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Panama City Beach vs Destin?

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La Marque, Texas
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Panama City Beach vs Destin?

What are the positives and negatives of each location? Which is the better choice for a family of 7?

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1. Re: Panama City Beach vs Destin?

Hi !! I've never been to Destin .. But I think it's a little more upscale than PCB. I love PCB !! It's not upscale but not a low class place either, we are a working class family & we fit it perfectly !!! We stay at Aqua which is very nice.. I prefer the West end of PCB.. There is lots to do..Pier Park is wonderful !! Lots of places to eat & shop .. Good luck ..I hope you find the perfect place for your family!!

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I've been to both Destin and PCB. I really didn't see much of a difference between the beaches. Destin is a larger area. I liked them both but our family prefers PCB. I've read reviews that Destin is more family oriented and PCB is more a party area. That's not true, you see all walks of lives wherever you go. My family enjoyed PCB this summer and we are returning in the fall.

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3. Re: Panama City Beach vs Destin?

We go to both. They both have the same beautiful water and white sandy beaches. Destin is a little more "upscale" but the downside of that is I have found the condos more expensive and many of them are across the street from the beach. PCB has a large selection of beach front condos and many fairly new ones. When we go to Destin, we try to go with other families and rent a house. In my opinion, PCB has more for children to do even though I think Destin is starting to try to provide more children's entertainment such as a new pirate cruise. You won't go wrong with either one!

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4. Re: Panama City Beach vs Destin?

This is a personal preference, but I like PCB better than Destin. I think PCB has a lot more to offer visitors of all ages. summer53 is right about condos being across the street. I noticed that too when I visited this past February.

I agree with LesiRN too. I can relate more to PCB than Destin. Destin always strikes me as an 'upscale' area for some reason. I just feel PCB is more casual, if that makes any sense.

I've been to PCB enough times now that I know where I'm going and where all of the good restaurants are. In Destin, I still have to rely on websites to tell me where the good places are!

But, if you do choose Destin, you'll have a great time. If not, just drive over to PCB - it's not that far of a drive! :)


Edited: 27 July 2012, 21:42
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