Located south of Panama City, it has been rated the most beautiful in the continental U.S. from 1998 to 2001.
With over 20 miles of pristine shoreline and one of the nation's top rated beaches, this dune covered peninsula has plenty of drawing power. Guided nature walks, bird watching, swimming, camping and more are available.
Stop at Flagler or Beverly Beach or any of the many camping, picnicking, or fishing spots....bicycle, jog or walk the numerous trails....easily accessible in the parks and recreational areas along the way.
Bed-and-Breakfasts, cafes and lots of unique shops - all within easy walking distance of each other and beautiful Lake Dora. The Miss Dora Tour Boat takes you through a canal to Lake Dora and Lake Eustis.
There is so much to do and see from the rides, characters, parades and all the different types of food. My kids say that it really is the happiest place on earth! Epcot Center is another fun place and it is educational too. My whole family loves Universal Studios. There’s so much fun that you really need more than a day to do it all.
Don't forget to go to SeaWorld while you are there. The rides, attractions and shows are awesome! If you want to spend the day staying cool at the pool you have to try Wet 'n Wild. It is one of the most amazing water parks that I have ever seen. You can relax on the lazy river or have a blast on all the slides and in the wave pool. Kissimmee and Orlando Florida is my suggestion for fun family vacation ideas.
The beaches are famous for their excellent shelling and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is located here.
Besides bird watching and shelling there are observation towers....a 5 mile wildlife drive....4.5 miles of nature trails for walking....guided or self-guided ecosystem tours.
You can sign up for their mentoring program and learn the nitty gritty of running a Bed & Breakfast. Things like check-in procedures, interfacing with the guests, serving breakfast, housekeeping and other tasks. And you can do it while enjoying the atmosphere of beautiful Amelia Island, Florida.
The water here has as much as 5 times the amount of minerals that you will find in many of the more famous springs and spas around the world. Many people believe that the minerals have healing properties for a variety of ailments and come here seeking relief. This is also believed by many to be the original "Fountain of Youth" discovered by the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon.
It is now home to over 1,000 tropical birds as well as orangutans, tigers, and reptiles. Take a self-guided tour of the beautiful, lush tropical gardens. Visit the Manu Encounter which houses over 3000 unique animals including Squirrel Monkeys and Macaws.
This is a tradition for my family every time we are in the area. We have been visiting the spot for years. It's so relaxing and a perfect break from the heat. After enjoying Gulf Shores for a couple of days, we moved on to Fairhope, Alabama. This is a great community with lots of art galleries and great restaurants.
They have a community pier which is great for enjoying the sunset over Mobile Bay. We were there for Oktoberfest so we drove to Mobile to enjoy the festivities. It was great. We had so much fun and plan to go back next year. - Ginger from Arkansas