Last weekend, we finally made good on our summer promise to return to the beach. Mexico Beach, Florida, a small town about 45 minutes east of Panama City, is my family’s preferred beach vacation destination. We’ve visited the quaint little beach town before, and we keep coming back because it’s exactly that: a quaint little beach town.There are no high rise condos, no mini-golf courses, no clubs (save for Toucan’s during Saturday night karaoke, but that’s pretty tame in comparison to the partying people do in Panama City), and we don’t mind that one bit. We we go to the beach, we go to the beach. We did drive over to Panama City on Friday to see “Inside Out,” and while we were there we engaged in a little go-kart/arcade fun, but that wasn’t the entire point of our trip. We definitely spent more time in the pool/on the beach than we did “going to town.”
One of my favorite things to do in Mexico Beach is eat. The local restaurants have some excellent food that is not to be missed.On Friday night, we went to Mango Marley’s. The live music they had for their “Jammin’ in June” event was great, but the food was even better. They’re known for their burgers, so Neil and I split a “Kahuna Burger” which consisted of Jamaican jerk seasoned beef, sesame sauce, grilled pineapple, bacon, cheese, lettuce, and onion. Oh. My. Word. That burger was amazing. It wasn’t too sweet or too spicy. I also got their sweet potato fries, which were delicious, but the real star of my meal was the Watermelon Margarita. Sweet and tangy with just a little bite of tequila; do not miss this drink if you eat at Mango Marley’s!
On Saturday night, we went to the famous Killer Seafood for our eagerly anticipated seafood feast. Killer is run by a local family, and they know exactly what they are doing. They’re only open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-2pm and 5-8pm (9pm on Friday and Saturday), so you’ve got a small window of time to give them a try! Don’t let their short opening hours and “cash only” policy deter you from trying them; they hands down serve the best seafood in all of Mexico Beach. In the past I’ve gotten their delectable fish tacos, but last week I opted for grilled shrimp, coleslaw, and hush puppies, and I was not disappointed.
Neil’s favorite meal at Killer Seafood is the “Big Killer Bowl” which is seafood and pasta simmered in their famous Killer Seafood Simmerin’ Sauce and served in a giant bowl with bread for dipping. It is quite spicy, so I’ve never tried it, but Neil swears by its deliciousness. Even though most would consider Mexico Beach a “small town,” you won’t be bored when you visit. They have several fun events going on throughout the year like the MBARA Kingfish Tournament in August or the annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival in October. Don’t bypass this easy going, little town the next time you’re on the coast of Florida. It just may surprise you!