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     "Panama City/Panama City Beach, FL"
     Panama City, Florida

    Across the bridge from Panama City Beach is a small southern town called Panama City. It is active in theatre music, dance and visual arts. During the month of May Panama City has its annual art festival that gives local artist a chance to let people see their artwork. Recent remodeling down town has brought life back to Panama City. People are attracted to the downtown McKenzie Park to hear free concerts from local bands or go down to Martin theatre to see Broadway plays.

    The areas biggest employer in Panama City is Tyndall Air Force Base, which spends millions in the local community. Gulf Coast Community College is also located in Panama City and is one of the best colleges in the local area. GCCC has received national awards for its academic programs.

    Come to Panama City Beach to enjoy the world's most famous beach with ideal subtropical temperatures, sparkling emerald green waters and shimmering white sand, no wonder people find Panama City Beach a true vacation paradise. The sugar white sand delights the many people that come to the beach year round. Panama City Beach is a yearlong playground for the vacationer. You can bathe in the sun, go swimming with or without the dolphins, stroll along the beach, picking up sea shells, build a sand castles, go scuba diving or snorkeling among tropical marine life, and these are only a few things to do in Panama City beach.

    The gulf coast has a lot of different activities for each individual person. The family can spend the day cooling off at Shipwreck Island Water Park. Then spend the evening at Miracle Strip Amusement Park that is the home of the oldest wooden roller coaster on the gulf coast. If you want to spend the day shopping you can go to Alvin Island Tropical Department Store that offers a variety of clothing, plus it has live alligators and shark feeding throughout the day. If you feel like miniature golf you can pick from Emerald Falls or Coconut Creek. Emerald Falls is a tropical paradise that offers two miniature golf course and several go kart tracks that includes the super slippery slick track to the formula race track. Coconut Creek is the home of the Gran Maze that will surely get you confused, that has a two miniature golf course right beside it for the person who wants to conquer these two difficult courses.

    The beach has many outstanding restaurants to choose from that are highly recommended. Panama City Beach area restaurants are as the people who fill them. Elegant Oceanside dining with high standards and the price to match to the down and dirty oyster bars when slurping off the shells is expected and encouraged. Capt. Anderson has received the "Golden Spoon" award, which is a prestigious honor given annually by the Florida Trend magazine, and for 13 years Capt. Anderson's Restaurant has been named one of the Florida top-20 restaurants. You can watch the fleet of charter boats unload their catch on the dock while you wait for your food. Right down the road is the Treasure Ship, a huge restaurant that is a reproduction of Sir Frances Drake ship the Golden Hind. Go down to Schooner's the last local beach club, to shoot the canon at sunset to enjoy an open air dining experience to leave you with memories. If you are in the mood for ribs come down to Pineapple Willies Bar & Grill. They use a secret blend of Jack Daniel's in their sauce to make the ribs the best on the beach.

    During the summer months Panama City Beach has a vibrant nightlife. Teenagers come from all around to drive on " The Strip" which is a two-lane road through the main part of Panama City Beach. MTV has come down several times to host their annual Spring Break coverage for the year. PCB is home of the largest nightclub in America Club La Vela, that holds daily bikini contest & wet T-shirt contest during the summer time. If you want to hang out with the locals go down to Spinnaker or Salty's for a mature crowd to drink the night away with a live band.

    The beach has one of the largest seafood festivals on the gulf coast. The Indian Seafood Festival has many big name country stars' that perform throughout the weekend. The festival has many arts and craft exhibits that explore the works of local artists. The one thing that draws the crowd to the festival is the wide variety of seafood from all over the gulf coast.

    St. Andrew Park is one of those last undeveloped spots on the beach. It is the perfect atmosphere for a family outing. You can catch a boat from the State Park to Shell Island and spend a day exploring for legendary pirate gold, scuba dive or snorkel around the jetties. Fishing off the jetties is a favorite fishing spot for local fishing.

    Zoo World and Gulf World shows a variety of animals in their natural habitat and Gulf World has many shows that include dolphins, parrots, and seals.

    If you like to take your chance with "Lady Luck" come down to the Ebro dog Track to bet on the dogs.

    If you are interested in fishing. Panama City Beach has one of the largest fleet of charter boats in the nation. The warm water attracts a wide variety of fish from Blue Marlins to the Red Snapper, which is prized as one of the best tasting fish on the coast. During June, Bay Point has its annual "Bill Fish" tournament that draws anglers from all over the nation to catch the big Blue Marlin for the big pay out.

     Bay County Chamber of Commerce
     235 W. 5th St.
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 785-5206

     Captain Anderson Cruises
     Anderson Marina, off Grand Lagoon Dr.
     Panama City, Florida
     (850)234-3435 or (800)874-2415
     Captain Anderson offers a 3-hour dinner/dance cruise aboard the Lady Anderson.

     Coconut Creek Mini-Golf and Gran Maze
     9807 Front Beach Rd
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 234-2625
     Includes two mini golf courses, a giant-size labyrinth and the largest bumper boat lake on the beach.

     Ebro Greyhound Park
     Hwy 79 & Hwy 20
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 234-3943
     Located minutes north of Panama City Beach, Ebro offers live greyhound racing and intertrack wagering on world-class horse racing. Dining is available.

     Gulf World
     Front Beach Road
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 234-5271
     Features shows include acrobatic dolphins, performing troical birds, underwater shows and a walk through shark tank.

     Junior Museum of Bay County
     1731 Jenks Ave.
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 769-6128
     The museum has hands-on exhibits for children as well as other things.

     Museum of Man in the Sea, The
     17314 Panama City Beach Pkwy., US 98
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 235-4101
     The Man in the Sea museum shows the history of undersea exploration. You can view the Navy's Sea Lab and some antique diving equipment.

     Ocean Opry Show, The
     W. US 98A (Front Beach Road)
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 234-5464
     The theater offers a comedy and country music stage shows.

     Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
     Panama City, Florida
     (850)233-6503 or (800)722-3224

     Zoo World
     9008 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach
     Panama City, Florida
     (850) 230-1243
     The zoo offers more than 350 animals and 20 endangered species along with a petting zoo.

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