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Northwest Florida is like nowhere else in the state - or the world. It’s a combination of wetlands, white sand beaches, forests and extremely rare coastal dune lakes, the least developed resort area in Florida. It’s also a terrific place for vacations, in places like Destin, the Beaches of South Walton and Pensacola. Here are our Top 10 picks!
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Perdido Key Resort Management

Pensacola, Florida

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Discover one of the best kept secrets of the Florida Gulf Coast! Perdido Key Resort Management offers a wide selection of luxury accommodations on an unbeatable island retreat where the white sand shores... read more

Discover one of the best kept secrets of the Florida Gulf Coast! Perdido Key Resort Management offers a wide selection of luxury accommodations on an unbeatable island retreat where the white sand shores and cool blue waters are just the beginning. Here, you can indulge in afternoons out on the beaches, take in a swim in the waves or try something more exciting such as surfing or snorkeling. The resort offers opportunities for deep-sea fishing aboard Zeke's Lady, and nature and scenic cruises that let you take in all the wonders of this magnificent location. If you need a break from the beach, enjoy golf at one of three premier local courses, explore the many unique shops at The Market, or find a place to settle down for a delicious meal. When you're not out and about, your spacious accommodation from Perdido Key Resort Management will make you feel right at home. Choose from one to four-bedroom units, each equipped with a variety of modern amenities for your complete comfort and convenience. Full kitchens, cozy living areas, private balconies, and wireless internet are just some of the many touches available. Plus, some units offer access to onsite pools, fitness centers, and are even pet-friendly, making it easy to find a place that's just right for you!

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3700 Perdido Key Drive Ste 122b, Perdido Key, FL 32507

Related activities

Visit the National Museum Of Naval Aviation or the Pensacola Museum Of Art for a day out of the water!

Fun facts

Perdido Key is an island vacation unlike any other! The island offers some of the best beaches which have been rated #1 for swimming beaches in the US by Great Outdoor Recreation Pages and was ranked by Dr. Beach as among the nation's top 20 beaches. Perdido Key has also been featured on The Travel Channel's "Top Secret Beaches of the World" series in 2002 as the only continental U.S. destination among the 20 beaches featured worldwide!

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Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida

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Bring your definition of luxury to a whole new level when you plan a stay at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach. World-class accommodations, onsite amenities including a waterpark, day spa, and fitness center,... read more

Bring your definition of luxury to a whole new level when you plan a stay at Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach. World-class accommodations, onsite amenities including a waterpark, day spa, and fitness center, are just a few of the things that make this property on of the best in Northwest Florida.

Aqualand is the brand new, gulf-side Water Playground that your family will be begging you to visit. The park features more than 20 water toys and a total of 3,400 square feet of aquatic fun. If you are planning your getaway during the summer, watch out for Pirate Invasions as the activities team hosts Pirate Playtime in Aqualand. The kids aren't the only ones who will enjoy a getaway at the Holiday Inn Resort! There are five restaurants to choose from onsite for enjoying date night with your loved one. The View Restaurant offers local seafood dishes that are simply delicious. The food will bring you in while the scenery makes you wish you never had to leave. After a day full of fun activities, all of your travel companions will enjoy the spacious accommodations of the Holiday Inn Resort. Choose from State Rooms, Family Rooms, Kid's Suites, or Luxury Suites, depending on your lodging needs. Choose from amenities like a private balcony, flat-screen televisions, a spacious living area, kitchenette, and more.

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11127 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, Florida 32407

Fun facts

This wouldn't be a Polynesian Paradise without genuine island traditions. One such tradition is the Holiday Inn Resort's nightly torch-lighting ceremony. The ritual began in the South Pacific to honor nature's blessed abundance. The ritual continues at the SunSpree to honor and welcome our guests. When you hear the drum beats on our pool deck, look for our own "Polynesian Islander" to set the torches aflame against the dramatic backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Holiday Inn Resort's On-Site Activities Include: Splash's Kids' Club, Splash Tuck-Ins, Volleyball, Dive-In Movies, Arts & Crafts, FREE Equipment/Games Rental Program, and So Much More!

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Brooks and Shorey Resorts, Inc.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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What's better than staying in a spacious vacation rental during your next Northwest Florida getaway? Having plenty of perks and great amenities included as well. Brooks and Shorey Resorts, Inc. has the perfect... read more

What's better than staying in a spacious vacation rental during your next Northwest Florida getaway? Having plenty of perks and great amenities included as well. Brooks and Shorey Resorts, Inc. has the perfect vacation rental for you in Fort Walton Beach!

These beachfront options are truly perfect for your next Florida Family vacation. Skip the lines at Disney and stay a short walk from the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Condo accommodations feature flat screen televisions, balconies, full kitchens, and easy access to the beach. Top this off with beach chairs, unlimited DVDs access (two rentals per night), and great activities like snorkeling, dolphin cruises, and golfing included in your stay. Contact Brooks and Shorey Resorts today to find out more and to start planning your trip to Fort Walton Beach!

Address

43 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Number of resorts

Brooks and Shorey Resorts, Inc. manages 15 properties including: Azure, Dune Pointe, Emerald Towers West, Islander Beach Resort, Island Princess, and Summer Place.

Related activities

Make sure to plan a trip to Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park in nearby Destin, voted the best water park on the Emerald Coast.

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There’s nothing like a nice welcome, especially if you happen to be visiting the largest private beach on the Emerald Coast. That’s what you’ll find at the Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention... read more

There’s nothing like a nice welcome, especially if you happen to be visiting the largest private beach on the Emerald Coast. That’s what you’ll find at the Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center - a sparkling welcome center at the heart of your Panama City Beach vacation. And wait until you see the rest!

By that we mean the new condominium building, complete with an exquisitely-designed outdoor pool deck and a Splash Zone for kids. There’s also an upper-floor sundeck, sauna and steam room. That’s not counting the hotel suites - yes, Boardwalk Beach Resort has those too. Each hotel has its own pool and it’s all connected by a spectacular boardwalk along the 1,100 feet of white sand beach. The Activities Center in the new condominium building is ground zero for Panama City Beach activities including tee times for golf, charter fishing, diving and tours of the nearby Shell Island. The combination of classic - the boardwalk, the beach and the sun - and the new makes a truly festive Panama City Beach getaway.

Extra Stops

Be sure to visit Under the Boardwalk, featuring fresh seafood, tropical cocktails and seasonal live entertainment.

Highlights

Whether you are looking to relax in the sun or make a splash with the best water sports on the beach, Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center has you covered. The resort offers a number of rental options including: Lounge Chair & Umbrella Rentals, Jet Ski Rentals, Dolphin Tours, Paddle Board Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Beach Photography, Corn Hole Board & Bag Rentals, Pontoon Boat Rentals, and Banana Boat Rentals.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Conference Center at the Boardwalk Beach Resort features more than 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space for events and groups of up to 2,500.

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Luxury Properties Vacation Rentals

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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It's all in the name- Luxury Properties Vacation Rentals is full of opulent places for friends, families, and romantic couples to stay.

To quote them off their own website, Luxury Properties Vacation... read more

It's all in the name- Luxury Properties Vacation Rentals is full of opulent places for friends, families, and romantic couples to stay.

To quote them off their own website, Luxury Properties Vacation Rentals makes it their priority " to find a vacation rental that not only meets, but exceeds all of your expectations". You'll find some of the finest properties in all of North Florida in their catalog, and some of the most hospitable staff in their employ. All properties are located near to the plethora of north Florida attractions and activities. From shopping and dining to watersports, beaches and much more, the area has something to fit everyone's taste. Whether you are looking for the eclectic charm of a small town or the sophisticated amenities normally found in larger cities, Luxury Properties Vacation Rentals will help you easily find whatever you need to achieve the vacation of your dreams!

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90 Spires Lane, Unit 6A Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

Population

Florida's population was 19.89 million as of 2014

Elevation

193′

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For those of us that want everything from a vacation, where do we turn? How about Holiday Isle Properties? If you're looking for an unforgettable tropical experience, Destin is your destiny!

Bad puns aside,... read more

For those of us that want everything from a vacation, where do we turn? How about Holiday Isle Properties? If you're looking for an unforgettable tropical experience, Destin is your destiny!

Bad puns aside, Holiday Isle Properties specializes in vacation rentals in one of the most beautiful beach spots in the world – Destin, Florida. Rentals feature a perfect location close to downtown Destin and the harbor, yet almost in a world of their own, as Holiday Isle is a secret oasis for those who want both a harbor and beach experience. When you stay in one of their rentals you're never far away from the white sand, sparkling emerald waters, and breathtaking sunsets of the Florida beach. Inside, you'll find all the conveniences of home without the regular stresses of everyday life. Get out and take a walk on the Holiday Isle Peninsula and thank your lucky stars you chose Holiday Isle!

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842 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

Population

The population of Destin was 13,264 as of 2013

Related activities

To the west are the tall slides, waterfalls and pools of Big Kahuna’s water park!

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Shoreline Towers

Destin, Florida

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Whether you are looking for some quality family time, or you're simply wanting to experience parasailing over a white sand beach, Shoreline Towers is the destination for you!

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Whether you are looking for some quality family time, or you're simply wanting to experience parasailing over a white sand beach, Shoreline Towers is the destination for you!

Just footsteps from the sugar-white beaches and emerald waters of Destin, Shoreline Towers are the perfect place for your next family vacation or romantic getaway. Enjoy the luxury and comfort of a two and three bedroom condominium or a spacious townhome. Stare out the window or off the balcony at the glorious coastline. Then get outside and experience it firsthand! The oodles of family entertainment and kid-friendly activities in the area keep families returning year after year- we're sure they'll do the same to you!

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900 Gulf Shore Drive Destin, FL 32541

Highlights

Destin offers one-of-a-kind shopping experiences at the nation's largest designer outlet mall, Silver Sands Factory Stores, and Destin Commons.

Fun facts

Destin is often referred to as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village"!

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Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

Okaloosa Island, Florida

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It’s an agonizing decision to have to make: do you want to vacation on the beach, or the bay? Beach…or bay? Beach or bay…well, it doesn’t really matter. At Destin West, we can assure you that you’re... read more

It’s an agonizing decision to have to make: do you want to vacation on the beach, or the bay? Beach…or bay? Beach or bay…well, it doesn’t really matter. At Destin West, we can assure you that you’re going to be thrilled either way.

It’s on Okaloosa Island, first of all, a premiere locale in the Fort Walton Beach community. Here, the bay is the stunning Choctawhatchee Bay and the beach meets the vast Gulf of Mexico. And regardless of the accommodations you choose, you’re in for a treat. The condos range from one to three bedrooms, with features including marble tiled kitchens, washers and dryers, bunkrooms that the kids will love and décor that includes artwork and top-of-the-line furnishings. All of this is accented by a 700-foot River Lagoon pool with its own waterfall, plus three whirlpools and one of the finest fitness centers in the region. With its lush, green tropical landscaping, the entire resort is a work of art. Beach or bay, consider yourself lucky.

Total area

Destin West Beach and Bay Resort rests on four miles of Okaloosa Island beaches.

Getting there

From Okaloosa Regional Airport, take a left onto Hwy 85. Stay on Hwy 85 and it will become Eglin Pkwy. Follow Eglin all the way to Hwy 98. Take a left on Hwy 98. Destin West Beach and Bay Resort is located on Hwy 98 on Okaloosa Island.

Related Onsite Offerings

At Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, the beach is never far away; an elevated pedestrian dune walkover makes for easy access from either property.

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If Northwest Florida is distinguished by its undeveloped forests, beaches and coastal dunes, then the Hilton Sandestin thrives on the beach part of the mix. So along with its adult-oriented aura it’s decidedly... read more

If Northwest Florida is distinguished by its undeveloped forests, beaches and coastal dunes, then the Hilton Sandestin thrives on the beach part of the mix. So along with its adult-oriented aura it’s decidedly family-friendly, with children’s programs, a game room and three swimming pools.

It’s also decidedly golf, with four, yes, four, championship courses on site - together, they take you through all of the landscapes that comprise the unique Northwest Florida region. There’s also the Dunes par 51 putting course, if you need some practice or if you’ve brought the kids along. And no matter who you bring, the Hilton Sandestin will add plenty of luxury to your Sandestin getaway. It’s got the Serenity by the Sea Spa, with men’s and women’s spa areas, exercise equipment and even private massage suites. Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood is Northwest Florida’s first four-diamond restaurant. And a variety of suites in the Emerald and Spa Towers provide nothing but the finest features and amenities.

Related activities

For a taste of urban vibrancy - well, as urban as it gets in Northwest Florida, anyway - make the six-mile trip to Grand Boulevard in Sandestin with its gorgeous park, distinctive shopping and fine dining.

Getting there

From Northwest Florida Regional Airport, take Highway 85 to Highway 20. Take Highway 20 to 293 (Mid Bay Bridge), and proceed across bridge ($2.50 toll) to Highway 98. Turn left onto Highway 98 and proceed to Sandestin. Turn right onto Sandestin Boulevard South.

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The Hilton Sandestin features more than 32,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space including 20 breakout rooms, a theater and two ballrooms.

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Seascape Resort

Miramar Beach, Florida

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Northwest Florida is the least-developed part of the state. So a good expanse of it is exactly the opposite of what you might find in, say, Orlando. There’s plenty of wildlife and untouched natural scenery. But... read more

Northwest Florida is the least-developed part of the state. So a good expanse of it is exactly the opposite of what you might find in, say, Orlando. There’s plenty of wildlife and untouched natural scenery. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it from upscale accommodations - which is why there’s Seascape Resort.

And a deluxe condo isn’t all you can expect here. Start with 2,000 feet of beach, plus on-site golf, tennis, beach and bike rentals and several restaurants including the Whales Tail Beach Bar and Grill. If it sounds like a resort to you instead of a condo rental establishment, it’s actually both. And the best part is the value: as a guest of Seascape Resort, you get discounts to restaurants, fine dining cruises, golf, watersports, tennis and more. And about those deluxe Destin condos. You can choose from the one- to three-bedroom units at the beachfront Majestic Sun, Ariel Dunes I or Ariel Dunes II towers, or from a vast variety of low-rise lakefront, golf, tennis or boardwalk villas. If you can’t find your ideal Northwest Florida vacation here, you’re not looking!

Total area

Seascape Resort encompasses more than 300 acres of Beaches of South Walton landscapes.

Highlights

Seascape Resort puts its natural surroundings to great use with its par 71, 6,100-yard 18-hole championship golf course designed by the famed Joe Lee. You’ll find a grass driving range, two practice greens ,a restaurant and a pro shop. You can also play its Club 18-hole course at the nearby Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Fun facts

More than 40 percent of the Beaches of South Walton is preserved through state parks. The area’s 17 coastal dune lakes are only found here and in remote portions of Africa and Australia.

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Sunnyside Beach & Tennis Resort

Panama City Beach, Florida

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This tropical beachfront resort sits adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico and provides impeccable service, superb accommodations, and easy beachfront access!

The spacious accommodations and 350 feet of beautiful... read more

This tropical beachfront resort sits adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico and provides impeccable service, superb accommodations, and easy beachfront access!

The spacious accommodations and 350 feet of beautiful sugar white beachfront are far and away the main draw at Sunnyside- they're top of the line. Natural beauty is easy to find here- one walk down the coast is all you need. But less obvious, yet no less important, is Sunnyside's attention to detail. From their stupendous hospitality to the meticulously manicured rooms, everything is taken care of. Inside your room you'll find lovely beach decor, comfy beds, and a spacious full kitchen. If the ocean just isn't doing it for you, cannonball into the pool or grab a tan on the side!

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22400 Front Beach Rd, Panama City, FL 32413

Highlights

There is 350 feet of beach onsite!

Fun facts

Pets for weekly/monthly renters are subject to management’s approval and there is a $200.00 non-refundable pet fee.

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