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FUN IN THE SUN Activities, Dining, Events and More

FINE D I N I N G O UT

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S N A P -WO R T H Y S H O T S & S P OT S Top spots around town to click your favorite selfie

N ATU R E U P C LO S E

Get in touch with nature at ZooWorld COMPLIMENTARY


PEPPER CRUSTED TUNA

BLACK & BLUE CHICKEN SALAD

RAW OYSTERS

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CONTENTS

FEATURES 54 Eco-Tourism A bevy of beautiful state parks in the area will reconnect you to nature 60 Hashtag PCB Our picks for some sweet spots to grab that next cover photo 64 Clean Collection Resort Collection is committed to producing a safe and clean environment for visitors

BEACH LIFE 68 Live like a Local An expert’s guide on what to see and do around PCB

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Welcome to the Beach

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About Resort Collection

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Your View of Paradise

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Firefly Find out what’s cooking at one of the area’s most popular and inventive restaurants. Chef’s Beach Cocktails & Recipes Sunny days are back, and here are a couple concoctions to keep you cool

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Golf & Tennis PCB has plenty of sports options, whether you prefer racquets or clubs

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ZooWorld Get hands-on with nature during a family trip to ZooWorld

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Fishing Report Grab a rod and reel and cast away on Florida’s Gulf Coast

86 Indoor Fun Need a break from the sunshine? Here’s some options that’ll keep you cool 92

Sports Complex PCB’s state-of-the-art sports park is ready to wow visitors, vacationers and sports fans alike

Outdoor Dining

Experience seaside dining the best seafood from the Gulf at the same time

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Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan headline PCB’s top country music celebration

42 UNwineD The area’s top wine and libations festival has something for everyone 48 Races IRONMAN, PCB Marathon have athletes running to the beach

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A NOTE FROM PAUL WOHLFORD

Vacations Made Easy Panama City Beach fun is virtually endless

BY PAUL WOHLFORD

“We’re in the business of making vacations, not taking them.” — Wes Burnham Welcome to the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches and thank you for choosing Resort Collection as your vacation rental resource. Our small beach community is full of Southern hospitality and enduring grit that sets us apart from other destinations. I have always said the thing I love most about Panama City Beach is the people. We value togetherness and living each day to the fullest, and that permeates through to our guests’ experiences. From the moment a guest arrives until the day they leave for home, our knowledgeable and friendly team treats everyone as if each day is the first day of vacation. We’ve had the ability to diversify ourselves by remaining the largest locally owned and operated rental organization in Bay County and Panama City Beach. Resort Collection stands out above the rest after spending three decades both in the vacation rental industry and being involved with homeowner associations. With a continued and strengthened focus on our owner and guest needs, we are excited to build on this momentum for improved and sustained relationships.

something new to appreciate. In the past year, we renovated one of our major beach resorts and added new amenities at several outlets. Panama City Beach opened its state-of-the-art sports complex in the summer of 2019 and has already hosted sports teams from around the world. Our magazine is full of wonderful local tips, PAUL WOHLFORD activities and dining options Vice President of Business Development, Resort Collection to give you and your family an unforgettable vacation experience. Between its relaxed, hospitality-driven culture and bigcity-meets-small-town character, this section of Northwest Florida has tremendous amounts of fun in store for everyone.

Hospitality is at the core of everything we do. We value integrity, teamwork, accountability, service, loyalty, respect and — most of all — fun! We credit our resilience to our dedicated employees and their commitment to our company.

Watching my kids grow up in this great community surrounded by wonderful people is by far my favorite Panama City Beach memory, and I invite you to make your own. They might all be grown and moved on to new adventures, but I can say without hesitancy that they will choose Panama City Beach as their family’s vacation destination.

Northwest Florida and Resort Collection are constantly evolving, which means there is always

Stay with Resort Collection — you’re more than our guest, you become like family.

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WHO WE ARE Resort Collection manages nearly 1,000 gulf-front and Gulf-view vacation rentals and golf villas, over 90,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor meeting space, tennis, multiple upscale retail shops, eateries and coffee shops, state-of-the-art fitness rooms, an outdoor basketball court, 40 luxurious pools, a nine-hole executive golf course, 18-hole miniature golf course and more on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Our success can be attributed to an expert insight into the hospitality, destination travel, real estate and property management industries. With counsel from a select team of industry veterans, we have charted a course of careful and calculated growth, expanding services across a range of allied industries. Through the adoption of technology, the application of sophisticated marketing techniques, and the creation of a flexible and scalable infrastructure, Resort Collection has evolved to become a trusted industry leader and the choice of owners and investors throughout North America. ResortCollectionCorporate.com

OUR BRANDS AND SERVICES Resort Collection Beach Properties Resort Collection invites sun worshippers to visit America’s favorite beach destination, Panama City Beach, and stay at one of its many properties, which include Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, Majestic Beach Resort, Emerald Beach Resort, Long Beach Resort, Grandview East Resort, Summit Beach Resort, Shores of Panama, Sunbird Beach Resort, Laketown Wharf Resort, Top of the Gulf Condominiums, Continental Condominiums, Gulf Highlands Beach Resort, En Soleil, and Emerald Isle Condominiums — all located on the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.” ResortCollection.com

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ABOUT RESORT COLLECTION

Resort Collection Hospitality Management This full-service hospitality management and consulting team has been giving owners the highest level of year-round revenue while maintaining their properties in top condition for over 20 years. When developing a new hotel or resort, establishing a new hospitality or leisure business or brand, or acquiring and refurbishing an existing property, it is important that effective and well-considered, long-term decisions are made from the outset. From guest comfort to activities, from financial planning to the hiring of staff, Resort Collection’s seasoned professionals will work with your team to ensure that the vision becomes a reality. Call (800) 331-6338 for more information.

Resort Collection Association Management The Resort Collection Association Management team (RCAM) offers professional property management services for a variety of properties. Designated by the Community Associations Institute as an Accredited Association Management Company, RCAM has been serving communities for over 20 years, offering proven management programs for multiple associations, local market knowledge, and the expertise expected from an industry leader. RCAM’s professional accounting team delivers financial stability and security to its clients, including expense tracking, cash flow control, budget and reserves management, and collections strategies. The team provides proven programs that will lower operating costs while adding stability, value and a harmonious environment to each community it serves. ResortCollection.com/RC-Association-Management

RC Real Estate Group When it comes to maneuvering the often-choppy waters of the area’s real estate market, you definitely want a seasoned captain and crew at the helm. The team at RC Real Estate Group, formerly Edgewater Beach Realty, is just the team you’re looking for. Although the name is new, the brokerage has been satisfying the real estate needs of thousands of clients for over 30 years. RC Real Estate Group is a full-service real estate company that specializes not only in residential sales of single-family homes, condominiums and homesites, but also in commercial sales, leasing and property management. For more information on real estate opportunities at RC Real Estate Group, call (850) 249-6100. RCRealEstateGroup.com

Interested in becoming part of our professional team? We work hard to ensure each resort exceeds the expectations of our guests and that our rental services support the needs of our owners. We are committed to our values of Integrity, Teamwork, Accountability, Service, Loyalty, Respect and FUN! Visit our website to see what makes Workin’ at the Beach so amazing and to view available job openings. ResortCollectionCorporate.com/Careers/Culture

Resort Collection is proud to be a member of these esteemed organizations:

Onsite Property Management Association

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

TheOPMA.org

FRLA.org

VISIT FLORIDA VisitFlorida.com

Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

VisitPanamaCity Beach.com

PCBeach.org

PanamaCity.org

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At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” — Sandy Gingras, Author

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y t e f Sa ! t s r i F Resort Collection’s top priority is the safety of our guests, owners, and employees. Please be sure you and your loved ones familiarize yourself with Panama City Beach’s beach flag warning system to ensure a fun and safe beach experience.

BEACH WARNING FLAGS Absence of Flags Does Not Assure Safe Waters

WATER CLOSED

HIGH HAZARD

MEDIUM HAZARD

Text PCBFLAGS to 888777 to receive text message alerts. Visit pcbgov.com for more information.

LOW HAZARD

DANGEROUS MARINE LIFE


PCB and Me At all of Resort Collection’s 13 resorts, the views and experiences are all worth sharing! We love seeing all the joy and fun through the eyes of our guests, and no photos are ever the same. While we definitely are proponents for not living life behind a screen, remembering memories through a photograph is just as important. Go ahead, take the picture!

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Continental Condominiums Situated just steps away from the gorgeous shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Continental Condominium’s vacation rentals offer comfy beachfront accommodations with endless opportunities for a delightful beach escape. If convenience and proximity to some of the best attractions in Panama City Beach are what you want, then Continental Condominiums is the place to stay. Located just across the street is the famous Gulf World Marine Park, proudly offering an up-close and personal experience with some of the Gulf’s most intriguing animals. We are also a quick 3-minute drive to the popular outdoor mall Pier Park. This is definitely the resort for you if you are looking to be in the middle of all the action!

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (877) 416-5156. 15413 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 ContinentalCondos.com

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AMENITIES § Beachfront pool § Gulf-front dining at Flipper’s Beach Bar § Free Wi-Fi § Outdoor grilling area § Spacious game room with pool table, flat-screen TVs, and Gulf views § Across the street from Gulf World Marine Park § Private beach access § Walking distance to Pier Park and Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater


Jewelry & Gifts 30Avenue ~ Inlet Beach, Fl Pier Park~ Panama City Beach , FL

Shimmering Seas offers an array of unique and timeless Jewelry Specializing in Gorgeous Pearls, Beautiful Blue Larimar, the exotic collections of Uno de 50 from Spain, You’ll also find stylish stacks of Alex & Ani and Ronaldo Bracelets, plus a vast selection of PANDORA Jewelry. Visit their friendly shop and find a special memento for yourself or a gift for a loved one.

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DINING

Firefly’s New Chef Brings the Best to the Gulf Coast

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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF FIREFLY

atrons would be hard-pressed to find another restaurant in Panama City Beach with the same ambiance and dining experience of Firefly. Its motto is “casual fine dining,” but Firefly really is more than that. With the addition of the sushi bar and multiple private dining rooms, the restaurant brings something for everyone to the table. An evening in the main dining room underneath a beautiful, sprawling tree — complete with glistening lights and twinkling “fire-flies” in its branches — will make you fall in love with more than the delicious cuisine. Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic date destination, a fun night out with friends or family, or a private space to hold your next meeting or event, Firefly has something for everyone. It’s no wonder that Firefly is an eighttime Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award winner, has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 12 years running, and has been included in OpenTable.com’s “100 Most Romantic Restaurants” and Urbanspoon.com’s “Top 250 High-End Restaurants in the World.” In November of 2019, Firefly welcomed executive chef Rob Burgess to its kitchen. Having studied 22

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and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, his credentials and background speak for themselves. Being at a neighboring restaurant in Panama City Beach for seven years, joining the team at Firefly was a seamless transition. “I’ve always had tremendous respect for Dave and Firefly,” Burgess stated. “So when the stars finally aligned, I couldn’t pass up the chance to jump on board.” When asked about the decision to hire Chef Rob, Firefly owner Dave Trepanier said he was the obvious choice. “I’ve been wanting to work with Rob for a long time,” he shared. “I’ve known what

a great chef he is, and he has the best work ethic — always the first guy in in the morning and the last to leave at night. Rob is an outstanding chef, plus he’s a neat freak and particularly into cleanliness. He’s just one of those guys that if you get an opportunity to work with, you’ve just got to do it.” From South Carolina, Burgess grew up on a small farm with his parents. “We raised horses, chickens, ducks — you name it we had it,” he shared. “Growing up, my mom was always in the kitchen. We always had a home-cooked meal every night. After high school when I wasn’t sure what I wanted


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Rob Burgess, Executive Chef and Dave Trepanier, Owner

“I’ve always had tremendous respect for Dave and Firefly. So when the stars finally aligned, I couldn’t pass up the chance to jump on board.” — ROB BURGESS, EXECUTIVE CHEF

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to do and left a nearby university after three years, it was natural to start cooking and go from there.” Trepanier, attributes the success of his restaurant since it opened in 2007 to many things. “It’s easy to say the food makes Firefly special, but it really is so much more than that,” he says. “It’s the whole experience — the service, the atmosphere and the attention to detail.” When asked about new dishes that can be expected to see on the menu, he credits the customers to the mix of food items. “Coming over to Firefly, there is a little different clientele,” Burgess said. “They are definitely much more adventurous eaters, which is very exciting for me. We will be implementing a few new sushi rolls to keep that fresh and lively, and some exciting

items to the main menu. I like variety — which the Firefly menu is already full of. You can find seafood, pasta, sushi and steaks without it being cumbersome. I absolutely love cooking Italian food, but I do like variety. Keeping it fresh and not keeping it mundane is key.” Like many other local businesses in Panama City Beach, Firefly was unfortunately damaged when Hurricane Michael made landfall in October of 2018. It was a devastating time for the famed restaurant, but Trepanier says it was the unknown that was the hardest part. “Not knowing when you can get a roofer to start, how is insurance going to work, and most importantly, how is my staff?” he explained. “There was zero communication for so long that I didn’t know who was safe, who lost their homes or who left the area. It was a very scary couple of weeks.” The unfathomable wake of Hurricane Michael didn’t cause any hindrance on the excellent service, staff or cuisine you’d find at Firefly. “I have a great chef and great management,” Trepanier proclaimed. “We do our best to train them right and bring our team up to our standards to ensure our quality. At the end of the day, we just try to put good people on the floor and give our customers the best experience when they enter our doors.” The 535 Library Lounge remains to be the perfect spot to cozy up with good friends and enjoy a drink while waiting for your table, or just catch up on the

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events of the week. The Firefly Bar has HD screens for watching the big game, and it’s a great place for grabbing an appetizer or enjoying a full meal in a more casual setting. The sushi bar serves creative, delicious handmade rolls that are sure to impress. Combine all these elements with a diverse menu and over 200 wines, and it’s easy to see why Firefly has become a favorite dining destination for both Panama City Beach locals and visitors. Patrons can visit FireflyPCB.com to find Firefly’s Sunset Special menu, happy hour specials such as Tini Tuesdays, and weekly chef ’s specials. Visitors to the site can explore all that Firefly has to offer, browse the restaurant’s menus and make reservations online — as the dining room is often full. Any occasion is the perfect one for a visit to Firefly in Panama City Beach. From the moment you pass through the wooden front doors, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a cozy hideaway that has an air of je ne sais quoi — it’s difficult to pinpoint why, but you just know you’ve found someplace special. Chef Rob certainly feels like he has. “It is an honor to be the chef at Firefly,” he said. “We have a great team here, and we all work very well together. It is a pretty close-nit family. It’s nice to be able to come and enjoy being around the people you work with.” Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged. Dress is casual. Visit FireflyPCB. com to learn more, view the menu or make a reservation.


Plan Your Vacation Before You Arrive Want to get to the beach quicker or have your itinerary before arrival? Download our property app at your selected beach resort and sign up for express check-in, see local attraction information, trip planning tools and more!

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Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort is the only full-service resort in Panama City Beach. Luxurious amenities, such as the Gulf-front Lagoon Pool, Ocean’s Bar and Grill beachfront restaurant, The Shoppes at Edgewater and more, will provide enjoyment for every minute of your stay. During your time at the resort, take in the gorgeous views and sunsets, and enjoy being near all that Panama City Beach has to offer.

With 11 pools scattered about the property, spacious units with private balconies, Adventure Zone and seasonal activities for kids, and our par-3 executive golf course, Edgewater is a great getaway for the whole family. Mom and dad can relax or enjoy a round of golf while the kids participate in activities, such as tie-dyeing T-shirts, dive-in movies and surf lessons on the beach!

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (855) 874-8686. 11212 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 EdgewaterBeachResort.com

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Known worldwide for its golf courses and amenities, Edgewater is also one of the best resorts for getting down to business. Not only is the resort a winner of five Gold Tee awards from Meetings & Conventions magazine, but also Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort boast a 32,700-square-foot, newly renovated meeting and conference center with flexible spaces and theater-style seating for up to 2,000 attendees.


AMENITIES § 110 acres along some of the world’s most beautiful beaches § Nine-hole executive golf course § On-property dining at Ocean’s Bar and Grill, Paradise Pizza, Blenders, Shakers and Edgie’s Corner Market § Adventure Zone, open seasonally, including dive-in movies on the pool deck and activities scheduled for all ages § Tiki Airbrush shop open seasonally § Winter guest programs § Full-service market featuring Starbucks® § Free Wi-Fi § Conference center and meeting spaces § Ten Plexicushion tennis courts § Three pickleball courts § Ten shuffleboard courts § Fitness center and massage services § Eleven outdoor pools, including the resort’s famous 11,500-square-foot Lagoon Pool with cascading waterfalls and surrounding hot tubs, 45,000 square feet of deck space, and children’s Splash Pad

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Happy Hour Enjoy these tasty concoctions by the shore COCKTAILS COURTESY OF RESORT COLLECTION

ON THE ROCKS CALYPSO PUNCH ยง ยง ยง ยง ยง ยง ยง

2 oz silver rum 2 oz coconut rum 1/2 oz 151 rum 6 oz cranberry juice 6 oz pineapple juice 1 orange slice 2 maraschino cherries

Mix the first five ingredients together and pour over an ice-filled glass. To finish, garnish with the orange slice and maraschino cherries.

PANHANDLE TEA ยง 1 1/2 oz. Jack Daniels Whiskey ยง 1 oz. Dixie Sweet Tea Moonshine ยง 1/2 oz. Triple Sec ยง Lemonade Mix the ingredients together and pour over an ice-filled glass. Fill remaining space in glass with lemonade or to taste. Garnish with a lemon slice, twist or wedge. 28

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MEET OUR CHEF

CHEF PHILIPPE OLIVIER ROBLES “I have a life-long passion for food. My commitment to quality and excellence can be tasted in every dish!” – Chef Philippe Robles, a graduate of the Haute-Vue Culinary School in Morlàss, France, has more than 25 years of experience in highly respected dining establishments. Before joining Resort Collection, Robles was executive chef for Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prior to his tenure at Sandestin, he held the position of chef de cuisine at Criolla’s Restaurant on Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Robles’ talent has carried him to positions in France, Switzerland and Hawaii. Robles has worked for five-star fine dining restaurants such as the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Buckhead in Atlanta and the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Maui, Hawaii. In France, the prestigious Restaurant Gerard employed Robles’ talent as did Hôtel du Béarn, Restaurant La Marmite, Hôtel du Palais, and Hôtel de Chiberta. His skills were further honed during his work at Noga Hilton in Geneva, Switzerland.

FROZEN

FIND ALL OF THESE RECIPES AT MOST RESORT COLLECTION RESORTS AND MONTEGO BAY SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE.

MANGO TANGO

§ 1 1/4 oz. Club Caribe Mango Rum § 1 oz. Peach Schnapps § Fat Tuesday Mango Mix § Grenadine

Blend the first three ingredients together and pour into glass. Float grenadine on top.

EMERALD COAST COOLER

§ 1/2 oz. Stoli Ohranj Vodka § 1/2 oz. Stoli Blueberi Vodka § 1/2 oz. Stoli Citrus Vodka § 1 oz. Blue Curacao § Fat Tuesday Margarita Mix § Cocktail Rim Sugar

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AMENITIES § Putting green

Laketown Wharf Resort Laketown Wharf Resort offers guests unparalleled amenities: five unique pools, 52,000 square feet of lakefront boardwalk, a fully equipped fitness center, covered parking, an on-site market/bistro and on-site dining options. As the largest resort with some of the best values in Panama City Beach and amazing Gulf views, Laketown Wharf Resort is a prime location for a fun-filled getaway!

§ Five resort-style pools § Private beach access § Pristine freshwater lake § Over 52,000 square feet of lakefront boardwalk § Dancing fountain and light displays nightly on the lake § Fitness center § Splash Pool Bar & Grill § Laketown Market + Bistro § Covered parking garage

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (866) 695-8734. 9902 South Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 LaketownWharfPCB.com

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ARRH MATEY! the greatest sightseeing cruise ever!

Young and old, The Pirate Cruise™ has something for everyone! Cruise away into the fantasy world of friendly swashbucklers and pirates! 2 hour cruise | Dolphin sightings | Great music | Cold beer Non-stop pirate activities for kids | Fun for all ages

850.234.7400

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VIEWS WORTH

SAVORING As cooler weather arrives, here are a few spots to enjoy some local seafood out in the sun BY LIESEL SCHMIDT

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hen you’re mere steps away from the freshest, most celebrated seafood in the country, the thought of boxing yourself into a restaurant dining room, walled off from the fresh air, sunshine and sounds of the shoreline can seem almost like sacrilege. But those view-obstructing walls don’t have to be an issue if you play your cards right, and Panama City Beach has plenty of fantastic restaurants serving up beautiful vantage points and gorgeous views of the water you don’t want to miss.

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“We’ve got a view that’s one-in-a-million,’” says Melissa Whitted, the operations manager at Runaway Island. That observation is well founded as Runaway offers unobstructed views of the sun sinking into a watercolor of sunset hues each afternoon from their deck bar, sunset deck and dining deck, as well as their flag room and ballyhoo bar on their upper level. Perfect for those days when you feel like relaxing in a casual atmosphere and long to hear some live music on the deck while you dine on seven different types of fish tacos and sip some killer cocktails or wicked frozen drinks, Runaway Island is the perfect escape — especially as the weather gets cooler and that sea breeze blows in. Runaway Island is located at 14521 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach. For more information, call (850) 634-4884 or visit runawayislandpcb.com An old-fashioned beach bar built on the beach back in the ’70s, Schooners has a locale right along the surf, putting your toes steps away from a good wiggle in the sand and the tide right at eye level as you breathe in the salt air and feast on some of the area’s best seafood. Enjoying this beach bar’s “sunset-perfect perspective,” guests love to gather for the countdown before the sunset blast of the old Schooners cannon as the sun dips below the surface of the Gulf. From their redfish tacos to their seafood sandwiches (grouper, redfish or lobster), Schooners RE SO RTCO L L ECT ION .COM

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Schooner’s (below) offers up two great views in one: their beachfront seating and their delicious food.

has the course charted for great waterfront dining, and their views will definitely put some wind in your sails.

Located directly on the beautiful white sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Harpoon Harry’s amazes guests with their 16-foot windows and sweeping 180-degree views of the Gulf of Mexico. Opening out onto an outdoor dining area raised high above the sand, the sunset experience is made even more complete with frozen drinks from the tiki bar or one of the restaurant’s famous “monster harpoon” drinks. Salting the air with every breeze rolling in off the waves, the fantastic view here will stir up your appetite, and Harpoon Harry’s menu — featuring its famous Seafood Bucket (crab legs, Gulf shrimp, clams and scallops) — will spear your hunger right on through. Harpoon Harry’s is located at 12627 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach. For more information, call (850) 234-6060 or visit harpoonharry.com One of the newest entries onto the shores of Panama City Beach, Hang Five Beach Bar & Grill opened to a packed house in June. Featuring an open-air deck and a main dining room that offers garage-door access to beach breezes, Hang Five has a cool atmosphere to draw you in — but don’t forget about the eats. 34

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A fresh array of local seafood includes some unique offerings, such as their own Emerald Coast version of the Reuben with blackened mahi-mahi; the Gulf Coast paella with scallops, shrimp, crawfish, mussels, clams and Andouille sausage; or the Mardi Gras pasta with sautéed scallops, shrimp and crawfish. Hang Five Beach Bar & Grill is located at 15005 Front Beach Road. For more information, call (850) 502-5555 or visit hangfivepcb.com Serving a full menu of great seafood, fish tacos and cocktails from daybreak until the stars come out and play, you might have to leave the sands of the beach to come in and dine at Barefoot on the Beach, but their

waterfront views will make you feel like you never left. One of a trio of Barefoot restaurants known throughout the area for their fresh, casual fare and fantastic drinks, this beach-side eatery has options aplenty, offering a fun openair dining experience with the beach just a hop, skip and a jump down the dunes. Whether you come for the fresh oysters or fried alligator or you want to close out the day with a cocktail in hand and your toes tapping to live music, Barefoot on the Beach will keep the water within view but the hunger at bay. Barefoot on the Beach is located at 11073 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach. For more information, call (850) 249-2442 or visit barefootrestaurants.com.

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Schooners is located at 5121 Gulf Drive, Panama City Beach. For more information, call (850) 235-3555 or visit schooners.com


THIS IS COUNTRY NATION Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam bringing Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan to Panama City Beach PHOTOS COURTESY OF PCB ENTERTAINMENT, LLC

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Behind the music, the three men behind Gulf Coast Jam and their brilliant production team bring everything to life at this impressive event. “I was in the music industry for 15 years,” says Trepanier, a Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam producer. “Music has always been my passion, and Mark and Rendy share that same love. The headliners we bring in don’t typically come to a small town like ours, so for me, whether you like country music or not, it validates Panama City Beach as a great destination.” In addition to this year’s headliners, there will be 18 other amazing performances from top country artists throughout the weekend, including: Cody Jinks, Cole Swindell, Brothers Osborne, Joe Nichols, Billy Ray Cyrus, Riley Green and many more! Brad Paisley

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ontinuing to bring the biggest names in country and rock music to its stage in Panama City Beach, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is returning for its eighth year in 2021. Festivalgoers from across the world will travel to listen to today’s top hits in “This Crazy Town!”

What makes Gulf Coast Jam special? Rendy Lovelady, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam’s executive producer, said it best at the inaugural 2013 event: “I want to bring something that everyone can continue to enjoy for the next 10, 15, 20 years. This festival will become a staple in Panama City Beach!” And it has. Lovelady and his team of producers, Mark Sheldon and Dave Trepanier, have proven that Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is here to stay and never fails to bring the best artists in the industry to the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches. Fans are already looking forward to this year’s festival, which will feature major headliners each night. Despite ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, Lovelady said he believes the show can go forward safely. “The weather is going be beautiful, but the wind is going to be blowing in an outdoor venue,” Lovelady said. “It’s going to be very safe, very safe. Plus, we’re going to take all the precautions we need to, to make sure our crowd is safe.”

The event’s organizers have taken measures to help keep attendees healthy. Hand washing stations will be placed throughout the festival grounds, and touch points — such as railings, chairs and portable toilets — will be sanitized throughout the day. A deep cleaning will be used on touch points each evening after festival grounds are cleared. They have also implemented Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands to replace traditional printed or e-tickets and eliminate the exchange of cash at vendor booths. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure this is a fun and safe event for everyone who comes through our gates,” said Sheldon, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam’s COO. “Our beautiful beaches are open, and we can’t wait to gather together to hear some incredible music.” The headliners for 2021 are sure to get everyone on their feet! Get ready to throw down with Southern rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band is known for epic classics like “Free Bird,” “Simple Man,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” and “Gimme Three Steps.” Raise your hand if you’re ready to party with Brad Paisley! He boasts a decades worth of hits, such as “Whiskey Lullaby,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” and Grammy award-winning song of the year, “He Didn’t Have to Be.” Known as an honorary Panama City Beach local and true beach-lover, Luke Bryan will bring his amazing jams such as “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day,” “Country Girl,” and his newest hit, “One Margarita.”

In 2013, Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert and Toby Keith headlined the three-day music festival and brought in a crowd of 13,000 people from 49 states and 14 countries. To boast such a large crowd right off the bat — even before the event was held during Labor Day weekend — was a major accomplishment. “Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is a festival different from any other,” says Sheldon, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam’s COO. “It’s a perfect combination of vacation and music all rolled into one.” The first year, however, was all about learning so that the festival could be bigger and better in the years to follow. However, more than on-site logistics have made this event successful. “The support from the city of Panama City Beach has been tremendous,” Sheldon insists. “From the Tourist Development Council board to the police, fire rescue, and all city offices — it has been a team effort to make this event great!”

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TICKETS FOR 2021 are already on sale and include general admission, the VIP Pit Experience, skybox, side stage and Golden Circle. Resort Collection is offering 20% off lodging during festival weekend on our website. Hurry before they sell out!

Headliners included Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock. Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam producers also continued with their generous hearts and allotted $10 from every ticket purchased to be donated to Hurricane Michael relief efforts in the Florida Panhandle.

The 2014 lineup made a lot of Pepsi Gulf Coast Jammers especially happy. When you throw Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the stage in the same weekend, fans will travel from anywhere to see them — and travel they did! Over 18,000 concertgoers attended Pepsi Gulf Jam on Labor Day weekend in 2014, and almost every condominium on the beach was sold out. From the moment you purchase your ticket to the second you walk through the gates at Frank Brown Park or at one of the festival’s beach stages, every detail has been meticulously thought out to maximize the fan experience. Also available are military and children’s discounts, will call and handicap seating. Don’t worry about food and beverages — there are vendors located throughout the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam site to provide fresh Gulf seafood, festival favorites and more! In 2015, Rendy promised that the lineup would be the biggest one to date. There was a mix of charttopping acts, up-and-coming stars and country music legends throughout the three-day festival. Headlining acts included Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban, and they were joined by other big acts such as Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride and Sam Hunt. “I think it reiterates just how strong of a lineup we put together,” Lovelady says. “There really are only a handful of acts that we haven’t yet brought down to the Panhandle. Each year, we’re just going to get bigger and better.” Due to circumstances beyond their control, the festival was cancelled in 2016 by Hurricane 38

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Hermine’s dangerous approach on the Gulf Coast. It was a devastating blow to both the producers and eager concertgoers. But the disappointment didn’t last long as promise of a huge lineup in 2017 was already underway, and it certainly delivered. The fifth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam brought 15 acts to join headliners Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and honorary Panama City Beach local Luke Bryan. Festival organizers also continued a commitment to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which focuses on treating and defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For every ticket sold at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, $2 went to support the life-saving work of St. Jude. Who could forget the list of established entertainers Pepsi Gulf Coat Jam brought to the stage in 2018? Headliners included Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett, with huge supporting acts like Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice and Brett Young. The festival has been bringing the freshest sounds in country music, and this year was no exception. Last year in 2019, the group of artists not only represented three decades of amazing music but also countless awards, No. 1 singles and top-selling albums.

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Trepanier says that the crowd reaction is, hands down, the best part of the entire festival weekend. “It’s so fun watching people laugh, scream and cry tears of joy because Thomas Rhett or Brett Young just took a selfie with them,” he says. “That, to me, makes it all worthwhile.” If you weren’t planning on visiting Panama City Beach, but you want the ultimate experience of fun, sun and music, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is definitely the place to be. Enjoying everything the community has to offer is not something to pass up. “The bottom line is our country wants to open. Our country wants to get back to business,” Lovelady said. “We really believe everything is going to be fine.” Don’t miss all the country coming to the Emerald Coast from March 26–28, 2021! For ticket options and all other Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam information, please visit GulfCoastJam.com. Fans can also follow Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Sunbird Beach Resort Sunbird Beach Resort overlooks the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and is conveniently located within strolling distance of Panama City Beach’s best dining, shopping and entertainment attractions. If an inviting tropical paradise surrounded by sugarwhite beaches and breathtaking emerald waters is what you desire, Sunbird’s family-friendly condominiums are the perfect choice. Situated just steps away from the gorgeous shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Sunbird’s vacation rentals offer beachfront accommodations with endless opportunities for a delightful escape. For an unforgettable Panama City Beach getaway, look no further than Sunbird Beach Resort.

AMENITIES § Three Gulf-front pools, one heated § Outdoor grills § One tennis court § Two shuffleboard courts § Gated facility § Spacious Gulf-front suites § Laundry facilities on-site § Full kitchens with appliances § Private balconies with beachfront views § Free Wi-Fi

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (877) 684-8018. 9850 South Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 SunbirdBeachResort.com

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Grandview East Resort Grandview East Resort sits center stage upon one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and is nestled among Panama City Beach’s best dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. When you’re yearning for the white-sand beaches and sparkling emerald waters of Panama City Beach, Grandview’s condominiums will satisfy like no other. Your vacation rental at Grandview is spacious, offering you more than 1,400 square feet of Gulf-front luxury and relaxation. After a fun and relaxing day on our private white-sand beach, take a dip in our heated pool or your condo’s private Jacuzzi tub, and then watch the sun set from your comfortable Gulf-front balcony. Join us at Grandview East Resort and make your beach vacation absolutely perfect.

AMENITIES § Heated Gulf-front pool and expansive deck § Fitness facility § Complimentary beach chairs § Spacious Gulf-front suites § Modern open floor plans § Jacuzzi tubs in all suites § Full kitchens with granite countertops § Large balconies with beachfront views § Free Wi-Fi

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (855) 266-9400. 10713 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 GrandviewEastResort.com

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Good Taste ALL IN

Celebrating craft beer, wine, creative cocktails, culinary creations and music

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rab a pour or get ready to mix it up! If you have a passion for original craft beers and wine, live music, shopping, and culinary concoctions by awardwinning chefs, then jot UNwineD down in your calendar as a mustattend event. Named the 2017 Most Innovative Project of the Year by the Florida Festivals and Events Association, UNwineD returns to Panama City Beach on Friday and Saturday, March 19–20, 2021. For the fifth year, Visit Panama City Beach will host an idyllic two-day festival at Aaron Bessant Park. UNwineD, presented in partnership with Southern Living, will feature custom cocktails, live music, and culinary delicacies by some of the South’s leading chefs. One of those leading chefs is the season 16 winner of Top Chef, Kelsey Barnard Clark. Her dishes are similar to what you may find at her restaurant, KBC, in Dothan, Alabama; they’re inspired by Southern classics with her French techniques sprinkled throughout. At a picturesque garden party, bold flavors and delicious cocktail creations can be found that pair perfectly with the RE SO RTCO L L ECT ION .COM

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mouth-watering food. Guests can sip and savor craft beer, wine, and spirits from around the world as they gear up for the musicals performances of the weekend. Resort Collection is proud to have our very own Chef Philippe Robles represent RC Weddings & Events, and he is sure to be a strong crowd favorite. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sprawl out and relax on the expansive green space in the center of the park after the Grand Tasting and get ready to be entertained. Indie-rock band Joywave will captivate the audience with their indie vibe and eccentric songs. Combining sensitive songwriting, memorable melodies and the rich, wistful vocal tone of its leader, Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie no doubt will put on an electric show as they perform some of their top hits, such as: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” “Soul Meets Body,” “I Will Possess Your Heart,” and “Black Sun.” This event has substantially changed the dynamic of Panama City Beach’s spring break season. By bringing a more elevated and unique experience for visitors, attraction mounted with a more mature audience looking for elegant venues and opportunities. And while there might be similar wine and food festivals throughout the state, none compare to UNwineD’s Southern charm and hospitable atmosphere. Something new added to the mix of cuisine and drinks is an art vendor row, hosting many gallery artists and local boutiques selling their work and merchandise. Attendees are able to leave the event with new home décor and original pieces of art that you can’t find anywhere but in Panama City Beach. Nothing competes with savoring your favorite drink while enjoying the salty air and warm breezes coming off the Gulf of Mexico. UNwineD continues to be one of those innovative events that attracts people from different background with one common interest to the beach. It brings all the senses together for an epic event, steps away from Panama City Beach’s famous white sands. So next time you’re visiting, stop, sip, relax and UNwineD.

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En Soleil Grandview East Resort sits center stage upon one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and is nestled among Panama City Beach’s best dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. When you’re yearning for the white-sand beaches and sparkling emerald waters of Panama City Beach, Grandview’s condominiums will satisfy like no other. Your vacation rental at Grandview is spacious, offering you more than 1,400 square feet of Gulf-front luxury and relaxation. After a fun and relaxing day on our private white-sand beach, take a dip in our heated pool or your condo’s private Jacuzzi tub, and then watch the sun set from your comfortable Gulf-front balcony. Join us at Grandview East Resort and make your beach vacation absolutely perfect.

AMENITIES § 450 feet of pristine beach frontage § Beachfront private balconies § Underground parking and secured gates § 6,500 square feet of exclusively designed pools § Two hot tubs § Two waterfall features and two circular waterfall fountains § Fitness center § Free Wi-Fi

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (877) 233-4001. 7509 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 EnSoleilRentals.com

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Majestic Beach Resort Majestic Beach Resort has captured the spirit of life on the beach in a condominium resort with over 650 feet of beachfront, spacious suites and private balconies. During your stay at Majestic Beach Resort, take advantage of all the activities available on the sugar-white sands

of Panama City Beach right outside your door. Dive into the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, indulge your senses at our health club and spa, or plan activities for the whole family. Whether it’s golf, sunbathing or fine dining that you’re looking for, you will find it here.

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (866) 494-3364. 10901 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 MajesticBeachResort.com

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Spend your vacation surrounded by palm trees, enjoy a relaxing swim in one of Majestic’s outdoor or indoor pools or pack a picnic and spend some time on the beach with your loved ones. No matter what you like to do when you go to the beach, Majestic has what you’re looking for!


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TRAINING FOR A COMPETITOR’S PARADISE The surprisingly simple key to triathlon and race success BY CHARISA WERNICK | PHOTOS COURTESY OF IRONMAN® AND THE PANAMA CITY BEACH MARATHON

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ften when people ask me what’s the hardest workout I do, I say it’s not a single workout at all. The hardest part of training is doing these workouts day after day after day — in other words: consistency. Doing a hard workout once brings small benefits. But being able to do hard workouts consistently month after month yields results.

PUTTING IN THE TIME A large part of training for a long-course triathlon involves putting in the time. It can be easy to get caught up in intensity and heart-rate zones or watts, and these training tools can definitely help improve performance. However, simply spending time swimming, biking and running consistently will lead to improvements in racing. Six-time IRONMAN champion Heather Wurtele says consistency is probably the most important aspect of her training and is responsible for her consistent improvement over the years. “I think people assume that they have to have these epic sessions — and, of course, there is a time and place for high-intensity sessions or long rides and runs — but the bulk of the work is just getting your four-plus K’s done in the pool every day or heading out the door for another 50-minute aerobic run,” she says. She adds that it’s not necessarily exciting, but a lot of value lies in being engaged in each session. “In my experience, it takes years of consistent work to make big gains in the sport, so you have to learn to embrace the process,” she says. Triathlon Squad and Wurtele’s coach Paulo Sousa refers to it as getting the work done: “(It’s) about consistency. Every athlete has days where it’s hard to get out the door for the next workout. Most of the time, this is a mental issue that is experienced by athletes at every level,” he says. Sousa offers one way of helping athletes with these issues: building the training schedule around sessions that don’t need a lot of mental energy to accomplish. “I like to call them ‘breadand-butter’ sessions,” he says. “They are usually short in duration and low-intensity but are still a very important part of the overall training program.”

MAKE TRAINING WORK FOR YOU If you know that Tuesdays are filled with meetings and obligations, build your schedule around an easier or rest

day on Tuesdays. If you absolutely dread running on a track, do your speed workouts on the road or trails. By building the training schedule around your unique personality and schedule, it will be much easier (and enjoyable) to remain consistent with your training.

IT’S NOT “ALL OR NOTHING” Fitting triathlon training into your busy life is bound to create time conflicts at some point. On those days when you realize your allotted two-hour time slot somehow got reduced to 30 minutes, rather than bagging the workout all together, use those 30 minutes for a quality session. The small workouts still count and provide fitness.

BE FLEXIBLE Life happens, so roll with the punches and get back on the plan. Don’t overthink workouts, and don’t try to make up skipped workouts. Just do the work. Sousa states: “The sport of triathlon is full of overthinkers. They overthink everything: nutrition, equipment and, of course, training. When athletes overthink, they lose focus on the truly important things: consistency, patience and long-term approach to development.” Rather than overthinking, focus your energy on trusting the training process, being patient and knowing that consistent training pays off. When you miss a workout, don’t try to cram four workouts into the next day. Simply move on to the next scheduled day of training. In the big picture of your race, one workout will not make a difference in performance. The breakthrough performances on race day will be a result of months of consistent hard work in training. RE SO RTCO L L ECT I ON .COM

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SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THESE RACES IN PANAMA CITY BEACH BONUS TIPS TO DEVELOP CONSISTENT TRAINING » Stay on track with consistent training by finding training partners who can hold you accountable, make good company and can make hard sessions fun. » Consider working out in the morning before the hectic day has a chance to cannibalize your afternoon workout. » Get your family involved as they can help motivate you to get out the door when you don’t want to. Additionally, family involvement can promote a healthy lifestyle for kids. » Sign up for a race, write down your goals and map out that training plan for a race you’re excited about. By having a concrete goal to work toward, when the training gets tough, you will know what your focus is and be more likely to stick to the plan. 50

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Becoming a staple event at Resort Collection’s Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort, competitors can look forward to IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast. Occurring in May, this IRONMAN-branded event has become a noteworthy triathlon in Panama City Beach. The competition will begin with an open water 1.2-mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Competitors will then continue on to bike 56 miles on an out-and-back course through rural areas of Bay County and Panama City Beach. Much like IRONMAN Florida, it is a flat and fast course, perfect for athletes looking to obtain a personal best. 40 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship qualifying slots will be handed out to the top 40 finishers.

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IRONMAN makes visiting Panama City Beach in November the perfect destination for an adrenaline-fueled race and a mini vacation all in one. This race is where only the most elite triathletes compete for a coveted slot in the IRONMAN race in Kona, Hawaii. The swim is a two-loop, 2.4-mile course that takes place in — you guessed it — the Gulf of Mexico. As if the swim wasn’t challenging enough, athletes will also have a short beach run between laps. Competitors will next complete a 112-mile bike ride at only 161 feet above sea level. Concluding the daylong race is one of the flattest runs on the IRONMAN circuit. Spectators and supporters line the roads and cheer on runners as they finish a full marathon (26.2 miles).

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Not quite ready to tackle a triathlon? Expanding from a previous half marathon and 5K competition, the Panama City Beach Marathon was born and features all three races in one. The certified 26.2-mile out-and-back course is relatively flat and follows alongside the Gulf of Mexico, through neighborhoods and the state park and loops back to the finish line at Pier Park. The event also still includes half marathon and 5K competitions. A free kids’ fun run takes place in the streets of Pier Park, with all children receiving a finisher’s ribbon! Don’t forget the after-party at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Free beer, gumbo and music offered to all runners. Charisa Wernick is a professional triathlete and online marketing specialist. Visit her blog at CharisaWernick.com. RE SO RTCO L L ECT ION .COM

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Long Beach Resort Relaxation is key at Long Beach Resort. Sip on a cool drink while basking in the Florida rays alongside one of three lagoon pools, and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on silver sands by night from oversized balconies. Enjoy poolside dining at The Hangout tiki bar while chatting and catching up with friends and loved ones, or bring along a good book and soak up the warm rays on the beach. No matter what, total relaxation is a sure thing. Long Beach is a palm-fringed oasis tucked away from the busy shops and streets of Panama City Beach, but it’s only moments away from the excitement if you’re seeking a night on the town or some shopping. At the end of the day, guests are invited to spend the evening in our seasonally heated Polynesian pools and whirlpool spas. It’s a fitting end to such a relaxing day, and it’s just what you can expect at Long Beach Resort.

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (888) 722-3224. 10511 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 LBResort.com

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AMENITIES § Three tropical lagoon pools § Poolside dining at The Hangout tiki bar § One-, two-, and three-bedroom suites § Complete kitchens § Spacious living rooms § Beachfront views § Private balconies § Outdoor grill area § Free Wi-Fi


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with the outdoors and breathe in the smell of pine needles and salty air. That old-fashioned idea of family fun still exists in Panama City Beach. Home to some of Florida’s best park and recreation areas, Bay County has something for everyone. Whether it is camping, biking, bird watching or fishing, get your adrenaline pumping as you discover the natural surroundings and revel in the beautiful landscapes of Panama City Beach.

ST. ANDREWS STATE PARK Known for its stretch of sugary white sands and its emerald green waters, St. Andrews State Park sits in the heart of Panama City Beach, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay. There are also two fishing piers that provide sufficient opportunities for anglers. The campgrounds offer 60 sites equipped with electricity, water, picnic tables and grills, plus a nature trail that winds through the coastal plant communities and is great for bird watching. Continue your adventure on a shuttle or pontoon boat (available for rent), and head to Shell Island for some sightseeing: many critters inhabit the 700-acre island, including deer, turtles, pelicans, sandpipers, gulls and even alligators. TO DO: Beaches • Biking • Boat Tours • Boating • Camping • Canoeing and Kayaking • Fishing • Hiking • Interpretive Exhibit • Picnicking • Scuba Diving • Snorkeling • Surfing • Swimming • Wildlife Watching Fee: $4–$8 per vehicle; $2 pedestrians and bicycles Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown FloridaStateParks.org/Park/St-Andrews

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PANAMA CITY BEACH CONSERVATION PARK Hidden in plain sight, this park is a gem located just north of Highway 98 in Panama City Beach and focuses on protecting wildlife while providing outdoor recreational opportunities. The Panama City Beach Conservation Park stretches across 2,900 acres and offers 24 miles of trails split into 12 different routes ranging in lengths from a little over half a mile up to 11 miles, with over a mile of wooden boardwalks leading through cypress domes. Remember to bring binoculars while you’re at it to discover the wide range of birds — from herons to owls — hiding in the wetland areas. TO DO: Biking • Birding • Geo-Seeking • Hiking/Nature Trails • Wildlife Watching Fee: Free Hours: Dawn until dusk PanamaCityBeachParksandRecreation.com/ Conservation-Park

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GAYLE’ S TRAILS Crafted since 1998, Gayle’s Trails continue to bring hiking and biking aficionados to Panama City Beach for expansive and challenging trails. What began as construction for walking paths is now a network of linear paved trails radiating from a central trailhead at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, the three route options. The trail system includes 5 miles up State Road 79 across the West Bay Bridge, 3.5 miles at Frank Brown Park, and 1.5 miles at Aaron Bessant Park. The trails also connect at the Panama City Beach Conservation Park east of State Road 79. TO DO: Biking • Birding • Geo-Seeking • Hiking/Nature Trails • Wildlife Watching Fee: Free Hours: Dawn until Dusk

ECONFINA CREEK Whether you’re there to take in the scenic beauty and relax or to paddle your way down Econfina Creek, one thing’s for sure: this is one of Florida’s most spectacular canoe trails. Nestled in a recreational area less than 30 miles from Panama City Beach, this stunning creek is crystal clear and perfect for exploring by canoe, on foot or off-road bicycle. The exploration is highlighted by breathtaking views of coastal Florida featuring lush vegetation, white sand dunes and crystal-clear water to splash around in. TO DO: Canoeing or kayaking • Fishing • Geocaching • Picnicking • Snorkeling • Swimming • Tubing Fee: Cost of canoe, kayak or tube rental; free to bring your own Hours: Dawn until dusk CanoeEconfinaCreek.net

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CAMP HELEN STATE PARK Located to the west of Panama City Beach, Camp Helen State Park is rich in natural and cultural resources. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in the world, the park grounds host five distinct natural communities — mesic flatwoods, scrub oaks, basin swamps, depression marshes and marine unconsolidated substrate. The area is believed to have been colonized over 4,000 years ago; today it is designated as an archaeological site. TO DO: Birding • Canoeing or Kayaking • Fishing • Hiking • Interpretive exhibit • Picnicking • Swimming Fee: $4 per vehicle; $2 pedestrians and bicycles Hours: 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year FriendsOfCampHelen.org

FRANK BROWN PARK Encompassing two hundred acres dedicated to outdoor fun, Frank Brown Park is definitely not your ordinary park! This family- and dog-friendly park has something for everyone. The park is enriched with playgrounds, picnic areas, a freshwater fishing lake, greenways, a dog park and running/walking paths. Into traditional sports? An indoor gymnasium, tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball facilities, and a state-of-the-art aquatic center and splash park are all there. TO DO: Basketball • Biking • Fishing • Geocaching • Hiking/nature trails • Soccer • Swimming • Tennis • Wildlife watching Fee: Free; additional fees to access aquatic center Hours: Varies seasonally FrankBrownParkPCB.com

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A ARON BESSANT PARK Located adjacent to Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s newest and most manicured park, Aaron Bessant Park, which also doubles as a state-of-the-art amphitheater for live events, movies and more. The park also features a veteran’s memorial, three looping trails that are great for walking or jogging, and an open, large patch of lush green grass perfect for picnics, cloud watching and other leisure activities with friends and family. TO DO: Biking • Picnicking • Walking Fee: Free Hours: Dawn until dusk PanamaCityBeachParksandRecreation.com FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO VISITPANAMACITYBEACH.COM.

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Summit Beach Resort The ultimate Panama City Beach adventure is at Summit Beach Resort. With condos overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this resort has everything you need for a beach vacation full of fun and excitement. Great rooms and private balconies make it perfect for large travel groups — such as sports teams, family reunions and more! Summit Beach Resort offers guests onsite amenities such as two large swimming pools, Summit Tiki Bar, Summit Market, Bikini Bob’s Restaurant, hot tubs, saunas, picnic areas with grills, tennis courts, a basketball court, three shuffleboard courts and a fitness center. During the summer, kids can enjoy Resort Collection’s Adventure Zone activities onsite, including everyone’s favorite Dive-In Movies on the pool deck at dusk. Each suite is fully furnished, providing all the comforts of home. So whether you’re relaxing on the spacious balcony or spending quality family time in the living area, there’s something for everyone at Summit Beach Resort.

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (800) 824-5048. 8743 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 SummitBeachResort.com

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AMENITIES § Two large outdoor pools § Beachfront views from every unit § Fitness center § Game room § Two kiddie pools § Two tennis courts § Basketball court § Shuffleboard court § Hot tubs, whirlpools and saunas § Summit Market Shop § Poolside Tiki Bar § Free Wi-Fi


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nless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the popularity of posting pics on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest … they’re all on everyone’s daily feeds, but none sees as much action as Instagram when it comes to snapping the perfect shot of your daily life. From fashion and food to art and nature, the pics being shared on Instagram run the gamut, and vacation time at Panama City Beach is the time to take those wow-worthy shots that will get you all the likes.

( PIER) PARK IT As Panama City Beach’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Pier Park has an endless supply of Insta-worthy moments in store. Take shots of a great outfit you’ve created in one of their retail shops or snap away at whatever’s on your plate at one of their many popular restaurants. Love a challenge? You’ll have plenty of reason to break out the camera phone after a game of laser tag or some time in the arcade. And if you’re a dancing fool, hit the dance floor at one of their clubs to show off your moves. For even more excitement to post and share, go to one of the concerts, festivals or events that make Pier Park such a fun place to be. SPIN THAT WHEEL Towering nearly 200 feet, SkyWheel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding beaches and the city, making a trip to the top in one of the 30 climate-controlled, fully enclosed gondolas worthy of taking the shot. Down below, the venue offers even more fun (and Insta-worthy moments) at the SkyWheel Snack Shack, its 18-hole miniature golf course and the SkyTrail and SkyTykes ropes courses.

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COLO R YO UR F EED No trip to Panama City Beach would be complete without a walk past the famous “rainbow buildings,” their bright facades painted in a kaleidoscopic parade of colors that command attention and call passersby to stop and snap. Several steps away, the vintage style script of the massive metal Pier Park arch welcomes one and all to come, see, taste, play and — of course — take a pic. PI CS A N D T RE ATS While you could snap away at tweet worthy plates that display an artful hand and a dedication to elegance, we all know what your Instagram account is really craving — mountainous sundaes, towering tiers of pancakes, burgers whose mere existence terrify cardiologists and delight foodies everywhere. Whether you’re going for the shock factor or are hungry to get some likes, Panama City Beach has food destinations that’ll make your followers wish you were sharing more than a pic. WHAT EVE R F LOATS YO U R BOAT Boating is the perfect opportunity to add to your Instagram feed, whether you’re out there fishing and want to show off your catch or simply want to chronicle your time out on the open water. With infinity stretching out before you and the crystal waters at your feet, these are moments you’ll want to capture forever. GET B E AC H E D ! People flock to Panama City Beach for one main reason: the beach. Miles and miles of pristine white sand, waters whose glittering jewel tones have made it famous around the world — what’s not to love? Break out the camera phone and snap away; your Insta feed will be the envy of anyone who sees it. IN STA- S UN S E TS Ask anyone with even the slightest appreciation for nature, and they’ll tell you that sunset is the most magnificent time of day to look at the sky. The wash of colors painting the horizon is something to behold, a sight that can never be recreated in exact form. And with its endless stretches of beautiful beaches, sunsets in Panama City Beach are well worth capturing forever, the perfect inspiration to all who peek at your Instagram to look around and appreciate natural beauty at its finest. COCO N UT LO CO S Want a drink that’ll drive your social feed loco? Head over to Coconut Locos, where they whip up a refreshing and colorful array of smoothies, snowcones, and — cue the camera phone — imaginative drinks served in coconut shells and hollowed out pineapples, complete with cute little paper umbrellas and the all-important bendy straw. Sip and snap away; this is definitely a tasty moment to remember. PI ER ( S ) PRE S S URE With three great fishing piers in Panama City Beach, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to cast a line and snap a pic. Setting your sights on the Gulf? Check out Russell-Fields City Pier and the M.B. Miller County Pier, the longest twin fishing piers on the Gulf of Mexico. At St. Andrews State Park, the Tiller Pier affords saltwater fishing, while another pier offers access to the Grand Lagoon. Find your pier, find your moment and watch your feed reel in the likes. 62

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s the world continues to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’re being asked to choose how we prioritize the things we value. Resort Collection is remaking the world we left behind, and that starts with bettering ourselves for our owners, guests and associates. How we treat people during this crisis will define us as a brand and an industry.

As we welcome you back to our resorts in Panama City Beach, Florida, we are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Consisting of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and resort operations, Resort Collection’s Clean Collection initiative is redefining our cleaning and safety standards.

Public Spaces Starting with our public spaces and high-traffic areas, we are going above and beyond our normal protocols. We are cleaning surfaces with increased frequency, recommended cleaning agents and a dedicated staff.

Food & Beverage Outlets All of Resort Collection’s food and beverage outlets implemented increase cleaning and sanitizing measures, including cleaning and sanitizing all hard surfaces regularly, all door handles or knobs regularly, cleaning and sanitizing tables, table condiments, check presenters, pens, table tops after each seating, and using disposable menus. We monitor all employee temperatures regularly. Any employees who experience flu-like symptoms are required to stay home until symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours. Bartenders are required to sanitize their hands between each drink order.

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Social Distancing Signage in public spaces will remind our guests to maintain social distancing. We will be adding Plexiglas partitions at our front desks to provide an extra level of precaution for our guests and our associates.

Guest Rooms In our vacation rental units, we have elevated our rigorous protocols to thoroughly clean all surfaces with hospital-grade disinfectants. We encourage all of our guests to bring additional cleaning products to use throughout their stay.


In compliance with the new guidelines set forth by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Resort Collection is removing all bedding comforters, spreads, quilts, decorative pillows, etc., from within our vacation rental units. Bedding will consist solely of freshly laundered sheets and blankets. We encourage all guests to bring their own additional comfort items to ensure a pleasurable sleeping experience while here.

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Shores of Panama With the emerald waters and white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico as its playground, the Shores of Panama entice sun seekers, water adventure lovers and vacationers of all ages who are eager to get away and reconnect with friends and family. With sprawling beaches and a Gulf-front pool that spans 13,966 square feet, guests can relax for days or dive into an array of beach and gulf activities. All our room types feature balconies with beautiful views of the Gulf and pool deck, flat-screen televisions, and fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops. You deserve a memorable beach escape, and the Shores of Panama grants Florida vacation getaways that delight and surpass expectations. Choose your home away from home — a stylish, luxury condominium rental in a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom unit. Reserve your spot at this beachfront vacation resort by selecting the accommodations that best suit your needs.

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (877) 713-4651. 9900 South Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 ShoresofPCB.com

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to any destination, whether it’s for work or play, one truth that never fails is “locals know best.” While we’d like to keep our hidden gems and tips “hidden,” we can’t help our Southern hospitality by providing our visitors must-try adventures and experiences — from a local perspective. While we hope your trip to Panama City Beach will be great no matter what, here are our insider picks.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK During the summer months between June and August, Visit Panama City Beach hosts free concerts every Thursday night at Aaron Bessant Park. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, and bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit and enjoy the music. Let the kids run around the spacious green while you dance or relax the night away. Don’t forget — it’s free!

CRUISE OUT IN THE GULF Yes, even locals like to take advantage of tourist attractions. When it comes to relaxing on the water and watching the sun set across the coast, cruising with Paradise Adventures Catamaran or Island Time Adventures is top-notch. They also provide live music and drinks onboard. RE SO RTCO L L ECT I ON .COM

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BEACH BONFIRES With Panama City Beach laws now allowing it, beach bonfires are here to stay, and locals couldn’t be more excited. Once you experience a bonfire on a sandy beach with the Gulf of Mexico as your backdrop, you’ll never doubt it as a true local favorite. Our tip to host a bonfire on the beach is to reserve yours with Goin’ to the Beach® Beach Service. They get the bonfire going and bring chairs, s’mores kit, a Bluetooth speaker, a cornhole set, cooler — and they even take care of the cleanup.

NEED A LAST-MINUTE OUTFIT ? Panama City Beach has expanded its portfolio of excellent retail shops and boutiques. A visitor from 10 years ago would hardly believe the amount of options now available. The goto shopping destination is definitely Pier Park North, where there is truly something for any visitor, no matter their style, hobby or taste. It also excludes those typical “tourist trap” stores, making the crowds far more comfortable.

VISIT SHELL ISLAND This local secret is a tough one to share because we love our private piece of paradise so much. Exploring Shell Island and all the wildlife that surrounds it is truly breathtaking. One side of the island faces St. Andrew’s Bay, but you can take a short walk to the other side of the island and swim in the Gulf. Blue Dolphin Tours will take your whole family and also help to get you up-close and personal views of dolphins, sea turtles and other sea life. The captains are local and know the best spots. 70

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TIDBITS § Get to the beach by 9 a.m.; you’ll get the best parking spot and a front row space on the sand. § Pack light. Your vacation rental will be stocked with most household necessities. § Skip the towel. Bring or rent a beach chair that you don’t have to shake out every 30 minutes. § Wear sunscreen and reapply. If not, you WILL get burned. § OBEY THE BEACH FLAGS. Stay out of the water on double red flag days. § Plan a non-beach day. There is so much to do in Panama City Beach off the sand. § Front Beach Road is more scenic and congested. Commute on Back Beach Road for faster arrival.

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DOLPHIN TOURS • SUNSET CRUISES • SNORKEL TRIPS DATE NIGHT FUN As if the beach isn’t romantic enough, there are a few things we do to make them extra special. If you have never tasted Gulf seafood fresh off the boat, then you haven’t lived. You can’t go wrong at Captain Anderson’s or The Grand Marlin for great food and gorgeous bay views. Continue the epic views after dinner with a ride on the SkyWheel and see the entire Panama City Beach strip lit up at night. Acrophobics might want to skip that attraction.

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Dude, Where’s My Par? Where to play golf, tennis and pickleball in PCB

A vacation at the beach isn’t always about getting a tan and lounging all day with your toes in the sand. We love being active and know that our guests enjoy playing multiple sports during their getaways. Whether it’s spending a day on the golf course or trying something new like pickleball, visitors with Resort Collection have access to numerous outdoor activities.

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CAUSE A RACQUET! Tennis courts are available at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, Majestic Beach Resort, Gulf Highlands Beach Resort, Summit Beach Resort and Emerald Isle Condominiums*. Courts are free for Resort Collection guests to use on a first-come, first-served (get it?) basis. Pricing is available for guests who did not book through Resort Collection. Professional instruction and state-of-the-art Plexicushion courts are available at The Club at Edgewater; guests staying at the resort can reserve the courts. The Club’s professional team offers lessons for all ages and skill levels, including summer camps for kids. Private tennis lessons and clinics are under the instruction of the resident tennis pro, Donovan September, who has over 15 years of teaching experience and participation in the U.S. Open and Australian Open. *All guests of Emerald Isle are allowed complimentary use of the Landmark Condominium tennis court, located on the north side of the property next to the Emerald Isle parking garage.

THE FASTEST GROWING SPORT YOU’ VE NEVER HEARD OF One of the fastest growing sports in America involves a court and a net. But it’s not tennis or badminton, it’s pickleball. For the uninitiated, pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and games take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn. The game is also quick, making it a convenient way to get in some exercise. Games in a typical league run only 15 minutes each — you can get in as little or as much as you want. The Club at Edgewater recently added three pickleball courts to their expanding list of resort amenities. Equipment is available to rent, and a court reservation is required to play. Contact The Club at Edgewater by calling (850) 235-7324.

PAR-TEE AT EDGEWATER Also available at The Club at Edgewater is the exclusive nine-hole executive golf course. Spend a leisurely afternoon out on the fairways among lush greenery, lakes and the Edgewater Golf Villas. Cart rentals are available, and tee times are required. For information about golf and tennis membership with The Club at Edgewater, call the pro shop at (850) 235-7324 or dial extension 324 from your suite. RE SO RTCO L L ECT ION .COM

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TIME FOR A LITTLE PUTT-PUTT What is the solution to working on your short game while also having some Panama City Beach fun with the whole family? Miniature golf! Available at one of Resort Collection’s newest resorts, Gulf Highlands Resort, this 18-hole miniature golf course is perfect for practicing your putt or giving the little ones a fun activity. Equipment may be available for use in your suite at Gulf Highlands Resort, but we recommend bringing your own. To inquire about play and availability, please call (850) 563-1000.

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The par-72 Nicklaus Design championship layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging course rating of 74.3 and slope of 143 and has hosted numerous regional and local events, including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016. Public play is welcome seven days a week. Visit BayPointGolfClub.com for more information.

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The Nicklaus Course is set against the backdrop of St. Andrew’s Bay and a marshland wildlife sanctuary. Panoramic vistas of the bay, Grand Lagoon, marsh and scenic wetlands abound throughout the course. Bay Point Golf Club invites players of all skill levels to enjoy the full-service club and championship course.

Resort Collection guests receive 20% off on tennis lessons, court fees and tennis/pickleball equipment rentals at The Club at Edgewater. Guests of Resort Collection also receive between $10 and $30 off tee time rates at Bay Point Golf Club during their stay. Don’t forget to use your Resort Collection Rewards card to receive these perks! Visit ResortCollection.com/reward to see more. The Bay Point Golf Club discount varies by season.

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UP CLOSE PERSONAL Get hands on with wild animals at ZooWorld PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN SHAW

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ake a break from the beach and experience the wild. ZooWorld is not your typical “look and see” type of zoo and offers numerous unique, hands-on opportunities with animals you would otherwise never get to touch. Brought to Panama City Beach almost 75 years ago by a local family, the zoo is nearly unrecognizable from the renovations and improvements made to the entire park by new ownership. ZooWorld has truly become a gem of the community. Zoo World Panama City Beach, Florida, is home to exotic animals from all over the world, and you won’t need binoculars to see them! Step foot onto the 5.4-acre property and be welcomed with monkeys, guinea pigs, otters and rheas (a smaller breed related to ostriches). There is even a fun tunnel through the guinea pig exhibit for little ones to feel like they are in the room with them. Brought back from its original establishment at ZooWorld in 1948, the Snake-a-torium is remodeled and features decades of history. Not only can you see pythons, boas, and vipers, but also get a close look at bearded

dragons, Argentine tegus and iguanas. Squeamish around reptiles? That’s OK — you can wait right outside the vinyl strip doors and gently pet the bunny rabbits. Besides the snake-a-torium, other hands-off exhibits are abundant. Check out the native black bears in their new home with two floor length glass viewing barriers, or the interesting bearcats from south Asia. There are also active tortoises, meerkats, several monkey species, and Asian wild dogs to see and learn more about. If looking and seeing isn’t a big enough thrill or if your children love animals, almost the entire remainder of the park allows for touching, petting and feeding animals. Starting with probably the most popular hands-on attraction, feeding the two giraffes is an awesome time no matter your age. Purchase a few lettuce leaves and reach up to hand it to them, or if you’re even more daring, feed it to them straight from your mouth. There is even a private giraffe feeding area on a platform overlook for an extra cost. After feeding the giraffes, stick around to pet the fun and personal petting zoo animals such as ponies, deer, goats, camels, pigs and more.

Watch out for the baby goats that roam and hop around freely and offer up tons of laughs. Grab an animal feed cup, and they’ll gobble it all up right out your hand. Ready to take flight? Walk through a free flight aviary with hundreds of colorful and exotic birds who love the interaction. For an even closer experience, bring in a budgie stick to feed the birds. You’ll start to find them sitting on the stick, your shoulder, or finger trying to nibble off the birdseed. If you can overcome your fear of large reptiles, walk over to the newly constructed Allapattah Swamp and stand over 80-plus alligators. While RE SO RTCO L L ECT ION .COM

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most places allow you to look at these Florida natives, typically submerged and sunbathing on the shore, ZooWorld offers two spine-tingling experiences for the extra-adventurous. Send the alligators into a feeding frenzy by throwing them food over the dock from a feed bucket or defy common sense and hold one the world’s oldest predators. Either way it is sure to be an excitement.

yourself ) to search for gems and seashells at the mining sluice. Sift through sand and flowing water as crystals and rocks hide inside. You never know what you might find and take home at ZooWorld.

Slow it down a few notches, or several, and pet the world’s slowest animal — the sloth. These cute and docile creatures only reach a top speed of .003 miles per hour and live most of their lives hanging upside down. Not into sloths? Snuggle with a lemur instead. ZooWorld offers a rare opportunity to be hands-on with one of our world’s endangered species; the most endangered group of animals on the planet to be exact.

If there is one thing to be said about the entire team at ZooWorld, it’s that they are passionate about animals and their life work. In early 2020, they raised close to $20,000 for purchasing critical medical supplies to assist relief for Australia’s wildlife wounded by their brush fires. ZooWorld has also made huge strides in reducing harmful and plastic waste. In spring of 2019, they had over 450 patrons pledge to give up straws and cut back on plastic bag use, and they also passed out reusable water bottles and shopping bags.

Last but not least, try out ZooWorld’s newest attraction and fla-mingle with their flock. It’s your chance to become a part of this pink herd in a fun and interactive way with Chilean flamingos. Get up close to snap some great photos, and learn from the experts who care for them daily. Please note, you still are unable to touch the flamingos. If you’ve made it around to all the animal exhibits, why not connect with your inner lumberjack and test your skills at ZooWorld’s newest attraction? Throw real hatchets inside Grand-Papi Jolley’s Hatchet Shack, and try to make it stick to chopped-up tree trunks. Or take the kids (or 78

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Big changes and new attractions are still in the works at the zoo. A state-of-the-art African lion exhibit is nearing completion, and the baby goats are also getting an upgraded home.

Zoos are more than just an attraction, and most, like ZooWorld, are conservation organizations committed to saving endangered species around the world. Picture the wide-eyed wonder on a child’s face upon meeting a living, breathing giraffe, something she’s only seen on a digital screen before — or the wonder of encountering a flamingo that is looking at you with the same curiosity you have about him. These are the moments that tell the story of ZooWorld Panama City Beach. It is these connections that spark the desire to protect and save species.

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ZooWorld accepts and utilizes volunteers in numerous capacities. Volunteers may spend their day assisting with lemur and giraffe encounters, interacting with guests in our Budgie Bush-Walk Aviary or introducing any number of our ambassador animals to visitors. For those have other skills they wish to share, horticulture or maintenance are a great way to help improve the zoo. To volunteer, please send a letter of intent to Groups@ ZooWorldPcb.com. Must be 18 years of age or older.

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Emerald Beach Resort The beach has never felt more like home than at Emerald Beach Resort. Each carefully crafted one-, two-, and three-bedroom suite was designed with families and comfort in mind. Each unit has all the luxuries of home, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and inviting decor that you will love coming home to after a long day of fun on the beach. With spacious floor plans and sweeping views of the Gulf,

families of all sizes and with all kinds of interests will make memories here to last a lifetime. Emerald Beach Resort is within walking distance of many of Panama City Beach’s exciting attractions, including Pier Park, an outdoor shopping and entertainment mecca that features stores, restaurants, nightlife, a movie theater, carnival rides and children’s play areas.

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s winter slowly releases its chilly grip on Northwest Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding bays and estuaries come to life.

Panama City Beach Spring/ Summer Fishing Report

Early in the spring, you’ll find a massive congregation of sheepshead in the St. Andrews Pass along the jetties. These distinctive black and white striped fish can be caught throughout the year, but they’re especially plentiful during the spring when they mass in big schools to spawn. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few times during the year that you can catch as many as you want. Sheepshead are great table fare and the bag limit is quite liberal, but I encourage you to keep only a few and release the rest — especially during this time of the year when they are most vulnerable. A medium-light action spinning rod with live shrimp or fiddler crabs on a small circle hook is all you really need to catch a lot of fish. Try using a Carolina rig weighted with just enough lead to get to the bottom.

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beaches, in the pass and in open water in the bays. When the fish are feeding on the surface, it’s fun to dash from school to school and throw jigs, spoons or small plugs into the frenzy. The most common way to target them, though, is to troll Christmas tree rigs, spoons, bubble rigs and similar baits. You’ll see a lot of big charter boats trolling in a line around the bay in search of Spanish mackerel this time of year. One of my favorite spring tactics is motoring along the beach in search of big schools of redfish cruising in the surf. The size of the fish can vary greatly from school to school, but that doesn’t matter because casting lures into schools of several hundred fish in crystal clear water never gets old. Sight fishing is much easier with a control tower atop your boat, but you can still have a successful outing without one if you take your time and don’t get in a hurry. Once you locate a school, navigate your boat in front of the fish and let them come to you. After you catch one, move out

to deeper water and wait a minute, then run back out ahead of them and let the school come to you again. If you only try to play catch up, you’ll just keep pushing the school down the beach. As spring turns to summer, you’ll begin to see tarpon showing up along Panama City Beach. Known affectionately as the “silver king,” tarpon can humble even the most seasoned angler. They migrate from east to west in mid- to late-spring, either solo or in large schools. Despite their large size, tarpon tend to be quite skittish in our crystal clear water, and anglers must put all their skills to work if they want a successful hookup. The tarpon’s large eyes allow them to scrutinize every bait, so extreme care must be taken to fool them into a bite. And cracking the code can be a challenge on any given day. While a 40-pound fluorocarbon leader will often provoke more strikes, it lacks the abrasion resistance to land a fish after a prolonged battle — and heavier leaders sometimes won’t get any action at all. It’s just the nature of the beast.

But on those magical days when conditions are perfect, you’ve selected the ideal bait, made a precise cast and the silver king cooperates, you’ll experience the incredible acrobatics that cause many anglers to dedicate their lives to the chase. And if you’re fortunate enough to battle a tarpon all the way to the boat, be sure to cherish the moment; treat it with respect and release it healthy to fight another day.

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GET INDOORS! Whether recouping f rom too much time spent at the beach or the weather forecast looks bleak, PCB brings even more fun out of the sun Even the most avid beach-goer sometimes needs a break f rom Florida’s abundant sunshine. While the Gulf Coast usually experiences an average of 300 sunny days per year, Mother Nature isn’t always predictable. Not to worry — Panama City Beach continues to grow and so does its indoor entertainment options for fun. Check out some of our favorite activities that are fun — rain or shine.

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L I FE I S G R A N D The Grand Theatre 16 is an excellent choice for family movie night. Lounge in newly renovated, comfortable stadium seating with reclining seats, or try out the D-Box immersive experience, complete with moving chairs and extra surround sound. Visit the concession stand, which offers way more than just popcorn, with options such as chicken fingers and fries, ICEEs, your favorite candies and even adult beverages. Purchase tickets and reserve your seats and row prior to entering the theater.

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Showing all the latest feature films, some with IMAX and 3D options, the Grand 16 also presents Summer Kids’ Flicks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Retro Cinema nights featuring classic films from years past, and special Fathom Events showings such as RiffTrax Live and TCM Big Screen Classics. TheGrandTheatre.com

L E T ’ S G O TO D& B Step inside this 40,000-square-foot building and forget if it’s day or night! Once you walk through the doors at Dave & Busters, you’ll find the ultimate entertainment destination. Experience hundreds of arcade games, including Mario Kart and a giant Pac-Man challenge, classic favorites such as SkeeBall and air hockey, casino-inspired games, and even a lifesized version of Rock ’em Sock ’em. The sports bar and grill at Dave & Buster’s is also an excellent spot to grab a bite and a beverage after an afternoon of gaming. From wings to steaks, they’ve got whatever suits your appetite, and their premium bar is sure to satisfy. You also can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.

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B OWL , SKAT E , PL AY & M OR E The Shoppes at Edgewater are within walking distance from all of Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort’s condos (although there is ample parking for those rainy days), and one familyfun hot spot is Rock’it Lanes! There are 24 bowling lanes, 10 pool tables, an 8,000-square-foot skating rink and a 16,000-square-foot mega arcade all under one roof. While the kids are playing or if you’re waiting for your next turn to bowl a strike, grab a cocktail at the sports bar or a bite to eat at the snack station. If you can’t find a fun time at Rock’it Lanes, you won’t be able to find it anywhere! RockitLanes.com

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MUS EUM O F O D D The incredible world of Robert Ripley lives in Panama City Beach at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! From a dozen galleries to hands-on interactives, you won’t believe your eyes — or ears. From shrunken heads to a newly built kids crawl area, the “odditorium” will leave you amazed. Challenge yourself and your sense of direction in Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze or navigate your way through a web of lasers in the Laser Race Challenge. There is also a 7D Moving Theater with digital effects and motion seats to make you feel like you are in the movie. Experience the bizarre, explore the mysterious and enjoy the weird at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ripleys.com/PanamaCityBeach

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There is a 100% chance you will notice WonderWorks when you drive by its building in Panama City Beach. Within this upside down, 35,000-square-foot amusement park are over 100 hands-on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark imagination. A combination of education and entertainment, there are six wonder zones inside that bring loads of family fun. Don’t miss climbing three stories in the glow-in-the-dark Ropes Course or competing in a fast-paced battle in the blacklight Laser Tag maze. With the ceiling under your feet and the ground above your head, it’s impossible to not see the magic inside WonderWorks. WonderWorksOnline.com/panama-city-beach/

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T HE ELECT RIC S PEEDWAY Kartona welcomes you to the only indoor go-kart track in north Florida. Their team has methodically designed the race track to be fun, exciting and challenging for all racers, regardless of age or skill level. Their race track has a nice blend of fast straightaways and twisty corners to keep you guessing and making your time challenging and fun. Available for both adults and children, this is family fun at its best. Kartona utilizes a digital system to track your race times. Guests can watch the timeslips track on the big screens while comparing the competition on the track. There is also a spectator’s area to cheer on your favorite racer, play arcade games, or grab a snack at the concession bar. Race like a true professional at Kartona and get out on the track! KartonaElectricSpeedway.com

AXE THROWING PCB

JUMP, JUMP, JUMP Try out this brand new, state-of-the-art trampoline park in Panama City Beach and really wear-off some energy. Within its 30,000-square-foot facility, Just Jump Trampoline Park is home to an obstacle/ninja course, tumble track, dodgeball, basketball, large open jump area. The Kiddie Area is also perfect for jumpers under the age of 6 and has separate trampolines, a foam pit, climbing wall and more. You’ll be bouncing off the walls (literally) with fun in this giant, indoor park. PCB.JustJump.com

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Check out Panama City Beach’s newest craze at Axe Throwing PCB! People are always looking to try something new, cool and different. They definitely fit that description. Regardless of your age, skills or fitness level, their axe-throwing coaches teach you how to throw an axe for a fun, exciting and memorable experience. You will have dedicated axe throwing lanes where you can then master your throw. There is also a hip bar and lounge to celebrate trying something new or to soothe those sore arm muscles. Axe Throwing PCB is your next must-try when visiting! AxeThrowingPCB.com

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Top of the Gulf Condominiums Top of the Gulf Condominiums is situated perfectly just steps from dazzling white-sand beaches, plus all the attractions and nightlife on Panama City Beach’s east end. Each suite is equipped with a full kitchen, including a stove, oven, fridge and microwave. Laundry facilities are also available on-site. Enjoy the sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and pool deck and take joy in experiencing those iconic Panama City Beach sunrises and sunsets. Enjoy nearby access to Panama City Beach’s best attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife, plus a fitness center.

AMENITIES § Large Gulf-front pool and pool deck § Gulf views § Kiddie pool § Kitchenette with oven, stove, and microwave § Laundry facilities on-site § Free Wi-Fi § Shuffleboard Court

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (855) 584-2573. 8817 South Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, FL 32408 TopOfTheGulfPCB.com

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sand beaches and emerald waters. In addition to the perfect location, the complex boasts 160 acres of premium, flexible space. It provides teams, players and coaches with a unique experience when participating in events or training for the upcoming season.

The Panama City Beach Sports Complex is a premier sports tourism and community recreation venue unlike any you’ve seen. The state-of-the-art, sports complex is located in Panama City Beach, surrounded by the beautiful white

Through a public-private partnership with Visit Panama City Beach, St. Joe Company and Bay District Schools, sports visitors on “play-cation” can enjoy a world-class sports complex on the World's Most Beautiful Beaches. The project is one of the largest complexes in the Southeast.

ports teams competing in seasonal tournaments have been traveling to Panama City Beach for years. With the Panama City Beach Sports Complex completed in 2019 — on over 200 acres of land donated by St. Joe Company — the sports tourism industry has gotten even bigger.

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FACILITY FEATURES: § AstroTurf with Z-Cap Cooling Technology on nine of the fields § Natural Grass on four of the fields § Two championship fields with capacity up to 1,500 § LED-Lights on all 13 fields § Warm-up area § Wi-Fi access throughout complex § Dedicated tournament buildings § On-site concession stands § Lounging pavilions § 1,000 parking spots

This complex is made for any and every outdoor sporting event. From large national soccer tournaments to travel baseball clubs, the configurable fields can accommodate any size event. The excellently maintained fields will host all the Southeast’s major sports events, including soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, football and field hockey. Panama City Beach Sports Complex is conveniently located just North of Highway 98 in Panama City Beach. Whether here for a travel tournament or as a local fan, visitors will feel right at home among the Florida landscape and endless white sands. Teams are never too far away from the area’s best dining, lodging and activities that the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy the superior facilities, warm weather and sugar white sand! With 27 miles of sugar white sand, turquoise waters and a plethora of options on-site and off-site, players and teams will be able to play their favorite sport while bonding over experiences they’ll never forget.

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18 DIFFERENT ATTRACTIONS INCLUDING: Roller Coaster, Four Go Kart Tracks, Backlight Mini Golf, Mega Arcade, Bumper Boats, Spin Zone and much more. Unlimited armbands are available! (850) 234-1588

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PANAMA CITY BEACH


Gulf Highlands Beach Resort Gulf Highlands Beach Resort is a family-oriented resort conveniently located near Panama City Beach’s most popular restaurants, amusement parks, shopping and more. Relax during your stay knowing your family is safe inside this gated community with 24-hour security. Gulf Highlands Beach Resort offers an array of townhomes, varying from studios to three bedrooms. Amenities include 11 pools (five of which are heated seasonally), tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a playground, an 18-hole putt-putt course, a fitness center and more. Located just across Front Beach Road from the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches, guests have private access to the sandy beach via the Gulf Highlands Beach House Restaurant. The Beach House comprises a beachside pool, full-service restaurant and private beach access.

FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL (855) 512-3843. 10997 Hutchison Blvd Panama City Beach, FL 32407 GulfHighlandsBchResort.com

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AMENITIES § 11 pools, five heated seasonally § Fitness center § 18-hole miniature golf course § Four shuffleboard courts § Four tennis courts § Beachfront dining at the Beach House Restaurant § Meeting and event space § Gated facility § Golf-cart friendly community


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Goin' to the Beach 2020  

Resort Collection's Guide to Panama City Beach

Goin' to the Beach 2020  

Resort Collection's Guide to Panama City Beach