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Welcome to one of Florida’s best-kept secrets – the glorious beaches, charming cities and fabulous natural escapes of The Panhandle, the state’s extreme north-west.
This wide-ranging region includes the state capital, Tallahassee, several major state parks – including the scenic Wacissa River and timeless vibe of Wakulla Springs – and miles after mile of fabulous coastline. Not for nothing is this known as the Emerald Coast, with wildlife-rich waters that are usually crystal clear. It’s not uncommon to spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and even stingrays from the shore, while the extensive powder-white beaches seem to offer unbroken sands to both east and west, a full 100 miles, in fact. This holiday provides you with the opportunity to experience the highlights of the region and really get under the skin of an oft-overlooked part of the state. The coastal gems here include Pensacola, Fort Walton, Destin and Panama City Beach, which each boast unique history, as well as a real get-away-from-it-all feel for much of the year. From the fascinating Naval Aviation History Museum in Pensacola to St Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge just south of Tallahassee, this is an area packed with surprises that rewards visitors ready to take their time and fully explore a destination.
It is a near six-hour drive from Orlando, but, happily, there is also a daily 90-minute flight to Pensacola from both Orlando and Tampa, so you can mix and match fly-drive options. Take the drive from Orlando and you can enjoy a taste of old world Florida at Cedar Key on the return journey.
Tallahassee International Airport
Pensacola International Airport
3 Nights in Destin
Hilton Sandestin Resort & Spa
The Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa provides everything you could want. Enjoy a relaxing holiday or be as active as you like as, with the beach on its doorstep, a variety of water adventures await your pleasure.
2 Nights in Panama City Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
The full-service Holiday Inn Resort on the sugar white sands of Panama City Beach offers gulf front rooms, lush tropical gardens, a variety of dining options, outstanding entertainment, and superior service; all of which add up to the perfect destination vacation! With the resort’s unique combination of location, activities and amenities, guests have everything they need for a great beach vacation right onsite!
1 Night in Tallahassee
Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
Experience the trendy yet welcoming atmosphere of Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, a new loft-inspired hotel in the Florida Panhandle. Located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee, set on historic streets and a short stroll from the State Capitol, the hotel is also near Florida State and Florida A&M Universities.
2 Nights in Cedar Key
Pirate Cove Bayside Cottages
One of the most charming and relaxing destinations in Florida, Cedar Key is a historic fishing and claiming village located about an hour Southwest of Gainesville. Quietly nestled among a group of barrier islands off the Gulf Coast, you will fall in love with the slower pace of life as you explore the natural beauty that surrounds the Old Florida town.
1 Night in Orlando
Aloft Downtown Orlando
The Aloft Hotel is a wonderful hotel to stay in if you are looking for a hotel located in the heart of Orlando. It comes with all the facilities and amenities needed for your stay to be comfortable and relaxing.
Flights are based on arriving into Pensacola Airport (often via Atlanta) and returning from Orlando International.
Consider extending your stay in the Orlando area at the end of your trip.
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