A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Destin vs. Panama City

Should you visit Destin or Panama City?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Destin and Panama City can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Destin

An upscale resort town located on the Florida Panhandle, Destin is best known for its white sand beaches and clear green waters, golfing opportunities, and world renowned fishing. The stretch of beach here (on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay) is nicknamed Florida's Emerald Coast.

Panama City

As the tropical breeze kisses your face amidst the never-ending rows of palm trees and skyscrapers, you find both pleasure and peace in this popular beach city. Such a city could be no place else than Panama City, Florida. Located along U.S. Route 98, Panama City has been destination for tourists and spring breakers to put down the paperwork and pick up a surfboard. Panama City offers a multitude of hotels, parks, beaches, and restaurants to make it a prime destination to both party and relax. However, as you explore the city, you will find that Panama City acquires its own diverse, vibrant character unique to other beach towns. Bring out the fishing rods and boogie boards and take advantage of one of Florida's most popular destinations!

Which city is cheaper, Panama City or Destin?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Destin is $153, while the average daily cost in Panama City is $179. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Destin and Panama City in more detail.


Accommodation

A hotel room in Destin is about $178 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $206 for a double occupancy room in Panama City.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Destin $89
    Panama City $103
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Destin $178
    Panama City $206


Food

Destin food costs typically run travelers around $41 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Food in Panama City costs travelers about $53 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Destin $41
    Panama City $53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Panama City

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Panama City.

  • Food Tour - Panama Gastronomy: $102
  • Casco Antiguo Sunset Walking Tour with Dinner: $170
  • The 'Real' Panamanian Private Food Tour: $200
  • Whale Watching + Beach + Seafood Dinner - BEST VALUE IN PANAMA: $205


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Destin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $40 per person, per day, on local transportation in Destin.

The cost of a taxi ride in Panama City is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $38 per person, per day, on local transportation in Panama City.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Destin $40
    Panama City $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Panama City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Panama City:

  • Transfer to Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks): $11
  • Private Departure Transfer to Panama City Airport (PTY): $12
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Panama City Airport (PTY): $12
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Tocumen International Airport to Panama City Hotels: $15
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Panama City Hotels to Tocumen International Airport: $15
  • Airport Private Transfer Tocumen Direct to Panama City: $18
  • Transfer to Dreams Playa Bonita: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Panama City to Tocumen International Airport (PTY): $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to Panama City: $19
  • Transfer from Panama City to Tocumen Airport: $19


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Destin typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Panama City typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Destin $14
    Panama City $15
Typical Entertainment prices in Destin

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Destin are as follows:


  • 1 Day Rental Umbrella and Chairs
    $40

Tours and Activities in Destin

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Destin are as follows:

  • Summer Breeze 1 Hour Segway Tour 2:30 pm Daily: $38
  • Small Boat Sunset Cruise in Destin: $45
  • Seas The Day 1.5 Hour Segway Tour 11 am daily: $49
  • Harbor Lights Tiki Cruise through Destin Harbor: $50
  • Tiki Harbor Sightseeing Cruise: $50
  • Private Banana Boat Tour: $53
  • Tiki Sunset Cruise: $61
  • Crab Island Sandbar Adventure: $82
  • 4 Hour Fishing Trip on a Catamaran with an Experienced Captain: $799

Tours and Activities in Panama City

For Panama City, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Casco Antiguo Virtual Live Tour: $12
  • Skip the Line: Panama La Vieja Admission Ticket: $15
  • Dolphin Sightseeing Tour on The Footloose Catamaran from Panama City Beach: $25
  • Sea Breeze Champagne Adventure: $28
  • Panama City and Canal Tour ( Centro de Visitante de Miraflores): $31
  • Private Panama Canal Tour: $41
  • Tour Colonial Panama: $42
  • Shopping Tour in Panama: $42
  • Panama Viejo Ruins Sightseeing Tour: $43
  • Panama City Tour highlight: $45


Alcohol

The average person spends about $39 on alcoholic beverages in Destin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $45 on alcoholic beverages in Panama City per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Destin $39
    Panama City $45

Sample the Local Flavors in Panama City

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Panama City:

  • Panama Bar Crawl (private): $33



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Destin and Panama City, we can see that Panama City is more expensive. And not only is Destin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Destin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Destin and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Panama City would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Panama City than you might in Destin.

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