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Our Little Secret!

I’m not quite sure how the tradition started of going to Panama City Beach in November, but we traveled to the beach one year around Thanksgiving and it has since become a yearly tradition.  The weather is warm, but not too hot.  The prices for vacation rentals are typically half of what they are during peak season.  The beaches are so much less crowded.  November and December are the BEST times to go to a Florida beach!

Some of our favorite things in Panama

The Pier & Pier Park

The Pier is one of our favorite places in Panama City Beach.  You can fish off the pier, or walk to the end and watch the fisherman catching redfish, pompano, bonita, whiting, flounder, sharks and more.  Across the road from the pier is Pier Park, a large development with all kinds of dining, shopping and entertainment.

Muy Wayne O’s

When you go to the beach you typically want seafood… but if you’re in the mood for some TexMex or BBQ… must eat at Muy Wayne O’s!  One if the best finds on our vacation. We have come to Panama City Beach for years and it wasn’t until I searched trip advisor for ideas that we decided to see what all the great reviews here were all about. I was blown away with their brisket, best I’ve ever had! No wonder they took the trophy…

Shell Island

Exploring the Saint Andrew Bay is a favorite of our family.  We like to rent a large Pontoon boat to travel to Shell Island, where the girls will typically walk the sandy banks around the outer edges of the bay toward the ocean searching for crabs, shells, and dolphins while the boys take the boat around the outskirts of Shell Island and fish.  Every time we’ve been out on the bay we’ve seen dolphins… sometimes even swimming in the wake of our boat.

Surf & Donuts

November 22, 2017

Paddle Board Surfing
Two more recommendations we discovered this year.  We rented a paddle board since we’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding and we decided not to rent a pontoon boat this year.  The paddle board was SO MUCH FUN!  But, I’d recommend renting one on a day when there are waves, because it was so much more fun paddle board surfing than just paddle boarding around the ocean.  We spent all day on the waves.  It was $60 well spent.

We rented from Blu Convenience Store & Deli, just down the street from the condo where we stayed.  If you look around, convenience stores on front beach road will often rent paddle boards as an option in place of going to an actual paddle board tour.

Thomas Donuts
We never knew this existed a little more than half a mile down the road from where we stay.  It’s a fun place to stop during a stroll on the beach for a milk shake, ice cream cone, or donut.