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Vacation on the quiet West End of PCB!
For families looking to have a fun, family-friendly Florida beach vacation for their kids, there is no better place to stay than on the quiet west end of PCB. With many kid-friendly resorts and attractions and far fewer high-rises, staying on the west end of Panama City Beach for your beach vacation is the best.
Plan Your Visit to West End PCB® - FAQ
West End Panama City Beach is the quieter side of the PCB area. On the west end of PCB, you'll find quaint, quiet communities like Laguna Beach, Santa Monica, and Sunnyside beaches and far less high-rise condominiums than on the central and east ends of Panama City Beach, FL.
It depends on the time of year that you visit. The spring break weeks in Spring are extremely busy, and over the summer months, all of PCB is busy. The west end of Panama City Beach has less highrises, and so is generally less crowded.
According to Panama City Beach government statistics, PCB has an estimated population of approximately 15,000, which increases to a peak daily population of more than 100,000 during the busy summer months. Each year approximately 4.5 million visitors come to PCB.
Source - PCBfl.gov
As a general rule, the beach up to the high tide line is public under state law. There are several dedicated beaches in Panama City Beach including the ones in Laguna Beach, Sunnyside and Santa Monica. These beaches are very natural and have no buildings, but they can only be accessed by homeowners in each of the respective areas.....so in that way, they are 'private' to the homeowners in those communities.
To avoid Spring Break crowds, avoid PCB during March.
To avoid intense heat and pretty much daily afternoon thunderstorms, avoid Late June through early August.
Panama City Beach, Florida has been the Spring Break Capital of the World since the late 80's. One of the reasons the city prohibits the consumption of alcohol on the beach during the month of March is to help deal with all of the Spring Break crowds. So, if you are not looking for a college Spring Break experience, you should avoid the central part of PCB in March. Staying on West End PCB is much quieter during Spring Break than is typical of the more populated areas of PCB.