Are you dying for a vacation full of beautiful beaches? Perhaps you’ve had your eye on a Caribbean cruise. Or maybe you’ve been thinking of flying down to Orlando to visit the wonders of Disney World or the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale. Unfortunately Caribbean vacations can cost you a pretty penny. Luckily, there is a solution.
If you you simply can’t afford the cash to visit some of the more exotic locations, why not consider taking your vacation on the Emerald Coast?
Affectionately known as the Redneck Rivera, the 95 mile stretch of pristine white beaches that lines Florida’s Highway #98 on the Florida Panhandle is probably one of the most beautiful and least expensive vacation spots in the continental United States.
Stretching from Panama City and Panama City Beach Florida to Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Emerald Coast has beaches to die for and enough unique and unusual activities to interest everyone in the family.
Imagine a place where you can lay out for hours on beaches with sand like talcum powder, pop over the boardwalk for lunch at shady little crab shacks or burger barns before spending the afternoon with the kids playing 9 holes at a tacky (but adorable) miniature golf courses or water parks with slides so twisted they’ll make you permanently dizzy. You can rent yourself a motel room whose doors open right out onto the beach or go whole hog and rent yourself a beach house for the week at a price that makes Nag’s Head look like a rip off.
Of course you don’t have to go for tacky beer joints and hand painted sea shells. You can head in town and stay at a lovely hotel with concierge service while you appreciate lovely restaurants and get genteelly drunk in night clubs where you have to have a tie in order to be admitted.
It’s true; you can find everything from live stage performances to beach side puppet shows and shopping as diverse as print-while-you-wait tee shirts to high end boutiques. There is even a zoo in Gulf Breeze Florida where you can get up close and personal with giraffes and white Siberian Tigers or visit the Gulf Breeze Flea Market where you will find everything from knickknacks made in China to hand-blow glass objects, delicately rendered silk screen shirts and items from Grandma’s attic to be had for a swan song.
As you drive along Route 98 don’t be surprised if you see a mix of cars from motorcycles and scooters to dented pickup trucks, Mercedes, Beamers and everything in between, for only here on the Gulf Coast can you find something for everyone, and at prices that will leave you enough to be able to enjoy far more entertainment than you would at most other locations.