Emerald Coast Beach Ratings

*Please note the Privacy Column and Permit can change over time.  Further, the Privacy is based on averages.  This does not account for the following:  Time of Day, Saturday/Weekend, or Weekday Events, Holiday Weekends/Weeks, New National Beach Rankings, Spring Break Season, Public Events/Concerts, etc.  We have no control over the public beaches and its visitors, we simply do our best to have the most privacy given the specific conditions of that day. Please Contact Us for more information!  

Top Beach Locations Ideal Wedding Size Privacy Permit Fee Sand Rating (1-5) $ for Parking Reception Overall (1-5) Pavillions # of
Boardwalks
Perdido Key Beach (East & West) 2 – 75 Medium-High ★★★★★ $3/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔ ✔✔✔
Fort Pickens – Langdon Beach 2 – 75 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Pensacola Park West (21A) & East (29B) 2 – 100 Low-High ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Opal Beach 2 – 100 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 – 75 Medium-High ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔✔
Miramar Beach – Public Access 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Walking Distance ★★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
Fort Walton Beachwalks 2 – 30 Medium-High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Henderson State Beach Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $300+ ★★★★★ $6/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
James Lee Park 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Walking Distance ★★★★
Inlet Beach 2 – 40 Medium  Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
St Andrew State Park 2 – 75 Low-Medium ★★★★ $8/Car Short Drive ★★★★
By Location
Perdido Key
West Perdido Key Beach 2 – 75 Medium-High ★★★★★ $3/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔ ✔✔✔
East Perdido Key Beach 2 – 75 Medium-High ★★★★★ $3/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔ ✔✔✔
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Johnson Beach 2 – 100 Low-Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔
Fort Pickens – Langdon Beach 2 – 75 Medium-High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Park West (21A) 2 – 50 Low-Medium ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Pensacola Park East (29B) 2 – 100 Medium-High ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Navarre Beach
Opal Beach 2 – 100 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 – 75 High ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Fort Walton Beach – Okaloosa Island
Emerald Promenade Beachwalk – 2000 2 – 30 Medium-High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Seashore Beachwalk – 1991 2 – 30 Medium-High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Emerald View Beachwalk – 1999 2 – 30 Medium-High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Blue Dolphin Beachwalk – 1993 2 – 30 Medium-High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
John Beasley Park 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔✔✔
Destin – Santa Rosa Beach
Henderson State Beach Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $300+ ★★★★★ $6/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Miramar Beach – Public Access 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Walking Distance ★★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
James Lee Park 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Walking Distance ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Dune Allen Beach – Access 43 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Ed Walline 30A – Access 39 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Walking Distance ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
Gulf View Heights – Access 37 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Blue Mountain Beach – Access 36 2 – 20 Low-Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Van Ness Butler – Access 30 2 – 30 Low-Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Santa Clara – Access 17 2 – 30 Low-Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Panama City
Inlet Beach 2 – 40 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
St. Andrew’s State Park 2 – 75 Low-Medium ★★★★ $8/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Alabama – Orange Beach
Gulf State Park Pavillion 2 – 100 Low-Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Walking Distance ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔✔
Alabama Point – Orange Beach 2 – 30 Medium-High Yes, $125  ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★  ✔✔ ✔✔

*Certain locations do have a ‘Pavilion’ on-site for Rent which can be used as a Reception Location – we consider this a ‘Short Drive’ location as more traditional means of Reception offerings are not offered on-site or within Walking Distance.

**Cost of Permit for Residents and Non-Residents of Municipality can vary.  Certain locations require Custom Setup ($75-250), this includes Beach Houses, Hotels, etc. and is subjective based on the location, travel, and ease of access.  Please Contact Us for more information!

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