having just spent a week enjoying all this lovely destination has to offer, I can assure you that your family will have a lovely time.
We split our stay between the Bay Point Wyndham, located a few miles away from the beach on St. Andrews Bay, and the Laketown Wharf Resort, located right on the beach. Both destinations were equally perfect for families and each had its own special offerings.
A two-bedroom villa at the Wyndham with a kitchenette made it easy to keep snacks and drinks available and offered the perfect sleeping arrangements for our family. With five gorgeous pools, onsite restaurants, an incomparable spa and a world-class golf course, this resort is idyllic. One of the amenities we enjoyed the most was a free shuttle out to Shell Island, an unspoiled and quite lovely national park located just a few miles away. Look for dolphins on the way!
The Laketown Wharf Resort, with one- to three-bedroom luxury condos, four pools, a new restaurant and coffee café opening soon, and a location just a few steps over a wooden boardwalk to the beach, was the perfect place for our beach-loving family. Every single condo overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and has a fully stocked kitchen which we always appreciate when we travel. Eating out can get pretty expensive and it’s nice to stock your kitchen with the makings for a nice breakfast and lunch, and then enjoy the fresh, local seafood for dinner.
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