With 27 miles of renourished white-sand beaches and emerald water reminiscent of the Caribbean, you simply can’t go wrong with a trip to the sun-drenched haven of Panama City Beach, Fla..
). Check out rays, sharks, pods of dolphins and possibly even a herd of manatees. Don’t forget to bring your camcorder or high-res camera.
Firefly, one of the area’s top-rated fine restaurants, is low-lit and offers a romantic atmosphere. It’s where President Obama and his family ate when touting the Gulf Coast after the 2010 oil spill (he had the New York strip). Firefly (www.fireflypcb.com) is a tad on the pricey side. (Consider an early arrival for the reasonably priced “early bird” entrees).