Panama Beach is an island-based map first introduced in the R2DA Pre-Demo as Tropical Trouble. Unlike some maps, the water doesn't kill you instantly here. You can still drown in it though, so that's a technicality.
Panama Beach was one of the most beautiful islands in the world, so vacationing here was quite common. Before, you know, the SANI Virus struck.
Well, technically, it is still one of the most beautiful islands. There's just no-one else around to say it is. You can say it yourself, but there are a lot of zombies here to stop you from doing so.
This map features two islands, one small island, that serves as the survivor spawn, and one big island, which covers the majority of the map. Both are surrounded by water with numerous palm trees dotted on the islands itself.
There is also a secret cave located within the map that can serve as a camping spot, although you can be easily be overrun within it. Interestingly enough, there are no borders, meaning you can fall off the map if you are careless enough or are just looking for an easy way out.
- Zombie spawns are located fairly close to Ammo Stations, so take caution when going for a refill.
- Unsurprisingly, water can extinguish you if you are on fire. This also makes killing an Elemental slightly easier.
- Bullets can't penetrate water, so if needed as a zombie, you can hide within the water for some cover.
- Staying in the cave may seem like a good idea, but it's not a good spot late in a round.
- Unless you seriously know what you're doing, it's probably best to avoid this area entirely.
- If you want to enter the secret cave, you will have to swim to the cave's entrance quickly, as you will take damage from running out of air bubbles.
- Due to the relatively even surface, camping isn't recommended.
- Minus the protection of trees, Brutes can pick you off from miles away. Diggers and Leapers are also deadly here due to the lack of high ground.
- Perfect weapons for this map include long-range automatics, such as the Famas, and sniper rifles, such as the Dragunov.
- The M2 Tripod is also recommended as zombies are unlikely to ambush you, if you place your turret carefully.
- The Jetski can be used as a quick getaway tool.
- This is the first map to be added to R2DA, ever.
- This is also the first map in R2DA to use triangle mapping for the main terrain.
- First map to be named after a real life place.
- Panama Beach is likely named after the town of Panama City Beach in Florida, not the country of Panama itself.
- During Pre-Demo, Panama Beach was referred to as "Tropical Trouble".
- There used to be unique music for Tropical Trouble, which can be found here.
- Before you were allowed to keep your avatar as a zombie, the zombies were beach-like.
- This map used to not have any Ammo Stations while the game was in its Pre-Demo stage. This is how the MP5 had infinite ammo at first.
- Currently, this is the map with the least amount of Supply Boxes, with a total of one.
- When loading on a gamemode other than Campaign, the Boat can be seen for a split second before disappearing completely.
- There are 2 treasure chests hidden within the map but are more or less for visual appeal.