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.

Location Ideal Wedding Size Permit Fee Privacy Reception Location Backup Pavilion Sand Rating
(1 - 5)
$ for Parking Overall
(1 - 5)
# of Boardwalks
Perdido Key
West Perdido Key Beach 2 - 40 Medium Short Drive 4 ★★★★★ $3/car ★★★★ 3
East Perdido Key Beach 2 - 40 Medium Short Drive 4 ★★★★★ $3/car ★★★★ 3
Gulf Islands Nat'l
Fort Pickens – Langdon Beach 2 - 75 $ Medium Short Drive 1 ★★★★★ $20/car ★★★★ 1
Johnson Beach 2 - 100 $ Low Short Drive 3 ★★★★★ $20/car ★★★★
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Park West 2 - 50 Low Short Drive 1 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4
Pensacola Park East 2 - 100 Medium Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 2
Navarre Beach
Opal Beach 2 - 100 $$ High Short Drive 10 ★★★★★ Seasonal ★★★★★
Navarre Beach Marine Park 2 - 75 Medium Short Drive 6 ★★★★★ Seasonal ★★★★★ 2
Fort Walton Beach
Emerald Promenade Beachwalk 2 - 30 $ Medium Short Drive 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 1
Seashore Beachwalk 2 - 30 $ Medium Short Drive 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 1
Emerald View Beachwalk 2 - 30 $ Medium Short Drive 1 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 1
Blue Dolphin Beachwalk 2 - 30 $ Medium Short Drive 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 1
John Beasley Park 2 - 60 $$ Medium Short Drive 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★ 4
Santa Rosa
Dune Allen Beach (now Ft Panic RBA) 2 - 30 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★ 2
Ed Walline 30A 2 - 25 $$ Low Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★ 2
Van Ness Butler 2 - 30 $$ Low Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★ 2
Santa Clara 2 - 30 $$ Low Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★ 1
Gulf View Heights- Access 37 2 - 20 $$ Low Short Drive 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★ 2
Blue Mountain Beach – Access 36 2 - 20 $$ Low Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★ 1
Miramar Beach – Public Access 2 - 60 $$ Low Walking Distance 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★ 2
Henderson Beach State Park 2 - 100 $ Medium Short Drive 4 ★★★★★ $6/car ★★★★ 1
James Lee Park 2 - 60 $$ Medium Walking Distance 4 ★★★★★ ★★★★ 1
Panama City
St. Andrew’s State Park 2 - 75 Low Short Drive 4 ★★★★ $8/car ★★★★ 2
Inlet Beach 2 - 40 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★ 3
Gulf Shores AL
Alabama Point – Orange Beach 2 - 30 $ Medium Short Drive 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 2
Gulf State Park Pavilion 2 - 100 $ Low Walking Distance 2 ★★★★★ ★★★★ 3