Florida Panhandle, FL, USA

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Florida Panhandle, FL, USA

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Vacation in a Carefree Condo in North West Florida

The North West region of Florida, also known as the Panhandle, offers a broad variety of experiences. Variable terrain throughout the region provides opportunities for lazy lounging along the shoreline mere steps from your lake or ocean-side condo, townhome, single-family home, or cottage, and there are farmhouses in the local mountains. For an elegant respite, indulge in luxurious estates set on golf courses and in remote environments, and there are a few yachts available for lodging as well. The Florida Panhandle is a popular tourist destination that offers fun and exciting activities all year long.

Ocean Adventures

The Florida Panhandle is renowned for its diverse aquatic life. Swim, snorkel, and scuba dive coral reefs teaming with unique strains of fish or cruise the open waters of the hub of the Gulf of Mexico. You'll find many ways of experiencing the rugged-yet-delicate, pristine glory of the region.

ScubaTech Diving and Diving School in Destin offers hours of enchantment March through late November. Whether you fancy exploring the unique coral reef or taking a deeper dive to explore shipwrecks from long ago, you're sure to make forever memories on your adventure.

The Buccaneer Pirate Cruise in Destin provides educational entertainment for the whole family. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you tour the pristine waters of the Emerald Coast. Kick back and relax or join an assortment of fun-filled activities that include:

  • Story telling
  • Sword fights
  • Water gun battles
  • Singing and dancing
  • Treasure hunts

Explore Lesser-Known Sights

The Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna offers an enchanting change of pace for those interested in geological wonders. This walking tour through stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Marianna lasts approximately one hour and provides an intriguing glimpse into a side of Florida that few even imagine.

Spend the day immersed in nature and local history at the Tallahassee Museum. This unique museum is a zoo and a children's park, and it provides great fun for children and adults. Visit farm animals at a vintage farm nestled within an expansive wooded area, and wildlife can be safely viewed within enclosed environments. There is also a swamp, and much more.

Take a Fun and Romantic Stroll

Elegant cruises, sail boating, shopping, concerts, and great food are abundantly available at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Savor awe-inspiring ocean views and warm breezy sunsets while watching fishing boats sail thru the East pass.

Weather in North West Florida

The North West coastline of Florida has a humid subtropical climate marked with four distinct seasons. Short hot summers peak in July with temperatures averaging in the low 80s, and mild winters with January temperatures averaging in the low 50s provide reasonably comfortable conditions for enjoying outdoor activities year round. This region experiences frequent but brief thunderstorms and potent rain showers during the summer that rarely develop into serious events. The difference in this region's climate is reflected in the terrain, which is populated with a variety of oak trees and plants not seen in the Florida peninsula.

How to Get There

The North West region of Florida is easily accessed by car from Interstate 10, which runs east and west through the region. It cuts through the northern area of Tallahassee and eventually ends in Jacksonville. U.S. Route 331 crosses the I-10 and runs south through Freeport, providing access to Miramar Beach, Destin, and the neighboring coastal communities.

The most popular means for entering the region for national and international travelers are the Pensacola and Tallahassee International Airports. Rental cars, Greyhound, and Megabus lines are available for inter-city travel.