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Florida’s Emerald Coast

Pensacola, Ft. Walton & Panama City


Destin Beach, Florida

Destin Beach, Florida

Many of Florida’s most exquisite beaches are found along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida’s Panhandle – known as the Emerald Coast.

Bustling beach communities include Panama City, Pensacola, and Destin – all found along Interstate 10 and perfect for a summer road trip.

The Panhandle’s westernmost city, Pensacola is best known for Pensacola Beach, located on Santa Rosa Island just south of the city.

Enjoy surfing, sunbathing, and swimming along Pensacola’s radiant white coast, head out to the crystal clear water for boating and fishing, and try snorkeling at Capt. Bob Quarles Reef, Park East Snorkeling Reef, or Park West Snorkeling Reef. Stroll the Quietwater Beach Boardwalk, or take in one of Pensacola's annual festivals like Lobster Fest, Bushwacker Fest, and DeLuna Fest.

Further along the coast, Panama City is the northern neighbor of the frequented Panama City Beach – encompassing 27 miles of white-sanded shoreline. The Spring Break Capital of the World, Panama City Beach features beaches like Pier Park, the St. Andrews State Recreation Area, and Mexico Beach.

Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, boogie boarding, and much more, or check out annual events like the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop, and the Indian Summer Festival.

Featuring sugary sand and aquamarine water, Destin sits west of Ft. Walton Beach along Gulf Breeze Parkway – framed by the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. Set along the Santa Rosa Sound, Navarre – known as Florida's Best Kept Secret – hosts the stunning Navarre Beach Park. Adorned with white sand and teal waters, Navarre Beach features picnic spots, quaint gazebos, breathtaking sunsets, and prime sunbathing real estate. Don't forget the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.

All together, the Emerald Coast consists of 24 miles of beachfront, and features James Lee Park, Beasley Park, Marler Memorial Park, and Wayside Park – plus several beaches along Okaloosa Island and Santa Rosa Island.


Choose From These Florida Regions:

West Central Shores Southern & the Keys Space Coast
Panhandle Beaches Southwest Gulf Coast Northeast Atlantic Coast

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Apalach Inn

249 US Highway 98, Apalachicola FL 32320-1871
Phone: (850) 653-9131  |  Fax: (850) 653-9136  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Wakulla Inn & Suites

3292 Coastal Highway 98, Crawfordville FL 32327-4200
Phone: (850) 926-3737  |  Fax: (850) 926-4683  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Crossroads Inn

2343 US Highway 331 S, Defuniak Springs FL 32435-3709
Phone: (850) 892-5111  |  Fax: (850) 892-2439  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront

380 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548-6136
Phone: 850-243-9444  |  Fax: 850-243-9444  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Navarre Waterfront

8697 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre FL 32566-2162
Phone: (850) 939-9400  |  Fax: (850) 939-4040  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus Blue Angel Inn

2390 W Detroit Boulevard, Pensacola FL 32534-1721
Phone: (850) 477-7474  |  Fax: (850) 471-6296  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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