Since 1983 visitors have nicknamed the miles of shoreline from Panama City Beach to Pensacola The Emerald Coast. Vacationers would return home reminiscing about the soft white sand between their toes and time spent staring out into the emerald green sea. Swimming in the warm Gulf waters, taking long walks along the shore, enjoying brilliant sunsets, and building sandcastles. That’s what dream beach vacations are made of. People come to Northwest Florida to enjoy the beaches, sunshine, state parks and coastal communities that offer unique vacation experiences. They return home rejuvenated and ready to plan their next trip back.
About the Areas
Panama City Beach
Two state parks bookend 27 miles of shoreline in Panama City Beach with St. Andrew’s to the East and Camp Helen to the West. View wildlife, tropical plants and mossy oaks while hiking the nature trails, snorkel in the sea or spend your day bathing in the sun. There is plenty of family fun to be had in this vacation destination, including championship golf courses, deep sea fishing charters and watersports. Family attractions such as Gulf World Marine Park, ZooWorld, Wonderworks, Shipwreck Island Water Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and shopping at Pier Park offer a break from the hot sun. Panama City Beach is centrally located for day trips to nearby Destin, Mexico Beach and Apalachicola Bay.
South Walton 30A
Every beach community along 30A has a uniqueness that makes a statement. Rosemary Beach was built to charm with the chic sophistication of a European village. White stucco pillars and finely manicured greenery welcome visitors to Alys Beach where there is an emphasis on the arts and a Mediterranean panache. The architectural landscape may change from beach to beach, but what they all have in common are stunning seascapes, one of a kind shopping and dining options, culture and attractions just a short walk or bike ride away.
Destin & Miramar Beach
Destin and Miramar Beach are vacation destinations with upscale coastal charm combined with a big city feel. Home to music, seafood and arts festivals, this area attracts visitors year-round. Shop by designer and name brand in retail and outlet centers, or take a walk along the water on Destin’s popular Harbor Walk – a quarter mile stretch of boardwalk. Destin and Miramar Beach also cater to the outdoor enthusiast with a love for sailing, golfing, fishing, snorkeling, Scuba diving and nature walking through one of many parks and preserves.