Welcome Winter Guests – Pick up your SunCard

Jack Frost is here, and winter has been fiercely nipping at our heels the last couple days.  With literally freezing temperatures the last few nights, it’s been rather unpleasant and just flat cold.  But, this time of year doesn’t typically lend itself to this type of weather.  Normally it’s a warm upper 50’s during the day with clear blue skies, crystal clear water and (as always) crystal white sand.

The aforementioned description is why our northern friends flock to the beaches in the winter.  When it’s a cool (by our standards) 50’s here, in many cases it’s a frigid single digit number where our guests call summertime home.  Our moderate temperatures bring them down here in droves, and they help keep our area alive during what some may call the “off-season”.

Every year, the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau brings forth the SunCard program, where Snowbirds, as their called, can register to receive “discounts and values” to varying places on Panama City Beach.  This offers a sort of incentive for our winter residents to not only come here, but pull out their pocket book while they stay.  In addition to the area-wide discounts and values the card gets you, guests can also take advantage of Winter Resident Appreciation Days.

Here is the full list of businesses that are offering varying discounts.


  • Days Inn Beach
  • Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort
  • Laketown Wharf
  • Mainstay Suites
  • Oaseas Resorts
  • ResortQuest
  • Sterling Resorts


  • Calypso’s Beach Cafe and Sports Grille
  • Captian Anderson’s Dinenr Cruise
  • Fatty’s Sandwich Shop
  • Firefly
  • Flamingo Joe’s Grill
  • Guy Harvey’s Island Grill
  • Hofbrau Beer Garden
  • Kilwin’s Chocolates and Ice Cream
  • Mike’s Diner
  • Saltwater Grill
  • Smoke N Butts Bar B Que
  • West Bay Seafood


  • Bay Point Resort’s Gulf Club
  • Hobre Golf Club and Resort Collection
  • Royal American Nature Walk Golf Course


  • Gulf World Marine Park
  • Pirates Island Adventure Golf

Here is the full press release.


PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL. December 8, 2010 – The winter guests have begun their arrival to the REAL.FUN. BEACH.  They have been greeted with mild temperatures, sunny days and lots of festivities.

Beginning December 17, the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau will show appreciation for the arrival of winter guests by providing a 2010-2011 SunCard which features discounts and values to each resident guest who registers with the Panama City Beach Welcome Center on or after December 17.

“It’s really a great time to be in Panama City Beach, “ explains Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We encourage everyone to travel this month to visit the sugar white sands and turquoise waters this holiday season.  It is a very festive time of year. We want everyone to extend their stay after ringing in 2011 to enjoy the special events and values that are being offered by our lodging partners and merchants.”

Winter residents are invited to enjoy the sponsored Winter Resident Appreciation Days:  December 17, January 7, 14, 21 and February 11 & 18 hosted in the Panama City Beach Visitor Welcome Center from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. located at 17001 Panama City Beach Parkway.  The events this year are being offered in partnership with the presenting sponsor of Gulf Coast  Medical Center, GCMC.  Hospital staff including clinicians will be on hand checking blood pressure and providing additional information on services.  Light refreshments will be served.

Other Panama City Beach Sponsors are:

  • Oaseas  Resorts
  • Sterling Resorts
  • Gulf World  Marine Park
  • Breaker’s Restaurant
  • Counts Oakes  Resort Properties
  • ResortQuest
  • Beachside Resorts Realty
  • Laketown Wharf
  • Calypso Beach Café
  • Captain Anderson’s Marina
  • Emerald Coast RV Resort
  • Blue Heron Gifts
  • Robin Mixon Properties
  • Bay Point Resort Golf Club
  • Suite Hospitality
  • Panama City News Herald

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