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A Surprising Stretch of the Sunshine State

Florida's Northwest Region

Northwest Florida stretches from the historic city of Pensacola on the state's western border, east to Apalachicola. With miles of undeveloped natural beaches, quiet fishing villages and quaint historic districts, visitors will feel like they are among the first to discover the "Other Florida."

The beaches of Northwest Florida, from Pensacola Beach to the eastern stretches of the Beaches of South Walton, offer miles of unspoiled natural beauty and endless options for fun. Referred to as the "Emerald Coast," the cities of Destin and Fort Walton Beach offer wonderful shelling and several unique small-town attractions.Along the Beaches of South Walton, visitors will discover an eclectic blend of old and new beach communities that give this area a special charm. The century-old community of Grayton Beach, with its sand streets and wooden houses made of weathered cypress, is full of surprising contrasts.

With no major highways, and not a single stoplight in the entire county, Franklin County might easily be missed on a trip through the Florida Panhandle. But summertime travelers have at least one very cool reason to visit, as air conditioning was invented here! Nearly 150 years ago, a young physician named John Gorrie developed an ice machine to help cool down patien... read more

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