The Florida Panhandle is one of the best places in the USA for some beachside relaxation on unspoilt, pristine coastlines and makes for a perfect stop on a Florida road trip. Options are endless, with myriad quieter beaches and more lively resorts – many offering an abundance of watersports – scattered along the coastline between Perdido Key and Panama City Beach.
The best beaches include Pensacola, whose miles of sand plays host to shops, hotels and bars, while Navarre Beach is quieter, with 12 miles of pristine white sand perfect for spotting turtles and birds alongside paddleboarding, surfing and cycling.
Further along the coast, lively Destin attracts swimmers and deep-sea fishermen along its pine-shaded shores, while nearby Henderson Beach State offers an abundance of nature trails. Grayton offers a more relaxed vibe, with boardwalks across the dunes, while St Andrews pine-lined beach offers unspoilt mile of coastline ideal for fishing and swimming.