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Sandjam Fest 2018

Panama City Beach Florida SandJam Fest

The inaugural adult-alternative rock music festival in beautiful Panama City Beach, FL!

The stages are being set on the beautiful sugar white sands; giving the most stunning backdrop to a Spring festival.

M.B. Miller County Pier
12213 Front Beach Road,
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Thursday, April 26th | 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM   Lineup: Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities
Friday, April 27th | 2:00 PM – Midnight   Lineup: Sublime with Rome and St. Lucia
Saturday, April 28th | 2:00 PM – Midnight  Lineup:  Incubus and Kaleo

More information at http://sandjamfest.com/

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#BOOKDIRECT

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There ARE options when booking vacation homes other than the online travel agencies that charge as much as 23% in fees. Travelers can save that 23% simply by #BOOKING DIRECT. Many travelers that book vacation homes on major vacation rental sites are unaware it’s not truly direct. Those sites play as a middleman, stifling direct communication and adding hundreds of extra dollars to your transaction. In December 2016, VRBO and HomeAway were both purchased by Expedia for 4 BILLION dollars. Now, Expedia is on a mission to get that money back! Do you know where it’s going to come from? YOUR pockets! Expedia introduced a Service Fee in February of 2016 of 6-12%. These fees are applied to your payment when you complete the booking online on ANY of sites owned by Expedia.  Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Booking.com and other OTAs (Online Travel Agencies) charge similar fees, except theirs are higher. Expect to pay 6-15% when using these sites.

 

Don’t Despair! You don’t have to pay Service Fees!!  There are alternatives to all OTAs!
Shoot me a message or an email at gdeb@cox.net  if you have any questions about booking directly.  I’m here to help and will not charge you a Service Fee.  And, if you’re looking to book with me, #bookdirect either by calling me or by visiting my website at www.oceanvillacondo.com!

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!!

Mardi Gras – Panama City Beach Style!

I’m from Louisiana.  No great beaches here, but we do have our festivals… and Mardi Gras is one of the best!!  What?!?!  You’ve never experienced any part of  Mardi Gras?  It’s time you did!!

Mardi Gras has an in-determinant number of descriptions, some of which include the traditional colors of purple, green and gold, the myriad of events that surround the time between twelfth night and fat Tuesday, traditions, postures and parades.  But still, it’s so misunderstood.  It’s not a big drunk.  It’s not a big parade. It’s not the beads.  It’s not the doubloons.  It’s not the king cakes.  It’s not about girls flashing. It’s not about people of all walks of life dressing in costume.  It’s about the love of life!  It’s the convergence of food, music, creativity, eccentricity, neighborhoods and the joy of life celebrated all together at the same moment.

Mardi Gras celebrations are found all along the gulf coast, each with its own size and annual traditions.  Panama City Beach is no different!   With Mardi Gras in Panama City Beach, you get all the thrill of the love of life AND you get the most beautiful beaches in the world — all at once!!  You get smiles from ear to ear, lifelong memories and handfuls of beads.  You get parades, costumes, music and fireworks!  You get the camaraderie of the community celebrating together.  You get a small celebration with a big schedule of events!  You get Mardi Gras in Panama City Beach!!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!  (Let the good times roll!)

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 9, 2018

4:00pm-6:30pm Float Tours LC Hilton W/Pier Park Drive
4:00pm-6:30pm Kids Fun Zone/ Festival Village Celebration Stage
5:00pm Opening Remarks Pier Park Drive
Kids Costume Contest Celebration Stage
5:20pm Kids Parade Pier Park Drive
5:45pm-6:15pm Second Line Crawl Parade Pier Park Drive
6:30pm-7:30pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band Celebration Stage
7:30pm Fireworks City Pier

Saturday, February 10, 2018

8:00am Mardi Gras 5k Frank Brown Park
12:00pm Kids Fun Zone/ Festival Village Celebration Stage
12:00pm-1:15pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Aaron Bessant Park
1:30pm-2:45pm HEADLINER: Aaron Neville Aaron Bessant Park
3:00pm-4:00pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Waylon Thibodeaux “Louisiana Rocking Fiddler” Celebration Stage
4:15pm-5:45pm Krewe of Dominique Youx Mardi Gras at the Beach Main Parade Pier Park Drive
5:45pm LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Vince Vance & the Valiants Celebration Stage
7:00pm Fireworks City Pier

 

 

 

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Top 5 Things to do in Panama City Beach When It’s Raining

Top 5 Things to do in Panama City Beach When It’s Raining

So, you’re on vacation at the beach and it’s raining!!  You guess it’s a wash and you’ll just have stay in the condo and sleep.  Not so fast!!   There are still plenty of things to do that doesn’t involve shopping!!

  1.  I can think of a lot worse things than having to sit on the balcony of the condo at Ocean Villa Condo, curled up, listening to the rain and the ocean, while reading a good suspense novel or playing a game of cards or dominoes with the entire group!  The balcony is 10 feet deep!  That’s plenty deep enough to stay dry from the dripping at the front edge of the balcony.  And…look on the bright side, you’ll be the first to know when the sun shines again!!

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     2. See a movie in style.  The Grand Theatre at Pier Park is a state-of -the-art stadium seating movie theater located in Pier Park.  There are 16 screens with reclining seats and a abundance of movie choices available.  Located within Pier Park are enough eateries and retailers to combine the movie with a great meal or some shopping.  Tickets are just $6.00 on Tuesdays, and any day is free refill day on a large popcorn and large soda, anytime!

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    3.  Find the “pocket” at Rock’ It Lanes.  It’s not just for bowling!!  Whether the pocket is found in the bowling pins or on the felt of the pool table, this is the place to be!!  Rock’ It Lanes is the only bowling center on the beach and is located just a few minutes from our Ocean Villa Condo in the Edgewater Shopping Plaza!! Bring the whole family. At 50,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room to play all day. There are 24 lanes of computerized bowling, 23 pool tables, an arcade featuring all the latest games and some old favorites, plus an 8,000 square foot roller skating rink! You don’t even have to leave to eat!! Grab lunch or dinner at the Grille, where they’re serving up a great menu including home-made burgers, made-from-scratch pizzas, chicken quesadillas and more.

4.  Take in a little hands-on fact finding at local exhibits and museums!  The Museum of the Man in the Sea is a little drive from Ocean Villa, about 15 minutes, and has fascinating exhibits that will introduce you to a world of underwater mysteries and diving!  There on display, is the SEALAB-1, the world’s first working undersea habitat.  Easy on the pocketbook, entrance to this quirky museum is less than $10!!  Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum offers a totally whimsical museum experience.  In addition to 15 different gallery displays of things that “have to be seen to be believed”, there is a 7-D motion theater that combines 3-D film with subtle and intense seat vibrations, bumps, dips and shakes to  transport you virtually into the movie experience.  Don’t miss the MirrorMaze Challenge or the LaseRace Challenge!!  Right across the street is WonderWorks Museum, where you’ll be greeted by over 100 exhibits and challenges the minute you walk into the door!!  Not to be missed is the Upside Down Experience, plus there is laser tag, a ropes course, a 6D motion ride and plenty of hands-on activities for all ages.

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   5.  Last, but not least, it may be just the time for a little libation!!  Two really great places to get started are within a few minutes drive from our condos at Ocean Villa!!  If beer is your thing, the Fishale Taphouse and Grill Bright,  is a spacious tavern with a fireplace and some 65 craft beers on tap to spend the day trying! There’s also a casual American menu offered when you’ve had enough tasting!!  Up on Thomas Road, the Panama City Beach Winery sells citrus, fruit and berry wines.  These aren’t just your average wines!!  The flavors are endless!  There’s even a tomato wine called “Hot Sun” that is a dry white wine with a hint of tomato and peppers!!  Tastings are free, informative and fun!  Bring along a group of people and have each person select different wines so more can be tried!!  Don’t drink wine?  Go anyway…you might just change your mind!!

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Proving a rainy day in Panama City Beach doesn’t have to be a day stuck indoors, I hope this blog has given you some ideas on taking advantage of a perfect opportunity to enjoy a guilt-free day away from tanning – and the chance to discover some of Panama City Beach’s best indoor attractions!