Your feet are firmly planted in the freshly hewn grass, head statuesquely still, eyes fixated on your intended target. Your hands circle back, rear elbow firmly at your hip. As you reach the apex of your swing, you thrust your hips forward, releasing your arms as every muscle in your body works in unison to powerfully guide the club toward impact with the dimpled white orb resting on the wooden tee in front of your balanced stance. A sweet, welcomed “thwack” echoes back to you from the towering palms and thick mangroves lining the fairway. You freeze your follow-through, mimicking the tour players you idolize. Your eyes find the small white sphere in the vast blue sky and you follow it as it falls back to earth, bounces a few times, then rolls leaving an emerald trail in the morning dew. You return your driver to your bag and a smile forms on your lips as you walk to your awaiting ball. Steely and readied, you begin your backswing on your next shot. Just as you begin to explode into the ball, the alarm clock sounds and awakens you from your slumber, informing you that you are—unfortunately—not enjoying the round of your life…yet. You are, in fact, in one of the fine hotel rooms in Panama City, Florida. After an invigorating shower and a revitalizing cup of coffee, you’ll be on the course, making that dream a reality.
What Are the Best Places to Stay in Panama City?
When deciding where to stay in Panama City, you’re never going to be too far from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico…or the professionally designed golf course that equally tempts and taunts you in your dreams. Still, just like in real estate, location does matter. Here are two of the best locations to find hotels in Panama City and a few properties we recommend.
Along the Gulf
There is nothing quite like walking out of your hotel and making your way to the refreshing, calm waters of the Gulf. Crossing seagrass-crowned dunes and leaving a trail of footprints in the sand somehow becomes a daily reminder that while your footing may be unsure, you trust yourself to always move in the direction of great things. The golden sun shines down through the blue sky above—its heat serving double duty, urging you to take a dip and warming you when you are back on dry land. You have arrived and these hotels helped get you there:
- Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort by Resort Collection: As the only full-service resort in Panama City, Edgewater offers an extensive menu of amenities that includes a 9-hole executive golf course, 11,500 square foot lagoon pool, on-site tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a world-class day spa. Guest suites are well-equipped with full kitchens, laundry facilities, and deluxe bedding—helping you create a home away from home.
- Beachside Resort: Classically cool and timelessly trendy, the Beachside Resort offers the opportunity to relax atop the sugary strip of sand. In addition to the breathtaking views of the Gulf as it touches the horizon, guestrooms offer flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, and contour mattresses that will make you think you are floating on a cloud.
- Legacy by the Sea: The views from your balcony in this high-rise hotel are unparalleled on the Florida Panhandle, offering equally expansive views of either the Gulf of Mexico or West Bay. As tempting as the powdery sands of the Gulf can be, so are the nearby shops, boutiques, and art galleries. After a long day soaking up the sun, drift into dreamland in your well-appointed Jacuzzi suite featuring high-definition television, custom bedding, and a full kitchen.
As enticing as a stay on the Gulf may be, some of the best Panama City hotels are located off the beach and on the waters of Saint Andrew Bay, Grand Lagoon, and West Bay:
- Bay Point Golf & Tennis Club: With two championship golf courses (one of which was designed by Jack Nicklaus’s course architecture team), you won’t have to go very far to bring your long-drive dream to life. After chasing par and avoiding the sand traps on the painstakingly manicured links, treat your foursome to another round—this time of the liquid kind—at Club 19, the resort’s acclaimed eatery. Once your day on the course is complete, sleep well in your King Villa as the sound of the bay gently lapping against the docks soothes you to slumber.
Let Travelocity help you book your stay at one of the best destinations on the entire Gulf shore. You’ll find a large selection of cheap hotels near Panama City, upscale resorts on the beach, and luxury accommodations in Bay Point and throughout the area. You’ll save a lot of money, too. Maybe not enough to buy a new set of clubs for your next golf adventure, but certainly enough to buy the obligatory round of drinks for everyone at the bar after you hit that hole-in-one that you’ve always dreamed of.