The Emerald Coast is an area in the state of Florida on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, roughly bounded by Pensacola, Florida on the west and Port St. Joe, Florida on the east.
Popular vacation destinations include Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, WaterColor, Panama City Beach, Destin, and Seaside, a planned community whose iconic pastel-paint and tin-roof construction was made famous in the Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show, filmed in the area from 1996-1997. Other communities on the Emerald Coast include Perdido Key, Navarre, Sandestin, Mexico Beach, Grayton Beach, Inlet Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, and Seagrove. Approximately 80% of the Emerald Coast’s 4.5 million yearly visitors go to Destin, FL.
Deep-sea fishing is a huge draw for the area, with Destin holding the nickname “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” (and several saltwater world records) and Panama City Beach hosting the annual high-dollar Bay Point Billfish Invitational. The area has many seafood restaurants as well.
This roughly 100-mile stretch is home to several military bases, with installations including Pensacola Naval Air Station (home of the Navy’s Blue Angels flying squadron and the initial training site for all naval aviators), Eglin Air Force Base (one of the largest military bases in America) and Tyndall Air Force Base (home to the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fighter jets).
From snorkeling the beautiful Destin waters and diving sunken wrecks to exploring a variety of fascinating museums and historical sites, the Emerald Coast offers plenty of exciting activities to choose from.