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For the Perfect Summer Getaway, Consider the Florida Panhandle

May 7th, 2012

White Sand Beaches of Pensacola

By Myscha Theriault – Independent Travelers Resources at

While the panhandle may be a bit of a drive from southern Florida, it’s easily accessible for people in Georgia and other nearby states that border the Gulf of Mexico. Known as the Emerald Coast by locals and regional travelers, the area is beginning to bounce back from the BP disaster. From fishing rodeos to spa getaways and souvenir experiences for the serious shopper, here are a few places in northwest Florida you may want to check out.

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Photo: President Obama Swims at Panama City Beach, Florida

August 15th, 2010

Photo of President Obama Swims at Panama City Beach
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Panama City Beach, FL – During the First Family’s visit to Panama City Beach to meet with local business owners and officials and to encourage Americans to enjoy the Gulf Coast beaches, the President and Sasha go for a swim.

President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha swam at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, FL on August 14, 2010. The President traveled to Panama City Beach with First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha to meet with local business owners and officials and to encourage Americans to travel to the Panhandle and Gulf Coast beaches. Announces New Northeast Florida Beaches Section

July 19th, 2010 announces our new Northeast Florida Beaches section. Florida has over 1250 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 90% of our beaches are oil free. And now has never been a better time to visit Florida beaches with many offering lodging discounts and other promotions. The beaches of Northeast Florida have always been popular with visitors from Georgia, North and South Carolina, but with the oil from the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster impacting the Florida Panhandle, has recently visited and added new popular beach destinations for Florida visitors.

Northeast Florida Beaches Have Not Been Affected by the BP Oil Spill

The beaches of Northeast Florida are over a thousand miles from the oil spill and are located just off Florida’s I-95. Whether you’re looking for an unspoiled natural beach at one of Florida’s State Parks or the resort lifestyle with all of the amenities, you’ll find it in Northeast Florida. Here are just a few.

Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach

Fernandana Beach
Amelia Island is a lush beautiful island, with many miles of beaches and several state parks that have trails great for hiking, biking and nature watching. Fernandina Beach is the northern most east coast beach in Florida and has been an important seaport from early on, which is evident in its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. One of the most popular resorts is Amelia Island Plantation. This 1350 acre AAA Four Diamond resort on Amelia Island overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway on the west.
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Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier
Jacksonville Beach is a great place to spend a few days, as it will take you that long to see it all. The beaches are nice and wide so I guess that’s why they made the pier’s boardwalk so nice and wide. Along with the hanging out on the fishing pier, you can browse the shops at the boardwalk, ride your bike or rollerblade along, but be sure to watch for people, because this place is always crowded, day or night.
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Ponte Vedra Beach

Beach at Ponte Vedra Inn
Ponte Vedra Beach is known for two things, posh resorts and pristine golf courses, but they do have great beaches as well. The beach there is wide and sandy, great for laying out getting a tan or looking for shells, as lifeguards watch over all guests. Just south of Jacksonville, this world class resort is a favorite east coast beach.
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Anastasia State Park

Sand Dune at Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is near St. Augustine and welcomes thousands visitors from all over the world every year to enjoy its many natural wonders. Anastasia’s four miles of beautiful beaches attract walkers, joggers, fishermen, surfers, kayakers, bicyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
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Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach - World Famous Flagler Beach Sign
Along Florida’s east coast tucked in north of Daytona Beach you’ll find Flagler Beach; once a sleepy little fishing village Flagler Beach has flourished in to a vibrant seaside community while maintaining much of its original charm. The big ‘Flagler Beach’ emblazoned across the roof of the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier Restaurant is and has been a draw to the pier for a long time and is arguably the most familiar sign on the beach.
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Of course there are many other Beaches in Florida to visit and there’s no better way to cool off this summer than a visit to the beach.

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