If you’re looking to hit a Florida beach with the family this summer, my recommendation is Laketown Wharf in Panama City. They offer that area’s best bang for your buck. With direct flights from Nashville on Southwest, your family can be body surfing, building sand castles or just relaxing on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches within just a few hours. This contemporary, soaring white Sterling Resort property sits at the center of the active Panama City strip, so it’s close to restaurants, shopping, and family attractions and is just a short distance from Pier Park and Frank Brown Park.
Laketown Wharf has five different pools, including a rooftop pool on the 10th floor and a kid’s pool, a fitness center, and a huge boardwalk that wraps around the lake on the property. There’s a cool light show to music each night in the center of the lake. We also loved the newly expanded porte-cochère at the front of the resort for loading and unloading luggage when those pop up storms blow in.
All of the 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condominiums have larger floor plans so there’s that feeling of being in a home rather than a hotel. The condos are beautifully furnished and decorated, featuring 32-inch flat screen TV’s in the bedrooms, and high-speed internet. Every balcony faces the water offering spectacular Gulf, Lake and Golf Course views. After our active days on the beach, it was lovely to watch the sunset from the 22nd floor balcony while enjoying a cold beverage.
This is my favorite Panama City stay when my family needs a few days on the beach. With renovations in progress, additions to this great resort will include a coffee café, an on-site restaurant, and a renovated pool cafe. Make your reservation now for a quick get away, or you can rent long term and stay awhile.
Laketown Wharf, 9902 South Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach, FL
(866) 695-8734; laketownwharf.com
—Janna Landry, Account Executive