The early bird gets the worm with this next stop, the Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market. What used to be famously located within the Pirate’s Cove Marina is now located along Thomas Drive near the bridge at Captain Anderson’s Marina. This Waterfront Market area is a gorgeously scenic, culturally vibrant, and locally lively area within Panama City Beach that serves as a true economy booster, featuring the region’s favorite "makers, bakers, and growers" each and every Saturday and Sunday morning, year round. This successful farmers market is considered to be the "grandmother of Panhandle markets," engulfing also Callaway Community Market, and truly does a lot to boost local small business. Locals flock here to support local economy and get their favorite one of a kind PCB items while tourist come here to immerse themselves into the local culture, shop for cheap, fresh foods, and listen to whatever local musician is performing live!
The New York Times has listed the Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market as one of the Top Ten Things to do at PCB, and there have been several other various local awards and accolades. This market sells the very best fresh produce and features new vendors weekly, so be sure to get here early and take part in all they have to offer. Here you will find fresh fruits and veggies, baked items, desserts, and local handicrafts. If you have a large group and are looking for a good, cheap lunch idea, come here and have your students pick out their own picnic items - this will save time and money! After you shop the market you can stroll the historic docks at Captain Anderson Marina, book a fishing trip, or grab a bite to eat in any of the nearby restaurants near Grand Lagoon Bridge. This is also a great place to people watch, take a scenic break from shopping, or even exercise!