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Within view of the Gulf Coast and 25 mintues from downtown Panama City
Cabana Cay sits on Front Beach Road, the main boulevard running along the Gulf Coast in this part of the Florida panhandle. Though a car is needed for sure in this part of the state, celebrated golf courses, kids attractions and some of the area's best beaches are all within a half-hour's drive. Cabana Cay is within walking distance of Panama City's white sand beaches, though it is not a short walk.
Panama City is a Florida family beach town with all that implies. The area is full of put-put golf, amusement parks, shopping, and the beautiful St. Andrews State Park. The park has the virtues of white sand beaches, nature trails and plenty of opportunities for water sports. Panama City also has a downtown area with more vintage charm than most similar beach towns. Downtown, one can find seasonal events and art shows as well as live music and shopping.
Cabana Cay is a bare basics condo-style resort in Panama City. The pool and outdoor spaces are large and attractive, but the view of the Gulf is interrupted by unsightly industrial space and another resort property. Cabana Cay lacks features like a lifeguard and a restaurant or pool bar. The condo scheme means that service is on the scarce side, but units do have full kitchens and washers and dryers. This basic but adequate resort is best for families or couples looking for value over service and a decent jumping-off point for the attractions of the area.