Emerald Coast
Emerald Coast
Emerald Coast

Escape to Florida's #1 rated beach - The Emerald Coast

Winter is here. It’s never too soon to start planning your escape to the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Join our mailing list to get special offers.

Sugar-white sand vs. gray skies

This winter, kick off your boots and set your toes free in the sugar-white sand on the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Here you’ll find three beach communities and 24 miles of pristine shoreline, with water so clear and emerald green you’ll be amazed you’re still in America. Come find out why USA TODAY ranked us the “Top Beach in the U.S.”

Discover the Coast

HEY, DID YOU KNOW...Destin – Ft. Walton Beach Airport (VPS) offers daily flights to and from Chicago.

Extreme thrills vs. winter chills.

So much of winter up north is spent inside. Not true of life on the Emerald Coast. The weather here is balmy year round – perfect for sailing, Jet Skiing, dolphin-watching cruises, golfing, fishing, bird-watching, shopping in open-air centers and walking on the beach both at sunrise and sunset. Come breathe in the fresh Gulf breezes at the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast this winter. (You won’t have to worry about your lungs freezing – we promise.)

Explore Activities

HEY, DID YOU KNOW...you can learn all about baby sea turtles and swim with dolphins at the Gulfarium?

Gulf-to-Table cuisine vs. frozen fish

The great thing about the Gulf of Mexico is that it never freezes over – and that means fresh fish year round. Come dine on fresh Gulf-to-Table cuisine, including shrimp and oysters (best in cooler months). And enjoy many other offerings available at one-of-a-kind steak houses, Asian restaurants and more.

Let's Eat

HEY, DID YOU KNOW...some of our restaurants have a QR code that you can scan and actually track where your fish was caught and by whom that day?

Beach vacation vs. hibernation

Winter doesn’t have to mean hunkering down and staying put. Get out there and enjoy life at the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Our events calendar has plenty of options to please your vacation activity level. There’s always something up down here.

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