About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Beaches, State Parks
Wineries & Vineyards
Bars & Clubs
Start your day off right with one of the best breakfasts in town. Andy's is a locals' favorite, serving up a breakfast and lunch menu that is fresh, tasty, and served with a smile. Get here before 11am to enjoy breakfast and be prepared — it's not a huge place, so there might be a wait.
The number one reason people visit Panama City Beach? The clue's in the name — the beach. With 27 miles of pure white sand and sparkling water, this stretch of the Emerald Coast is consistently ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Put up an umbrella, stretch out on the sand or get your feet (and body) wet in the temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Beloved by locals and frequent visitors, St. Andrews State Park is often overlooked by new guests, who don't realize that it's perched on the eastern edge of Panama City Beach. This state park has pristine beaches, nature trails to explore, two fishing piers, camp sites for overnight trips and — bonus — it's pet friendly.
A natural, undeveloped island that lies between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay, Shell Island is only accessible by boat, which makes it less visited than many other areas in Panama City Beach. Known for the wide variety and sheer number of shells that wash up on its shore, Shell Island is most easily reached by shuttle from St. Andrews State Park.
Panama City Beach is full of dive bars and old-school oyster shacks, but Gene's is perhaps the oldest, and best. Light on atmosphere but brimming with personality, Gene's is the very best of hole-in-the-wall oyster bars. Grab a seat at the bar and prepare to get your seafood fix with a side of salty local personalities.
Unique, just like Panama City Beach itself, this winery is a step away from what you'd find in a traditional establishment. Making wine from fruit other than grapes, the Panama City Beach Winery focuses on flavors like banana, mango, passion fruit, and cranberry. The result is sweet and refreshingly different.
Yes, Pier Park is basically a mall — but it's also so much more. In addition to shops, this large, outdoor shopping complex is home to several restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities for the kids to enjoy, like bungee jumps and the Miracle Strip Amusement Park. It's located, as the name suggests, near the Russell-Fields pier (or City Pier) and, as such, is a great place to take a break from the beach and indulge in some retail therapy or grab a drink on a deck.
One of the most immaculately-maintained parks in Panama City Beach, Aaron Bessant Park is best known for its state-of-the-art amphitheater (located adjacent to Pier Park). Hosting big-name performers as well as local musicians, the park showcases world-class entertainment just steps from the beach.
It's true — Schooners may be one of the last local beach clubs. Located right on the beach, Schooners serves lunch, dinner, and plenty of fun way into the late night hours. Come and enjoy the people-watching from the deck, sprawl on the white sand beach, or enjoy a pickup game of beach volleyball. Whatever your speed, it's all good at Schooners.
If you're looking to dance all night, Club La Vela is your best bet for late-night shenanigans. Does it cater to the MTV and Spring Break crowd? Yes! Is it huge, with several themed rooms, decks and lounges? Yes! If you're looking for a quiet nook to cuddle with your sweetie, then this is not the place. However, if you're looking for a quintessential Panama City Beach experience, then this most definitely is it.