Rentals sold out in Panama City Beach ahead of busy holiday weekend

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — A must-do holiday weekend in Panama City Beach brings much more than fireworks.

“The 4th of July is always an important time of year for Panama City Beach and for our business,” Sunspot Real Estate and Vacation Rentals said director Sam Holden.

For Holden, it’s a weekend that brings a business boom for vacation rentals.

“We’re basically sold out for the weekend,” Holden said.

This is because the 4th of July weekend is considered one of the busiest beach weekends of the year.

“We heard from our partners that there is a full sale this weekend. So we have a lot of visitors coming to our destination,” said Lacee Rudd, public relations manager for Visit Panama City Beach.

Rudd says their “Real. Fun. Fourth” event has the biggest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast.

“Which we are very excited about. We are happy that visitors return to Panama City Beach because there is so much to do,” said Rudd.

And with plenty to do, Rudd is expecting another record-breaking holiday weekend that will draw large crowds.

“July 2021 numbers, we brought in approximately $8 million in bed tax revenue and we’re up 58.6% over the prior year. This year, we’re actually maintaining that record revenue that we reported last year, so we expect very similar numbers for 2022,” Rudd said.

Figures that can already be seen with rentals sold on the beach.

“We are so excited. The 4th of July is definitely one of our biggest weekends,” Holden said. “It’s wonderful to know that this is a time when it will always be sold out.”

Rudd said if you haven’t booked your rental for this weekend, check local rental groups or AirBnb with availability before it’s too late. For more information on 4th of July events happening around Panama City Beach, visit Real. Fun. Fourth.

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