Known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Florida panhandle, Panama City Beach has an incredible variety of things to do. If you’ve ever considered retiring to this area and wonder what all there is to do, I think you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised at the number of options out there for you.

It’s easy to understand why Panama City Beach is so popular considering the beautiful beaches and waters located there. It will simply take your breath away! If you’re not sure where to begin, let’s discuss some of the most popular things to do while retired in Panama City Beach.

St. Andrews State Park4 Great Things to Do When You're Retired in Panama City Beach

Possibly the most appealing aspect of Panama City Beach is – you guessed it – the beach! Stretching over two dozen miles along the Florida coastline, there’s a seemingly endless amount of beach to explore and enjoy. Arguably the most popular beach destination to explore is St. Andrews State Park. If you’re in the mood to simply stretch out on the beach and enjoy the sunshine and sounds of the crisp, clear water, you can do that. If you’d like to go out for a picnic with your spouse or grandkids, there’s plenty of elbow room to go around. Whatever suits your fancy, St. Andrews State Park has just what you need to blow off some steam and bask in the gorgeous environment.

Dolphin Sightseeing Tour

Another relaxing adventure you should consider is taking a trip out to the Gulf Coast on an hour and a half dolphin sightseeing tour. Setting sail in a catamaran from the Sheraton Bay Point, you’ll have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some cute dolphins while listening to some fun tropical tunes on the catamaran. You can also enjoy some complimentary food and beverages, including the signature “Footloose Punch.” There are obviously some COVID-19 safety guidelines in place currently to help protect people during their experience, but it’s still something you should add to your list! Reserve your spot here!

Scuba diving

If that spark of true sea life adventure is still in you, you should seriously consider scuba diving in the waters of Panama City Beach. Not only will you see different types of fish, but you’ll also see a shipwreck and different types of sea life below. You’ll want to make sure you have the right certification to dive and having your own equipment will save on some additional fees that would come with renting. However, there’s a lot to enjoy about this experience! You can find more information via Trip Advisor


Aside from sightseeing, scuba diving, and enjoying the beach, there’s a wide array of shops and stores to explore in Pier Park. If you like shopping at popular retailers like Target, JCPenney, and Dillard’s, you can find all that and more. You can also find plenty of local and national restaurants there as well. Stretching out more than 2 million square feet, Pier Park offers plenty of options if you just want to take the day and explore different stores. Find out more information at!

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