Welcome to Gulf Coast

It's not all sun and sand, though. From Naval Air Station Pensacola in the west to Tyndall Air Force Base in the east, one can find a seemingly unbroken stretch of defense installations and military bases, and the towns here reflect that reality – between the resorts and vacation rentals, you'll find a glut of federal contracting offices and cigar bars servicing active duty and ex-service members.

Thanks to clouds of green forest, long acres of coastal marsh and a few remaining stretches of stunning sand dune hills, there is a gentle, breeze-blown prettiness to the Gulf Coast. Be on the lookout for decent dining and nightlife in Pensacola and larger base towns such as Destin.

Top experiences in Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast activities

$30 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama City Beach Gulf of Mexico 2-Hour Sunset Catamaran Sail

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Paradise Adventures Catamaran, Panama City Beach, FloridaExcursion offered by Paradise Adventures CatamaranPass By: Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, FloridaStart your excursion by checking in at our blue kiosk at Pirates Cove Marina in Panama City Beach

$30.10 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Cruise

Your cruise begins at Destin Harbor, where you'll hop aboard your sea vessel operated by a captain and crew.Listen to live commentary as you travel through the harbor, East Pass, and into the gulf, spotting dolphins in their native habitat. While you learn about Destin's history and culture, admire views of the scenic shoreline of the Emerald Coast. You can also head to the onboard concession stand to purchase light snacks or beverages, if you wish (own expense).

$19.99 Kid Friendly

Pensacola Historic Landmarks Sightseeing Tour in Historic Bus

Your morning tour begins in the historic Belmont-Devilliars neighborhood of Pensacola and brings you to many of Pensacola's historical sites. As you explore Pensacola through its landmarks you'll hear stories which can be bizarre, humorous and just amazing. Pensacola's landmarks are truly one-of-a-kind,and reflect the city's diverse cultural identity. See a locomotive in the middle of the street, monuments of statesman and soldiers, unique buildings and historic homes. You'll become transfixed, entertained and awed by the narration provided by your tour guide, a native of Pensacola, who will share some of their favorite landmarks and associated stories. The tour even includes a walk inside the Pensacola Visitor's Information Center. Monuments, buildings and businesses are often overlooked, but they characterize the community and its culture.

$67 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Panama City Beach Adventure Catamaran Sail

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach, FloridaParadise Adventures CatamaranDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Shell Island, Panama City Beach, FloridaAccess to our Inflatable Water playground, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, banana boat rides and dolphin sightseeing.Duration: 2 hours

$37.28 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Destin Dolphin Watching Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico

Ride through the gorgeous waters of the world famous Destin Harbor. Sail through East Pass and enter the Gulf of Mexico, admiring the stunning views as you go. Along the way, be on the lookout for sea life. Search for friendly dolphins, giant sharks, gliding sting rays, and loggerhead turtles. Circle Crab Island and get the chance to get close to amazing creatures of the sea.Sail back to the Destin Harbor and dock after a thrilling cruise.

$19.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ghosts and Graveyard Tour of Pensacola

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Go Retro, Pensacola, FloridaBoarding for the tourDuration: 10 minutesStop At: St. John's CemeteryHear ghost stories of those interred within.Duration: 5 minutes