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Panama City Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.9
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.9

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Panama City Beach break guide

Panama City Beach Surf Guide

Panama City Beach in Florida is an exposed beach break that has reliable surf. The optimum conditions for surfing are during the hurricane season. The best wind direction is from the north. Windswells are much more common than groundswells and the ideal wave angle is from the south southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rips and sharks.

Panama City Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Panama City Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Panama City Beach occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Panama City Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Panama City Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 11% of the time in February while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
11%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
34%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
55%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Panama City Beach Location Map

Interactive Panama City Beach surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Panama City Beach is Tyndall Afb (Panama City) Airport (PAM) in USA, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Panama City Beach is Eglin Afb (Valparaiso) Airport (VPS) in Usa (florida, 80 km (50 miles) away.

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Panama City Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 00:47 Local Time
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Wave (m) -
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Period (s) - - - 1
Wind (km/h) 5
SSE 5
SSW 5
WNW 10
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Swell History at Panama City Beach

Surf stats for Panama City Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Panama City Beach

Wind stats for Panama City Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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