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Florida's Emerald Coast

Deep emerald Gulf of Mexico is calling card for this coastline!

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Fort Walton Beach
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The coastline along this stretch of Florida is different. The deep emerald green color of the northern Gulf of Mexico combined with the crystal quartz beaches equal paradise. That paradise is approximately 100 miles of pristine shoreline located in the Northwest Florida panhandle – between Panama City and Perdido Key – often lovingly referred to as the "Redneck Riviera."

Panama City Beach

Located on beautiful St. Andrew's Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is a popular tourist location year-round. The area enjoys a moderate climate attributed to the cool sea breezes which offers year-round activities, but the tourist season kicks off with Spring Break in March and continues through October.

Exotic sea life is abundant with several offshore reefs providing diving and snorkeling adventures. If you are in pursuit of the "big one," it can be found in the warm Gulf waters. It's your choice to fish from the piers or charter a boat to take you deep sea fishing.

The many area attractions offer endless hours of family fun and the wide variety of restaurants ensure a great meal no matter what your taste or budget.

Families can be taken back to another time at the Miracle Strip Amusement Park and the Shipwreck Island Water Park located on Front Beach Road. Multiple ticket choices and reasonable prices make this a must see and do activity!

Destin/Fort Walton Beach

USA Today readers recently picked the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area the #1 Beach in America, and for the sixth year in a row, Southern Living has named it the Best Beach in the South and the Top Family Destination. It is hard to dispute the popular vote, because it's so easy to make summer memories here.

No matter what your budget, the area offers a plentiful array of Gulf-edged accommodations from economy to luxury. Each summer is filled with a spectacle of seaside festivals and special events to please every age, and that is in addition to the already wide variety of sun-dazzled, splashing-good-time activities.

Pensacola

Pensacola’s sugar-white sand looks like snow to many, and visitors from cold climates enjoy posing near sand dunes in the winter to show the folks back home what a Pensacola winter looks like. More>

Getting There

The Emerald Coast is located south of Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle and is accessible off I-10 by major Highways 29 (for Pensacola), 85 (for Fort Walton Beach) and 231 (for Panama City).

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