Destination: Florida

With its long white beaches, blue and green seas, rainbow-hued reefs, and lush tropical landscapes, Florida offers endless ways to have fun. Whether you want to snorkel, fish, or chill out beside the waves, Florida’s the place for a vacation you’ll never forget.
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South Walton Beach

The Keys to Family Fun

The Florida Keys were made for unforgettable family vacations. Whatever your kids’ interests, this archipelago of unique islands in clear turquoise seas guarantees fun for everyone.
At Key Largo, explore the underwater wonders of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Hike nature trails at Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, or bicycle along the scenic Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail that starts in Key Largo.
On Islamorada, take the whole gang fishing to discover why it’s called the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” At Islamorada Founders Park, the attractions include a dog park, skate park, and an Olympic-sized pool.
Marathon marks the middle of the Keys chain. Its impeccable Sombrero Beach invites siestas by the sea, while at Crane Point, trails through tropical woods lead to a restored early settler’s home and the Marathon Wild Bird Center.
Big Pine Key is the gateway to the quiet Lower Keys, home to some of America’s most beautiful beaches. Discover awesome snorkeling and diving at Looe Key coral reef, or travel through the uninhabited Saddlebunch Keys for a spectacular sunset.
The pearl at the end of the island string is Key West, a picture-perfect town where you can tour Ernest Hemingway’s home. Family fun begins with the Conch Tour Train and continues with the Key West Aquarium and Key West Shipwreck Museum.
Book your family vacation now by calling 800-FLA-KEYS or visiting fla-keys.com/familytravel.
 

Find your Perfect Beach in South Walton

Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton boasts 26 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and 16 individual beachside neighborhoods, each with its own personality and visual style. In South Walton, luxury accommodations, challenging golf, eclectic shops, funky art galleries, and award-winning dining are part of the area’s distinctive character and relaxing atmosphere.
Both on the beach and off, outdoor activities are naturally abundant in South Walton. Adventurous travelers will enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or fishing on the stunning turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico or in one of the area’s ecologically rare coastal dune lakes.
Is shopping your passion? Score some serious bargains at one of the nation’s largest designer outlet shopping centers, and then browse an eclectic mix of funky and sophisticated boutiques and galleries. Foodies will relish the fusion of flavors created by award-winning chefs using fresh-from-the-gulf and locally sourced ingredients. As the sun makes its spectacular evening splash into the sea, enjoy live music and dancing at one of the local hot spots.
South Walton is the perfect place to celebrate family traditions and create memories that last a lifetime.
Go to visitsouthwalton.com to find your perfect beach.

Find out why Panama City Beach is the “Real. Fun. Beach!”

Come bury your feet in the soft, white sand beaches, soak in the emerald clear water, and leave your cares behind as you explore the endless possibilities for real, family fun in Panama City Beach.
Your perfect vacation is closer than you think. Explore the 27 miles of white sand beaches with your whole family. From dolphin sightseeing tours to great shopping, fine dining, and exciting nightlife, Panama City Beach has something for everyone. Whether you want to take the kids to the beach or take yourself to the spa, come experience the vacation you’ve been dreaming of.
In Panama City Beach, you’ll toast the sunset at the end of each day as the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico and the sky is painted with a palette of beautiful colors at the Southeast’s Real. Fun. Beach.
Go to visitpanamacitybeach.com to explore the possibilities.

Destined for an Amazing Summer Vacation

Summer’s the time to enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful white beaches at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Destin. Relaxing on the incomparable expanse of deck overlooking the Gulf’s clear emerald water, it’s easy to understand why Hilton Sandestin Beach is rated a Top U.S. Resort and Top 20 Florida Golf Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The  resort offers 600 rooms and suites along with indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, an 11,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, four championship golf courses and 15 tennis courts at Sandestin®, and wonderful restaurants ranging from barefoot-casual to award-winning fine dining.
Plus the resort’s activities and amenities are designed to delight both children and adults. The Kids’ Krew provides fun for all ages, such as Kids’ Night Out with roasted s’mores over a beach campfire (ages 5–12) and Teen Water Excursions (ages 14–18). Childcare services are also available to give parents an evening off. And pampering is job one at Serenity by the Sea Spa, where guests unwind with long massages and a host of indulgent treatments. Hilton Sandestin Beach has something for the entire family. Call 800-367-1271 or visit hiltonsandestinbeach.com/getaways for exclusive summer savings and great vacation packages.

Explore a Different Florida at Navarre Beach and Historic Milton

Santa Rosa County’s Navarre Beach gives visitors a chance to see Florida’s coast as it looked centuries ago. Explore miles of sugar-white beaches and dunes at Gulf Islands National Seashore by foot, pedal, or paddle. Cast your line for a prize-winning catch from the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier—the longest on the Florida Gulf Coast. Safari just off the beach at the newly reopened Gulf Breeze Zoo, featuring hundreds of animals in lush environments and visit the Panhandle Butterfly House for an up-close view of rare coastal beauties.
There’s even more old-Florida vacation fun upriver. Take the Beaches to Rivers Parkway from Navarre to the history-rich town of Milton, where you can shop for antiques and relive the era of train travel at the West Florida Railroad Museum. Tee up at championship golf courses or set your sights on adventures like kayaking or zip-lining through Blackwater River State Forest and Blackwater State Park. From pristine beaches to talcum-white sandbars along the rivers, explore miles—and centuries—of a Florida you won’t see anywhere else. Call 800-480-SAND (7263) or visit familytimeatnavarrebeach.com to plan your next vacation.

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