9 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

9 days in Florida Panhandle Itinerary

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Pensacola
— 1 night
Drive
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Marianna
— 1 night
Drive
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St. George Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Saint Joe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Panama City Beach
— 3 nights
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Pensacola — 1 night

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): learn about all things military at National Naval Aviation Museum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Jolly Sailing and Dolphin Cruises. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Gulf Islands National Seashore, kick back and relax at Pensacola Beach, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pensacola trip maker.

Newark to Pensacola is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Pensacola hover around 88°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marianna.
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Marianna — 1 night

Marianna is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Falling Waters State Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Florida Caverns State Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marianna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Pensacola to Marianna in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Marianna can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to St. George Island.
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St. George Island — 1 night

Famed for its serene and uncrowded beaches, St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Saint George Island State Park.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the St. George Island trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marianna to St. George Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Saint Joe.
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Port Saint Joe — 2 nights

Port St. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oyster City Brewing Company and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mexico Beach. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Cape San Blas, then enjoy the sand and surf at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and then cast your line with Southbound Charter.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Saint Joe road trip app.

You can drive from St. George Island to Port Saint Joe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Port Saint Joe are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City Beach.
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Panama City Beach — 3 nights

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like IntraCoastal Experience - Destin Fishing Charter and Crystal Sands Beach. Step out of Panama City Beach to go to Santa Rosa Beach and see Santa Rosa Beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, revel in the low prices at Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Panama City Beach trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Port Saint Joe to Panama City Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Panama City Beach can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Florida Panhandle travel guide

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The Emerald Coast
Stretching over 322 km (200 mi) of beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Panhandle encompasses an area of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, earning it the nickname the Emerald Coast. Distinguished from the rest of the Sunshine State by its laid-back southern influence, the region remains a popular tropical holiday destination for those looking to avoid the larger vacation hubs of Miami and Orlando. Explore the beachfront shops and fresh-caught seafood cafes of the region's fishing villages, or head to the bigger seaside communities of Pensacola and Panama City for a wide selection of retail and entertainment options, including some of the coast's most active nightlife.
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