This is the second in a series of articles looking at the Floridian beaches. This article will focus on the beaches in the Panhandle.
Compared to the East and West coasts, the Panhandle is a lot less crowded, although that is starting to change over time. Panama City is probably the most popular and comes closest to beaches elsewhere in Florida, but the majority of the rest are much quieter, while still maintaining their beauty. Due to its location, the Panhandle is very popular with holiday makers from the Midwest, as driving to it is less daunting than to other parts of Florida. Similarly visitors from Canada can be found there in substantial number.
The Emerald Coast – which is made up of Destin and the Fort Walton region. Instead of the large villas and townhomes favoured in other parts of Florida, it is common to find small cottages here. The Victorian style community, Seaside, attracts many visitors due to its quaint, old-fashioned style while in reality only being a few decades old. Grayton Beach State Park is a point of local interest impressing with its natural beauty.
Pensacola – a tourist hotspot (in Panhandle terms at least), Pensacola can be found on Santa Rosa Island and contains a buzzing centre packed with bars, clubs, shops and restaurants. A quiet alternative to Pensacola can be found in the Gulf Islands Natural Seashore, in total made up of over 140 miles of shoreline, home to a vast array of bird species.
Panama City – as mentioned above, this is one the busiest of the Panhandle beaches, with fantastic beaches and a renowned diving scene. Be warned, during peak holiday times this place can get very busy!
There is more to Florida than just beaches try our article What is there to do in Florida?