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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Panama City Beach

  • Discover the best of Panama City at your pace and convenience with Panama City car rental service. Featuring 27 miles of pristine beach along the tranquil waters of the Golf of Mexico. Panama City is home to two wonderful state parks, Camp Helen State Park and St. Andrews State Park. With your Panama City beach car rental, you can reach destinations that you would otherwise not access via public transportation.
  • Looking for the best time to visit Panama City? Well, the best time to cruise around Panama City in your rented car is between May and October While the city boasts of year-round sunshine, late Spring through Summer to early fall offers the warmest air and water for outdoor lovers. Besides, staying away from the city between March and April allows you to dodge a legion of college students who come to the city for their spring break. And if you are looking to save on accommodation, then the perfect time to visit the city would be between November to February. However, you will unlikely enjoy water activities during these months.
  • Speeding within the city, just like everyone else is never a prudent idea. Always pay attention to the indicated speed limits while driving your rental car around. For city travel, be sure to keep your speed limit at 30mph (50km/h).Highway speed limits are usually 50mph (80km/h). Using your cell phone while driving is obviously a dangerous move. If found, you might pay a heavy fine for this.
  • Nestled along the Florida panhandle, Panama City Beach is a long, narrow strip that stretches over 13 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Having a vehicle during your visit gives you greater access to key areas, autonomy, and reduced commuting time. While the city does operate the Bay Town Trolley, the trolley has either limited or no service on holidays and doesn’t operate on Sundays or late at night. Panama City Beach car rentals ensure that you’re not restricted by public transportation and that you have the flexibility to travel on your schedule.
  • If you’ve secured a car rental in Panama City Beach, you can collect it at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (PFN). At the airport, there are several rental car companies present, including Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, and Avis, to name a few. Desks for the rental companies can be found on the right and left of the terminal as you exit the building. The parking garage is directly outside across the West Bay Parkway.
  • When heeding navigation guidance in Panama City Beach from your rental car’s GPS, you’ll want to have a clear sense of the major expressways. Two primary roads run along the coast of Panama City Beach: Old State Route 30, which is also known as Front Beach Road, and US Highway 98, which is also known as the Panama City Beach Parkway and sometimes referred to as State Road 30-A. Both Front Beach Road and the Panama City Beach Parkway run east and west across the island area and both connect Panama City Beach with Panama City. Take care to yield to pedestrians along the Front Beach Road, as it’s an active crossing for beachgoers.
  • Since car rentals in Panama City Beach are a great way to access various parts of the beach-side town, rentals tend to be a popular option. There are only two major roadways and the streets can become quite congested, particularly around rush hours, between 6:30 am and 8:30 am, and 4 pm and 6pm. During peak vacation times, like holidays and Spring Break, if you’re visiting spots in Panama City Beach, you may want to aim to get to your destination earlier in the day, before the traffic gets too heavy and parking spots fill up. During off-peak seasons, like mid-autumn, you’ll find less crowding.
  • Book your rental car in Panama City Beach at least 3 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Panama City Beach are around 51% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Panama City Beach

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Panama City Beach?

    Since Panama City Beach is tailor-designed for outdoor adventure and sun, you may find that SUVs are suitable for your trip, since they tend to offer additional cargo space and legroom. However, if a convertible is an available option, you may want to rent one to soak up some more sun along with your drives.

  • What’s the speed limit in Panama City Beach?

    Across the United States, drivers can expect residential areas to have speed limits anywhere around 25mph to 35mph, and the same is true in Panama City Beach. You can expect Front Beach Road to have an average speed limit of about 40mph and, because Panama City Beach Parkway is a highway, you can expect the speed limit to be between about 55mph and 65mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Panama City Beach?

    There are several parking lots along Front Beach Road that provide direct access to the beaches. The variant lots offer various levels of accommodations—on the far east of Panama City Beach, you’ll find smaller lots that have free parking, but no restrooms. For more amenities, try close to Shalimar Beach, where you’ll find larger parking lots with well-maintained restrooms, or by public beach access #64, where you’ll find wooden steps and walkways available to improve accessibility. These spots are also free.

  • How much is gas price in Panama City Beach?

    The average gas price in Panama City Beach is C$ 5.16 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 62 and C$ 82, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Panama City Beach?

    Intermediate (Jeep Cherokee or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Panama City Beach.

  • Which car rental companies are at NW Florida Beaches airport (ECP)?

    The only car rental company onsite at NW Florida Beaches airport is Budget.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at NW Florida Beaches airport (ECP)?

    The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from NW Florida Beaches airport to off-airport locations is Budget.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Panama City Beach?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in Panama City Beach?

    An Intermediate car rental in Panama City Beach costs C$ 67 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Panama City Beach?

    A Compact car rental in Panama City Beach costs C$ 74 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Panama City Beach?

    A Standard car rental in Panama City Beach costs C$ 75 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Panama City Beach?

    In Panama City Beach, cars are most frequently rented at Budget 8027 Front Beach Road (3 km from city centre ).

  • How do I find the best car rental service in Panama City?

    With several car rental companies in Panama City, finding the perfect car to rent does not have to be a daunting task. All you need is have an idea of the type of car you are interested in rent, your budget and delegation size. If you are coming to Panama city for business, you probably want to rent an ordinary sedan or some low capacity car. However, if you are coming with family or friends, then it makes sense renting a van.

  • Is insurance mandatory when renting a car in Panama City?

    You need a valid driver’s license and insurance cover to drive a motor vehicle in Panama City. So, basically, insurance is mandatory when renting a car in Panama City. However, be sure to find out if your cover will be sufficient, especially if you are renting a luxury car during your stay.

Panama City Beach car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

2.0

Best rated

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

4 locations in Panama City Beach

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Locations in Panama City Beach

1104 W 15th St

+1 850 872 9206

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

2024 W 23rd St

+1 850 747 1110

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

557 Richard Jackson Blvd

+1 850 234 5796

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

6300 West Bay Pkwy

+1 833 740 1725

Monday07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday07:00 - 22:30
Thursday07:00 - 22:30
Friday07:00 - 22:30
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun. 2024

KAYAK
I like how enterprise location at the airport was still able to accommodate me even though I had picked a location near the airport.

6.0 Okay

May 2024

KAYAK
The staff was very friendly and prompt but the car was very dated, smelled and pulled right when driving.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
Checking and checking out was a breeze! I would use Enterprise again.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
Excellent and efficient drop-off.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and friendly

Cons:

Price

10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Fast and efficient

Cons:

No issues

1 out of 15

Thrifty

9.5

Wonderful

12 reviews

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.5

Value for money

9.5

One location in Panama City Beach

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6300 West Bay Parkway

+1 877 283 0898

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes and Yes

2.0 Poor

May 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

I received a notice that my vehicle was reserved, but after driving to the airport to get it, they had none. No one ever got back to me to say they had no vehicle to prevent me from wasting my time driving to the airport and back.

8.4 Very good

Nov. 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I stood in line at the counter for 40 minutes and only 3 people were ahead of me! The agent was chatting so much and slow.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The agent was very courteous, checked the needs of the customer and upgraded me to a better vehicle for no additional cost. Her instructions were clear and the vehicle was very clean.

9.6 Wonderful

Aug. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy car to get around in. Just the right size for 2 people.

Cons:

The car was difficult to see out the back window when backing up.

9.6 Wonderful

Jun. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Very easy pick up and car was nice.

Cons:

Car had been smoked in and heavy perfume to try to cover it.

1 out of 3

Dollar

8.3

Very good

24 reviews

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.1

Value for money

8.2

One location in Panama City Beach

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6300 West Bay Parkway

+1 866 434 2226

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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2.0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

They charged me for smoking in the car when I did not. Charge was $400. Very unhappy.

8.0 Very good

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Returned a day earlier and no refund for that day.

2.0 Poor

Jul. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

They could not fulfill your booking.

8.8 Very good

Feb. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Easy access to counter. staff was very helpful.

Cons:

Seats in the Buick Encore were uncomfortable. Adjustments were not adequate.

2.0 Poor

Oct. 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Maintained that my reservation had been cancelled, failed to make any effort to provide me with any alternatives for a rental. Consequently I had to rent from another agency at a much highest fee. Attendants unprofessional and unresponsive at this Panama City, Florida location.

8.0 Very good

Sep. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was a nice ride, comfortable and economical.

Cons:

The car advertized that it held 5 LARGE pieces of luggage. Well, that was a misnomer, as it was a tight squeeze with 3. Large was subjective.

1 out of 5

Budget

5.9

Cleanliness

6.3

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.1

2 locations in Panama City Beach

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Locations in Panama City Beach

731 North Highway 231

+1 850 769 2449

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

8027 Front Beach Road

+1 850 234 3551

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
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Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Jan. 2024

KAYAK
The Budget location employees went over and above to make the car rental experience a good one. We added a second driver with no problem and dropping the car off was expeditious. I received an email receipt immediately after bringing the car back. All and all a very positive experience.

2.0 Poor

Mar. 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff are hard to reach, not very knowledgable, and not very professional. They like to argue and leave you feeling like they have no intention of helping you. They need to be re-trained, other rental companies have much better staff. By a long shot.

Cons:

Your computer system is horrible for keeping track of reservation information. Your staff needs a huge attitude adjustment, they are rude! Your reservations are too inflexible to allow me to make necessary changes. Your reservations does not keep track of the request to drop off at a different location. Your phone system is inadequately staffed, and the staff in my pick up location never answers their phone. They do not like to work.

2.0 Poor

Jul. 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

The car we reserved was not available. We were told it would arrive the next day and it didn’t. This delayed our trip and ultimately forced us to make a reservation with a different company at a much higher cost.

2.0 Poor

Jul. 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Will never rent from them again. Reserved a car online, pickup on July 4th. Site closed early. Customer service could not find my reservation and was less than helpful. I could barely understand him and he kept insisting that my rental was for a different city on a different date. Use Enterprise !!

9.2 Wonderful

Jan. 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The process was quick. No pressure sales or upgrades.

Cons:

Cleanliness of the location

6.0 Okay

Sep. 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

The stand was inside a Sears Auto Care and I had to call a number to get someone to come to the stand. The gentleman didn't specify that I'd be charged for a whole new day if not returning to Tampa exactly at 24 hrs. When I returned, it was explained why it was double what I was expecting but I could've planned differently had I known it wasn't prorated for an hour or two over. Also didn't have cruise control on the car which is a big feature when driving longer distances.

1 out of 4

Avis

5.6

Cleanliness

5.7

Comfort

5.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

5.5

2 locations in Panama City Beach

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731 North Highway 231

+1 850 914 3090

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 14:00

8027 Front Beach Road

+1 850 235 6945

Monday07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday07:30 - 17:30
Thursday07:30 - 17:30
Friday07:30 - 17:30
Saturday07:30 - 17:30
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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9.2 Wonderful

Oct. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff great...drop off easy.

Cons:

I forgot to ask for a nonsmokers car .It was a great car.

2.0 Poor

Sep. 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Terrible

Cons:

The office did not accept my interim license despite the website saying such licenses were accepted. I was stranded in a strange city with no where to go. In my hour of need, I was betrayed and staff were not helpful, if not rude. They take a reservation, but they do not hold a reservation. Seinfeld got it right. These rental companies will be shadows of their former selves because they do not understand something so simple as do not betray your customer. Do not lie to your customer. Do not strand your customer in a strange city with no options

10.0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything--except somehow I booked a car at an in-town location rather than airport. How did that happen?

Cons:

I'll probably use Vroom Vroom next time. They have a very clear cancellation policy. Avis/kayak--you couldn't find their cancellation policy with a forensics expert. Ergo I assume it sucks. Thank you for reading. Take the rest of the day off.

6.8 Okay

Mar. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

We did get the car we reserved the next day and they did allow us to drop it off at the airport and waived the $75 fee

Cons:

Cost $55 to get to the correct Avis. We reserved a convertible And it wasn't available yet.

10.0 Wonderful

Feb. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Agent was very helpful. Outstanding service

Cons:

Agent was very helpful. Outstanding service

8.8 Very good

Sep. 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Didn't have the car requested but received an upgrade.

1 out of 4

Hertz

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2 locations in Panama City Beach

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2106 W 15th Street

+1 850 913 9112

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

9998 Hutchison Blvd

+1 850 235 0833

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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2.0 Poor

Apr. 2024

KAYAK
Hertz operates different businesses under the same name. I accidentally made the reservation at a hertz location not at the airport. At the airport counter the hertz rep could find my reservation but said it was with a different hertz organization and he couldn’t transfer it or help to rent me a minivan. It was 8:30 at night, and the other store was closed. I have my family of 7 (5kids) at an airport with no transportation. I will never rent from hertz again. Period.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct. 2023

KAYAK
Always great with Star!! She takes such great care of us

6.0 Okay

Nov. 2022

KAYAK
Having to pay a one way fee when the company has offices in both locations

10.0 Wonderful

Dec. 2021

KAYAK
Customer service was outstanding! They made renting a car enjoyable. Great price, great car, great service. I was very happy with the experience.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Car was really nice.

Cons:

When I rented I could have sworn it said I was renting from the Panama City Airport but not so. We had to take a cab to the Hertz location somewhere in the middle of town. Airport Hertz said there was no way to change it. It was logistically challenging. Kayak or Hertz should do a better job of clarifying that the rental is not at the airport.

8.0 Very good

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The sales rep came thru when airlines delays prevented pickup at the scheduled time.

1 out of 10

200 travellers who rented a car in Panama City Beach gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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