A little history about the Emerald Coast.

Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is more commonly known as “Redneck Riviera” for the coastal area in the US state of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico that stretches about 100 miles (160 km) through five counties, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay, from Pensacola Beach to Panama City Beach. This is a beautiful stretch of beaches and resorts (like the Riviera) and it’s located in the deep south, so some people here have southern accents. That’s’ why this area was referred to as the “Redneck Riviera.”

Popular vacation destinations include Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, WaterColor, Panama City Beach, Destin, and Seaside, a planned community whose iconic pastel-paint and tin-roof construction was made famous in the Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show, filmed in the area from 1996-1997. Other communities on the Emerald Coast include Perdido Key, Navarre, Miramar Beach, Mexico Beach, Grayton Beach, Inlet Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach.

The area is known as a family drive destination, although in the first decade of the 21st century, its popularity expanded greatly, leading to new construction booms and seemingly overnight changes. Many development communities similar to Seaside sprang up in the southern part of Walton County and at the western end of Panama City Beach, raising property values.

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