Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Department of Environmental Protection
 
* DEP Home * About DEP * Programs * Contact * Site Map * Search
MyFlorida.com  
Florida Coastal Access Guide Quicklinks

Florida's Panhandle

Florida Panhandle Map

Thirteen counties border this "Forgotten Coast" with miles of undeveloped natural beaches, barrier islands, quiet fishing villages, quaint historic districts and popular beachside cities and towns.

Renowned for sparkling white sands and emerald waters stretching from Pensacola southeast to Cedar Key along the Gulf of Mexico, the Panhandle is one of Florida's best-kept secrets. Mostly rural, it boasts some of Florida's best beaches and a climate for year-round boating, biking, hiking, canoeing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, camping and fishing. Panahandle sanctuaries include nine aquatic preserves, 36 state parks, the Gulf Islands National Seashore and the 246,000-acre Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve–one of the most important bird habitats in the southeastern U.S. waters.

Panhandle Counties (west to east) Map Amenities
Escambia County - Perdido Key State Park

Escambia's sugar-white sand beaches of Pensacola Beach are its main attraction. It is on Santa Rosa Island, one of two barrier islands that shelter the mainland. (More)

Escambia County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Santa Rosa County - Blackwater River State Park

Santa Rosa's mainland is completely sheltered by Santa Rosa Island, home to Gulf Islands National Seashore, beautiful sand beaches and the city of Gulf Breeze. (More)

Santa Rosa County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Okaloosa County - Henderson Beach State Park

Okaloosa beckons tourists to sugar-white sand beaches, resorts, sparkling green water, fishing and water activities. Its biggest city is Fort Walton followed by Destin. (More)

Okaloosa County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Walton County - Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Walton, one of the most biodiverse areas in the US, attracts visitors to its beaches, dunes, rare coastal dune lakes and the 15 Beaches of South Walton communities. (More)

Walton County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Bay County - St. Andrews State Park

Bay attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to sandy white beaches and warm gulf waters that hide sunken shipwreck treasures. Panama City is a popular beach spot. (More)

Bay County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Gulf County - St. Joseph Peninesula State Park

Gulf's miles of snow-white beaches, scalloping and sport fishing make it a popular area. The city of Port St. Joe looks across the bay at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. (More)

Gulf County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Franklin County - St. George Island State Park

Franklin is reminiscent of the rural villages of the 1950s; much of the land is in conservation. St. George Island and the city of Apalachicola are main attractions. (More)

Franklin County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Wakulla County - Ochlockonee River State Park

Wakulla is home to Wakulla Springs and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, vast areas of wilderness, marsh and small secluded beaches. (More)

Wakulla County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Jefferson County - Brown Pelicans

Jefferson's coast is secluded wilderness and salt marsh for those with an explorer's spirit. (More)

Jefferson County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Taylor County - Econfina River State Park

Taylor If you love fishing, the great outdoor wilderness and a slow pace, this is the place for you. (More)

Taylor County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Dixie County - Horseshoe Beach

Dixie's wilderness and marsh on the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve offers fishing, boating and birding and one coastal city, Horseshoe Beach. (More)

Dixie County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Levy County St. Andrews State Park

Levy is edged by wilderness, marsh, the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve, and the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers. Cedar Key looks over this marshy coast. (More)

Levy County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Citrus County - Manatee at

Citrus, a prime fishing area, is the only place in the U.S. where people and manatee swim together in Kings Bay near the city of Crystal River. (More)

Citrus County Icon Beach Umbrella Icon
Back to top


Last updated: August 02, 2012


   3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235   Tallahassee, Florida 32399   (850)245-2094
Contact Us
DEP Home | About DEP  | Contact Us | Search |  Site Map