Emerald Coast Living from a Native’s Perspective

Enjoy a scenic tour of  Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is the unofficial name of Florida’s coast line stretching about 100 miles, from Pensacola to Panama City Beach. While the entire Emerald Coast is known for sugar white beaches and pristine sparkling water, each community has its own attractions and charm. Also known as The Playground of the Gulf Coast, Florida’s Emerald Coast has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for quiet solitude, a fishing trip, water sports, golfing, hiking, biking, shopping, or the best in dining – you will find it here all year-around!

With sugar white beaches, emerald green water, a beach boardwalk, a pier and a variety of family entertainment, it’s no wonder Okaloosa Island is a popular vacation spot along Florida’s Emerald coast. This quiet stretch of beach, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, provides unlimited options for sunbathing, swimming, sailing, kayaking and parasailing.

Destin Harbor provides true coastal living, daily relaxation and adventure all at one place. Destin is known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and was rated the best place to live and boat on the Gulf of Mexico by Boating Magazine. Festivals are held along the coast to celebrate fishing expeditions with great food and music.

A jewel along Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is known for sugar white beaches, emerald green water, golf courses, world famous fishing and variety of shopping venues. Popular shopping and entertainment venues include HarborWalk Village and Destin Commons.

Situated between Destin and Scenic 30A, Miramar Beach, Florida provides classic coastal living with scenic beach roads, surf shops, fabulous restaurants, beachfront homes and condominiums with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. In Miramar Beach, you’ll find beaches and nature areas that are less populated, allowing you to truly enjoy the beauty of the Emerald Coast.

Tucked away from the beach and nestled along the Choctawhatchee Bay is the family friendly area of North Santa Rosa Beach. This quiet and peaceful area is home to local restaurants like The Bay and Louis Louis and offers great outdoor recreation opportunities including bay fishing charters and paddle board rentals.
Perfect for nature enthusiasts, Point Washington provides a relaxed and private lifestyle. A main feature of Historic Point Washington is Eden Gardens State Park. The park centers on the beautifully renovated, two-story Wesley house with elegant white columns and wrap-around porch.

Scenic Highway 30A parallels the Gulf of Mexico for 28 miles in South Walton County. Scenic 30A is home to rare fresh water coastal dune lakes that are located throughout multiple award-winning Gulf-front state parks. Popular tourist destinations like Seaside, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach make Scenic 30A a truly unique part of the Emerald Coast.

Panama City Beach offers 27 miles of beautiful white beaches, shopping and entertainment. With the recent expansion of Pier Park shopping mall, Panama City Beach boasts one of the largest outdoor malls in the area.

With continued interest and growth along the Emerald Coast combined with proximity to two airports, a mild climate and friendly people – it is no wonder the Emerald Coast is the place to be. Enjoy your time on Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast!

Nathan Abbott Team
ResortQuest Florida Real Estate