A favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, Shell Island is an approximately 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island running east to west between the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Andrew Bay. Here you’ll find Florida at its most natural, where graceful sand dunes, coastal scrub fores, pine hammocks, and an inland lake provide the perfect home for deer, nesting shorebirds and all manner of coastal creatures, including ghost crabs and endangered species such as Choctawhatchee Beach Mice, piping plovers, snowy plovers, and loggerhead and green sea turtles. Book your Vacation today here at Sunnyside Beach & Tennis Resort today! We have great packages available for trips to shell island and dolphin tours as well.


Fodor’s article says Panama City’s “soft quartz beaches… are more beautiful than what you’ll find on most Caribbean islands and undoubtedly among the best in the United States.”

This is just one of the many recent honors for the Panhandle, from publications like the Orlando Sentinel and Chicago Tribune.

"We have a great story to tell "

Bay County Tourism Development Council Executive Director Dan Rowe

“We have a great story to tell,” Bay County Tourism Development Council Executive Director Dan Rowe said. “Panama City Beach is a great destination. We opened our doors for the first time back in the 30’s, and the people have been coming here for generations. We have been telling that story, but we have really been focused on, ‘How do we tell that story to a broader audience?'”

Other top destinations on Fodor.com‘s list include Romania, Barbados, Iceland and Paris.