The Emerald Coast Travel Diary
Every time I think of Florida, I think of South Beach or Key West. The Florida Gulf Coast had never crossed my mind and I cannot figure out why I had never thought of visiting this sunny part of Florida.
The gulf coast is a hidden gem! With crystal clear water that reflects an emerald hue and the white sand beaches that look like snow, the place is a visual treat for the eyes. The beaches are very clean and well maintained, the beach homes are gorgeous to look at and the small towns give off a very comfy cozy southern vibe.
Rosemary Beach – a very small community with pebble streets, small shops, restaurants and gorgeous beach homes. Taking a stroll around this small community will have you thinking you are in an entirely different country. There is a public beach access that exists for visitors to use.
Seaside Beach – This was my favorite beach! The town is very small with a center that has many shops, bars and restaurants. It has that storybook beach town feel to it. Be sure to check out the food truck isle by the beach and rent a bike to go for a stroll along the scenic 30A highway! Also, check out the Amavida Coffee & Tea Shop ( Matcha Latte with Almond Milk is on fleek!). The town has many public access areas to the water with beautiful pavilions gracing the entry way to the beach.
Okaloosa Island – This is a barrier island between Fort Walton and Destin, Florida. The island is quite small but is lined with pristine beaches offering the most stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.
Santa Rosa Beach – The most quiet, non commercialized and gorgeous beach in this area! The sunsets here are to die for . If you want serenity by the water, want to feel like you are the only one on the beach, sunbathe or go for long walks by the beach then this place is for you.
The Florida Gulf Coast definitely warrants a visit if you are looking to explore a different side of Florida- One with a southern touch added to its snow like sand and calm emerald colored beaches.