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Sunset in Panama City Beach

We’ve been putting in so much time around the house that when it came time to go out of town for a family dinner, we went a day early so we would have some goofing off time.

We had a lazy drive down, checked in to our favorite hotel on Panama City Beach, The Sunset Inn, and then I asked AdventureMan “do you want to take me to the quilt shop today or tomorrow?” I have an old friend from quilting days in Germany who owns Quilting-by-the-Bay, one of the most wonderful quilt shops I have ever visited, and if I’m in Panama City, it’s a MUST visit. πŸ™‚

On our way back to the hotel, AdventureMan said “Hey, didn’t you want to do a sunset cruise?” Yes, but I had forgotten, LOL. We drove to the dock, checked on tickets and their was a boat leaving in just a few minutes, so we bought tickets for the Sunset Dolphin Cruise and boarded the ship.

What a lovely way to wind up a day! They played hokey Caribbean music that can’t help but put you in a good mood, and they knew just where to find the dolphins:

They were playing all around the boat! It was delightful!

Back in the car, AdventureMan remembered a great beachy restaurant where all the locals go to celebrate the sunset. As the sun still hadn’t set yet, but was getting ready to, we headed to Schooner’s in Panama City Beach. If you click on the blue type, you can see the restaurant, the menu, AND the live beach cam. πŸ™‚

The parking lot is packed and we think we will go somewhere else, we can see crowds waiting to get in, but just as we are giving up, a car pulls out, it must be a sign we are meant to stay, and we take the spot and walk toward the restaurant.

Special parking for Harleys:

The place is packed on a Friday night, but we get in with only a 15 minute wait. Everyone is visiting, having a little beach drink, and then BOOOOMMMM! I think it is a cannon! There is a countdown, and as the sun sets, the cannon (or something) explodes!

We ordered drinks – iced tea for me, a beer for Adventureman:

And a smoked tuna appetizer – yummmy, especially with the jalepenos:

AdventureMan ordered the Mediterranean Salad and a side of hush puppies:

And I had the Schooner’s Tuna BLT – it had a wasabi sauce and oh, total wow. Who would think a tuna sandwich could have so much taste?

May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Cold Drinks, Community, Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Florida, Food, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Sunsets |


  1. My wife and I saw a few dolphins while we were kayaking around Haulover Canal this weekend. They still are one of my favorite sea creatures.

    Comment by The Florida Blogger | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. What a wonderful evening for the two of you!

    Comment by BitJockey | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Dolphins are always a thrill, FB, aren’t they? These were really frolicking at sunset; it was delightful. πŸ™‚

    It was, Bit Jockey. I had no idea AdventureMan’s retirement would be so much fun. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 18, 2010 | Reply

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  5. Nice beach for everyone….
    Visit my website at Myrtle Beach Resort for reservation and inquiries.

    Comment by Grace Sta.cruz | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thanks for stopping by, Grace, but those big hotels (shudder) are not our style at all. We like the smaller family-run hotels, when we can find them.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 28, 2010 | Reply

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