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Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

1. Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Admire the sunset as you cruise around the Gulf of Mexico aboard a catamaran. Unwind with a drink as you marvel as the blue sky transforms into a spectacular light show. Check in with plenty of time, then take a 5-7 minute walk down to the dock where you will board "Footloose," your catamaran for the evening. Set sail to explore the Gulf of Mexico and admire some of the best sites Panama City Beach has to offer with the sea breeze in your hair. Listen to tropical music as you sail and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, Sangria, cold beer, or a non-alcoholic drink. You can buy additional drinks and snacks at the fully stocked onboard bar, which takes cash or credit cards. Keep a sharp lookout for dolphins as these majestic creatures are often more active in the late afternoon. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you admire the western horizon turn every color imaginable in a breathtaking show.

Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entrance Ticket

2. Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entrance Ticket

Enjoy and explore a world of underwater animals at Gulf World Marine Park. Enjoy a fun day out for all the family where educational tours and animal encounters abound. Learn more about your favorite animals and experience them up close. During your visit, get the chance to watch 3 daily educational presentations featuring dolphins, sea lions, and more. Explore the indoor and outdoor gardens, see tropical birds, and get up close and personal with the park's friendly stingrays and even pet them. It takes an average of 3 to 4 hours to enjoy the shows and explore the exhibits, however, you’re welcome to linger longer and wander around the grounds.

Panama City Beach: Airboat Ride

3. Panama City Beach: Airboat Ride

Upon arrival, check-in and feel free to grab a snack at the gift shop, or check out the only albino alligators on the bayou. Picnic tables are available where you can relax before your airboat departure. Climb aboard a unique airboat to explore Florida's wetlands in a truly unique fashion. Discover some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of Florida. Spoot a variety of wildlife such as alligators, turtles, and various bird species. Keep an eye out for rare species as you nip down small canals hidden deep in the swamp.

Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

4. Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Enjoy a snorkeling trip by boat as you look out for dolphins and other sea creatures. Treat yourself to a complimentary drink on board as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depart into Historic Grand Lagoon for a 15-minute relaxing cruise out to the Shell Island snorkeling area. Along the way, keep your eyes out for sea animals in their natural habitat. Take in the views as the vessel drops anchor. Plunge into the waters to snorkel for seashells and to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. As well as snorkeling, treat yourself to time to relax, float, and take in the sun. Sip on a complimentary drink on board. Wade through the shallow water onto Shell Island to hunt for more shells. Before returning home, the boat will ride out further into the Gulf of Mexico to search for more dolphins and sight-see along the way.

Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

5. Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, including a complimentary drink and a variety of water activities to make your day memorable. Have fun at the inflatable water park or try out kayaking or snorkeling. End your day sailing into the Gulf of Mexico for dolphin sightseeing.  Your day begins with a scenic trip through Grand Lagoon and over to Shell Island. Once at Shell Island, enjoy an inflatable water park, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling. Have a go on trampolines, a water see-saw called the “rockit,” and other inflatables. If you’re looking for something a little more slow-paced, explore the waters on a kayak, take a paddleboard ride, or give snorkeling a try. Get plenty of time to take in all of the natural beauty that Shell Island has to offer. If just hanging out is your plan, relax and listen to music on the boat or in one of the two sunning nets located at the front of the boat while you sip on a refreshing beverage. All activities and inflatables are all-inclusive with unlimited use during your trip. The last portion of the trip will be spent sightseeing and dolphin watching before making a round-trip return to Panama City Beach.

Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

6. Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

Head out to sea to meet the resident Panama City Beach dolphins. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain and crew, and sip a complimentary drink as you go. Board the “Footloose” Catamaran and head out into shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Shell Island. Partake in a beer, wine, or soft drink as you head out from the dock. Watch the dolphins as they swim, play, and feed in their natural habitat. Learn all about these beautiful creatures with informative commentary from your captain and crew. Take advantage of an onboard bar during your trip. Keep your eyes out for encounters with the bottlenose dolphins as you voyage through the turquoise waters.

Atlanta: Express Bus to Panama City Beach

7. Atlanta: Express Bus to Panama City Beach

Experience the sun and waves of beautiful Panama City Beach without having to fly or endure long drives. This express bus offers a direct daily service, going straight from the city of Atlanta to the beach and back, with a 25-minute restroom and snack break. Avoid the hassle of driving and paying for car parking by taking one of the daily 7 am buses. Stay in Panama City for as long as you want and purchase your return ticket to Atlanta for whenever you feel like it. Take some much-needed time off in this tropical paradise. Get away from the city and enjoy some nice days of swimming, shopping, and lying in the sun accompanied by your family or friends.

Panama City Beach: One-way Shared Bus to Atlanta

8. Panama City Beach: One-way Shared Bus to Atlanta

Make your trip simple and hassle-free with a professional transfer service from Panama City Beach in Florida to Atlanta, Georgia. Get back to Atlanta with a convenient bus transfer after a spending time enjoying the stunning Panama City Beach. Board the bus in the afternoon at the centrally-located meeting point at the breathtaking Panama City Beach. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive in a seat with plenty of legroom. Spend time walking on some of the 27-miles of beach, doing shopping, or attending an event at a local venue. Leave navigation, parking concerns, and traffic to your driver. Be dropped off at a conveniently-located point in Atlanta at the end of your transfer.

Atlanta: Express Roundtrip Bus Transfer to Panama City Beach

9. Atlanta: Express Roundtrip Bus Transfer to Panama City Beach

Avoid unnecessary stops with this express bus transfer from Atlanta to Panama City Beach. Have plenty of space for your and your luggage and let your driver handle traffic and navigation for your. Hop aboard the bus at the centrally-located meeting point in the morning in Atlanta. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenic views on the drive. Enjoy having plenty of legroom. Ride in vehicle that is maintained to high safety standards.  Travel to Panama without having to waste time by stopping in additional cities along the way with only one quick restroom stop along the way. Reach Panama City Beach where you can soak up some sun before catching your return bus. 

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport: 1-Way Transfer to Panama

10. Northwest Florida Beaches Airport: 1-Way Transfer to Panama

Enjoy a convenient one-way private transfer from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport to your destination in Panama City Beach. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in a licensed vehicle. Your driver will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal. Experience a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned vehicle directly from the airport. Travel conveniently without having to worry about last-minute searching.

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What people are saying about Panama City Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 149 reviews

The cruise was lovely! The Captain was knowledgeable of the waters and was very careful handling the wakes of other boats. Ryan tried very hard to find dolphin and maneuvered the boat easily for the best viewing. We did have some clouds to block the sunset but the sky was beautiful! It was great!

I helped my daughter’s boyfriend book this cruise so that he could propose. She had no idea! He let the crew know what he was doing. They helped him with a song & it worked out beautifully out on the ocean at sunset. Thank you for a memorable cruise they will never forget!

We had a great time!!! The captains were amazing and it was probably the best experience we had while visiting Panama.

Our family had a great time on this trip. Captain and crew were friendly and snorkeling was a lot of fun.

It was wonderful! You get to see dolphins, and the sunset was absolutely beautiful.