The Best Condos and Vacation Rentals to Book in Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach has miles of beautiful white-sand beaches
Panama City Beach has miles of beautiful white-sand beaches | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Mandy Mizell

Panama City Beach, resting on the Florida Panhandle, is the ultimate spot for a family getaway. The Emerald Coast delivers some of the best views of the Gulf of Mexico and is in proximity to natural escapes, such as St Andrews State Park. For a home away from home, settle into the comforts of one of these Panama City Beach vacation rentals – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Summit 1130, for photogenic fun

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The sprawling beachfront outdoor pool and whirlpool complex, with loungers and palms, at the Summit 1130
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The Summit 1130 offers an amazing view of the Gulf Coast from the 11th floor. The condominium complex offers outstanding amenities, with multiple swimming pools and hot tubs. Colorful surfboard showers adorned with painted sea turtles at the private beach access are perfect for rinsing off the sand – or simply a fun vacation photo opportunity. You don’t even need to leave the property for refreshments since there’s a tiki bar and a market on-site with coffee and snacks.

2. Villas at Sunset Beach by Forehand Rentals, for sunseekers

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A balcony overlooking the Villas at Sunset Beach by Forehand Rentals complex
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This beach house (with private access to the sand) is a stunner, with several outdoor spaces to make the most of the gorgeous Panama City Beach sunshine. Head upstairs to the wraparound porch, with partly shaded and full-sun areas; it’s ideal for taking in the tranquil breeze and sea views. The bright decor will invite you to relax after long days of sun-soaked adventures. Stock your favorite vino in the kitchen wine rack and enjoy a nightcap by the fireplace in the living room.

3. 5410 Gulf Drive by Forehand Rentals, for pool days

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This vibrant beach home has blue cladding reminiscent of the clear sunny skies in Florida. Inside, the decor is far more understated, with a nautical theme complemented by bright light, bringing the sunshine indoors. The best feature of the property is arguably the third-level balcony, which has a screened Florida room and an open-air sundeck. There’s also a private pool on the property, with in-water seating so that you can cool down from the sun.

4. Sands Street Homes by Forehand Rentals, for summer socializing

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A backyard with a private pool at the Sands Street Homes by Forehand Rentals
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Sands Street has two charming four-bedroom rental homes in Panama City Beach. Both properties are party-ready, with ample outdoor sitting areas, grilling facilities and private pools. The interior is delightful, with seaside furnishings in a pastel and white color scheme. One of the homes even has a marvelous mermaid-scale tile backsplash. The properties are in Miramar Beach, just outside the bustle of Panama City Beach.

5. 5508 Beach Drive by Forehand Rentals, for the whole family

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The bright dining room and kitchen at 5508 Beach Drive by Forehand Rentals
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This two-bedroom, one-bathroom vacation rental on Beach Drive comfortably sleeps six beachgoers. The coastal cottage decor has the inviting feeling of Old Florida hospitality. There’s a large fenced-in backyard, allowing a pleasant space for children to play safely outside. In Biltmore Beach, this spot has a prime location close to St Andrews State Park and St Andrew Bay.

6. Moondrifter 608, for taking in the sea air

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The blue-and-white living rooms leads to the balcony at Moondrifter 608
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Moondrifter 608 is a sixth-floor condo in Panama City Beach, right on the beachfront. To kick off your day the right way, take your morning coffee onto the corner balcony, furnished with a charming mosaic-patterned bistro table. Sliding doors take you into a generous, open-plan living area. You’ll have a view overlooking the communal pool, but the warm sea is just beyond and waiting for you.

7. 131 Kimberly Drive, for relaxing recreation

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The spacious living room leading to the patio at 131 Kimberly Drive
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This property on Kimberly Drive is in the adorable Gulf Highlands Beach Resort. The two-bedroom townhome has access to a community pool, a playground and tennis courts – if you (somehow) get bored of the beach. The spacious living room has a pull-out sofa sleeper, allowing the unit to accommodate six guests comfortably. The home also features fancy granite countertops and outdoor space with a patio table overlooking the pool.

8. Treasure Island 0110, for an easy breezy stay

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The exterior of the multilevel Treasure Island Resort with balconies
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Treasure Island is an upscale resort condominium complex with a stunning lagoon-style pool facing the beach, and this ground-floor condo provides easy access to it. Cool off in Liza’s Munchies Poolside Bar with a delicious daiquiri, a sandwich or seaside snacks, such as popcorn, giant pickles or smoked tuna dip. Who’s that looking up at your food longingly? The property is dog-friendly, so you’re welcome to bring your four-legged, food-obsessed friend.

9. Majestic Beach Resort T2 – 1606, for a luxurious vacation

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A pistachio-green bedroom at the Majestic Beach Resort T2 – 1606
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You may never need to leave this property at Majestic Beach Resort, with close beach access, an on-site restaurant and a shared lounge area. This three-bedroom condo offers the luxury of a spacious vanity and a large bathtub within the primary bedroom. There’s also a comfy bunk bed available if you are traveling with the kids. No need to head to the beach for sun-worshipping; you can bathe in the privacy of the gulf-view balcony outfitted with a lounge chair.

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