Everyone knows that people love visiting Bay County, and it isn't a surprise that people love living in Bay County. Thanks to miles of beautiful beaches and coastline, countless recreational activities and southern hospitality, Bay County consistently ranks above the national average for quality of life.
With an average of 239 sunny days each year, residents enjoy many opportunities for outdoor activities. Championship and public golf courses, state and county parks for hiking, picnicking and just relaxing, enjoying the arts and entertainment of our cities, and the Gulf of Mexico and area lakes for fishing, boating and sunning. When work is finished, a world of living awaits for those who call Bay County home.
Pier Park North shopping center in Panama City Beach opened in 2014 and expanded the original Pier Park Lifestyle Center by 360,000 square feet. The new development includes many national retailers.
Panama City Mall features over 100 specialty stores and is surrounded by the Shoppes at Panama City anchored by nationally known restaurants and retailers. Downtown Panama City offers boutique shops, locally-owned restaurants, and unique experiences.
Culture and Events
With concerts and shows occurring year-round at the outdoor Aaron Bessant Park, local restaurants and the Marina Civic Center, there is always something to do. Panama City Beach is also gaining national recognition for its many outdoor events including the annual Seafood & Musical Festival which draws visitors from all over the country with its headliners and local seafood.
Friday Fest in downtown Panama City in Bay County’s largest street festival with over 200 show cars and 50 vendors that enliven the historic area on the first Friday of the month beginning in March and ending in November.
Bay County is also home to an active arts community. These events are held throughout Bay County. Bay Arts Alliance provides a complete list of events and venues throughout the year at bayartsevents.com.