Hurricane Michael hits the Florida panhandle

Just a few days ago, Michael was predicted to be a relatively weak storm. Nothing to ignore, but certainly nothing historic. It seemed that Hurricane Michael strengthened out of nowhere! Before we knew it, they were predicting a category 3 hurricane to hit the panhandle and ordering mandatory evacuations in Panama City Beach. When Michael eventually made landfall to our east, it measured at a category 4 with devastating 155 mph winds.

Both of our condos were occupied, of course, since it was fall break for so many schools and the beach was perfect! With our guests evacuated, all we could do was watch and wait. It took until this afternoon to find out the condition of our two condos at Splash. Our wonderful realtor, John Skinner, Sr of the At the Beach realty team, drove out to check on the property and take pictures for us.

As you probably know by now, Hurricane Michael pummeled Panama City and Mexico Beach, which are to the east of us. The east side of the hurricane is always the most dangerous. In Panama City Beach, and particularly on the west end where Splash is located, the storm was much weaker. The arrows on the map below show where the storm was strongest.

We are very grateful that our PanBeach Condos were spared! We have sustained ZERO damage! There’s some cleanup to be done at Splash, but nothing major.

The beach remains as beautiful as ever, although the water is not the crystal green/blue we’re used to seeing. Hurricane Michael stirred up the water and the waves were huge!

We still have power at Splash, but all of Bay County doesn’t have water service. Two water pumps at the dam are damaged and need to be repaired. Once the water service returns, we should be up and ready for visitors again. We hope to have you come and stay soon! Click here to book your next vacation.

Please continue to support and pray for everyone in Panama City and in Mexico Beach. Many people have lost everything and will need lots of help to rebuild. This interactive map shows satellite imagery after Hurricane Michael.

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Where to Eat in Panama City Beach – Sisters of the Sea

It’s every little girls dream to swim with mermaids. Now they can, at Sisters of the Sea in Panama City Beach! The mermaids are around the pool all day in the peak season, from 12-8pm. They’re happy to pose for pictures, too, and it’s free! Enjoy a yummy meal while your kids have a blast and make lifelong memories.

Sisters of the Sea serves seafood and new American cuisine, with something for everyone on their menu. They’re famous for the deep fried strawberries on the dessert menu, and they’ve won awards for the Siren’s Song: a delicious broth featuring steamed seafood.

Deep fried strawberries

Siren’s Song

If seafood’s not your thing, don’t worry! They also serve burgers, chicken, salads, and more! Check out the menu here.

The mermaids are in the pool every day from 12-2pm and 6-8pm during summer. If you’re traveling at another time of year, be sure to call and ask the mermaid schedule.

Sisters of the Sea & The Dive Bar
3901 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
850-233-0334

 

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Things to do in Panama City Beach – Beach Safety

We’ve all seen the flags on the beach, but do you know what they mean? Knowing how to interpret the flags will keep you and your family safe, so please take a minute to learn about beach safety.

Double Red- Danger! Water Closed to Public
Single Red-High Hazard, High Surf and/or Strong Currents
Yellow-Medium Hazard, Moderate Surf and/or Currents
Green-Low Hazard, Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution
Purple-Dangerous Marine Life (Usually Jellyfish)
*Absence of Beach Flags Does Not Assure Safe Waters*

If you see Double Red flags, DO NOT get in the water! It’s very dangerous, and you’ll usually see police patrolling the beach telling people to stay out of the water. Good news: we hardly ever see Double Red flags. Usually only if a hurricane is coming through, like last year during Irma & Maria.

Enjoy the beach and remember that safety is important! If the gulf isn’t safe today, just go in one of the awesome pools at Splash!

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What to do in Panama City Beach – Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruise

Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruise

When you’re at the beach, have some fun and get out on the water!

Sea Screamer offers 3 great options for you:

Dolphin Cruise

 

Dolphin cruises last about 2 hours, giving you beautiful views of Panama City Beach and a tour of the waters around Shell Island and the State Park. Then ride 10 miles up the world’s most beautiful beach! The dolphins love to play in the wake, so you’re sure to see some.

Snorkel Trip

Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel, they’ll provide the snorkel gear and the transportation! The water here is so beautiful and clear, don’t you want to see who’s swimming in it with you? If you’re really lucky, you may get to swim with dolphin friends! These tours last about 2½ hours.

Sunset Cruise

The sunsets in Panama City Beach can’t be beat! Why not watch the sunk sink down over the water FROM the water? Dolphins love to play at sunset, and you’re virtually guaranteed to see some!

Where?
3605 Thomas Drive (on the east end of the beach)
http://seascreamer.net
850-235-3000

When?
Sea Screamer runs seasonally from March-October. In the off season, they run during the busier times if the weather permits.

How much?
Kids under 2 = $12
Kids 3-11 = $17
Ages 12+ = $22
Ages 60+ = $21

Add $3 for sunset cruises (our personal recommendation)

Snorkel trips are $40/person

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How to save money on your next vacation!

Today, February 7, 2018, is the first #BookDirect Guest Education Day! Homeowners are coming together to let you know a dirty little secret: those online travel agencies and booking sites are charging you extra fees! I’m going to show you how to save money on your next vacation.

You might see something on your price quote called “service fee”. Guess what? It goes directly to the listing site – not the owner of the property you’re booking! These fees can be from 5-15%, sometimes even more. They’re double-dipping; they collect fees from the owners to list the properties, and they collect fees from you to rent the properties. It can be avoided!

So how do you avoid paying unnecessary fees? Book direct with the owner!

Look but don’t book
Search those big listing sites to find properties you like. Now google the name of the property, or the owner’s name, or both. Many of us have created our own websites so you can book direct (like this one www.panbeachcondo.com).

Facebook
Try searching Facebook for the owner’s name, property name, or the area you’re interested in. Most owners have a facebook page for their property.

Fee-free sites
Try one of the new fee-free rental sites. We are listed on www.ECBYO.com and www.homeescape.com but there are lots more, too.

Just say NO to unearned service fees!

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Things to do in Panama City Beach – Race City

race city roller coaster

Do you want to ride the only roller coaster in Panama City Beach? Enjoy the beach views from the top of a ferris wheel? Or maybe just have some fun racing go karts? Race City has it all!

race city at night

During the summer, Race City is open 7 days a week, 11am-11pm. Prices for rides start at $4.44. More details are available on their website.

Located at 9523 Front Beach Rd, just about 15 minutes from PanBeach Condo.

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What’s Happening in Panama City Beach – Gulf Coast Jam

Gulf Coast Jam

Country music lovers rejoice! You can enjoy country music AND the beach over Labor Day weekend in Panama City Beach.

Here’s the line-up

Jason Aldean Gulf Coast Jam Panama City Beach

 

Friday, September 1:

Jason Aldean
Lee Brice
The Oak Ridge Boys
Darryl Worley
The Railers
Gal Frida

 

Little Big Town Gulf Coast Jam Panama City Beach

 

Saturday, September 2:

Little Big Town
Kip Moore
Dan + Sha
Colt Ford
Diamond Rio
William Michael Morgan
Muscadine Bloodline

 

 

 

Sunday, September 3:Luke Bryan Gulf Coast Jam Panama City Beach
Luke Bryan
Brett Eldredge
Granger Smith
Kane Brown
Them Dirty Roses
Pepsi Southern Original Winner

 

Location:

Frank Brown Park
16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy
Panama City Beach, FL

**Frank Brown Park is just about 2 ½ miles away from PanBeach Condo.**

For tickets and more information, click here.

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Where to Eat in Panama City Beach – Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant

sharkys panama city beach

Fresh gulf seafood and a beachfront view make Sharky’s a must-visit when you’re in Panama City Beach. Sharky’s was founded almost 30 years ago by Clark “the Shark” Bennett. It’s a PCB institution. There’s live music almost every night during the summer, as well as a playground for the kiddos! Open for lunch, dinner and drinks daily.

I recommend getting fresh seafood, because you’re on the gulf, after all. But if you’re not a seafood lover, they have lots of other options. Try the World Famous Shark Attack cocktail if you’re not driving! Kids meals are served on a take-home frisbee, which is fun.

sharkys restaurant panama city beach

Click here to check out the dinner menu.

15201 Front Beach Rd
Panama City Beach, FL

**just a little over 3 miles east of PanBeach Condo**

Depending on the time of day, sometimes it’s quicker to go up to Panama City Beach Pkwy and take that over. Make sure to check your GPS!

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Things to do in Panama City Beach – Airboat Adventures

Airboat Adventures alligator Panama City Beach

When in Florida, you have to see gators, right? Take an airboat ride with Airboat Adventures and tour the backwaters of West Bay, rivers, creeks and marshlands in search of native Florida wildlife. Included with your tour ticket will be admission to Gator Country, where you can see alligators up close and personal!

Prices for daytime airboat tour:
$33 for adults
$22 for kids 4-12
Free for 2 & 3 year olds
Not suitable for kids under 2

Get tickets online here.

Location:
6523 Hwy 79N
West Bay, FL

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Where to Stay in Panama City Beach – Splash!

Splash Water Toys

If you’re looking for the perfect family vacation, you can’t go wrong at Splash Resort! Located on the quieter west end of the beach, Splash offers everything a family could want. Multiple pools, a lazy river, a water park, and of course – THE BEACH! You can soak up the sun or enjoy the shade – whichever you prefer.

Beach view from PanBeach Condo

Our one-bedroom condo offers a comfy queen bed, bunks, and a pullout queen sleeper. Plenty of room for the whole crew! We are conveniently located on the 12th floor, which is high enough for amazing wide views, and not so high as to cause long elevator waits.

Please contact us for more information or to book PanBeach Condo for your next family vacation!

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