5 Great Ways to Enjoy Panama City Beach on a Budget

Panama City Beach on a Budget

5 Ways to Enjoy Panama City Beach on a Budget

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Summer is over, and the thought of a vacation seems a million miles away. The kids are going back to School, and it might seem like there’s not much on the horizon to look forward to. With today’s tight economy, you might be thinking that a Fall vacation to Panama City Beach is simply out of the question. But that’s not the case, an extra getaway to the beach before Christmas doesn’t have to be an unaffordable expense. We have some great news for you… there are plenty of easy ways to reduce expenses and still enjoy a fun and relaxing getaway!

    1. Get away during the shoulder seasons
      Once the peak summer season comes to an end, hotels, resorts and condos all along Panama City Beach drop their rates, and some even begin to offer free night specials for longer stays. The Sandpiper, for example offers specials such as pay for 2 stay 3, pay for 3 stay 4, and pay for 5 stay 7. While the activities and entertainment schedule is slightly smaller, there is still so much to do that this value is difficult to beat. Shoulder seasons, including the Fall are much less crowded, and the temperatures are more comfortable too.


    1. Bring your friends
      Some larger Panama City Beach resorts offer rooms and suites that accommodate large groups of people. The Sandpiper, for example offers condos, beach houses and villas that sleep up to 10. This is a great opportunity to get together with a group of other families with kids, allowing you to share the costs. This provides you with a spacious, comfortable, and affordable way to enjoy Panama City Beach – and have a great time with friends!


    1. Make your own entertainment
      Not all hotels offer as much seasonal entertainment all year round as the Sandpiper Beacon. For people staying at hotels that do not provide guests with activities and entertainment without having to leave the property, there are still options. Work on your suntan, toss around a Frisbee, go for a swim, build the biggest sandcastle, or catch up on some reading by the pool! Bring plenty of board games. It’s easy to make your own fun with a “Game Night” that everyone will enjoy, or your favorite DVDs and a big bag of popcorn! (Be sure to check ahead of time if your hotel/condo has a DVD player!) You can also enjoy some spectacular Panama City Beach sunsets, or just gaze at the stars… it’s free, and allows you to find that quality time that’s difficult when you’re not on vacation.


    1. Plan ahead and look for coupons
      If possible do your research online before you go, and contact businesses directly to ask about group discounts or specials. Try following a business on facebook too, many have “special offers” and giveaways exclusive to their “fans”. It costs you nothing, and might end up saving you money. When you arrive, remember that lots of hotels and condos have coupons and savings books in the lobby. Many local restaurants and stores offer the same convenience. Some Panama City Beach attractions offer 2-for-1 deals at certain times of the year, or even discounts for using your smart phone to “check-in” online using social services like facebook or foursquare.


    1. Make your own meals
      The Sandpiper is just one Panama City hotel that offers rooms with kitchenettes, or full size kitchens. While Panama City Beach has a great selection of restaurants, you can also save money by purchasing groceries locally, and preparing fresh meals in your room. Enjoy breakfast on the balcony with a stunning ocean view, or pack a light lunch to take to the beach with you. No calling ahead to make reservations, no lines, and no tip… you’ll be surprised at just how much you can save.


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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.

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