Also known as Florida’s Panhandle, the northwest region of the Sunshine State overlooking the Gulf of Mexico features miles of sugar white beaches and emerald green waters.
Quaint Florida towns and recreational opportunities cover everything from fishing at Destin, the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” to strolling the set of Seaside, “The Truman Show”.
The region includes the areas of Destin/Fort Walton Beach Area, Marianna, Panama City Beach, Pensacola and Seaside/South Walton Beaches.
Destin & Ft Walton Beach Area
Located on the upper Gulf coast of Florida and including the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, the Emerald Coast, in addition to fishing, has tour and glass-bottom boats for sightseeing, snorkeling, diving, sailing, spotting dolphins and more. In addition to Destin’s annual fishing contests, the area hosts more than 100 festivals each year, many focused on relishing seafood.
The County Seat of historic Jackson County and located in the “Heart” of Florida’s northwest Panhandle 65 miles west of Tallahassee, Marianna is typical of the small towns in this quaint area.
Panama City Beach
Area Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach, “The Beach Lovers Beach,” located 98 miles southwest of Tallahassee in the northwest region of Florida, is best known for its sugary, white-sand beaches and clear, emerald waters. The sun shines 320 days a year on Panama City Beach’s 27 miles of snow white sand.
Reminders of its checkered military past – it is known as the “City of Five Flags” – are seen in Pensacola’s Historic District. In and around Pensacola are 52 miles of beaches. Pensacola Beach is home to the protected Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Seaside & Beaches of South Walton Area
Along the Florida Panhandle’s Highway 98, the South Walton beaches are largely state-owned and preserved in their natural state of sand pine forest, freshwater lakes, emerald green Gulf waters, and sand dune beaches. The town of Seaside is a successful experiment in “new urbanism”.