Pensacola, Florida

Gulf Coast Beaches and Resorts for Scenery and Play

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The Gulf Coast is known for its sunny disposition, white beaches and relaxing landscape. Combined with beautiful resorts, family activities, fresh seafood restaurants, boutique shopping, sailing and fishing, the coast is a popular destination for Southeast Louisiana residents.

Areas like Gulf Shores, Alabama, Pensacola Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida, are famous for their white sand, clear water and pier and charter fishing. These waterfront towns, and many others nearby, offer places to stay along the beach, from luxury houses and hotels to condominium resorts.

Scenic Highway 30-A is a 28-mile corridor running along Northwest Florida’s Walton County and passing through several singular communities with upscale, family-friendly accommodations, farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries and eclectic, high-end clothing boutiques. Seaside and Rosemary Beach are among the popular spots along 30-A, featuring pedestrian-friendly mixed-use town centers, quaint cottages interspersed with retail shops and casual, local eateries.

Along the Mississippi corridor, pier and charter fishing, expansive beaches, resort hotels and championship golf courses are all available. Many visitors take boat excursions to the state’s famed barrier islands where they can camp, observe nature, fish or simply collect shells.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is home to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, where works by prolific 20th-century American painter, Walter Inglis Anderson are on display. The museum – as well as Anderson’s artworks – appeals to both children and adults.

Year-round mild temperatures mean trips to the Gulf Coast are possible during fall and winter months. The favorable climate invites sunset walks along the beach, golf, tennis and fishing.

Photo Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism; Bill Strength; Scott Bartel; Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau