Essential Holiday Information For The Florida Panhandle

Florida’s extreme north-west region is named for its map appearance as the handle of a typical kitchen utensil, but there is nothing remotely utilitarian about the Panhandle, which is fast becoming one of the Sunshine State’s most compelling destinations.

The full extent of the Panhandle arches around from the old-fashioned resort town of Cedar Key, just north of Crystal River on the west, or Gulf Coast, to the Alabama border, almost 400 miles to the west, and includes an extremely rural hinterland bordering on both Georgia and Alabama.

Otherwise known as the Emerald Coast for its sparkling green-tinged seas, the region’s principle cities are state capital Tallahassee, Apalachicola, Panama City Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola. However, it is a (fairly dull) five to six-hour drive from Orlando, hence a better alternative is to take a regional flight from Orlando direct to Tallahassee or Pensacola, or even fly via Atlanta, where connections to Tallahassee, Pensacola and Panama City are more plentiful.

Restaurants on the water in Panhandle