Discover850 with us! We’ve included some of our favorite local spots to dine, jam, or play.
Delicious brunch spot and right across the street from one of our favorite beaches ‑ Rick Seltzer Park! This place has the cutest hippy vibes! With fresh flatbreads, soups, salads, and cold drinks, you don’t want to skip this one.
Hop on board for a stress-free day of fun. Rent one with your whole family or friend group for a day of swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and exploring! 🐠 When you return, the Salty staff will take care of all the rest so you can relax.
Rick Seltzer Park
This public park has sugar white sands, stunning emerald water, and is family‑friendly. Get your tan on, build a sand castle, or float in the ocean. When you’re done, there are outdoor showers to rinse off before you head back to your car.
Thomas Donut & Snack Shop
Drool‑worthy donuts in the cutest little shop located steps from the beach. If it’s a hot day you can cool off with some ice cream. Oh, and you’ve got to try those biscuits!
Shell Island White Sand Beach
Shell Island is a stunner! At times, you can find a secluded area on the island to park your boat. But on holidays it’s usually a floating party! If you don’t have a ride, you can rent a boat or catch the shuttle from St. Andrew’s State Park. A bonus is that you can find giant sand dollars and starfish on the ocean floor!
Swampy Jack’s Wongo Adventure
You can catch us whirling around on thrill rides, putting for a hole in one, and racing go karts at Swampy Jack’s! Local Tip: Tell the go kart attendants you want to try the Mario Kart‑style go kart race with power ups. It’s super fun!
Panama City Conservation and Wetland Park
Ahhh, nature at it’s finest. 🌱 We love exploring the trails and boardwalks the park offers. There are 12 different trails to choose from to keep things interesting. You can bike or hike, and even bring your furry friends! Keep an eye out for local wildlife like frogs and alligators.
Bayou on the Beach Cafe & Oyster Bar
Good old fashioned Louisiana‑style food with a beachy twist. Their oysters are to die for and you’ve got to try the Who Dat Shrimp! On the weekends, catch some local live music talent with your dinner!
There is so much to enjoy around the 850! What is your favorite local spot at Panama City Beach? Leave us a comment below and stay tuned for our next guide!