A Taste of Northwest Florida
Total Mileage/Average drive time
203 miles, 3 hours, 45 minutes
This gorgeous area goes by many names; the Florida Panhandle, the Gulf Coast Riviera, and the Emerald Coast, with its emerald green waters, white sandy beaches and clear azure skies. This is a place where you can relax, kick your shoes off, enjoy balmy breezes and dine on fresh shellfish.
1. Panama City - Starting Point
Panama City has been called the "seafood capital of the South"; a city where you can tease your taste buds with an array of fresh seafood and shellfish. Don't miss Hunt's Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant specializing in Apalachicola oysters by the bag or bucket, served raw, steamed, baked, Cajun breaded and with cheese. The locals will tell you that Bayou Joe's Marina & Grill is a hidden city gem with its fresh seafood served "Old Florida-style," a relaxed atmosphere and rustic inlet views, all to be experienced while dining on the dock.
2. Destin - 56 miles, 1 hour, 14 minutes
US-98 will take you to Destin, "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village," with its sugar white beaches, emerald coastal waters and exquisitely fresh seafood. For a casual yet fine dining experience, sail in to Poppy's Seafood Factory for coastal/Caribbean-style dishes. Select from shrimp, sea bass, tuna, mahi mahi, crab, red snapper and lobster, which always gets rave reviews. Enjoy drinks and dinner on the waterfront overlooking the bay; all around the best views in Destin can be had here.
Another local favorite for over 40 years is Nick's Seafood Restaurant, offering the area's best fish, shrimp, oysters, scallops and crab steamed, grilled, or fried. Locals claim this is some of the best soft shell crab around, fried perfectly crispy on the outside, and moist and juicy on the inside. For terrific beach views and a relaxed atmosphere Nick's has it all, including gator tail.
Live Oak Landing
Freeport, (877) 436-5063
Destin, (877) 226-7485
Destin West RV Resort
Fort Walton Beach, (850) 200-4533
3. Gulf Breeze - 42 miles, 57 minutes
Eating shellfish in Gulf Breeze is a long, time-honored tradition; shell mounds here date back over one thousand years and Dave's Oyster Bar has helped in adding to the pile. This is where the locals go for clean fresh oysters, shucked in front of you and served freezing cold. Oysters are also available baked, in 6 different styles, or fried. Not touristy and not on the beach, Dave's is still the best-kept secret on the Gulf.
4. Pensacola - 7 miles, 16 minutes
If the Florida beach bar scene is more your style, head over to Pensacola Beach and visit Peg Leg Pete's for great food served in a fun atmosphere. Fresh oysters are shucked to order and available raw, steamed, fried, or baked, along with Gulf shrimp, blue crab, lobster and steak. This family-friendly restaurant offers great prices, outdoor waterfront dining, a playground and live music most nights.
Pensacola Beach RV Resort
Pensacola, (850) 438-1266