These 20 Northwest Florida towns are in the area of the state generally known as the Florida Panhandle.
The Northwest Florida counties are Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington.
Clicking through to the individual town pages will give you information about the town's history, what it's like today, real estate, things to do, local government, lodging and restaurants.
This quaint fishing village was once the oyster capital of Florida. It has a nice downtown district, with shopping, lodging, and restaurants.
Bristol is a small town that was the site of an unusual tourist attraction. The attraction suggested that the town was the possible site of "The Garden of Eden".
This fishing village is on the "Forgotten Coast", so called because of its quiet nature and typically small number of tourists.
I think that Chipley is one of the nicest small towns on the Florida Panhandle. It is quiet and quite "old Florida authentic" with many interesting old buildings.
Crestview is a transportation hub in Northwestern Florida. It is on one of the state's highest elevations.
DeFuniak Springs is a historic city. It was the home of the Southern Chautauqua, and it has hundreds of interesting homes from that era.
This was a simple fishing village that became one of Florida's leading tourist destinations for its beaches and entertainment.
This beautiful highway runs along the Gulf of Mexico from Panama City Beach to Santa Rosa Beach. Some places along the way include Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest, WaterSound, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain, Santa Rosa, and Dune Allen.
Fort Walton Beach is an older town that serves workers from the nearby Eglin Air Force Base. It also has a strong beach oriented tourist industry.
Graceville is a small town near the Alabama border. It is in the center of peanut farming country.
Grayton Beach is one of the oldest beach towns in Florida. It's on Scenic Highway 30A and has been, and continues to be a resort destination for generations of families.
Marianna is a historic town. It was one of the centers of Florida's "Old South" plantation economy during the 1800s.
One of Florida's oldest cities, Milton is in western Florida on the Blackwater River near Pensacola.
Niceville is a historic town near Eglin Air Force Base. It's on one of the backwater bays in the Panhandle.
This city and its companion town, Panama City Beach, have become vacation destinations for beach lovers.
Pensacola is an old Florida town that was founded by the Spanish in the 1500s. It's known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation" because it is the place where Naval aviators begin their training. The city has an interesting downtown and great museums.
Unfortunately, Port St. Joe was known for years as a really stinky place. The paper mill there filled the air with a rancid smell. Today the mill is gone and the air is filled with sweet fresh air from the Gulf. The beaches and downtown areas are now very pleasant.
Seaside is a community on Scenic Highway 30A. It is considered by many to be the birthplace of New Urbanism Community Design.
Sopchoppy is a small historic town that in modern times has reinvented itself as the "Worm Gruntin' Capital of the World."
Yes, really, it's called "Two Egg"! That's it's name, and there's a very interesting story of how that came to be! Incidentally, actress Faye Dunaway was born nearby.
Near the Alabama state line, this small town became the subject of a quirky Errol Morris documentary.
There is some great scenery in this part of the state. Here are some short day trips and scenic drives for you to enjoy.