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Where we stayed – Carillon Beach Resort Inn
We stayed at the Carillon Beach Resort Inn in Carillon Beach, FL for $189/night. Carillon is between Rosemary Beach and Panama City Beach – the perfect in between location! We contemplated staying at a La Quinta instead to save money ($105 vs $189), but I’m so glad we decided to spend the extra money on Carillon. The rooms at Carillon all have their own mini kitchens and a living room area with a view of the pond and access to the private beach. They even have their own shops and restaurant, and when you stay at the Inn you have access to whole community. This includes a resort pool, hot tubs, a beachside pool, and 7 different direct beach access points.
The beaches were beautiful all along 30a where we visited. Soft white sand and blue waters everywhere you look. These are definitely some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been to in the US. Panama City beach and the Pier are the more crowded areas, and Rosemary Beach and Carillon Beach are a little less crowded. And if you didn’t already know, Florida has some of the most beautiful sunsets (see below).
Panama City Pier Park
Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s main attraction. Here you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants and fun things to do. Shop at places like Target, Francesca’s, Victoria’s Secret and more. Grab dinner at Margaritaville, Buffalo Wild Wings or one of the many other restaurants. You’ll also find an Auntie Anne’s and Dippin’ Dots here! Want to get a better view of PCB? Take a ride on the giant SkyWheel for amazing views of the city. (We didn’t ride but we wanted to)!
Rosemary Beach & Alys Beach
Rosemary Beach is a more relaxed and sophisticated area. Here you’ll find a few restaurants along the main road as well as unique shopping destinations. The architecture of Rosemary and Alys beach is beautiful – clean white buildings with an upscale beach vibe. Rosemary Beach is home to the well known Pearl Hotel, a premier luxury stay.
To call this place a winery is kind of a stretch. Yes, they do sell bottled wine that they make. However there are no vineyards, no tables to sit at, and it’s not your typical atmosphere. This winery is a shop located in a small strip mall area. But I will say that their wine is AMAZING! They are the only wine company in the United Stated that puts pounds of real fruit (juice) into every bottle. Every guest 21+ gets a free tasting of 3 flavors plus a wine slush tasting.
We liked all the wines we tasted, but our favorites were the Blueberry Blue, White Gold (peach), Mango Mamma and Raspberry Reef. I also got a bottle of the raspberry slushie mix because DANNNGGG that raspberry wine slush was SO GOOD. Bottles are a bit pricey, ranging from $21-25 per bottle. Definitely worth the stop for all my wine lovers though! 🍷 You can shop their wines online here.
For all my foodies out there! There are a ton of restaurants in PCB and Rosemary Beach – you just have to know where to look. We drove around for 30 minutes on our first night trying to find somewhere to eat. If you’re in the Panama City Beach area, try Pier Park. If you’re in Rosemary Beach check out the main road in the Alys Beach community. We chose affordable food options as opposed to luxury dining. Here’s a list of the places we tried while visiting.
- Angry Tuna – Pier Park, Panama City Beach – Angry Tuna Website
- Thomas Donut & Snack Shop – Panama City Beach – Thomas Donut Website
- Pizza By The Sea Seacrest – Rosemary Beach – Pizza By The Sea Website
- Salty Sue’s – Panama City Beach – Salty Sue’s Website
- Summer Kitchen Cafe – Rosemary Beach, across from The Pearl Hotel – Summer Kitchen Cafe Website
Have you visited Panama City Beach or Rosemary Beach? If so, what was your favorite part? If you’ve never been, what would you most look forward to? Let me know in the comments!
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