Which areas come to mind when you think of Florida? Miami, Fort Lauderdale, The East Coast, Tampa, Orlando? There are many places to discover in Florida, especially in the Florida Panhandle. Little known to most Canadians, this area is tucked away in the northwestern corner of Florida and is home to some of the state’s most beautiful coastlines. Remember to take photos when you visit this region, and you’ll surely make your friends jealous!
The Emerald Coast
There's no need to visit the Caribbeans to enjoy a stroll down a white sandy beach! Head over to the Emerald Coast, which is home to multiple resorts between Pensacola and Panama City Beach. This area of Florida is famous for its miles of breathtaking beaches and is known for its turquoise waters with hints of emerald, hence the name Emerald Coast. The best way to discover this area is by driving along the 30A.
The Scenic 30A Route
Between Destin and Panama City Beach, a 38 km route follows the idyllic beaches of Florida's panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico, a region sometimes referred to as the "Hamptons of the South." Many celebrities live here, including Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock. Some celebrities, including Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears, also own beachfront properties there.
A Pit Stop in Rosemary Beach
This charming seaside resort will captivate you with its winding paths and cobblestone streets. You'll feel like you're in Spain or Greece the moment you arrive. The architecture in Rosemary Beach is similar to a Mediterranean village. It’s no wonder that CNN named Rosemary Beach one of the most romantic little villages to visit.
Be amazed by the splendid beaches Rosemary Beach has to offer. You can also spoil yourself with its many shops and fine-dining options, or rent a bike and explore the area. Follow the beautiful wooden paths that will lead you to incredible villas.
A Little Stop at Seaside
You may feel like a déjà vu when you arrive at Seaside. The Truman Show, one of the most famous movies of all time, was filmed in this location. Even better, take a stroll through the town and visit a number of the shooting locations for yourself! The Truman House, found at 31 Natchez Street in Seaside, is one of these sites. Above the entrance is where Jim Carrey delivered his famous line "Good Morning!"
The town of Seaside was built to replicate a seaside city from the 1950s, and it truly is a success. The streets are lined with pastel-coloured houses, and there are no skyscrapers anywhere. This city is the perfect place to unwind and forget your worries.
In addition to strolling through the neighborhood, you can enjoy the beach and taste coffee from Amavida Coffee Roasters, the most popular organic coffee in Florida!
A stay in Sandestin
As you continue on the 30A, you’ll have the option to stop in Sandestin. This complex city is located in the heart of the Emerald Coast and offers many activities such as golf, tennis, and spa services.
If you’re looking to spoil yourself, head to The Effie Hotel to experience the elegance of the south. Staying at this hotel will give you access to the only rooftop pool in northwest Florida.
Enjoy the gastronomic food of Ovide Restaurant and prepare for an extraordinary culinary experience directed by world-renowned Georgian chef Hugh Acheson.
If you want a sunny day at the beach without leaving your hotel, make your way over to the hotel’s private beach. You can even rent bikes and explore the natural paths of the region.
If you enjoy shopping, stop at Silver Sands Premium Outlets on your way out of Sandestin to get deals on some big brands such as Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Columbia, Banana Republic, Gap, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, Kate Spade New York and many more.
A Getaway to Destin
If you’re looking for an area to go fishing, Destin is the perfect spot. This city is known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village.” It offers excursions that will take you out to sea for an unforgettable fishing adventure, regardless of your level of experience.
You can also take advantage of its white sandy beaches and swim in its emerald waters. Make your way to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk for a leisurely stroll while admiring the passing boats. This area is perfect for a romantic walk or watching a beautiful sunset with that special someone.
For a bit of adventure and challenge, try water paragliding or rent a jet ski. Alternatively, you could board a glass-bottomed boat or take a cruise to watch dolphins.
Although Destin offers a wide variety of accommodations, Henderson Park Inn is a good choice if you want to experience luxury. This hotel is on a private beach and offers a section for adults only.
A Little-Known Destination that will Enchant You
Hop on the panoramic A30, and you’ll feel like you’re in paradise. The stops along route A30 of the Emerald Coast in Florida will reveal unique areas to relax and take full advantage of the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this region will satisfy everyone’s needs!
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