If Panama City Beach is like a second home to you, then you know that this time of year is THE BEST time of year to come to the beach. Very little crowd, excellent weather and warm gulf water is extremely inviting–it’s even making my mouth water and I live here! If that pesky little thing called school didn’t get in the way, this time of year’s popularity across the board would rival summer!
Fall weekends at the beach are greeted with events, great weather and super low accommodation rates, so if you haven’t planned your trip for this weekend, beleive me, it’s not too late. Pack your swimming suit, check our rental availability calendar and head down!
1 – Amazing weather.
Fall at the beach is super special because we have consistent 80 degree days and 60 degree nights. Warm enough to swim in the pool or take a dip in the gulf, this time of year is so perfect.
Panama City Beach this past summer had tons of rain. It felt like it rained almost every day! Many of us locals were grateful for the water, but I know the tourists were asking us to do anti-rain dances. 🙂
For about the last 3 weeks, the days have been clear and we’ve been blessed with deep blue skies, emerald green waters and flat seas. When it is like this, swimming in the gulf is like swimming in an enormous salt-water swimming pool. It’s a blast to play with the kids in the smaller surf or just relax in the water and let the salt soak in and sun rays warm your body. It’s therapeutic, really.
This weekend, the weather is very promising with daily highs in the mid to upper 80’s, sunshine and lows (at night) in the mid to upper 60’s. Wind is predicted to be very low which will ensure flat surf, keeping the water clear and beautiful.
Yesterday afternoon I was hanging on my back deck with my mom and we were commenting on how perfect it felt outside. Not too hot, nor too cold. Just perfect.
2 – Cheap accommodation rates.
When school’s in session, it’s no secret that the beach slows down a lot. Travel schedules are limited and demand for beach rentals goes way down. With that, with the natural principle of supply and demand, accommodation rates come way down too. In many cases, the cost of getting into your favorite condo or beach home is half what it cost in July, sometimes less!
For example one of our 1 bedroom 2 bathroom condos in Sterling Breeze would normally cost around $522 for three nights in July, but right now, it’s just $89 a night. And properties all up and down the beach are negotiable just to keep some revenue momentum up through the end of our fall season.
When I’m shopping around using VRBO, I always just send inquiries through with an offer of what I can afford to pay at that time and many times I find several that are willing to work with me.
3 – Have the beach to yourself.
With travel demand down this time of year, much of the beach’s attractions and amenities are slower than they are in the summer. This means fewer lines, shorter wait times and less traffic. You’ll be surprised at how many people are still coming to the beach, but the sheer volume is definitely much less than summer time.
There are many local businesses that close their doors in the off-season, but for them that doesn’t come around until after October is over. This time of year is amazing because all the perks of summer attractions still exist, but with far fewer crowds. Grocery stores are easier to shop at, parking is easier to find and the beach itself is less crowded so you can find your perfect spot.
Summer at the beach is great, but us “locals” know that fall is the best time of year to come. Amazing weather, cheap rates and fewer crowds make this time of year in Panama City Beach the perfect time of year to make a quick weekend trip to the beach.