Taking a tour of the Emerald Coast, I can tell you that I’ve been to almost every beach along the Florida Panhandle. Some are more laid back while others are bustling little beaches that are full of every kind of fun. Some areas are more well known, but even the most well known aren’t usually my first choice. We took a trip to scour each little town to see which ones were truly the most beautiful – and these were my very favorites.
#8 – Destin, Florida
Destin, Florida is a busy, busy town. It can literally take 45 minutes to go 5 miles in the summertime. There’s tons to do, so most real estate is dedicated to tourism. However there are some gorgeous homes here.
#7 – Pensacola, Florida
One of my all time favorite beaches, Pensacola is a pretty little town that has plenty to do, yet still has a laid back feel. It’s the best of both worlds!
Mexico Beach is probably the laziest little town on the list. Which is a good thing! If you want a more relaxed trip to the beach then Mexico Beach is your best bet.
#5 – Cedar Key, Florida
Looking for a taste of the island life on the Emerald Coast? Cedar Key, Florida is definitely the place to go. It reminds me of a combo of New Orleans architecture, but you know… at the beach.
Located near Destin, Crystal Beach, Florida is a little community with gorgeous beaches and houses to drool over.
St. George Island is like stepping into a storybook. It’s beautiful and unspoiled by big companies.
#2 – Seaside, Florida
Built as the set of the movie The Truman Show, Seaside, Florida is a gorgeous little gem where you can spend days just soaking in the scenery. But the shopping and food isn’t to miss!
This town isn’t really on the beach, but at only 10 minutes away, I still consider it a beach town. It’s a gorgeous, historic community across the bridge from St. George Island and I dream of moving there someday!