If the people are the heart of Panama City, then the water is its soul.

And there are numerous ways to tap into it. Panama City’s proximity to the water and its subtropical climate encourages year-round outdoor living with a wide variety of recreational beach activities. Casting a line for the catch of the day, paddling across the bay, and enjoying the views of a sunset walk are just some of the favorite pastimes here. There are plenty of fishing charter options for anglers to choose from, as well as boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals and guides. A short boat or shuttle ride away is Shell Island. It’s an uninhabited barrier island that touts warm days and calm waves.

Grab your flip flops and towel, pack that beach bag with sunscreen and plenty of water, and sink your toes into the soft sand of our beautiful shores.