The Best Beach Hotels to Book in Panama City Beach, Florida

Pull up a pool-side lounger at the Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach for bliss-filled afternoons
Pull up a pool-side lounger at the Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach for bliss-filled afternoons | Courtesy of Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach - Oceanfront / Expedia
Imani Bashir

Waterparks, fishing points and the entertainment at Pier Park are just a handful of the vacation-friendly attractions at Panama City Beach. But it’s the Gulf of Mexico coastline that takes center stage in this northwest Florida town. Combine trips to the sands of St Andrews State Park and Shell Island with a stay at one of these top beachfront hotels and places to stay in Panama City Beach, all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, for fun family getaways

Chain Hotel, Resort

Indoor dining area overlooking the ocean with many tables and various rattan seating at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
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Traveling with children? The Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach is your perfect family stay. Here, you’ll find fun things to do for all ages. Kids can splash around at the on-property Aqualand waterpark, which has slides and lazy rivers. Adults can hop into the large hot tub, or indulge in the spa, which offers massages, facials, waxing and more.

2. Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach - Oceanfront, for panoramic views

Chain Hotel

Suite with sea view balcony, kitchen, seating area and dining table at the Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach
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If modern luxury is your thing, this Radisson will give you that and more. Opt to stay in one of the penthouse suites, where you’ll hear crashing waves while you soak in your in-room hot tub. A kitchenette means you don’t have to eat out every night. Although, if you want to, the Barefoot restaurant serves Floridian cuisine – the grilled grouper tacos and shrimp po’ boys are not to be missed.

3. Carillon Beach Resort Inn, for a pet-friendly stay

Resort, Hotel

A long outdoor pool, complete with an accessible lift, flanked by palm trees at the Carillon Beach Resort Inn
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You’ll forget you’re in Florida at this ocean-facing hotel in Panama City Beach; a charming central plaza and wrought-iron balconies overlooking the sea will make you feel like you’re on a Caribbean island. Whether you plan on reading a book by one of four pools, or playing tennis in the sunshine, the theme of this property is relaxation. Note: pets are just as welcome as their owners.

4. Beachcomber by the Sea, for shopaholics

Hotel

Outdoor pool flanked by palm trees with seating area at Beachcomber by the Sea
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Direct access to the beach? Check. Tiki bar? Check. Complimentary continental breakfast? Check. Need more? This classic Panama City Beach hotel also has a waterfall pool and Gulf-facing hot tub. When you get restless, Pier Park is just a few blocks away, home to 124 shops, a giant IMAX movie theater and a bevy of restaurants. Head to Margaritaville for a frozen tequila cocktail or Longhorn Steakhouse for a prime cut.

5. Comfort Suites Panama City Beach, for wallet-friendly accommodation

Chain Hotel

Two double beds in guest room at the Comfort Suites Panama City Beach
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Comfortable, spacious rooms with warm lighting characterize this budget hotel on Richard Jackson Boulevard. Start the day right with a complimentary grab ‘n’ go breakfast. Edgewater shopping mall and Rock’it Lanes bowling alley are within a 10-minute walk, while Hombre Golf Course is a five-minute drive away. On return, cool off with a dip in the outdoor pool.

6. Holiday Inn Club Vacations Panama City Beach Resort, for pure entertainment

Resort, Chain Hotel

Double bed in guest room with seating area at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Panama City Beach Resort
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Need a hotel to entertain the whole family? The Holiday Inn Club Vacations has a well-stocked games room that offers pool, Xbox and ping pong. In addition, it has team-style activities such as scavenger hunts, bingo and trivia. After a day of play, kick back in your one- or two-bedroom villa, which comes with a full kitchen and sleeper couches for little ones.

7. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Panama City Beach, for a central location

Chain Hotel

Lounge with sofas, bookcase and fireplace at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Panama City Beach

This convenient hotel is not only minutes from the beach, it’s also surrounded by shops and restaurants – from sushi at Hibachi Express to buffalo wings at Zaxby’s. ZooWorld, Shipwreck Waterpark and Ripley’s Believe It or Not are all within a five-minute drive. Don’t forget to save room for the free cookies and coffee in the lobby, before you retire to your comfy suite which sleeps up to four people.

8. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Panama City Beach – Beachfront, for resort-style luxury on a budget

Chain Hotel

Sun deck with loungers and pot plants overlooking the beach at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Panama City Beach

With a lazy river, sweet sun terrace and indoor and outdoor pools, you’ll be hard-pressed to actually go to the beach at this budget hotel. Thankfully, the sandy shoreline is steps away, so you won’t have to travel far to get there. When the sun goes down, pick up a sunrise cocktail from the poolside bar, topped with a tropical flower. Need a cure for alcohol-induced misery the next morning? The complimentary Express Start breakfast will see you right.

For a luxurious stay, check out our guide to the best luxury hotels in Panama City, Florida, bookable on Culture Trip.

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