Updated: Jun 18
Things in the United States are beginning to reopen. People are starting to think about domestic travel. After working from home, sheltering in place, social distancing and home schooling doesn't some beach time sound heavenly? The Emerald Coast on the Gulf of Mexico may be just want you need. The Emerald Coast goes from Gulf Shores, AL to Panama City Fl. Known for its miles of sugar white beaches and sparkling aquamarine water. It is Family friendly, Girlfriend Trip worthy, Golf Trip deserving, and Honeymoon perfection. Whether you are looking for a party place, a bit of solitude, or an active adventure, the Emerald Coast has something for everyone. It is a days drive from most Southern and Mid Western States, making it easy to reach. Let these photos inspire you to spend a few days with your toes in the soft white sand.
Sunrise at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Santa Rosa Island. These quiet unspoiled beaches are just east of the bustling Pensacola Beach. www.visitpensacolabeach.com
Gulf Shores, AL offers easy on your budget lodging and lots of activities for the whole family. www.gulfshores.com
Sunset over the back bay in Navarre Beach. This is my favorite slice of paradise on the Emerald Coast. Captk and I spent our honeymoon here. We have returned countless times with family and friends. For more details on Navarre Beach check out my blog post, "Navarre Beach A Gem on the Gulf Coast" and www.navarrebeach.com
The crystalline waters of the Gulf Coast allow for frequently turtle and fish sightings when kayaking and paddle boarding.
Sunrise over the Gulf, Fort Walton Beach, Fl.
Blue Mountain Beach, FL. A funky little beach town along highway 30A. www.visitsouthwalton.com
Blue hour sunset on the back bay. Shot from Juana's Pagodas. They offer water sports rentals, beach volleyball, icy cocktails, delicious pub food and the best Key Lime Pie I have ever eaten. www.juanaspagodas.com
The beach inspires lots of family fun.
The Gulf of Mexico has many moods. On its placid days, bring out the water toys. This photo was shot by my brother, Steven Monaco, on a Family Reunion Trip.
A great ending to a day on the beach.
For some adult fun and tons of great music check out the Flora Bama Bar on Perdido Key, FL. www.florabama.com
The golden hour at sunrise.
Sometimes you just need to ride on a Ferris Wheel. Head over to The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL for shopping, restaurants , arcades, and a view of the beach from the top of a Ferris Wheel. www.alwharf.com
Pensacola is home to Naval Air Station Pensacola and the US Navy's elite flying squadron the Blue Angels. We can often seeing them practicing from the beach. For information on their practice schedule and Naval Aviation Museum go to www.navalaviationmuseum.org
A peaceful day at the beach.
History buffs will love a visit to Ft Pickens National Park offering camping, beaches and lots of history. www.nps.gov/guis/planyourvisit/fort-pickens-area.htm
Girlfriends and cocktails, a delightful combination.
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