Getaway at Pier Park - Part 1

                                                            

Pier Park, Panama City Beach's outdoor shopping mall extraordinaire, is a wonderfully designed project which translates to a unique shopping and dining experience. It is certainly much more than a “Wow!” to the credit of its developers as this massive complex is bustling with life and activity while radiating with bright tropical colored store fronts, decorated walkways with beautiful landscaping, palm trees, endless array of stores, restaurants, attractions, activities and more . . . so much more.

In its brief time, Pier Park has proven itself to be a main destination for the Panama City market as well as a one stop entertainment center for those visiting the Emerald Coast. At approximately 1,100,000 square feet of open-air commerce utopia, this beautiful Shopping Park has bright festive colors splashed artistically on a suitable canvas of impressive Caribbean Architecture. Now, if you can’t imagine just how large of an area we’re talking about, imagine nearly twenty five football fields grouped together, full of unique dining options, boutiques, specialty stores and an array of entertainment choices. All this comfortably designed to work together with a relaxing park atmosphere. You'll find yourself walking along, saying “Look at this!"  or "Look over here!" so forth and so on, and you'll realize that you biggest complaint is so many stores, so little time.

Located in the heart of Panama City on Front Beach Road and Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Pier Park is ideally located to serve the area's growing residential community. It’s the perfect evening getaway for the family, or to take a date, with restaurants featuring rooftop dining with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Just mentioning some of the restaurants at Pier Park are LongHorn Steakhouse, Back Porch Seafood House, Bootleg Barbeque and Guglielmo's Italian Restaurant. For the casual diner, new-to-market restaurants such as Hofbrau Beer Garden or Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Reggae J’s to Guy Harvey’s Grill, complete with Harvey’s distinctive marine and island art and decoration, where you can even get those great tee shirts just like the one I am wearing even now.

You can literally park the car and walk to several different places at night with live music and entertainment. Or, cut across Front Beach Road for a bit of sea breeze on the pier while as you look up and down the coast at all the stars, city lights and watch the lights of the boats go by. There is even a gas fireplace out front that served as an excellent conversation area and gathering place to watch the people as they mosey on by. It will truly make for a great day and evening spent walking through the park.