Florida Dreaming – Planning Our Panama City Beach Vacation

Dreaming of the white sandy beaches of Panama City Beach Florida, here’s how we’re planning our Panama City Beach vacation

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For the last month or so, I’ve been trying to look for ways to simplify my life.  I’ve been a bit “blog obsessed” and have been working very hard on recipe development, writing and photography.  Although I have my “to-do” list and for the most part, try to stick to it, I find it has left me with no down time.  Not a single hour in a single day to do completely nothing.

You know that’s probably not exactly true.  If I really wanted to – I certainly could take time for myself.  I think, however, I’ve forgotten how to slow down.

A few weeks ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity to travel to Panama City Beach, Florida to spend a few days in May enjoying the sand and exploring the city.  This trip has been a gift to me, in more ways than one and I’m having so much fun dreaming about and planning all of the things my husband, daughter and I will be doing once we get there.

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Photo courtesy Bridget Zisk

Although it’s been over 15 years since we’ve been back to PCB, I grew up just outside of New Orleans and family trips to that part of Florida were common.  Back when I was growing up, I-10 was not yet completed between Lousiana and Florida so we would have to take the old Hwy. 90 road to get there.  This was the two to four lane route along the coast that went through every small and large town along the coast.  Hwy 90 was truly a scenic route but it took sometimes 10 hours from Slidell, LA to Panama City when now it takes just 4 1/2 hours.

I’m sure we’ll be traveling on I-10 this time around because I can’t wait to get there.  The thought of waking up to the sounds of the surf, walking in the sugar white sand and enjoying a glass of wine while marveling at the gorgeous sunset has me giddy beyond belief.

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I’ve been spending a little time each day planning and preparing for this trip.  I’ve even set up a Pinterest board where I can pin all of the places I want to visit while in PCB. This board will serve as my guide to activities we want to take advantage of as well as great places to eat while we’re there.

Here are a few ideas we have so far…

*  Take a dolphin cruise to swim with the dolphins.

*  Take a ride on the Shell Island Shuttle.  This boat shuttle carries passengers between St. Andrews State Park and Shell Island every 1/2 hour, 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*  How fun would it be to learn how to paddleboard!  At Walkin’ On Water Paddleboards, a variety of tours and lessons are offered.  SUP-ing, or Stand Up Paddleboarding looks like a fun way to explore either on the Gulf/Lake Tour, the Sunset Tour, or the Holmes Creek River Tour.

*  Spend the afternoon at Gulf World Marine Park.  Complete with daily live presentations featuring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles and tropical birds.  Explore indoor and outdoor tropical gardens showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea turtles

*  Go shopping at Pier Park.  I’m sure my daughter would absolutely love this!  Pier Park is an outdoor shopping mall with over 124 stores, restaurants and an IMAX theater.

*  Book a 2 hour Sunset Sail along the Gulf of Mexico or a Dolphin Sightseeing Sail.

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Photo courtesy Bridget Zisk

I’m just beginning to explore some of the many options we have for places to see and things to do and I’ve found many suggestions on the Visit Panama City Beach website.

For a food blogger, discovering new restaurants and great local foods is an extremely large part of any vacation.  I’ve stumbled upon a few special spots to dine that I’m adding to my list.

Planning Our Trip To Panama City Beach | ZagLeftBased on recommendations from Trip Advisor, I found a few places to add to our list to try…

For a nice evening out, I thought it might be nice to check out Firefly.  This place sounds pretty unique.  Dining under the oaks for a special evening, maybe on our last night on the beach sounds perfect.

What could be more perfect after a few hours spent on the beach than a sno-ball?  I’ve heard lots of great things about David’s Sno-Balls and their Key Lime Stuffed Sno-Ball is something I’m looking forward to trying.

I know we’ll be stopping at Margaritaville because, well…we really don’t need a reason. We just know it’s just a fun place and we’ve enjoyed our time spent at other Margaritaville restaurants elsewhere.

Planning Our Trip To Panama City Beach | ZagLeftAs you can see, I’m enjoying planning our vacation and I’d love to hear from you.  If you’ve visited Panama City Beach, what places could you recommend we visit?  Leave your suggestions in the comment section below and I’ll add them to my Pinterest board and our itinerary.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Panama City Beach via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.


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