Panama City Beach Date Ideas: 5 Local Picks for Couples

Growing up in Panama City was an experience I will never forget. Although I currently live in Gainesville, I often go back and take the opportunity to enjoy a lovely date night with husband. Luckily the grandparents always offer to keep our kids, so we can have a fun night out! Who would pass up a wonderful Panama City Beach date night?

Our most recent date was probably my all-time favorite. My husband planned the perfect evening. We started out having an afternoon together at Serenity Spa at Bay Point. This spa is one you do not want to skip when you’re in town. The staff was friendly, and the couples massage was to die for.

After our massage, we went on a pontoon boat ride to Shell Island. We loved walking hand-in-hand on the beach and spending time in the gorgeous setting. After Shell Island, we were ready for dinner. Our favorite place for dinner is the famous Captain Anderson’s Restaurant. We enjoyed sitting by the window, looking at the boats and enjoying our cocktails and dinner. I recommend Grilled Bay Shrimp for an appetizer.

My favorite part of any date is dessert! My husband kept surprising me, so we headed to Firefly. The creme brulee and chocolate martini were mouthwatering. Just when I thought we were heading home, we visited Pier Park to shop and play games at Dave and Busters.

This was truly a date I will never forget. Make sure when you spend one-on-one time with your significant other you try some of these places! I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Now you know where to go for a Panama City Beach date, read more about each place. Don’t have time to visit them all? No problem, all of these are top spots for couples and offer different experiences.

Serenity Spa at Sheraton

Located at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort, Serenity Spa features both a spa and salon. Make an appointment for a couples massage, or enjoy a glass of champagne in the whirlpool. Other services include body treatments, facials and mud therapy.

Shell Island

Escape the hustle-and-bustle of the city, and take a boat to Shell Island. This popular spot welcomes visitors to look for shells, take lots of stunning photos and relax with loved ones on the beach. The island is only accessible by boat, so guests should plan accordingly. Find everything you need for a day on Shell Island.

Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and Waterfront Market

This iconic Panama City Beach restaurant operates eight months out of the year (closed during winter months), and doubles as a dining spot and fresh fish market. Its menu offers fresh seafood, steaks, chicken and a large wine selection. Captain Anderson’s has also won numerous awards from Southern Living magazine, Wine Spectator and Florida Trend.


With a focus on indulging flavors, Firefly offers a casual but upscale dining experience. The restaurant opens for dinner every day at 5 p.m., and serves seafood, pastas, pizza, sushi and desserts. Firefly has also won awards from Urban Spoon, Wine Spectator and Florida Trend.

Pier Park

Packed full of shops and things to do, Pier Park ranks as one of the top spots for entertainment in Panama City Beach. Couples can browse their favorite brands and visit locally owned businesses for special treats and souvenirs. Before leaving, visit the amusement park, ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy scenic Gulf views. Read more about Pier Park.

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About the Author: Brooke Newell was born and raised in Panama City Beach, Florida. She attended University of Florida in Gainesville and currently works to help others achieve their home ownership dreams.