Anyone in the Panama Beach (FL) Area?

ADDam

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Hey guys, I'm supposed to be driving down to Panama City, FL a week from today. It's an 18 hour drive and were going so that we can enjoy a week on the beach, or at least my girlfriend thinks so. I looked at the weather and I'm seeing Highs from 60-75 degrees all week --- doesn't sound like my day at the beach. She says that if its 70 degrees and the sun is out, it will feel, "Hot as Hell," I call BS.

So How's it feel down there? Beach-able?
 

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Hey guys, I'm supposed to be driving down to Panama City, FL a week from today. It's an 18 hour drive and were going so that we can enjoy a week on the beach, or at least my girlfriend thinks so. I looked at the weather and I'm seeing Highs from 60-75 degrees all week --- doesn't sound like my day at the beach. She says that if its 70 degrees and the sun is out, it will feel, "Hot as Hell," I call BS.

So How's it feel down there? Beach-able?
You might need to drive a lot further south. Northern Florida gets pretty cold in the winter at night. It might be warm in the day but the water is pretty cold. Now Ft Lauderdale/Miami Beach is a different story...Mark
 

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Mark is correct. Panama is pretty far up and it does get considerably cooler there than in the lower half of the state. We had a high of 82 here today in Tampa so I imagine Miami was even hotter. The low is a meager 54.
 

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The sun can change the temperature considerably. I'm in Atlanta, GA and it was 53 early afternoon today. However, the sun was out and it was cloudless - so I ended up wearing short sleeves and sandals. This worked out well until I stepped in shaded areas.
 

ADDam

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Well, we talked about it, and she won. We're going. Oh well, I already have the time off work. Just wish I could afford to fly down there instead of drive 20 hours!
 

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I grew up in that area. If the temp is what you say, you'll have a good time at the beach as long as it is not windy. The wind chill could make it feel really cold.

I'm not sure how long you will be there, but if it does happen to get cold (and it very well could), the frigid weather doesn't last for more than a day or two.

You may as well add "Panama City" to you iPhone's weather app!

Enjoy your trip and let us know how it went when you return.
 

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Everyone has said it. The water will be cold. Enjoy the trip, though!
 

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The water temp right now is 66 degrees (F). This is chilly by Gulf of Mexico standards. However, I now live in Southern California and 66 is enjoyed by many of us surfers. Being in the water at that temp is fine for a little while, but longer than say, 15-20 minutes, you'll want a light wetsuit.