Emerald Coast, FL, USA

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Emerald Coast, FL, USA

Emerald Coast vacation rentals

Emerald Coast: The glitzy jewel of Florida

The Emerald Coast is a glorious, sweeping 100-mile stretch of coastline spearing five counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay, in the Florida Panhandle. As many Emerald Coast vacation rentals are a mere stone's throw from sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters, it's popular with fun-loving families. Other popular attractions include, pirate cruises, dolphin tours, and the daily sealife shows at the Gulfarium, while wannabe Jack Sparrows descend for the pirate-themed Billy Bowlegs Festival each June. After a day of basking on the beach or heckling pirates, dine out in the many Gulf-to-table seafood restaurants dotted along the coast.

Peachy beach dreams on the Emerald Coast

Azure-blue seas and floury white sands, the picture-perfect beaches of the Emerald Coast are some of Florida's best-kept secrets. Book an Emerald Coast vacation rental and have a heavenly beach right on your doorstep. The local's favorite, Shell Island, is an uninhabited island close to spring break central, Panama City Beach, but you won't find tipsy sophomores here though. Fringed by sugar-soft sands and leafy mangroves, your only neighbors are wading shorebirds or bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the surf. Grayton Beach State Park is another popular example of when the beach gods got it right.

Face your fears! Snorkeling with stingrays

While most people come for the beaches and stay for the fun (what's not to like?), the Emerald Coast is not all about sun, sea, and sugar-white sands. You could spend a day at the Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach. Built around a prehistoric Temple Mound, it has a wealth of Native American artifacts. Book an Emerald Coast vacation rental in Fort Walton Beach and you'll also be within splashing distance of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It features a variety of Floridian sea life, dolphin and gator shows, and the rare chance to snorkel with stingrays - it's a great day out for all the family.

Emerald Coast : The land of sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows

With over 230 days of sunshine each year, Florida is not called the Sunshine State for nothing, and the Florida Panhandle sees some of the best weather in the U.S. Mild, bright winters, and steamy hot summers with highs of 90°F are not uncommon in July and August, but the cool breeze off the Gulf makes it more than comfortable. Spring is also a busy season. The Emerald Coast is one of the most popular spring break destinations in Florida, with thousands of college students making the pilgrimage here during the Easter college holidays.

Islands in the Gulf stream

The Emerald Coast is not all about spring break and surf towns. Choose an Emerald Coast vacation rental near Santa Rosa Island and you'll discover some of Florida's most pristine sandy beaches, each lapped by the warm emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. At its heart is Pensacola Beach, a bird-watchers paradise with great egrets, ospreys, herons, and pelicans all calling it home. Spot Monarch butterflies fluttering in the dunes, while out in the shallow waters you'll find a variety of colorful sea life, including dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays.