Southwest to open nonstop flight to Panama City Beach

2012-05-02T06:30:00Z 2012-06-13T09:04:48Z Southwest to open nonstop flight to Panama City BeachBY AMY BERTRAND • > 314-340-8284

Southwest Airlines just announced a direct route from St. Louis to Panama City Beach, Fla. (beginning June 3). That means one thing to me: it’s about two hours from Lambert to a beach.

Dan Rowe, president of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, stopped by to visit me this week.

He made me start daydreaming of all the fun things to do along the sugar-sand beaches and in the Emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. From enjoying the day at Gulf World Marine Park to taking a pontoon boat to a secluded barrier island, he assured me that Panama City Beach’s laid-back environment was perfect for all sorts of travelers.

A few recommendations he made: the Boatyard Restaurant on Grand Lagoon, Thomas Donut & Snack Shop and the unassuming Pasta Grill.

Here are some deals on places to stay:

Oaseas Resorts • Guests visiting any Oaseas Resorts property – including Boardwalk Beach Resort, Cabana Cay, Calypso Resort & Towers, Emerald Isle, Grandview East & West, Shores of Panama and Watercrest – will receive 10 percent off of two-night stays or 20 percent off of stays three nights or more. Promo code SUMMER. Rates begin at $129 per night. For reservations, call 1-877-808-4323 or visit

Wyndham Bay Point Resort • Early birds get the worm – or the deal – this summer at Wyndham Bay Point Resort. Guests booking their stay seven days in advance receive a 10 percent discount, 14 days in advance receive a 15 percent discount, or 21 days in advance receive a 20 percent discount. Valid through Dec. 31. Rates begin at $79 per night. For reservations, call 1-877-999-3223 or visit

By The Seas Resorts • This resort collection is offering one complimentary night to guests who book three or more nights during their stay. Resorts include Legacy by the Sea, Beachcomber by the Sea and Beachbreak by the Sea. Valid through Sept. 29. Blackout dates apply. For reservations, call (888) 627-0625 or visit

Resort Destinations • Resort Destinations is offering visitors a discount of $150 off of any stay of one week or longer at select vacation rental properties. Valid through Aug. 25. For reservations, call 1-866-213-6928 or visit


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Amy Bertrand

Amy Bertrand is the lifestyle and travel editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She loves all things Disney and all places unknown. Join her as she writes about trips she's taken, places she wants to go, vacation deals and travel trends.


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