Despite having slightly cooler winters than south Florida, Panama City Beach is still one of the top destinations attracting annual retired winter visitors (aka Snowbirds). A reason for this is Panama City Beach’s warm and caring hospitality.
On average, about 250,000 winter residents descend on Panama City Beach, helping the local economy throughout what is generally considered to be the slower season.
According to the Tourist Development Council, the snowbirds visit the area for an average of 71 days and spend approximately $7,600 (per couple). Local restaurants, golf courses, and shopping centers such as Pier Park welcome the support.
The area is particularly popular with Canadians, who tend to stay at the wide variety of condominiums in the area that feature heated indoor and outdoor pools, spas, kitchenettes, and senior-friendly elevators.
Various winter programs are put on for snowbirds, such as senior proms, dinner parties, card and games nights, and arts and crafts festivals. The area’s warm welcome and hospitality are what keep winter travelers coming back each year.
For more information on where you can stay, where to eat, and what to do during your Panama City Beach vacation, please visit www.panamacitybeach.com