Emerald Coast Beach Ratings

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 High ★★★★★ $3/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔ ✔✔✔
Fort Pickens – Langdon Beach 2 – 75 High Yes, $95 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Pensacola Park West (21A) & East (29A) 2 – 60 High ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Opal Beach 2 – 100 High ★★★★★ Seasonal On-Site ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 – 100 High ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
Fort Walton Beachwalks 2 – 50 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Henderson State Beach Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $275-725 ★★★★★ $6/Car ✔✔ ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
James Lee Park 2 – 50 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ ★★★★
Miramar Beach (Public Beach) 2 – 50 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Inlet Beach 2 – 40 Medium  Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Richard Seltzer Park 2 – 50 Medium ★★★★ ★★★★
St Andrew State Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $175 ★★★★ $8/Car ★★★★
By Location
Gulf Shores AL
Gulf State Park Pavillion 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Waived Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔✔
Alabama Point – Orange Beach 2 – 80 Medium Yes, $125  ★★★★★ ★★★★★  ✔✔ ✔✔
Orange Beach Alabama/Florida – Shell Lot 2 – 60 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ ★★★★
Perdido Key
West Perdido Key Beach 2 – 75 High ★★★★★ $3/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔ ✔✔✔
East Perdido Key Beach 2 – 75 High ★★★★★ $3/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔ ✔✔✔
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Johnson Beach 2 – 100 Low Yes, $95 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔
Fort Pickens – Langdon Beach 2 – 75 High Yes, $95 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Park West (21A) 2 – 80 Medium ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Pensacola Park East (29A) 2 – 60 High ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Navarre Beach
Opal Beach 2 – 100 High Yes, $150 ★★★★★ Seasonal On-Site ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 – 100 High ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Fort Walton Beach – Okaloosa Island
Emerald Promenade Beachwalk – 2000 2 – 50 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Seashore Beachwalk – 1991 2 – 40 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Emerald View Beachwalk – 1999 2 – 40 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Blue Dolphin Beachwalk – 1993 2 – 40 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
John Beasley Park 2 – 75 Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★★ ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔✔✔
Destin – Santa Rosa Beach
Henderson State Beach Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $275-725 ★★★★★ $6/Car ✔✔ ★★★★
James Lee Park 2 – 50 Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★★ ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Miramar Beach – Public Access 2 – 50 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Dune Allen Beach – Access 43 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Ed Walline 30A – Access 39 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
Gulf View Heights – Access 37 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Blue Mountain Beach – Access 36 2 – 20 Low-Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Van Ness Butler – Access 30 2 – 30 Low-Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Santa Clara – Access 17 2 – 30 Low-Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Panama City
Inlet Beach 2 – 40 Medium Yes, $75-1,050 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
MB Miller Park 2 – 60 Low Yes, $75 ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
Richard Seltzer Park 2 – 50 Medium ★★★★ ★★★★
St. Andrew’s State Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $175 ★★★★ $8/Car ★★★★

*Cost of Permit for Residents of Municipality can vary.  Certain locations require Custom Setup ($75-125), 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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