Welcome to the World famous Tiki Bar, right here at the Sandpiper Beacon... This is where it all began! The Tiki Bar is located directly behind the hotel, overlooking the beach.
In 1999, a small group of bikers riders from the Macon, Georgia HOG chapter rode into Panama City Beach each year. The chapter of bikers had been coming for years, informally – but finally decided to make it a yearly event.
In the Spring of 1999, the Macon HOG chapter, along with Garry Hundley of the Sandpiper Beacon jointly organized the very first "Bike & Beach Bash" right here in the Tiki Bar - which later become known as "Thunder Beach".
The Tiki Bar at the Sandpiper Beacon. HOME of the Thunder - Panama City Bike Rally.
Thousands of bikers flock to the Sandpiper Tiki Bar each year for the ULTIMATE Bike Week entertainment experience. The Tiki Bar has earned a reputation for having the best bands on the beach during bike week, and EVERYONE is invited to share the thunder! We have plenty of parking, plus drink specials all night.
It's not enough that the Tiki Bar has the greatest headline bands playing during the Bike Rally. We also want to make sure everyone can come and experience it. There's never a cover charge to get in, and everybody is welcome to join in and see the show - no matter where you are staying!
A popular Sandpiper tradition to show our appreciation, and say "Thank You" to all our registered hotel guests. Join us for a FREE BBQ COOKOUT (and beer) with live music right on the beach.
Not many hotels can offer bikers so much street-side / front-row parking. The Sandpiper has biker parking along the entire length of the Hotel, as well as lots of extra (convenient) parking lots across the street. We also have some (limited) trailer parking.
The Tiki Bar has a huge selection of domestic and imported beers from around the World. Not to mention, our bar staff know how to make a great drink, including our signature Tiki Punch.
Party responsibly during Thunder Beach at the only Resort Hotel with a Tiki Bar on the property! Bikers who stay here & play here stay safe. So you don't have to worry if you fill your tank up a little too much - your room is always just a short walk away...
Located in the large parking lot right across the street from the hotel, you will find some of our hand-picked exclusive bike vendors. From LED lighting fitted while you wait, to leathers, buttons, badges, and Official Rally T-Shirts. We've got you covered!