Panama City Beach Vacation Rental

Best Food Truck and Seafood in Panama City Beach!

A trip to Panama City Beach is not complete without a stop at Finn’s Island Style Grub, home of Finn’s original fish tacos. Their yummy food includes Finn’s original tacos, burritos, island style nachos, quesadillas, wraps, and my favorite – ceviche. The fish is always fresh, so the type of fish on the menu may vary day to day. My absolute favorite is fresh snapper when available, especially the fresh snapper ceviche. I get mine served on a bed of lettuce, to go – what an amazing (and healthy!) picnic snack on the beach or the boat with some rum punch. Or sunset on the balcony with a nice sauvignon blanc. Breakfast burritos are also an excellent choice to start your beach day – my surfing son and his buddies grab one before they hit the waves. And you can’t beat fish tacos for lunch! Finn’s does have chicken, carne asada or veggie options if seafood is not your thing.

Locals flock to Finn’s and word has spread to visitors – if you want fresh, reasonable, wonderful, casual seafood, Finn’s is THE place to go! Finn’s is a food truck so seating is outside on picnic tables, fine for the morning or cooler days at lunch.

Details – When, Where:

If you want an order to go, I recommend calling ahead so it’s ready when you arrive, but please look up the menu and be ready to order, they are busy! 850-249-3466 (beach). They have a beach location, 7220 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach 32408 (next to Mr. Surfs) and a location in town – St. Andrews, 2808 West 12th Street, Panama City 32401. Finn’s is closed on Mondays at both locations, and the beach location is open from 7 am to 3 pm, with dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. Head to Finn’s!

Eat Shop Play at Pier Park!

Pier Park Panama City Beach

Pier Park is not only the best over-all shopping destination in Panama City Beach (and beyond!) – it is SO much more! Shopping, restaurants, sports bars, games for all ages, movies, events, and my favorite – live music and dancing, all steps away from the soft white sand and emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico.  Let’s go!


Pier Park is located at 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.  It is on south side of the Panama City Beach Parkway (also called Hwy 98, or to long time locals – Back Beach Road).  It is owned by the Simon Property Group.


Pier Park includes the original “main” shopping area with Dillard’s, J.C. Penney and Target as anchor stores.  Pier Park boasts 124 stores, where you can shop for trendy beach outfits at The Florida House, high end jewelry at Reeds Jewelers, delicious chocolates at Kilwins, and everything in between.


You’ll find so many yummy options at Pier Park!  Enjoy shrimp and a salt rimmed margarita at Margaritaville, sushi at Osaka Japanese Steakhouse, a burger at The Back Porch, reggae rolls at Pompano Joe’s, fish tacos, Pier Punch and a beach-side table at Hook’d, to name just a few.



The Grand IMAX Pier Park 16 theater for a movie, Dave and Busters for arcade and video games, Buffalo Wild Wings for the game, and my choice – the Mirror Maze and Laser Craze – you’ll find those and more!  You can even take the kids fishing off the Pier – or just to the end to see what’s biting (and the view!).


Whether it’s the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, the Pirates of the High Seas Festival, or Mardi Gras – Pier Park hosts a good party!  Adjacent to Pier Park, located in the same complex, the Aaron Bessant Park hosts events like the Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, UnWined and countless others, including my favorite, the summer concert series.



Pier Park has several brew pubs – the Brass Tap and the Craft Beer Bar, as well as several options for live music – Margaritaville and Hook’d often have live music, and you can always find fabulous live country music with no cover until late night at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

It’s easy to spend a day, or many days, at Pier Park – it’s a “don’t miss” attraction during your trip to Panama City Beach!  See you there!


What To Do – Golf

Bay Point (expensive, beautiful – bay views), Holiday (a little cheaper) Hombre (close, small, tight, tough course, my regular course!), Signal Hill (cheapest, close), Wild Heron (expensive, beautiful, used to be members only but I think that’s changed).  Sandestin has great courses if you want to drive (4 courses?), as does Destin.

What’s On – Music

Summer Time Outdoor Free Concerts – These are some of my absolute favorite things to do in Panama City Beach!  Take the beach chairs or towels, grab a bottle of wine and the plastic cups (and/or snacks) and park yourself down for the evening!

Carillon Beach Groovin on the Green (107 Village Way, Panama City Beach, about 10 minutes west of Pier Park) – Monday nights, 7 PM, this one is my very favorite, smaller than Pier Park.  Kind of tricky to park, but not bad once you figure it out.  You want the first Carillon entrance (not the gated community entrance), head to the right after entering.

Pier Park (Panama City Beach) Summer Concert Series – Thursday nights through August 10, 7 PM – 9 PM.  Get there early if you’d like to be up close and have better parking (although harder to get out).  Through August 10.

30A Concerts:  Rosemary Beach Summer Concert Series, Mondays from 7 PM – 9 PM, Alys Beach Summer Concert Series, Wednesdays from 7 PM – 9 PM (although I’ve seen 6 PM to 8 PM, so verify), Seaside Summer Concert Series Wednesdays at 7 PM, 30A Avenue Summer Concert Series Thursdays 6 PM – 9 PM (Inlet Beach, will be the closest of the 30A venues), Gulf Place Summer Sunday Concerts, Sundays 5 PM – 8 PM