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Why This Stunning Florida Beach Destination Is Perfect For A Fall Getaway

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Florida is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, and a big reason for that is the Sunshine State's beautiful beaches.

While the most popular beach destinations are located in South and Central Florida, the most beautiful beaches in Florida are actually tucked away in the Florida Panhandle.

This is a lesser-known region that is perfect for a fall beach getaway.

Grayton Beach FL

Where Is The Emerald Coast?

The Emerald Coast is a nickname that refers to about 100 miles of coastline along the Florida Panhandle. In my opinion, the 50 or so miles between Panama City Beach and Destin is the best part of the Emerald Coast to visit for the most beautiful beaches.

As you can probably guess, the Emerald Coast gets its name because of the clear green-hued waters of its beaches. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this part of Florida has beautiful beaches with powdery white sand and water in shades of bright blue, green, and turquoise.

Inlet Beach FL

The main Emerald Coast airports are located in Pensacola, Destin, and Panama City.

Why should you visit the Emerald Coast? Here are a few reasons why it's the perfect destination for a fall getaway.

A Beach Town For Everyone

One of the most iconic stretches of the Emerald Coast is 30A. This 24-mile stretch of coast named for Scenic 30A Highway is dotted with more than a dozen beach towns and communities, each with its own distinct personality.

Alys Beach FL

Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, both modeled after Dutch West Indies and Bermudan architecture, are havens of luxury with upscale dining and shopping.

Seaside has a quaint small-town vibe where everyone rides bikes to get around, and yet there's always plenty going on. Grayton Beach is known as an artsy, bohemian enclave with a laidback atmosphere.

These are just a few of the towns on 30A, and each one has something unique to offer.

Seaside FL

Some other great Emerald Coast destinations include Sandestin, which is just next to the more developed and bustling Destin, and Panama City Beach, an affordable, fun destination that is perfect for families.

Affordable Or Luxury, Your Choice

The great thing about the Emerald Coast is that there are options for every budget.

Whether you are looking for a luxurious getaway or an affordable family vacation, there are a variety of accommodations, food options, and activities to suit every budget.

Houses in Seaside Florida

For example, you can spend $1,000+ a night renting a beachfront mansion in an upscale area like Rosemary Beach or Alys Beach.

Or you can spend $100 a night on a hotel room in Panama City Beach, the second-cheapest destination in Florida. Several other Emerald Coast towns are among the cheapest destinations in Florida, including Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, and Pensacola Beach.

panama city beach florida, white sand and blue ocean

Fewer Crowds In The Fall

Unlike many Florida beaches that are year-round destinations, the Emerald Coast is more seasonal, with most tourists coming from early March for the spring break season through the end of summer. This makes it an underrated fall getaway.

After Labor Day in September, the Emerald Coast beaches are quieter during the fall and winter months. This means that fall is a great time to visit for fewer crowds while still enjoying nice weather.

Destin, Florida - Oct. 24, 2014:  Beach goers enjoy the white sandy beaches and emerald blue waters of the panhandle in Destin, Florida. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination.

In the fall, you can still expect daytime temperatures in the high seventies in October and the low seventies in November.

With lower crowds in the fall, you won't have to worry about staking out the perfect spot on the beach or waiting for a long time to be seated for dinner at a popular restaurant. Instead, you can enjoy a more relaxed and spontaneous trip.

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Saturday 7th of October 2023

Not beautiful for long…. Have seen sprawl destroy vast stretches of this state in my 70 years. Breaks my heart.


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Let me know if there's any RV resort or Parks up there are for rent under $400 a month or yearly

Bo Reynolds

Monday 2nd of October 2023

It's an absolute PARADISE!


Sunday 1st of October 2023

Thank you


Sunday 1st of October 2023

In a generation in will be concrete asphalt,steel,plastics,glass,chemicals,noise,lights and contractor traffic…. Welcome to Florida… destroys its own

James Calandrilli

Wednesday 11th of October 2023

@Giselle, You may not be here, but children and grandchildren and generations to come. Tom is not negative, but trying to address a problem

Special Egg

Friday 6th of October 2023

@Giselle,I concur


Monday 2nd of October 2023

@Tom, how pessimistic. You bummed me out until I realized that "in a generation" I won't be here so I won't stress. May I suggest you try to find a more positive way to look at life? Life's too short to be so negative