As parents, I think we are constantly thinking about the memories we are helping our children make in the 18 short years we have before they branch out on their own. And, a lot of times, we fall on the sweet memories we made as children, in hopes that we can pass those onto our kids as well.
(Both pictures yours truly, late 80’s)
My family has enjoyed the sugar sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Panama City Beach, Florida since I was a little girl. Some of my most treasured childhood memories are wrapped up in that city. From building sandcastles for hours on end to pizza parties after the sun went down, I will forever remember the fun I had in that city throughout my childhood. So, when it came time to start building memories with our children, Panama City Beach was a natural choice. These pictures were taken on their beaches in fall of 2015, just months before our son was born. It was Emmie’s last little vacation as an only child, and we couldn’t have loved the experience more. We had the best time relaxing on the same gorgeous beaches I remembered from my childhood and dining/playing on fun carnival-style games at Pier Park.
That’s one of the many reasons we were devastated when Hurricane Michael threatened the area last fall. There are so many families and generations of visitors that have so many memories wrapped up in this area. Afterwards, many families (ours included) sent donations and well-wishes to the area and helped in any way we could to restore this source of so many great memories back to what we knew it could be. Fortunately, Panama City Beach was minimally impacted by the storm so it’s ready for visitors!
It’s time for you to visit Panama City Beach.
Panama City Beach has a packed calendar for this spring and is ready for visitors to return and make those precious memories again. The accommodations, restaurants, and activities that you all know and love are open and ready for business. There are experiences available for everyone and so many ways to make it yours. They have a great line-up of activities from spring into early summer that is made to entertain all ages!
- February 16-17: PCB Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
- March 1-2: PCB Mardi Gras & Music Festival
- March 6-9: Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car Show
- March 15-17: Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show
- March 22-23: UNwineD
- April 24-28: Seabreeze Jazz Festival
- April 26-28: SandJam
- May 1-5: Thunder Beach Spring Rally
- May 14-19: Jeep Beach Jam
- July 4: Real. Fun. Fourth.
The UNwineD event is one that sounds especially fun to me – March 22-23 at Aaron Bessant Park (just steps away from the beach), you can try craft beer, spirits and wine from around the world. It’s an award-winning event presented by Southern Living that will also feature renowned chefs from all over Northwest Florida. It will include a charitable aspect for first responders and all those instrumental at the EOC (emergency operations center) and will also be benefiting/working with World Trade Kitchen. Plus, some of the proceeds are also benefiting United Way of Northwest Florida. So have fun and benefit a good cause at the same time! What a great event to take in while you visit the Real. FUN. Beach.
My family can’t wait to book our next visit to Panama City Beach – there are many memories left to be made for both the Lamberts and so many others that started their journey on these beaches. I’m so glad to hear that it’s up and running, ready to make those many memories in 2019!
Now, “How Do You PCB?” Share your images, videos and stories of PCB using the hashtag #MyPCB on social media. By sharing your experiences about PCB you may be featured on the microsite and will have the chance to win a 2-night stay, dinner for 4, and 4 attraction passes! Happy travel, friends! And find out more about how you can plan your fun today.
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