Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Panama City Beach, Florida: Shores of Panama

Are you looking for a perfect fall getaway? Well, let me tell you about our recent mini vacation! Our destination was the Shores of Panama located on the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach Florida! It was the perfect place to unwind and get our toes in the sand! Panama City Beach is a beautiful area known for their (white) sugar sand beaches and emerald water.
The Shores of Panama is a twenty-three story complex of condominiums. It is a stunning resort that has everything from an indoor pool, spa, health fitness gym, a kids activity room, a resort styled outdoor swimming pool retreat and more. It's steps away from the beautiful blue of The Gulf of Mexico and lots of entertainment!
Entrance from the street

When checking in you will be given valuable resort information that will help make your stay tranquil and carefree. There is a multilevel covered parking deck located on the north side. Elevators are located on either side of the parking deck on each level to give you easy access to your floor. These condominiums vary in size. You can choose from:

BedroomsBathrooms People
StudioOne Bathroom2
One Bedroom + Bunk BedsOne Bathroom6
One Bedroom + Bunk BedsTwo Bathrooms6
Two Bedrooms + Bunk BedsTwo Bathrooms8
Two Bedrooms + Bunk BedsThree Bathrooms8
Three Bedrooms + Bunk BedsThree Bathrooms10


Check-In time is 4:00 pm and checkout time is 10:00 am. Late checkout may be requested at the front desk on the morning of departure, depending on availability, and there may be an hourly charge for all departures after 10:00 am. Again please read all of the resort information given to you at the time of your check-in. If you stay more than one night, you will not be charged a room cleaning fee.

Master Bedroom

We had a one bedroom suite, with a king size bed, dresser, double closet and a single closet.  The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were smooth and soft. The furniture was white and it was a traditional design. There was a lot of storage in the dresser and the closets. A family would have plenty of room if they were staying for an extended time. Our bedroom featured a flat screen TV with DVD and I'm sure I would have curled up with a movie if I hadn't exhausted myself with all the Shores had to offer! As with most condominiums, remember that all rooms may be furnished and decorated differently. If you have special requests, you should contact the front desk before check-in.

Master Bath

The en suite had a tub and shower combination, commode and one sink. The bathroom was surprisingly spacious and I had plenty of room to get ready without bumping into walls or the shower curtain. The bathroom was also clean and well maintained. Thick, white towels were supplied. They were really soft and absorbent!

Master Bath
There are plenty of bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths for the two bathrooms. If you  happen to run out before the end of your stay, you will need to utilize the washer & dryer in your unit. I loved having a washer and dryer in the unit. Ordinarily, I wouldn't want to "work" while on vacation by doing my laundry. At the same time,  I also wouldn't want to carry home a suitcase full of sand. If you are there to enjoy the sand and water, you'll appreciate this little luxury. I don't think of sand as a souvenir I want to take home in my bags! If you use the laundry room, you will need laundry detergent and any other laundry items you usually use. We took some laundry powder that we measured into Ziplock bags. I was happy I did!

Off the hallway, a little nook housed the bunk beds. It was an open area, but the hallway offered some privacy. It's close to the second private bath, which is great if you have kids because they don't have to go far!

 The second private bath has a shower, commode and one sink. It's a great bonus feature and if you have a family, it would enable everyone to get ready for the beach or clean up afterwards without too much trouble. There are starter sets of bath soap in the bathrooms, but you will need to bring your own soaps, shampoo's etc. to have enough for your stay.
Open concept floor plan for the kitchen, dining and living areas.
The kitchen is furnished with full size stove, refrigerator (you have to turn your ice maker on when you arrive in the room), and a dishwasher.  Our unit included a set of dishes, glasses, cookware, utensils, coffeepot, microwave, toaster, kitchen towels and two packs of dishwasher powder. I think we had enough glasses and plates for eight guests. You need to furnish any extra dishwasher powder, dishwashing liquid, and paper towels, along with any food, coffee, and drinks. There are trash chutes at each end of the building near the stairwells.  It's requested that you do not leave any trash in the unit or the hallways, and you are to bag and dispose of all trash using the trash chutes when you leave. Since they are so conveniently located, it's an easy task to handle on your way out. 

The living room  area has a dining table and chairs, a pullout sofa sleeper and a matching chair. There is a flat screen TV with cable and a DVD player in the living room. The Shores of Panama offers complimentary in-room hard-wired Internet service and wireless service available at the poolside. The end of the living area is totally glass with sliding glass doors from floor to ceiling,. This gives such an awesome view of the ocean from the living space. When you are out on your balcony, you will enjoy the most beautiful sunsets you could ever imagine.  We sat outside and watched dolphins and rays in the shallows. It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon!

 Standing on the balcony outside, as far as we could see to the left and right, were views of gorgeous sand and emerald water. We looked straight ahead and only saw an endless sea. There are many eateries, shopping areas, and entertainment located within walking distance to the Shores of Panama. Pineapple Willy's is right next door too! It was a nice treat to be able to leave the car parked and walk (easily) to so many places!

While you enjoy your stay, check out their Spa! They offer a wide range of services and will personalize your treatment!

  • Neck, Back & Shoulder
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Foot Rescue
  • Body Butter Massage
  • Duet Massage
  • Ultimate Massage
  • Exotic Stones
  • Golfer’s Massage


    For a change of pace or an alternative during inclement weather, guests have the luxury of a heated pool and hot tub indoors. It's located on the first floor.

    The kids activity center (pictured above) is located on the third floor designed to keep young minds occupied with fun and entertainment. Moms and Dads deserve personal time to relax in the Spa, play a round of golf, or just soak in the hot tub. The Shores of Panama has a professionally trained staff that will ensure that both children and adults optimize every moment of their vacations. The Kids Activity Programs include lessons, crafts, games and events. The program runs seven days a week during the summer months. To keep little ones engaged and excited about the next day’s choices, the activities schedule of events changes daily!

    The Shores of Panama has preferred access to a breathtaking golf course. The 27-hole Hombre Golf Club is just minutes from the beach. You can contact the Hombre Golf Club for fees and rental information.

    The Shores  also offers a state of the art health and fitness area located on the third floor which includes treadmills, elliptical machines and the other side of the room has weight machines and other fitness equipment.

    In the middle of the complex and on the beach side is an amazing outdoor oasis with a resort style outdoor swimming pool that circles an island like area with palm trees. Bridges connect the island to the outer perimeter of the pool and hot tub. The Shores at Panama boasts 13,966-square-feet of decking surrounding a 292,000 gallon lagoon pool that flows beneath two bridges. I honestly couldn't decide if I wanted to spend the day at the beach or pool. This was amazing and the beauty of it all is enough to wash  most of the stress from your body! The the gulf-side hot tub, tucked behind a stacked stone privacy wall, will take care of the rest.

     The pool deck boasts several areas of luxury furniture including lounge chairs, bar stools, daybeds and cabanas. It's a warm weather wonderland and you'll never want to leave. The Cabana Grille and the Sol Bar are located in this outdoor area. 
  • The Sol Bar – A shady oasis that graces the pool deck, the bar offers frozen drinks, specialty drinks, beer, wine, soda and water for a relaxing cool down.
  • The Cabana Grille – Located on the glorious pool deck of the Shores of Panama, the seasonal tiki hut grill offers a wide variety of delicious appetizers, sandwiches, salad, pizza and hot dogs to gratify your hungry beach appetite.

  • You can grab a drink and a bite to eat then soak up the rays of the sun or watch the afternoon fade into a beautiful sunset. You and your family will want to enjoy this area for hours.

    This is an absolute wonderful place to stay and relax. Whether you choose to stay in your room (with a view), take a dip or lounge in the resort pool area, or enjoy any of the other adventures around the Shores of Panama, just know you will HAVE FUN!

    Disclosure: We were given a stay in exchange for this review. Only honest opinions given and a favorable review was not required. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions!

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