While the Covid-19 pandemic continues and vaccines are being administered at a more rapid rate, a lot of people are going to start traveling if they haven't made plans already. One of the most popular vacation destinations for the Tristate area is Panama City Beach, Florida but there are some things you need to know before you visit, especially if you are going in the month of March.

Panama City Beach is a vacation hot spot for people all over the world, not just those of us that can drive there in nine to ten hours. With it's Gulf of Mexico views and sugar-white sands along with it's many restaurants and attractions, there's no question why it's a favorite of travelers.

If you've ever been to Panama City Beach, you've likely witnessed beach-goers with coolers packed with beer or other adult beverages as that's the norm eleven months out of the year. The month of March however is a little different.

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March is Spring Break month in Panama City Beach, Florida and that means that a younger set of travelers will be diverging on the beaches there. It also means that
local authorities will have their work cut out for them when it comes to maintaining public safety. In fact, authorities actually implement special rules for the month of March in Panama City Beach. According to the Panama City Beach Police Department,

Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on sandy beaches is prohibited during the month of March


All alcohol sales end at 2am through the month of March


Parking in closed business's parking lot is prohibited


Overnight scooter rental is not permitted


It is illegal to climb, jump from, or throw things from balconies


Parking is prohibited on unmarked or unpaved portions of the road after dark


Metal shovels are not permitted on the beach, and any holes dug in the sand should not be deeper than 2 feet


While some of those may seem like no-brainers - like not jumping from a balcony - when you add alcohol and young people, some of whom are likely unsupervised for the first time in their lives, those warnings have to be made. It's for that same reason that alcoholic beverages aren't allowed on the beaches during the month of March. The risk is just too great.

If you are planning to visit Panama City Beach, be aware of these changes and don't forget that we are still in a pandemic and masks are required in Panama City Beach just like they are here.

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