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TxAgs



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:02 pm    Post subject: Anyone live in Panama City? Reply with quote

A friend of mine has been pursuing me to take a job in Panama City. Any thoughts? What's good? What's bad?

I live in Houston currently, but have lived in Charleston, SC Raleigh, NC, and Beaufort, NC in the past. I wonder how this compares...

Thanks for any thoughts!

J
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sailandbail



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent a week there in 1994, but I wasn't sailing then. There is a lot of water around, but no surf nearby (I didn't have a car.) My main impression was: HOT. A lot like Houston in the summertime, just year round (a lot dirtier, too). Be prepared to sweat. You can check out Noriega's old digs, though.
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RPM7



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Panama City, FL Reply with quote

Hi! My wife and I just moved to Panama City this summer, and we like it! Every place has it's goods and bads, so here are a few general observations:

Good:

- The beaches are AWESOME! Some of the best, cleanest, most beautiful beaches anywhere! White sand (similar to snow in some places), clear, emerald, warm water in the summer -- great for boating, beach bumming, snorkelling, kayaking, etc.
- Smaller-town feel still with lots of amenities (mall, WalMart, Home Depot, etc) and growing!
- Much lower cost of living than some areas of the country (like LA where we moved from)

Bad:

- Somewhat red-necky in parts of town (you'll want to explore the whole area before deciding where to live) -- Not a problem for me, just see some interesting characters from time to time!
- Not as many amenities/options as bigger cities (but not bad) -- you can drive an hour west to Ft Walton Beach for a bit more sophistication
- It's HOT in the summer - mid-upper 90s and high humidity make you want to be in the water, or in the AC

Now, about windsurfing:
- Summer is mostly dead for wind - June-ish to September-ish isn't much breeze at all, unless we get a hurricane our way, then it can be epic for as much as 2 weeks prior (so I hear)
- Wind the rest of the year varies. One guy I met the other day who was out on a 6.5, and he said he's never needed smaller than a 5.0 around here.
- There are several sailing spots around town, and you choose the best spot based on the wind direction of the day. Here's a website with info on many of them:
http://emeraldcoastkiteboarding.com/local_launches.htm Mostly free-ride conditions with some bump/jump days and smaller wave-riding opportunities. It's a great place to take up formula windsurfing!
- The windsurfing scene isn't very large here, but kiting is pretty big, due to the predominantly lower winds.

I hope that helps a little. Feel free to IM me to ask any specific questions you've got! Come on out! We'd love to have another windsurfing buddy!
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mkrasnoff



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone live in Panama City? Reply with quote

TxAgs wrote:
A friend of mine has been pursuing me to take a job in Panama City. Any thoughts? What's good? What's bad?

I live in Houston currently, but have lived in Charleston, SC Raleigh, NC, and Beaufort, NC in the past. I wonder how this compares...

Thanks for any thoughts!

J


TxAgs - Some sage advice, you might get more feedback on your post if you directed it to the appropriate Regional Forum, the Eastern USA one. This is the Southwest Forum. See the choices below:
Regional Forums
- Southwest USA & Mexico - covering California, Baja, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado

- Northwest USA & Canada - covering the Gorge, Oregon, Washington, and BC

- Eastern and Central USA & Canada - covering Florida, Texas, Outer Banks, Northeast, Great Lakes, Ontario, Quebec, etc.

My 2 cents - If you're a boardhead, choose your destination based on available sailing. That should be your number one criteria. All the other stuff is peripheral. The sailing scene in Panama City, Fl sounds pretty bunk to me. Razz
Good Luck!
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jpbassking



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"My 2 cents - If you're a boardhead, choose your destination based on available sailing. "

Hey Mitch - shouldn't you live on Maui?

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sailandbail



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Houston,

I thought you were talking about Panama City, PANAMA. Have fun in Florida, I think they have even more rednecks there than in Texas! (I'm originally from San Antonio, so I am only partially talking out of my arse!)
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mkrasnoff



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jpbassking wrote:
"My 2 cents - If you're a boardhead, choose your destination based on available sailing. "

Hey Mitch - shouldn't you live on Maui?


I should, shouldn't I. I'm sure any sailor that's been there on a vacation is ready to move there, especially after returning to their home site and finding less than stellar conditions. I guess if money was no object I'd consider it. I like Maui for sailing and vacationing but I'm not that enamored with all aspects of the island. Too much of a tourist destination. Our setup here in LA is okay. Almost 100 sailing days this year (excluding Maui). I'm okay with that considering I don't have to drive too far. Plus, I like my odds better of avoiding the food chain with a great white vs those hungry tigers over in Maui. Wink
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