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The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport opened in May 2010 on the east shore of Panama City's West Bay, with routes operated by Delta and Southwest. From the airport to the beach area, depending on the location of your hotel, it's about $15–$27 by taxi. Try Yellow Cab or Checker Cab.

When navigating Panama City Beach by car, don't limit yourself to Front Beach Road—the stop-and-go traffic will drive you nuts. You can avoid the congestion by following parallel roads like Back Beach Road and U.S. 98. Also, anywhere along this long stretch of beachfront, look for "sunrise" signs, which indicate an access point to the beach. They're a treasure to find, especially when you happen across one in the midst of a quiet residential neighborhood and know that a private, quiet beach experience is just a few feet away. The Baytown Trolley serves Bay County, including downtown Panama City and the beaches ($1.50, $3 for an all-day pass).

Contacts

Baytown Trolley 850/769–0557. www.baytowntrolley.org.

Checker Cab 850/236–6666.

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport 850/763–6751. www.iflybeaches.com.

Yellow Cab 850/763–4691.