Panama City


First settlers in Panama City were the native Americans. In 1830s, the natives from Georgia and Alabama started making cabins along the shores. In 1909, businesses began and expanded in Panama City. The city became the county seat of Bay County in 1913. In 1920s, the Florida Land Boom happened, which brought more uptrend. Extensive growth happened during World War II when the Tyndall Air Field was made, and Liberty Ships were produced by Wainwright Shipyard.

Today, Tyndall Air Force Base and Coastal Systems Station – Naval Surface Warfare Center are still significant in the economic affairs of Panama City and Bay County. Significant establishments in Panama City include Arizona Chemical, Stone Container, and Berg Pipe. The Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN) serves Panama City. The Port of Panama City is responsible for transportation of breakbulk cargo and dry bulk products. The city, which has 320 sunny days a year and bearable temperatures, is a popular beach haven.

Getting There

You can reach Panama City by plane and car. Visitors by plane fly to Northwest Florida International Airport.

Travelers to Panama City usually drive. One can reach Panama City depending on the area where the visitor is from. Northern visitors can take US Highway 231, State Route 77, or State Route 79. Eastern and Western tourists can come along and cross through Panama City through US Highway 98. If passing through SR 79, turn east to US Highway 98 in Panama City Beach, then proceed to Hathaway Bridge to be able to go to Panama City.


Panama City is characterized by the warm sub-tropical climate. The city has short winters, and long and sultry summers. In January, the temperature plunges to 37°F, and rises to 91°F during summers.

Hurricanes affect the city often.

What to Wear

Since the temperatures during summer usually drift around 80 to 90 F, appropriate and applicable clothing should be in store. Here are the outfits which should be included in your what-to-wear list:
• Since Panama City is hot all year round, light clothing is the most appropriate to wear. Women usually prefer skirts and dresses.
• Dress in bright-colored outfits, especially those made of cotton.
• Wear a light-colored suit and tie when on business meetings.
• Bathing suits are must-haves, especially if you plan on going to the beach.
• Don’t forget to bring a cool pair of shades and a good sunscreen with a high SPF.
• If going to Chiriqui Province for a visit, carry a light sweater as the temperature is a bit chilly. Bring comfortable shoes as a lot of walking is to be expected.


Anglers looking for thrill can head to Panama City to fish. Indeed, Panama City offers fishing opportunities one can wish for.

Below are some of the fishes that the seas of Panama City have to offer:

red snapper
king mackerel
speckled trout (bay)
red fish (bay)
white snapper, black snapper

When can you catch a grouper? Are you itching to catch some wahoo? Listed below are the best seasons to go and catch those coveted fish.

June to September – red snapper
May to August – grouper
April to October – amberjack
May to August- king mackerel
April to August- marlin
May to August – sailfish
May to September – mahi-mahi
May to September – wahoo
May to September – tuna
April to September – shark
May to September – speckled trout (bay)
March to September – red fish (bay)
July – tarpon
April to September – bonito
whole year-round – mingo snapper, white snapper, black snapper, trigger


When fishing you need to wear:

• hat
• sunglasses
• light long sleeve
• jacket or other rain gear
• boat shoes
• sun screen with high SPF

Also, do not forget to bring these items with you:

• camera
• cooler
• water or your preferred beverages
• food
• ice chest

Attractions and Activities

Whether you bask under the summer sunshine, or stroll around with your family or special someone, here are some of the pleasurable sights and activities in which you can indulge in.

*Yoga For You
2629 W. 23rd St., Unit H Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 867-8597

*St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane Panama City, FL 32408
(850) 233 5140

*Island Time Sailing Cruises
3605 Thomas Drive
Slip #22 Panama City, FL 32408

*Carillon Beach
Panama City, FL


*Holiday Golf Club
100 Fairway Blvd Panama City, FL 32407
850 234 1800
Fax: 850 230 9233


*Shady Oaks
3706 W Highway 98 Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 785-3308‎

*Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Resort
100 Delwood Beach Rd Panama City, FL 32408 (Formerly Lagoon Legend)
(850) 234-3307

*Museum of Man in the Sea
17314 Panama City Beach Parkway Panama City, FL 32413-2020
(850) 235-4101

*Bay Dunes Golf Course
5304 Majette Tower Rd Panama City, FL 32404
(850) 872-1704

*Junior Museum of Bay County
1731 Jenks Ave Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 769-6128

*Bliss Pedicure Spa & Nail Services
424 W 23rd St Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 481-1719

*Club at Sandy Creek
1732 Hwy 2297 Panama City, FL 32404
(850) 871-2673

Where to Stay

Panama City has many accommodation options which tourists can choose from. Listed are Panama City’s accomodations which offer unique services for a one-of-a-kind experience.
*Hilton Garden Inn
1101 US Hwy 231, Panama City, FL 32401
For more information, please visit their website:
*Marriott’s Legends Edge at Bay Point
4000 Marriott Drive · Panama City Beach, Florida 32408 USA
For more information, please visit their website:

*Red Roof Inn Panama City
217 North US Highway 231, Panama City, FL 32405
For more information, please visit their website:

*Buccaneer Beach Motel
711 West Beach Drive, Panama City, FL 32401 (Formerly Days Inn Bayside – Panama City)
For more information, please visit their website:

*Ramada Panama City
4306 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401
For more information, please visit their website:

*Econo Lodge Panama City
4411 W US 98, Panama City, FL 32401
For more information, please visit their website:

*Comfort Inn & Conference Center
1013 E 23rd St, Panama City, FL 32405
For more information, please visit their website:

Where to Eat

Don’t know where to eat? Don’t know where to end your day? Try relaxing and engaging your tastebuds in these noteworthy restaurants and food haven, only here in Panama City.

*Tom’s Hot Dogs
555 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 769-8890

* Jeannie’s One Stop Diner
14664 Front Beach Road, Panama City, FL 32413-3517
(850) 230-4342

*Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill
1151 Bayview Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1452
(850) 763-8427

*Outlaws Barbeque
2875 W 23rd St, Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 215-3335

5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408-6903
(850) 235-3555

*Captain’s Table Fish House
1110 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401-1457
(850) 767-9933

*Bayou Joe’s
112 E 3rd Ct Ste A, Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 763-6442

*Pana Roma Pizza & Pasta
840 West 23rd Street, Panama City, FL 32405
(850) 769-9466

*Hunt’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant
1150 Beck Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 763-9645

*Kabob House
1405 West 15th Street, Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 481-1294

*Flamingo Joe’s Grill
2304 Thomas Dr, Panama City, FL 32408-5806
(850) 233-0600

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