Splash the dolphin mascot can bring kids milk and cookies, and tuck them in (for a fee)
Some complaints about thin walls
Families might want to avoid the property during spring break
This Holiday Inn Resort has an oceanfront location in Panama City Beach. There are many amenities here geared towards families, including the large kids' play pool, a game room, and Splash the dolphin mascot running around (and for a fee, even tucking kids into bed). Rooms are fairly typical for a Holiday Inn beach hotel, with fresh bedding, and convenient extras such as full-size fridges and microwaves; the balconies featuring gulf views are perhaps the biggest draw. Beyond attracting families, this hotel also has a reputation for spring breakers. The pool is a nice size and the beach has lots of comfortable lounge chairs. While there have been some complaints about noise and thin walls, the oceanfront location and affordable rates make this hotel a good pick in Panama City Beach.
In the busiest part of the Panama City beach strip
The Holiday Inn Resort is located on the eastern side of Front Beach Road. It is a short drive to most of the area's attractions, and though taxis are available, it is recommended that all visitors have a car as the area is not pedestrian-friendly.
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. The immediate area is also home to some challenging golf courses. Panama City also has a downtown area with more vintage charm than most similar beach towns. Downtown, visitors can find seasonal events and art shows as well as live music and shopping.
29-minute drive to NW Florida Beaches International Airport
3-minute drive to Shipwreck Island Water park
5-minute drive to Gulf World amusement park
9-minute drive to Holiday Golf Club -- a scenic, semi-private 18-hole course
9-minute drive to Pier Park
12-minute drive to the Museum of Man and the Sea
13-minute drive to fresh produce and ferry rides at St. Andrews Waterfront Farmers Market
16-minute drive to the Nicklaus course at Bay Point Resort -- one of the most challenging courses in the United States
18-minute drive to boating fishing and perfect picnic spots at St. Andrews State Park
18-minute drive to downtown Panama City
19-minute drive to Carillon Beach
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