Florida West Coast / Panhandle Beaches

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  • Santa Rosa Beach // Florida

    Santa Rosa Beach
    ©Barbara Reddoch

    Powdery white sand and the clear waters of the Gulf are all par for the course along Florida's Emerald Coast and Santa Rosa beach is no exception. Situated less than ten miles away from the ever popular beaches of Destin, what you get at Santa Rosa is a more laid back, and dare I say, upmarket experience. You can instantly tell there is money here from the fine beachfront properties… read more »

  • St George Island State Park // Florida

    St George Island State Park
    ©Rachel Kramer

    St George Island State Park is on a barrier island off the western coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is white and soft, and it stretches endlessly along the turquoise waters of the Gulf coast. This is a wonderfully wild place where you watch the most amazing sunsets and then see the stars as they brighten up the nighttime sky.

    During the day, you can enjoy… read more »

  • Grayton Beach // Florida

    Grayton Beach
    ©goldenticket76

    Located on the Florida Panhandle, Grayton Beach faces south into the crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A Blue Wave beach (similar to the better-known Blue Flag scheme in Europe), it is a delightful strip of level white sand. The beach is part of a historic coastal village of the same name, and via its grid of streets, with Grayton Beach State Park.

    A popular spot year-round, Gulf of Mexico… read more »

  • Miramar Beach // Florida

    Miramar Beach
    ©#KenFL74

    Positioned on an attractive stretch of Gulf of Mexico coastline, it's no surprise that Miramar Beach in Destin has its fair share of beachside condos and apartments for rent. During the summer months, its permanent population of approximately 6,000 residents is dwarfed massively by visitors keen to enjoy the powdery white sands for themselves.

    Sunbathers looking to soak up the rays of the southern sun are equally at home at… read more »

  • Panama City Beach // Florida

    Panama City Beach
    ©jsclark.net

    Stretching for 27 miles, Panama City Beach has white sands that meet clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Along this expansive shoreline are two state parks, waterfront restaurants, and a great range of attractions. You will find scuba divers and fishermen enjoying the artificial reefs offshore, and plenty of people relaxing on the beach.

    Panama City Beach has practically every water sports you can think of, from boating to… read more »

  • Navarre Beach // Florida

    Navarre Beach
    ©The222

    Near the northwestern tip of Florida's panhandle lies Navarre Beach, just east of Pensacola. This beach offers simplicity in its natural setting, with white sands and the warm waters of the Gulf. In addition to the beautiful beach, you will find bike trails and picnic tables, perfect for relaxing with family and friends.

    For those looking for some water based activities there is Navarre Family Watersports. Here you can hire kayaks,… read more »

  • Johnson Beach National Seashore // Florida

    Johnson Beach National Seashore
    ©NPS

    Johnson Beach sits at the center of Perdido Key, a barrier island which spans the Florida / Alabama border. 

    The beach has a lifeguard service, plenty of facilities and a parking lot, all of which makes it ideal for families. Along with a host of water based activities there are also a number of hiking trails here best of which is the Discovery Nature Trail. This raised wooden boardwalk winds through… read more »

  • Pensacola Beach // Florida

    Pensacola Beach
    ©Fede Casanova

    Stretching for several miles along the state's Gulf of Mexico coastline, Pensacola Beach forms the main proportion of Santa Rosa Island. A barrier island approximately 40 miles in length but just a couple of hundred yards wide, it can be subdivided into a number of different beaches and conservation areas. It is connected by road bridges to mainland Florida at various points.

    The most popular entry point is probably the bridge… read more »

  • Okaloosa Beach // Florida

    Okaloosa Beach

    Okaloosa Beach sits on a tiny island, just across the water from Fort Walton and a stone's throw along the coast from Destin.

    The beach here's a portrait of paradise - the pristine sand is as icy-white as you're likely to find in the sunshine state, and there's a handful of watersports on offer in the crystal clear waters. 

    Unlike many of Florida's east coast beaches, surfing isn't a huge draw on… read more »

  • Cape San Blas // Florida

    Cape San Blas
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  • St Joseph Peninsula State Park // Florida

    St Joseph Peninsula State Park
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  • Mexico Beach // Florida

    Mexico Beach
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  • St Andrews State Park // Florida

    St Andrews State Park
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  • Carillon Beach // Florida

    Carillon Beach
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  • Perdido Key Beach // Florida

    Perdido Key Beach
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