CNN Travel listed Panama City Beach as one of the "15 Charming Cities of the South! What a great article....

PANAMA CITY BEACH...

EAT

At Andy's Flour Power, a croissant or thick french toast with nuts, strawberries and powdered sugar is the way to go for breakfast.

Even the Greek salads come loaded with crab meat and juicy Gulf shrimp at celebrated restaurant Capt. Anderson's, and you (or the kids) will never tire of the ritual cannon blasting at the nightly sunset celebrations at Schooners, which bills itself as "The Last Local Beach Club."

STAY

Perched on a 27-mile strip of sugar-white sand beach where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay come together, you'll find more old-school Southern charm here than Miami-style glitz.

We love the quiet west end of the beach and the spacious, airy Carillon Beach Rentals that also boasts five private pools, restaurants and a spa within a private community.

After a $30 million renovation, Sheraton Bay Point Resort really left no detail unaddressed, from the private beach area to all 36 of the holes on the Nicklaus Design golf course.

PLAY

Put the smartphone down and feast your eyes on the natural wonders at St. Andrews State Park -- if time allows, tack on snorkeling or kayaking -- especially the two nature trails that weave you through a smattering of coastal plant species.

For a more relaxing encounter with nature, set out on a 55-foot catamaran with Paradise Adventures.