5 Things You Absolutely HAVE to do this summer

Panama City Beach is filled with fun and exciting things to do all summer long. But we have hand picked 5 things you absolutely have to try. Make sure to watch the VIDEO at number 1.

5. Panama Dunes:

It cannot be denied: the addition of Panama Dunes on Panama City Beach has been an awesome one and if you haven’t experienced this 1/2 mile, 20 foot wide ocean side track, you need to do it this summer. Filled with exciting and extreme ups, downs, curves, and all arounds, there is simply no better place to take a break from the beach and still have a ton of fun. Learn More Here.

4. Miracle Strip at Pier Park

With new rides and the Butterfly Pavilion now opened, why wait any longer to experience what has been the rebirth of one of Panama City Beach’s most beloved attractions? Right now you can enjoy: Alan Hershel Carousel, Zamperalla Balloon Race, Big Eli Ferris Wheel, Alan Hershel Red Baron Planes, Eli Bridge Scrambler and the Selner Tilt-a-Whirl. Learn More Here.

3. Pier Park Summer Concert Series

Thursday nights, as the sun goes down on Panama City Beach, crowds are heading over to Pier Park to sit back and enjoy amazing music, great food and great friends at the Pier Park Summer Concert Series. The concerts are located at the Aaron Bessant Park amphitheater and the upcoming shows include; June 16 – Suite Caroline, June 23 – Boukou Groove, June 30 – Lee Griffin Band, July 7 – Heritage, July 14 – Heartbeat City. See the whole schedule here.

2. Morning Yoga on the Beach

If you need a break from playing and working hard on the beach and just need to relax, zone out and re-focus, you have to try Morning Yoga. It’s free for ALL AGES and levels and classes are at 10am on the beach behind Spinnaker Beach Club….every Friday…all summer long. You have no excuses.

1. Cooking with Chef Mike

I have experienced this and can tell you first hand, it is THE experience you have to have this summer. Unbelievable food, perfect atmosphere and a lesson from the master himself, Chef Mike Meek, this takes PCB to whole new level. Watch and learn as Mike prepares a four-course gourmet feast right in front of you. It is perfect for date night, girls’ night or a try-something-new night! Recipe cards are provided. Reservations are required. Learn More Here. Or watch the video.

Cox Pools Giveaway: Vita Spa, Kamado Joe Grill and Polaris Pool Cleaner [$6,000 VALUE]

Holy Fantastical Giveaway Extravaganza!  Cox Pools has lost their mind!!!  In celebration of their HUGE Grand Opening event, they’re throwing an enormous party with tons of cool things and a mega-giveaway. Cox Pools has been around for a long time in Northwest Florida and has long been considered the authority in pool construction, cleaning, supplies and backyard paradisiacal creation.

How to enter.

They are giving away a brand new Vita Spa, Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill and a Polaris 280 Automatic Pool Cleaner.  To enter, go to their Facebook page, Facebook.com/CoxPools, click on the tab labeled “Huge Giveaway” on the left, and enter your email address on the form.

Hint: you have to have Liked the page to see the form and you must be present to win.

About the prizes.

Grand Prize – Vita 4-Person Spa [$4200 value]

The grand prize is an amazing Vita Spa from the Cooperage line. This awesome spa features a sweet combination of barrier-free seating and a comfortable corner, bucket seat. This spa is also interior doorway compatible, allowing indoor AND outdoor use.  This spa is valued at $4200, it’s brand new and it’s really awesome.

2nd Place Prize – Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill [$800 value]

This awesome ceramic grill from Kamado Joe is the pinnacle of outdoor grilling awesomeness. Everything you put in this amazing grill is sure to be the most tasty and delicious delicacy you’ve ever sunk your teeth in.  Have you heard of The Big Green Egg grill?  This is essentially the same thing, just different brand.  This grill is valued at $800.  I’ve heard this grill makes the best food you can make over an open fire (or coals).

3rd Place Prize – Polaris 280 Auto Pool Cleaner [$1000 value]

This is the best of the best when it comes to automatic pool cleaners. One of Cox Pools’ most popular models, the 280 is compact, reliable and VERY good at what it does. They say they are giving this one away because “we know you’ll be happy with it for years to come.”  This pool cleaner is valued at $1000 and is considered the gold-standard in automatic pool cleaners.

Why the huge giveaway ?

Cox Pools is re-opening their showroom in Panama City Beach.  This showroom will be where you can go to get everything you need to make your backyard paradise.  In their showroom they’ll have a huge supply of patio furniture, grills, decorations and other things to make your backyard awesome.  In addition, you’ll be able to go there to shop for a new pool, pool cleaning supplies, accessories and decking.

The giveaway is to get you there June 18th for the Grand Opening event.

Of course, the giveaway is great, but what’s going on during the event?

Three workshops where the pros teach you:

  • Their tricks on how to balance your pool’s chemicals,
  • The secrets of grilling in a ceramic Kamado Joe grill (lunch follows!!!),
  • How to keep your spa like-new, ensuring years of enjoyment.

At the end of each workshop, they’ll give away the prize that’s associated with that workshop.

About the event – workshop details and schedule.

This is from the Cox Pools Facebook page.

When: June 18th, 2011
Where: Cox Pools Showroom – 12216 Panama City Beach Parkway (Back Beach Road), 32407
What to bring: Yourself, swim trunks, empty tummy (for lunch), desire to WIN
Cost: NOTHING – It’s free!

Water Chemistry 101 – 10:30 am – 30 minutes

In this riveting workshop, we’re going to teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know in order to keep your pool or spa’s water chemicals in tip-top shape. Having the correct balance of chemicals ensures you can use your pool when YOU want to, not when nature directs.

Awesome Grilling in a Ceramic Grill – 11:15 am – 30 minutes

You’re neighbors, The Jones, have one, you’ve read about them in Backyard Magazine, you’ve dreamt of one since last summer and you’d love to have one this summer. In this workshop we’re going to show you everything you need to know in order to grill up delicious, juicy meals in one of the most popular grills ever made. On the menu is a grilled pizza (yea, I know, it’s gonna be amazing).

How to Keep your Spa Like-New – 1 pm – 30 minutes

You’ve seen it before, you’ve heard the horror stories. Your friend gets an amazing new spa, something went wrong, they didn’t take care of it and it was never the same again. In this simple workshop, we’re going to show you everything you need to know in order to keep your spa in like-new condition for as long as you own it.

Pier Park Summer Concert Series Starts TONIGHT

Every summer you look forward to it:  chillin’ with friends, fresh salty breeze on your face, kids laughing and smooth tunes emanate from the amphitheater.  The 11 week summer Pier Park Concerts in the Park series begins tonight with Beach Mice.

The summer concert series is on Thursday evenings and starts at 7 pm.  They usually break about 8 pm for prizes and giveaways, the resume playing until around 9 pm.  In the past, they’ve rarely cancelled a show.

The series is located at the Aaron Bessant Park amphitheater.  Aaron Bessant park is adjacent to Pier Park – on the west side of the property.  Just follow the cars, music and people.

Summer Concert Schedule

June 2 – Beach Mice

June 9 – Rollin in the Hay

June 16 – Suite Caroline

June 23 – Boukou Groove

June 30 – Lee Griffin Band

July 7 – Heritage

July 14 – Heartbeat City

July 21 – Kevin Jacobs Band with Terry Brock

July 28 – Eric Lindell

August 4 – Bonerama

August 11 – Eric Heatherly

Local Businesses Boost Appeal with Webcams

LIVE – From Panama City Beach!

Thousands of families make their way each year, to the 27 miles of white-sand beaches of Panama City Beach, Florida. It should come as no surprise, then, that when those families’ return home, a little part of Panama City Beach is always in the back of their mind.

Now, thanks to a variety of enterprising Panama City Beach businesses, vacationers can satisfy their craving for a daily-dose of the “world’s most beautiful beaches”. Hotels, bars, restaurants, and even nightclubs are now broadcasting live, 24/7 video streams showcasing the natural beauty of Panama City Beach.

One example is the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort; a family-friendly hotel located directly on the beach. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from guests staying with us now, as well as those with reservations for later in the year”, said Patrick Hazard, general manager of the resort. “It’s another great opportunity to entertain our guests even when they aren’t here staying with us”.

If the old adage is true, and a picture really is worth a thousand words, the value of live video cannot be underestimated. With the summer season almost underway, and many local business owners hoping for a successful year – initiatives like these can only help drive tourism to the area.

Area webcams

Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort

Historic Grand Lagoon Cam

Spinnaker Nightclub

Pineapple Willy’s

Holiday Inn