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First time Snowbirds not sure where to stay??

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First time Snowbirds not sure where to stay??

My husband and I are driving to Panhandle area Jan 15 - Mar 9/13 but don't know where to stay. We would like a more upscale place with oceanview, close to restaurants etc but not too busy of an area. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: First time Snowbirds not sure where to stay??

I would suggest any of the beach communities along 30-A: Seaside, Seagrove, Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, etc. The area as a whole is lovely, with excellent shopping and dining and low crowds. I would avoid Destin and Panama City Beach, which are much more built up.

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2. Re: First time Snowbirds not sure where to stay??

Thanks for your reply! Is Destin and Panama City Beach very busy during the time we will be in that area? (Jan 15 - Mar 9) Thought we might escape the spring break crowd if we left in early March!?

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3. Re: First time Snowbirds not sure where to stay??

Panama City is not busy at all during those times. I just came back from there last weekend, and it is very quiet. My parents spend 30 or more days at a time during the winter in Panama City and love it. I will be there off and on for the next 30 days, and I expect it to be quiet (except for bike week this week). If you want to stay away from all the hussle and bussle (which won't be much at all) stay out toward PC Beach or Laguna.

Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola are nice as well.

Do you plan on renting a house or staying in an extended stay hotel? Try to stay on the beach if you can, so you can have immediate beach access rather than walking to it.

Again, I will be down there, so you can message me if you want mo to look at something.

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4. Re: First time Snowbirds not sure where to stay??

The winter is the offseason in the Florida Panhandle which makes it wonderful for the snowbirds!

Have you considered Cape San Blas, FL. It's about 50 miles to the E of Panama City. No high rises or commercialism, just miles of beautiful beaches.

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