March 20 is National Proposal Day, and what better way to celebrate love than by popping the question in paradise? With delicious dining, breathtaking natural surroundings and endless opportunities for relaxation and adventure, Panama City Beach is the ideal destination for couples to escape for a starry-eyed getaway. Whether overlooking a stunning sunset, onboard a blissful boat ride, alongside dolphins or in a helicopter in the sky, there is no shortage of unforgettable locations and experiences available to couples looking to get engaged this year.
See below for a list of the top 10 spots for a Panama City Beach proposal, the ultimate destination for pairs to pop the question in paradise.
Spring 2018 will see the grand opening of Skywheel, an observation wheel that will rise more than 200 feet above the Gulf of Mexico. Located in Pier Park, this Ferris wheel-style attraction will give couples 360-degree panoramic views of Panama City Beach from the safety of a climate controlled, glass-enclosed gondola, the ideal setting for a proposal in the sky.
Known for their natural beauty complete with graceful sand dunes, pine hammocks, scrub oak forests and inland lakes, both St. Andrews State Park and Camp Helen State Park are two of the destination’s most picturesque locations for an engagement. Shell Island, part of St. Andrews State Park, is a favorite among couple for quiet beach picnics and brilliant sunsets- the ultimate setting to pop the question.
Named one of OpenTable’s Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, this cozy bistro offers elegant dining amidst a romantic atmosphere, home to an illuminated grand old oak tree in the main dining room. Specializing in locally caught seafood, mouthwatering steaks, fresh sushi, artisan pizzas and a premier wine list that has earned the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the last decade, the cuisine will be sure and compliment the once-in-a-lifetime experience of an engagement.
What better backdrop for a proposal than on the water! Island Time’s sleek 50-foot long, 30-foot wide sailing catamarans take guests on gorgeous sunset cruises through the calm waters of Grand Lagoon, past marinas, St. Andrews State Park and elaborate homes. Just be sure and cue the dolphins and red fire sunset!
This 2,900-acre ecological gem offers a bounty of boardwalks along with 24 miles of unpaved trails that wind through wetlands and pine forests teeming with wildlife. Couples can hike, bike or run the area’s unique landscape before getting down on one knee for a proposal in the Park.
Music lovers have a blast catching concerts at Panama City Beach’s newest and most manicured park. Pairs can propose during a performance by one of their favorite artists or take a break from the noise and walk the Park’s three looping trails for a more intimate engagement.
Couples can live out their dream of swimming with dolphins at Gulf World Marine Park. The Park’s friendly team loves working with guests to help arrange the perfect engagement alongside these magnificent mammals utilizing a buoy with “Will You Marry Me” printed for the bride-to-be.
Adventure seekers shouldn’t miss the chance to ride the Panama City Beach waters via Airboat with one of the many fun and knowledge guides with Airboat Adventures. The thrilling journey is a great time for a surprise engagement, a wild ride sure to dazzle adrenaline seekers of all ages.
No view of Panama City Beach is more breathtaking than from the sky with one of the destination’s premier helicopter tours. Lovers can gaze in wonder at the coastline from above, spotting dolphins, sea turtles and marine life frolicking in the brilliant green waters- a truly remarkable setting for two to begin the rest of their lives together.
The Gulf waters surrounding Panama City Beach provide the perfect home to colorful artificial reefs, sunken ships and a wide variety of marine life. Those seeking an out-of-the-box engagement can arrange an underwater proposal with one of the destination’s best snorkeling companies, with the ability to capture high res. images and video for couples to relive the experience for years to come.