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.

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, $125 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★
Pensacola Park West (21A) & East (29A) 2 – 60 High ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Opal Beach 2 – 100 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ Seasonal On-Site ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 – 75 High ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔✔
Miramar Beach – Public Access 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
Fort Walton Beachwalks 2 – 30 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Henderson State Beach Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $300+ ★★★★★ $6/Car ✔✔ ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
James Lee Park 2 – 50 Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ ★★★★
Inlet Beach 2 – 30 Medium  Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★
St Andrew State Park 2 – 75 Medium Yes, $175 ★★★★ $8/Car ★★★★
By Location
Gulf Shores AL
Gulf State Park Pavillion (Must Rent Pavilion) 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★★ 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, $125 ★★★★★ $20/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔
Fort Pickens – Langdon Beach 2 – 75 High Yes, $125 ★★★★★ $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, $125 ★★★★★ Seasonal On-Site ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 – 75 High ★★★★★ Seasonal Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Fort Walton Beach – Okaloosa Island
Emerald Promenade Beachwalk – 2000 2 – 30 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Seashore Beachwalk – 1991 2 – 30 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Emerald View Beachwalk – 1999 2 – 30 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Blue Dolphin Beachwalk – 1993 2 – 30 High Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
John Beasley Park 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔✔✔
Destin – Santa Rosa Beach
Henderson State Beach Park 2 – 100+ Medium Yes, $300+ ★★★★★ $6/Car ✔✔ ★★★★
Miramar Beach – Public Access 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
James Lee Park 2 – 60 Medium Yes, $125+ ★★★★★ ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Dune Allen Beach – Access 43 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Ed Walline 30A – Access 39 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $200+ ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔ ✔✔
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 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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