The Panhandle of Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. When you visit the Panhandle you'll be amazed at how different it is from Florida's East Coast, the water is a beautiful shade of clear green, thus the nickname 'Emerald Coast', and the beaches are so white and soft, it's like walking on sugar.
Destin is a popular vacation spot with beautiful hotels and resorts that the whole family will enjoy. The west side of Destin Pass is accessable to the public and offers a great place to view native birds and the pituresque sand dunes. The beach is remote and beautiful and offers a place to getaway from crowds. Fishing and boating, as well as other water sports are popular activities with the Destin Pass offering easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach is famous for its white sand beaches, both commercial and recreational fishing fleets, and water activities. It's not unusual to see a kite surfer or even a dolphin when you're at the beach for a day. This Panhandle Beach features a Boardwalk and Pier that make it a popular vacation destination.
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Pensacola Beach is on Santa Rosa Island, which is 52 miles of white sand beaches in the Florida Panhandle, and is suitable for fishing
, boating, swimming, collecting seashells and just exploring in general. One activity, limited to the summer months, is sea turtle watching. Four out of the seven kinds of turtles nest on the beaches here. This is a great place to spend a weekend with the girls, your sweetie, or plan a whole family vacation.
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Panama City Beach
When you're ready to relax, just claim a patch on one of the white sand beaches and let the world float away. If you'd rather be golfing, you're in the right place; Golf Digest ranked Panama City Beach the third best golf city in America.
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St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach
This beach near Panama City Beach consist on 1,260 acres and is one of the most popular Florida State Parks. You can explore the natural coastal dunes, wetlands and forests of this place forever. St. Andrews has a deep-sea jetty and a fishing pier
, which offer excellent vantage points all year.
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Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach State Park is 2,200 acres of sugar sand beaches, nature trails and camping grounds, all leading down to the waters edge of the emerald green Gulf.
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Soft white sand, emerald green water and one more place to stretch out and just relax. Navarre Beach is a great place to kayak along the shore or paddle out and see what fish are biting today. Navarre Beach is the fastest growing community in Santa Rosa County, partly due to a new and scenic road that connects it to Pensacola Beach.
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Seaside, Watercolor, Sandestin and Miramar Beach
Dotted along the road between Destin and Panama City Beach are the picturesque, beachfront towns of Seaside, Watercolor, Sandestin and Miramar Beach. These towns are small and homey, with tree lined streets and pastel painted houses; they look like something out of a movie. Hollywood thought so too, and so they decided to film the movie "The Truman Show", starring Jim Carey, in the town of Seaside. If you've even been to Hilton Head, South Carolina, Sandestin is a lot like it; very understated and classy. Sandestin is known for its fabulous Golf courses and the Village of Baytowne Warf, which consists of 50 boutiques and specialty merchants which overlook Choctawhatchee Bay. Watercolor is a small Coastal Village next to Greyton Beach and approximately 499 acres, but packed with many resort and residential areas all just waiting to be rented for your perfect Florida vacation. Watercolor is unique because on the one side you have the Gulf, but on the other side you have the banks of a rare coastal dune lake. Miramar Beach is the place shop. Home of the Silver Sands Factory Stores, it is called the largest designer outlet center in the U.S.; they have over 100 designer outlet shops.
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com