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.

Downtown Ft. Walton Beach offers local flavor and southern hospitality. This quaint community is home to a number of unique boutiques, restaurants and bars. Come discover the culture and rich history of Fort Walton Beach. Fort Walton Beach and its surrounding communities of Mary Esther, Ocean City, Wright, and Shalimar together comprise the business heart of the Emerald Coast. Strong military ties bind a strength of community here.

Destin is known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” as it houses the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida. The 100 Fathom curve draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida allowing fast access to the deep waters of the Gulf. Destin also offers many golf courses, shopping, or fine and casual dining restaurants.

Scenic 30A is made up of a string of unique beach communities that are laid back and relaxed. In addition, you will find four state parks, greenway trails, and rare coastal dune lakes. The beach communities consist of Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Alys Beach, and Rosemary Beach just to name a few. No two communities are alike so it is like a new vacation with every visit.

No two sunsets on the Emerald Coast are exactly alike, and neither are any two days.

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 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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Local Cities and Bases:
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