Fancy a getaway featuring 27 miles of white sandy beach, a tropical climate, and excellent dining options? The popular vacation hotspot of Panama City Beach is sure to tick all the right boxes on your checklist. With a focus on all things outdoors, this beautiful resort town in the Sunshine State is home to a host of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

Beautiful waterfront accommodation options, such as the Carillon Beach Resort and the Reef at Seahaven, let you watch the sunset over the ocean from your private balcony. Read on as I count down the top five waterfront hotels in Panama City Beach.


Tidewater Beach Resort: Family Fun

For affordable rooms in a prime waterfront location, check into the three-star Tidewater Beach Resort. Perks include an indoor and outdoor pool, Roman spa, fitness center, health bar, poolside Tiki Bar, and gift shop. The little ones stay entertained in the on-site movie theatre or arcade room.

Grand Panama Beach Resort: Beachside Bliss

This gated rental resort community features a resort style pool, two spa pools, a fully equipped fitness center, a Bonefish Grill, and a cute café. With nine different styles of condos and penthouses to choose from, there is something for all tastes and budgets.

If you can drag yourself away from the Grand Panama Beach Resort, you will find a 650-foot stretch of beach at your doorstep, where you can parasail, jet ski, sail, play volleyball, or simply soak up the rays to your heart’s content.


Grand Residences by Marriott: Boutique Vibe

The Grand Residences by Marriott is perfectly positioned on the edge of Panama City Beach Bay. In a town known for its towering condominium blocks, this Panama City Beach hotel offers a more intimate vibe. Guests rave about the outdoor pool fringed with towering palms, as well as the quaint wooden boardwalk meandering its way to a popular seafood restaurant.

Guest rooms and villas have separate living and dining spaces, a kitchenette, and a private balcony or terrace.

Sterling Resorts Emerald Beach: Luxury Condos

This 25-story condominium resort perches on a private beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Guests can take a dip in the cool waters of the resort style pools, soak up the scenery from the Sky Bar, or stay in shape in the on-site fitness center.

Electronics in the Sterling Resort condos are modern. A full kitchen and washer and dryer facilities help you cut costs, making it an excellent choice for the budget-conscious traveler.

Shores of Panama: Creature Comforts

Earning the top spot is the Shores of Panama, a sprawling mega resort home to the largest lagoon pool in North Florida. A poolside tiki bar and grill serves up mouth-watering fare, and the Sunset Beachside Bar has the best pina coladas (and views) in town.

The turquoise and gold hints in the bright and airy condos reflect the hotel’s natural surroundings, and all rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen, washer dryers, and furnished balconies for a home away from home.

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Author Bio: Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast, sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali, or writing about her adventures on