Visit The Emerald Coast
Ponce De Leon State Park
This beautiful spring is named for Juan Ponce de León, who led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513-as legend has it-in search of the “fountain of youth.” Visitors might well regain their youth by taking a dip in the cool, clear waters of Ponce de Leon Springs where the water temperature remains a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The main spring is a convergence of two underground water flows, and produces 14 million gallons of water daily. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along two self-guided nature trails through a lush, hardwood forest and learn about the local ecology and wildlife. Rangers also conduct seasonal guided walks. Picnicking is a popular activity at the park; grills and pavilions are available. Anglers will enjoy fishing for catfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, and panfish.
Created by Doc & Ruth Dockery, Vortex Spring is home to the Red & White “Diver Down” Flag and is one of the largest diving facilities in the state of Florida.Vortex Spring is recognized as one of the best and safest diving resorts in the country. This 420 acre playground produces approximately 28 million gallons of crystal “gin” clear water daily at a year round temperature of 68 degrees.Our property is packed with experiences for the entire family whether it be scuba diving with our trained and certified instructors, exploring our nature trails, or just taking a dip in the spring.A mecca for diving, snorkeling, and swimming enthusiast alike. If you love the water this is the place for you.
Destin is a city in northwest Florida, in the area known as the Panhandle. It’s known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches and many golf courses, as well as the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Nature trails pass through the dunes of Henderson Beach State Park in the south, where the coastline is dotted with pine and oak trees sheltering wildlife. To the west are the tall slides, waterfalls and pools of Big Kahuna’s water park.
Panama City Beach
Panama City Beach is a waterfront town and vacation destination in northwestern Florida. It’s known for miles of sandy beaches fronting the Gulf of Mexico and raucous spring-break parties. Popular theme parks include Gulf World Marine Park, offering swimming with dolphin experiences, and Shipwreck Island Waterpark, featuring waterslides and pools. St. Andrews State Park is one of 2 protected nature preserves nearby.