2020 Travel to Panama City Beach: Latest Updates, Travel Tips & Things to Do


It’s not too late to plan your 2020 vacation to Panama City Beach. If you’re craving a beach getaway, a trip to the Emerald Coast of Florida might just be what you need. Our sugar-white sand beaches, pristine warm waters, and family-friendly attractions are calling.

Aqua Resort is located just off the popular stretch of Panama City Beach, offering direct access to Florida’s best beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy plenty of space to roam and nearby amenities and things to do when you want to do some exploring. But if you’re just here to relax at the resort, you’ll love Aqua’s pool deck and spa grotto, on-site fitness center, and poolside cafe.

Travel is a little different these days, and while there’s plenty of fun to be hand, there are also some things to keep in mind for your PCB vacation. Stay up to date with local restrictions, mandates, and guidelines for a safe and fun visit. 

4 Tips for Your Upcoming Panama City Beach Vacation

1. Bring Masks for the Whole Family

While the city of Panama City Beach has lifted its mandatory mask mandate, be sure to bring one with you just in case. Individual businesses may require one for entry.

2. Carry Some Hand Sanitizer

Bring along some hand sanitizer to carry with you while you’re exploring the town. While many local businesses have increased sanitation efforts, it’s helpful to have your own solution to bring to beaches and parks.

3. Keep Your Group Small

Groups are limited to 10 in public settings, so now's the time to travel with your close loved ones. Aqua Resort has accommodations for groups up to 8 guests.

4. Maintain Your Distance

When in public, be sure to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other groups.


Our beaches are open! PCB Beaches are waiting for you to enjoy. Relax on the beach and listen to the crash of the waves or take advantage of the abundant opportunities for water activities.

Bars & Restaurants

The restaurants and bars in Panama City Beach can now operate at full capacity for both indoor and outdoor seating. While some restaurants may require that you wear a mask until you get to your table, you won’t have to wear a mask once you’ve sat down. 

Attractions & Things to Do

As of October 15, 2020, many restrictions set in place throughout the state of Florida have expired or been modified. Attractions, theme parks, museums, and more have opened up or increased capacity in Panama City Beach.

  • Museums and Libraries are open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Retail stores are now open to 50 percent capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centers are open to full capacity.
  • Theme parks may also open up to normal capacity. 

Pier Park

Pier Park is one of the most popular destinations in Panama City Beach. Home to shopping, dining, a live music stage, IMAX movie theater, and more.

Shipwreck Island Waterpark Details

Spend the day in the water without the sand at Shipwreck Island Waterpark. This waterpark has all the classic waterpark activities, including a lazy river, wave pool, and plenty of waterslides to appease all thrill-seekers.

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park

Coconut Creek Family Fun Park features two mini-golf courses, a football field-sized maze, and more.

Zoo World

Zoo World is one of the best attractions in the Florida Panhandle. Home to 260 exotic animals, Zoo World gives you the chance to get up close with some of your favorite animals. Feed an alligator, pet a sloth, or hang out with some flamingos.

Spend Your Time Outdoors in PCB

Panama City Beach is home to beautiful beaches, nature preserves, and parks along the coast of Florida. Whether you’re looking for a place to explore or an escape from the hustle of downtown PCB, you’ll find a few great spots. 

Camp Helen State Park

Camp Helen State Park features biking and hiking trails, a coastal dune lake, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as paddle boarding, swimming, wildlife viewing, and more.

St. Andrews State Park

St. Andrews State Park boasts 5 distinct ecosystems within an untouched barrier island. The park features a boat ramp, kayak/canoe launch, picnic pavilion, as well as biking and hiking trails.

Econfina Creek Recreation Area

Econfina Creek Recreation Area is a little outside of PCB, but it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking to explore the nature of the Florida Panhandle. The park features 41,000 acres of land, 11 springs, and a 24-mile canoeing and paddling trail.


Panama City Beach and the entire Emerald Coast of Florida is home to several great golf courses for experienced golfers and novice players alike. You'll find lush, tropical landscapes, challenging fairways, and perfectly manicured grounds at the courses in Northwest Florida.

Plan Your Next Vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida

Are you ready for a beach vacation to PCB? Plan your stay at Aqua Resort for the ultimate tropical getaway to our beautiful beaches. Located just off the busy stretch of PCB, Aqua has all you could need in a vacation destination. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the resort or spend your days exploring the area. You can learn more about our updated cleaning proceduresget directions here, or contact our team for more information. Book your stay with us online and start planning your trip.

Published on Friday, December 9, 2022