ALL IN A DAY

Travel Guide to Florida - - NORTHWEST FLORIDA -

THE EMER­ALD COAST

Be­gin your day with a half-day fish­ing trip, dol­phin cruise or sail­ing ad­ven­ture and be soothed by the emer­ald-green wa­ters of the Gulf. Ven­ture over to The Board­walk on Okaloosa Is­land where you can lunch on fresh seafood with beach­front views of the sugar-white sand and the Okaloosa fish­ing pier. In the af­ter­noon, stroll down­town Fort Wal­ton Beach’s Her­itage Park and Cul­tural Cen­ter, com­prised of the In­dian Tem­ple Mound, 1912 Camp Wal­ton School­house and Garnier Post Of­fice Mu­se­ums.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Authen­tic Florida thrives in quiet coastal com­mu­ni­ties like Apalachicola, St. Ge­orge Is­land, Carra­belle, East­point and Al­li­ga­tor Point. En­joy quiet, pet-friendly beaches on St. Ge­orge Is­land and Al­li­ga­tor Point. Climb his­toric light­houses. Camp, pad­dle or hike along wooded trails and quiet sloughs. Watch com­mer­cial fish­ing boats un­load their daily catch or char­ter a trip with an oys­ter fish­er­man to learn how to catch your own. Ex­plore the area’s his­toric charm, bou­tiques, gal­leries and­mu­se­ums.End­with­freshlo­cal seafood served at more than 30 area restau­rants and seafood mar­kets.

PANAMA CITY BEACH

At Zen Gar­den or Finn’s Is­land Style Grub, start your day with gourmet cof­fee and a yoga ses­sion or a quick surf check. From there, ex­plore 27 miles of beau­ti­ful beaches. Try snor­kel­ing or pad­dle­board­ing at St. An­drews State Park, or catch a boat to Shell Is­land, a sev­en­mile-long nat­u­ral bar­rier is­land. Ex­plore div­ing his­tory at the Man in the Sea Mu­seum, be­fore shop­ping at Pier Park. Catch the sun­set from Schooner’s restau­rant, where the nightly event is cel­e­brated with a can­non blast!

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

En­joy the sugar-white sandy beaches of Santa Rosa County. Fish from the Navarre Beach Pier (Gulf of Mex­ico’s long­est) or visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo, Navarre Beach Ma­rine Sci­ence Sta­tion or Navarre Beach Sea Tur­tle Con­ser­va­tion Cen­ter. Tour Cold­wa­ter Gar­dens near Mil­ton. See why this part of Florida is known as the Ca­noe Cap­i­tal of Florida with Ad­ven­tures Un­lim­ited. Ca­noe, kayak and tube along Cold­wa­ter Creek past se­cluded sand­bars, through the pris­tine ecosys­tem of Black­wa­ter River State For­est, or soar on its zip line canopy tour.

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