… in 10 Easy Steps
So you are planning a trip to the beach… Even better yet, Panama City Beach! This a beautiful part of Western Florida has some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the entire US and has been known to win numerous awards and be on the top list for some of the best beaches in the country. Why would you want to bring your entire family to Panama City Beach? Of course, it is also the Spring Break Mecca of the US and there are more spring breakers during April and May than any other time of the year so you might not want to bring the little ones during this time. Keeping that in mind, planning a family vacation does take a little bit of patience and organization. If you’re planning your family vacation to Panama City Beach here are 10 easy steps to take in order to have the vacation of a lifetime.
#1. Understand when to go.
Just like I previously mentioned about March through May being big spring break time, knowing when to go is really key to getting the best out of your vacation. If you’re taking little kids you don’t want to be bombarded by partying young people are students that might be inappropriate around your child. The better time to go to Panama City Beach with little kids is probably after June and before February. The nice thing about Florida beaches as they can be visited anytime of the year however, we do have some stormy seasons October through December. January and February make excellent times and because kids are still in school you might not find as many people at this time and get great deals on hotels and discounts on entertainment. May through October is also a great time but you will be visiting at some of the hottest times of the year so if you that heat, these are great times to visit.
#2. Know where to go.
Planning your trip is more than simply preparing to pack, buying the plane tickets and scheduling the hotel. Understanding everything there is to know about Panama City Beach before you go to make your trip that much more enjoyable. If you are a super planner, you can plan out entertainment, get great deals and Groupons ahead of time to use to save money along the way. If you’re spontaneous, it would be beneficial to have a list of items and places that you want to go and visit along with prices and hours of operation. So whether you’re going to plan your vacation or be spontaneous, you’ve actually planned for both.
#3. Check the weather forecast as often as possible.
We already talked about the best time to visit based on the weather so you need to decide when you want to visit Panama City Beach whether you’ll be prepared for. If you visit in January or February many of the swimming pools may actually be closed so check with your hotel on their usage even though it’s still warm and comfortable enough to use the beach. If you don’t like really hot weather, January or February might be great times to visit as it won’t be as hot and humid. June, July, August and even into September can get upwards of 90° or more, so you want to prepare, pack and plan for that weather as well. Hurricane season runs from about June 1 to November 30 throughout the US so this is also something to consider.
#4. Decide where you are going to stay.
There are plenty of vacation rentals and deals throughout Panama City Beach and some have great discounts on individual condominiums in timeshare hotels. Several resorts along Front Beach Road are individually owned by timeshare holders and went out there condominiums to vacationers during different times of the year. This is a great way to get a custom unit at a great deal. There are also hotels, motels, cottages and apartments to rent to decide where you’re going to stay and the benefits and amenities that you’d like to enjoy.
#5. Pack accordingly.
This weeks article was all about packing cleaning supplies, especially if you’re going to say in a condominium that doesn’t have daily cleaning needs. But items you’ll need for the beach include bathing suits, coverups, sandals or water shoes, T-shirts, sunglasses, hats, towels (although many of these condominiums come with towels), sunscreen, insect repellent, sunburn gel and a large tote bag for packing wet clothes and towels to and from the beach. You might also consider packing bottled water even though it may not be able to go in your carry-on on the plane.
#6. Consider traffic.
Are you driving to Panama City Beach or flying in? You want to make sure that you have transportation from the closest airport to your resort and transportation while you’re in town. You’ll also want to consider transportation to and from the airport from your home. Are you using a shuttle, parking or is a friend taking you? Plan accordingly based on traffic schedules for the area. Look at news briefs and traffic for Panama City Beach before arriving so that you don’t miss out on any dinner reservations or entertainment.
#7. Don’t forget to enjoy the day with your family.
If you are planner, chances are every moment is planned out accordingly but don’t forget to enjoy time with your family, rest, relax and enjoy the sunshine and peace and quiet.
#8. Schedule going and coming accordingly.
If you’re planning on flying out, depending on where you are coming from, you may have to deal with redeye flights, late nights or long days. Try to plan accordingly and not schedule anything the day of your travel. Most people like to leave in the morning but if you plan on leaving too early, there could be delays extending out your day. You might also consider time changes. If you’re coming from the West Coast to Florida, remember that there is a three hour difference so you might be tired, hungry or stressed by the time you actually get here. Try to have things planned ready to go or simply plan to relax as soon as you get here.
#9. Budget your vacation.
There’s nothing worse than getting home from your vacation to realize that you have melting credit card debt and a lot of bills that you’ve racked up on vacation. Try to plan a budget and then stay on that budget. Estimate a certain dollar amount per day for food, transportation and entertainment and then stay within that budget. If you go over one day consider cutting back the next so that you are not stressed after your vacation.
#10. Make sure there are entertainment choices for kids.
Depending on the age of your children you should sold in a resort that accommodates children their age level. If you have teenagers, a coffee shop, surfing lessons, jet skis and volleyball courts are often popular among teenagers. With smaller children, kiddie pools, wade or splash pools and video arcades are often popular. If there are activities that your kids can do without you it will leave more time to relax for you. Of course you want to spend time with your children but having activities for them as well make them feel special and that they are part of the vacation. Check out Romantic Things to Do in Panama City Beach
Whatever you decide to do on your vacation wonderful time and just a little bit of planning can make it even better. Start your vacation here for free by planning, organizing events, scheduling activities and entertainment.