6 Incredible Places For U.S. Snowbirds This Winter | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
2. Panama City, Florida
The entire state of Florida is known as a snowbird destination. The season starts in October and runs through April and is the perfect getaway for sun, the beach, and loads of outdoor activities. Panama City, in particular, has a pleasant climate, a thriving arts scene, access to one of the largest and deepest freshwater bays on the Gulf Coast, and is located in Northwest Florida, making it an easier drive to access. Many visitors, snowbirds included, return each year for the climate and locale but also for the town’s hospitality.
Water lovers will find plenty of activities to pass the winter months — sailing, boating, fishing. If you don’t own a boat, charter one with an experienced professional to take you out for a day of fishing or exploring.
There’s a vibrant arts scene, so you can spend the winter taking an art class, viewing exhibits, making pottery, catching lectures, or watching performances by the Panama City Symphony. There’s also a Mural Trail coming in Spring 2021.
You’ll want to spend plenty of time discovering the two historic districts, Downtown and St. Andrews. Take a self-guided walking tour to view buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places. While you’re downtown, stop for a history lesson and a craft beer at History Class Brewing Company.
Panama City is known for its oysters, so if you love these crustaceans, spend the winter sampling oysters in every carnation — baked, raw, fried, char-grilled, sauteed — at the 12 restaurants on the Oyster Trail.
Whether you spend the winter in a hotel or decide to go with a vacation rental on the beach, it will be a relaxing winter in Panama City.
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