To some Panama City Beach, FL may be known as the "Spring Break Capital," but to others it is simply home. Outside of the few months when it is overtaken by high school and college age students, this area is low populated and provides a beautiful beach front backdrop for residents to enjoy. Its unique sandy white beaches make it a popular tourist destination, and the booming housing market has helped it to grow in popularity as a proper residential area.
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As if its beautiful shores and clear waters did not provide enough allure, there are various attractions in and around the area for tourists and residents alike to enjoy. There are a number of child friendly attractions, including Coconut Creek, Emerald Coast and Miracle Strip Amusement Park. For the adults there are opportunities to reconnect with the child inside of you through experiencing venues such as Gulf World Marine Park or Shipwreck Island Water Park. For those looking to take a walk on the wild side, or just a stroll through nature, there are state parks and natural exhibits, as well as some not-so-natural sites at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium. These are just a few of the local attractions that are available to suit the tastes of all individuals.
Though Panama City Beach may be mostly known for its tourist attractions, it also boasts amenities that make it a great residential area as well. Local children attend the Bay Area School District, and college students have the option of attending Gulf Coast State College or Florida State University- Panama City. There are chain stores as well as an outdoor shopping mall. Along with major music tours, there are also local artists that you can enjoy. Runaway Island Beachfront Restaurant and Grill is a two-story facility that serves quality local cuisine and spotlights local artists. There are many other local restaurants that thrive off of the fresh seafood available, as well as other specialty restaurants, such as barbecue, French, Italian, Caribbean, Thai and more. Locals and tourists alike have no issue getting around with the vast transportation options, including taxis, shuttles, scooters and The Bay Town Trolley System, which runs hourly. Though at first glance this may seem like another party city, underneath all of the glitter is true gold, in the form of quality residential living. Take some time to research and consider Panama City Beach, FL, for your new home.