Where to stay around Emerald Coast?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 11,934 vacation rentals near Emerald Coast. From 2,565 Houses to 8,396 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Emerald Coast are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Emerald Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Emerald Coast. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Destin: 10,678 vacation rentals
  • Seaside: 918 vacation rentals
  • Ft Walton Beach: 9,156 vacation rentals
  • Santa Rosa Beach: 16,132 vacation rentals
  • Miramar Beach: 10,120 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Emerald Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Emerald Coast?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Emerald Coast:

  • Destin: 10,678 rentals
  • Ft Walton Beach: 9,156 rentals
  • Santa Rosa Beach: 16,132 rentals
  • Miramar Beach: 10,120 rentals
  • Navarre Beach: 688 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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.

Explore destinations around Emerald Coast

Destin
10,678 vacation rentals
Ft Walton Beach
9,156 vacation rentals
Santa Rosa Beach
16,132 vacation rentals
Miramar Beach
10,120 vacation rentals
Navarre Beach
688 vacation rentals
Okaloosa Island
8,524 vacation rentals
Navarre
1,166 vacation rentals
Niceville
11,245 vacation rentals
Milton
2,082 vacation rentals
Mary Esther
2,601 vacation rentals
Freeport
14,076 vacation rentals
DeFuniak Springs
352 vacation rentals
Choctaw Beach
6,464 vacation rentals
Shalimar
5,835 vacation rentals
Wynnehaven Beach
1,033 vacation rentals
Valparaiso
7,449 vacation rentals
Ponce De Leon
4,099 vacation rentals
Ocean City
4,762 vacation rentals
Hurlburt Field
2,418 vacation rentals
Lake Lorraine
5,921 vacation rentals