Believe it or not, the sun rises and sets over the gulf along the Emerald Coast. Famous for sparkling white quartz beaches, emerald-green jeweled waters, dancing dolphins, and picture postcard sunrises and sunsets, the Emerald Coast is uncomplicated and breathtakingly beautiful. To quote the many residents who came on vacation, then went home to pack up all their belongings and move here, "once you come to the Emerald Coast you can never forget it!"
Like the mythical town of Shangri-La, the Emerald Coast will capture your heart and soul. The subtropical climate makes one feel like they have arrived in the Caribbean. Average annual temperature is 67 degrees and rain falls only 50 - 60 days a year, so the sun shines nearly every day in Paradise.
The gem of The Emerald Coast, the town of Destin attracts anglers from all over the world. Destin harbors endless strings of fishing boats with the largest and most elaborately equipped charter boat fleet in Florida. With it's miles of fabulous beaches, Harborwalk District, nearby Sandestin Resort and enchanting Baytown Wharf, there is an adventure waiting around every corner.
The largest town on the Emerald Coast, Fort Walton Beach is home to Eglin Air Force Base, the largest air force base in the free world. Once a pirates' playground, area folklore tells of tremendous treasure buried here. Fort Walton Beach has the intercoastal waterway flowing to the south of it, and it's many bayous provide protected waters for boaters. Serene Okaloosa Island connects Fort Walton Beach and Destin.
An unspoiled land dotted with 14 lakes, this area is heavily wooded by multiple state forests and boasts 26 miles of incredible gulf beaches. Located between Destin and Panama City Beach along Scenic Highway 30-A is the storybook town of Seaside, possibly the most celebrated small town in the world. Colorful dollhouse-like cottages line the brick streets, and more than 40 shops and restaurants are within walking distance of these beach cottages. This one-of-a-kind town has become an international tourist destination. On Scenic Highway 30-A you can also find the charming town of Alys Beach with palatial white villas and a fantasy-like infinity pool. It's annual Digital Graffiti Festival makes good use of these white villas as giant projector screens for artists' futuristic work. Watercolors, Watersound, and Rosemary Beach can also be found along this scenic highway, and each town has it's own picturesque style and unique charm.
Cross over Navarre Bridge and discover Navarre Beach's pristine and secluded sugar-white beach, "Florida's Best Kept Secret." Then go west through Gulf Islands National Seashore for a magical journey along the coast to Pensacola Beach. Be sure to take your camera with you!
So, I invite you to relax on a porch swing, soak up the sun's rays, behold the awesome sunsets, and linger in the moonlight on the silver sands... it's just another day in Paradise!!!