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The Gulf Islands National Seashore and the South Walton Beaches
The Gulf Islands National Seashore
The Gulf Islands National Seashore is the most westerly of
the coastlines and spans from Mississippi to Pensacola
The Gulf Islands National Seashore contains thousands of
acres of beaches, bayous, barrier islands, forts and other
historic sites. With a variety of things to do, explore
either by yourself or on a guided tour.
Note: Some areas were severely damaged from the 2004-2005
hurricane seasons. These areas are probably still closed,
so check before you go:
Santa Rosa Area, Fort Pickens Area.
South Walton Beaches
Just east of Pensacola you will find the South Walton
Beaches, stretching 26 miles of powdery white sands, vast
pine forests, cool underground springs, marshlands, bays,
bayous and blue gulf waters.
A most beautiful spot is Deer Lake State Park. Located east
of Seagrove Beach off Scenic Highway 30-A. The south side of
the park offers pristine beach and lake areas. North of
Scenic Highway 30-A, you'll find hiking trails meandering
through unspoiled forests.
Grayton Beach Florida, another of the South Walton Beaches,
was established in the late 19th century. Grayton Beach is a
historic district, with many of the old wooden shacks now
The Grayton Beach has a scenic hiking trail and shops for
purchasing your unusual visitors' items.
Seaside, is a town by developer Robert Davis who created a
modern town with Victorian style cottages sprinkled with
extravagant carvings. The town is like a film set which
therefore made a good setting for the 1997 movie, the Truman
Show - about a man brought up on the set of a soap opera.
Seaside encourages walking as the town is pretty and the
shops and schools are near. There are museums, ice-cream
store, market, market and art galleries - you need not
- visit Florida Gulf Coast!
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