The middle part of Panama City Beach stretches from Highway 79 which runs north and south from the main front Beach Road north to Thomas Drive, or where State Route 30 turns and goes north to meet up with Highway 98.
This section of Panama City Beach contains some of the most popular activities, events, tourist attractions, restaurants and resorts.
These resorts include:
Probably the biggest shopping area in all of town resides in the middle section of Panama City Beach; Pier Park. This enormous shopping, dining and entertainment center stretches from Highway 98 to Front Beach Road. This iconic landmark is home to multiple restaurants, cafés, coffee houses, boutiques, modern conveniences, movie theaters and lots of entertainment. There’s nightlife as well as entertainment for the kids.
Pier Park has multiple restaurants, from quick bites to fine dining restaurants, ice cream, chocolates, coffee and more. If you’re looking for a sit-down dinner enjoy Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dick’s Last Resort or the Longhorn Steakhouse.
There’s also dozens of shops perfect for finding that souvenir or gift. There are multiple toy shops, University gifts, international decor, jewelry, home decorations, apparel and large department stores such as JCPenney, Dillards and target.
Pier Park also features a grand theater with 16 screens and a state-of-the-art theater system complete with IMAX and Real D 3-D movies and hits.
In addition, Miracle Mile is also located on Pier Park. This beautiful park is full of vintage rides and nostalgic amusement park entertainment. It’s open daily from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM and features vintage balloon rides, Ferris wheels and carousels.
There’s also volleyball courts, palm tree climbing exhibitions, a mirror maze, bungee rides and beautiful boardwalks along the beach. Pier Park is a location not to miss.
There’s also the historic downtown Panama City Beach, which is the center for business, financial services and government. Known as the sixth best small arts town in the US, Panama City Beach has several districts including the downtown area, the St. Andrews district, the Glenwood District and the Millville district. Main Street through Panama City Beach is one of the first designated Florida communities assigned the title of a “Main Street” in 1985.
Most of the action however is along Front Beach Road. You’ll find numerous resorts, restaurants and shops including Sharkey’s Beachfront Restaurant complete with beachfront tiki torches and life music.
Rent snorkeling equipment or jet ski equipment at the Beachfront Extreme Water Sports right along Front Beach Road on the corner of W. Gulf Blvd. Grab a shot of espresso right across the street at Starbucks and jump on your JetSki or paddleboard and enjoy a wonderful afternoon on the water.
From Nautilus St., East to Casa Loma hotel is a large stretch of pristine, unobstructed waterfront enjoyment. Take a long walk on the beach, get some sun or beachcombing and splash in the wonderful waves with several beach access points all along this long stretch.
Middle Panama City Beach is where most of the entertainment is however, all three areas of Panama Beach offer something different and unique for all visitors and guests. Check out all the resorts and condominiums in the middle section of Panama City Beach Florida.