6 Reasons Why You Might Want to Move, List, or Invest Along the East End of Panama City Beach
(Often called the Grand Lagoon of Panama City Beach)
1. Water Sports Are Made Easy on the East End
Water sports like enjoying a pontoon rental with friends, sailing, riding jet ski’s or taking your own boat out for a day trip to Shell Island are all easily achieved on the east end of Panama City Beach. Companies like Island Time and Paradise adventures offer several excursions on their catamaran with something for everyone from day tours sprinkled with dolphin sightseeing to sunset cruises with a cash bar. Personal boat storage is also made easy with multiple marinas such as Lighthouse, Treasure Island, or Pirates Cove Marina.
2. Panama City Beach Sports Complex
The new Panama City Beach Sports Complex at 50 Chip Seal Parkway is a GEM for both locals and visitors. State of the art facilities open around the clock provide multiple opportunities to book events, play softball, lacrosse, soccer, filed hockey, kickball, etc and is a fantastic site for travel team tournaments. Those with vacation rentals on the east end of the beach would be smart to cater to this demographic as PCB Sports Complex is expected to have the economic impact on the east end of the beach as Frank Brown Park did on the west end of the beach. Visit www.playpanamacitybeach.com for more info.
3. Prime Beach Spots with Plenty of Parking
St. Andrews State Park is a beautiful local asset for a beach day. Swim, snorkel or surf at the park which has access to the Gulf of Mexico on one side and on St. Andrews Bay on the other. Shuttles are also available to Shell Island during season. Plenty of parking, bathrooms, picnic tables with grill areas and serene walking paths all make the park a favorite spot to visit.
4. Yummy food served up by Local Restaurateurs
The majority of the locally owned restaurants are on the east end off Thomas Drive including delicious pizza from Panama Pizzeria, wings from Christos, Sunday brunch from Andy’s Flower Power, seafood and Cajun heaven at the sparkling new location of Dat Cajun Place, and some of the best pub food and local live music after a day at the beach at none other than Patches Pub and Grill.
5. Navy Base and Coast Guard Station
Besides the world class training facilities such as our dive school being an asset to our area and tied to our economic success in Bay County, having the navy base on the east end of the beach means there is always a demand for rental homes in the area, as many military families are wanting to find homes that offer them a short jaunt to the beach AND to the base. This is perk for those wanting more options for their home, if it’s not time to sell just yet, renting out to a military family is also a great option.
6. Convenient Location Means you have options!
Get to town or the beach in minutes. Enjoy the beaches off Thomas Drive at public access points like Rick Seltzer Park and the Grand Lagoon Farmers market on Saturdays or jaunt over to historic St. Andrews for their walkable streets and live music at places like The Taproom. Or perhaps you want to head over to downtown Panama City, also accessible by the Hathaway bridge in minutes! Not feeling the city? No problem…head westward towards the Shoppes at Pier Park or drive a little further west to-wards the beach towns of Santa Rosa Beach off the iconic Hwy 30A. Point being, nestled on the east end, you have options!
About the Author, Mia Nadeau:
Mia Nadeau, local Realtor with Beachy Beach Real Estate has a special connection to the eastern corridor of Panama City Beach. Before she took a leap of faith to move full-time to the beach in 2009, she had been coming to the PCB for years as her mother owned vacation rental condos in the area. This background has enabled her to guide families from a place of personal experience. Not only does she sell the beach lifestyle, she lives it too! On the weekends you can find her and the family on the boat at Shell Island or catching some sun and a cold drink at Flip Flops at Bay Point’s Sheraton Resort, where she says “The view is Flamazing!.”