Florida Panhandle

Pensacola Beach in Florida
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Tourism along northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast seems to be rebounding since the 2010 BP oil spill, and the sugar-sand beaches are as gorgeous as ever — although the sight of crews still patrolling for tarballs may be jarring. The new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, serviced by Southwest Airlines, provides easy access to Panama City, Pensacola, South Walton and other popular area beaches. Destin, with its fishing boats and dockside cafes, is particularly charming, and the state parks of St. Andrews, St. Joseph Peninsula and Grayton Beach have been ranked among the most beautiful in the country.


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