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Welcome to Florida's Emerald Coast

Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Scenic 30A are located between Pensacola and Panama City Beach along North Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. Each offer white sandy beaches, emerald waters, and are home to some of the best offshore fishing in the world. The Gulf Coast of Florida is often referred to as the Emerald Coast because of the gorgeous emerald waters and sugar-white sand making the beaches perfect for resting your toes.

Top Ten Reasons to Live on the Emerald Coast

  1. Everyone is jealous of Florida’s weather
  2. Interact with dolphins at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach
  3. No state income tax, no inheritance tax, or estate tax
  4. Average to below average cost of living
  5. Endless recreation: boating, golf, watersports, biking, walking, running
  6. STAYCATION: With so much to do, it is easy to take a weekend vacation without ever leaving
  7. You can spend time at the beach all day, any time of year
  8. Daily dolphin watching cruises
  9. Fresh local seafood at its best
  10. If shopping is your passion, you will not be disappointed. Plenty of retail therapy!


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Emerald Coast Communities

Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Destin, Niceville, Crestview, Freeport, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, 30A, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, Santa Rosa Beach, Watersound, Seacrest, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Panama City Beach, Eglin AFB, Duke Field Hurlburt AFB, Tyndall AFB and Pensacola NAS