Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) – Despite cooler temperatures, college students still decide to travel to Panama City for spring break. According to the weather channel, the high temperature for the first week of March is 73 degrees in Panama City.
Dana Lent, communications manager at Visit Panama City, said that March weather temperatures usually range from 60 to 70 degrees. “This year the cooler weather temperatures will not affect college students' decision to break in Panama,” Lent said. “Our beaches have been packed every day, regardless of the cool breeze and slight sunshine.”
Some students from up north have not even thought twice at the decision of heading home for spring break. Marissa Brisker, a third year psychology student from Washington, D.C., said she would like to see her family, but being on the beach in Panama City is much more relaxing. “It is still snowing in D.C.,” Brisker said. “Some of my friends have gone snow boarding within the last couple of days.”
Lent explained that the second and third week of March is typically when the most students travel to Panama City for their spring break. “Students come from all over America,” Lent said. “Some even travel from as far as Canada and Michigan.”
First-time spring breaker Tiffany Johnson decided her spring break destination based upon the place she felt was most popular. “Since this is my first spring break, I want to make it a memorable experience,” explained Johnson, a freshman student at Clark Atlanta University.
Johnson also explained that the spring weather in Panama City was warmer rather than cooler when compared to Atlanta, Ga. “I want to come to Florida so that I could at least get a little bit of sun because Georgia still feels like winter,” Johnson said.
Panama City, as well as Miami, is a hot spot in Florida that college students tend to travel to on their spring break. Veronica Hernandez, a fourth year psychology student, said that this is her first year traveling to Panama City for spring break. “I just want to get away from Tallahassee,” Hernandez said. “I do not care how cold or hot it is going to be.”
Hernandez contemplated on going to Miami, but she said the drive was too far to travel. “I really want to go to South Beach, but I cannot take that eight-hour drive south,” Hernandez explained.
Panama City is known for its world-class, award-winning beach; LaVela, the largest club in the world; and the ability to travel by foot to many destinations. Lent said, “Nightlife here is pretty big. Students are able to drop off their car and walk or rent scooters to their destination.”