Best FL Panhandle Vacations

9 Vacation Spots in the Florida Panhandle

Written by Boatsetter Team
December 11, 2023

Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by Boatsetter Team

While most people have their eyes set on places like Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, the scenic gulf coastline and the quiet seaside towns of the Florida Panhandle are some of the best spots for a vacation.

  1. Panama Beach City
  2. Destin 
  3. Pensacola 
  4. Miramar Beach 
  5. St. George Island 
  6. Blue Mountain Beach
  7. Seaside 
  8. Grayton Beach 
  9. Alligator Point

Do yourself a favor and search some of these locations to get just a glimpse of the boat rentals and on-water experiences. There’s much to do at these nine vacation spots in the Florida Panhandle! 

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1. Panama Beach City, FL

Panama City Beach- Best FL Panhandle vacations

Known for its vibrant energy and bustling atmosphere, Panama Beach City is a premier destination for sun chasers, beachgoers, scuba divers and snorkelers. The iconic Pier Park, sugar-white beaches, and a plethora of water activities make it a hotspot for families and thrill-seekers alike.

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2. Destin, FL

Destin, FL -Best FL panhandle vacations

Famous for its emerald-green waters and world-class fishing, Destin offers visitors and locals relaxation and adventure. Rent a fishing boat for deep-sea fishing or inshore gulf fishing. You can expect to find Red snapper, Gary triggerfish, Black, Red, and Gag grouper, and more! 

Pro tip: You might want to dock your boat for a stroll along the Harbor Boardwalk, or exploring the enchanting Henderson Beach State Park.

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3. Pensacola, FL

Destin, FL -Best FL panhandle vacations

Steeped in history and culture, Pensacola is a delightful blend of old-world charm and modern attractions. Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, explore the historic Pensacola Lighthouse, or take a leisurely stroll through the historic district of Seville Square. Pensacola’s diverse offerings cater to history buffs and culture enthusiasts.

Pro tip: Calling scuba divers—Submerged 30 feet below the Pensacola Bay sits the USS Massachusetts (BB-2), the oldest existing American battleship. This underwater sight is perfect for scuba divers to explore.

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4. Miramar Beach (FL)

Miramir Beach, FL- Best FL Panhandle Vacations

A serene haven along the Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach invites visitors to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. With upscale resorts, designer shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and a plethora of beachfront activities, Miramar Beach is an ideal retreat for those seeking luxury and relaxation.

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5. St. George Island, FL

St George Island, FL- Best FL Panhandle vacations

Anchor down at St. George Island, a barrier island known for its uncrowded beaches and pristine landscapes. The St. George Island State Park offers a glimpse into unspoiled nature, and the charming St. George Island Lighthouse is a must-visit for panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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6. Blue Mountain Beach (FL)

Blue Mountain beach- Best FL Panhandle Vacations

For a more secluded and laid-back experience, Blue Mountain Beach is a hidden gem. Named after the blue lupine flowers that dot its landscape, this area offers a quiet escape with scenic coastal dune lakes and hiking trails in Point Washington State Forest.

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7. Seaside, FL

Seaside-Best FL panhandle vacations

Famous as the filming location for “The Truman Show,” Seaside is a picturesque resort community with pastel-colored cottages, boutique shops, and a charming town square. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise around Western Lake and make sure to dock your boat for more scenic passageways, exquisite cuisine, and take in the artistic vibe that makes Seaside special.

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8. Grayton Beach (FL)

A haven for nature lovers, Grayton Beach is renowned for its coastal dune lakes and pristine beaches. Explore Grayton Beach State Park, embark on a kayak adventure, or simply relax in the unspoiled beauty of this coastal paradise.

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9. Alligator Point (FL)

For a secluded and off-the-beaten-path experience, head to Alligator Point. This hidden gem is perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat, with uncrowded beaches and a laid-back atmosphere.

Alligator Point (FL)- Best FL Panhandle vacations

Pro tip: Foodies, after a day out on the water (or maybe as fuel for the boat day ahead), stop by Angelo’s Seafood Restaurant for incredible seafood and water views.

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