How to Find the Best Family Resort in Panama City Beach

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Finding the Best Family Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida

Choosing the right place to stay for your family vacation is no small decision…

You want everything to be hassle-free and as close to perfect as possible; from booking, to checking out at the end of your stay.

Chances are, you only get one big vacation each year, and apart from wanting to enjoy fun times together as a family, it can be a big financial investment too.

We understand how important it is, so we put together a helpful checklist of things to consider when choosing where to stay in Panama City Beach, FL.


Is it Beachfront?

beachfront resortChances are, one of the main reasons you are coming to Panama City Beach, FL is for the beautiful beaches…

So you probably don’t want to cross busy roads, juggling the kids and beach towels etc. several times each day going to and from the beach.

Wake up every day to beautiful views of the beach, and walk right out of your door straight onto the sand…

TIP: Pick a Beachfront Resort.


Are There Fun Amenities?

resort amenitiesAnywhere claiming to be the “Best Family Resort” should be able to back that up…

There has to be several fun, and safe on-site amenities that appeal to kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens, and everyone in between.

Things like toddler pools, kiddie pools, larger pools (indoor and outdoor), waterslides, playground on the beach, mini golf, lazy river ride, beach volleyball courts, arcade game room etc.

TIP: Stay somewhere with on-site amenities that let the kids entertain themselves safely.


Do They Offer Planned Activities & Entertainment?

resort activitiesThe “Best Family Resort” should also offer some sort of planned activity schedule for the family to take part in together.

Think things like fun beachside games and contests with prizes, family craft hour, scavenger hunts, face painting and glitter tattoos, live Polynesian fire dance shows etc.

You’re on vacation, you shouldn’t have to worry about keeping everyone entertained the whole time.

Tip: Stay somewhere that takes care of the entertainment for you, letting you relax and unwind.


Do You Have to Leave the Resort?

resort foodSure, there may be some things you want to leave the property to do… If you want to rent a pontoon boat and visit Shell Island, or visit one of the popular Panama City Beach attractions on Front Beach Road.

But if you find that you HAVE to leave in order to find something to do to keep the family occupied, or grab a bite to eat, then you’re probably not at the best family resort…

Instead of unwinding on your vacation, you find yourself in the stressful situation of rounding everybody up into the car, and leaving to have fun elsewhere (and spending more money!)

TIP: Why leave the resort if you don’t have to?


Can You Get FREE Nights?

free nightsSome resorts will also have seasonal specials offering lower rates during certain times of the year, as well as FREE nights.

Sometimes it’s not possible to take your vacation during the “traditional” times of the year.

Even if you can, it’s nice to know that if your schedule is flexible, you could save significantly by visiting at different times of the year.

TIP: Look for somewhere that offers lower seasonal rates, and free nights to save money.


Are There Things to do Year-Round?

year round entertainmentSure, there are places that will offer things to do during the peak spring and summer months when the beach is the busiest.

That’s great of you are taking your vacation at those times of the year.

But any resort making claim to the title of “Best Family Resort in Panama City Beach” should have an activities and entertainment lineup during all 4 seasons.

Chances are, these resorts use the slower shoulder seasons to refine, perfect, and experiment with new entertainment, making the busier seasons’ entertainment even more impressive!

Tip: Look for a resort that offers guests fun things to do all year round, not just during certain busy months.


Is there a Family Resort that checks all these boxes?

Yes! The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort is also known as the “FUN Place!” to stay in Panama City Beach, click the link below to see why most guests never even leave the Resort during their vacation

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Sandy has a wealth of local knowledge about the Panama City Beach area. From fun, family-friendly accommodations, to restaurants, attractions and more. Specializing in Family-travel, Sandy has been writing about Panama City Beach and the Gulf Coast for several years.



4 Responses to “How to Find the Best Family Resort in Panama City Beach”

  1. Author Image Crystal says:

    Do you have a pet-friendly unit available for 3 adults, 1 child, 1 dog for July 26-August 3?

    • Author Image Sandy Piper says:

      Hey Crystal – We should have availability, the best thing to do it contact our Reservations team here at the Hotel.

      You can call them fore free 24/7 on 1-800 488-8828 :-)

  2. Author Image kelly medckie says:

    Do u accept 1 small pet hes 6 yrs old

    • Author Image Sandy Piper says:

      Hi Kelly…

      Our insurance policy just states a weight limit – so providing he fits the weight restriction, there’s no problem :-)

      Just call our reservations team (free 24/7) on 1-800 488-8828 to check – Hopefully we’ll see you both soon!

      Thanks!

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