Tips to Avoid Spring Break Crowds in Panama City Beach



Buckets of Fun &#169 Gary Bogdon

Buckets of Fun © Gary Bogdon

Florida Vacation Guide to Avoiding Spring Break Crowds in Panama City Beach

So you planned a family vacation for Spring Break to Panama Beach City and forgot it was student party central? Oops! Had enough of the late-night beach bashes, loud DJ parties and the Bikini parade? Want to escape crowds of partying college students? There are places in Panama City Beach where you’ll feel the peace of a beach holiday – you just have to know where to look! Check out our tips below:

Stay on the West End

In Panama City Beach, students congregate on the east end where all the action is, so avoid those beaches and hotels. If you want a quieter stay, book yourself into the Carillon Beach Resort, for example – it’s swanky enough that students won’t be able to afford it, and besides, it’s not their scene.

Dine High-End

Sure a high end restaurant might cost you more but it will be quiet! Students eat at buffets, fast food joints, all-you-can eat restaurants and any place that offers cheap beer, so avoid them! Try Firefly, for example, where Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined during their Panama City Beach visit.

Get off the beaten track

Only accessible by boat, Shell Island is remote enough that you’ll avoid the swelling crowds of students. Close to St. Andrews state park, watching surfers, wandering the sand dunes and picking up colorful seashells will be your entertainment on this barrier island. The park’s seasonal shuttle service takes you from the park to the uninhabited island (it resumes in March).

Hit the West End early in the morning!

At this time, the students will still be sleeping!

Tell us…

What’s your tip for avoiding spring break crowds?