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Old 12-28-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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The panhandle is seen as being more a part of Alabama than Florida.
Its the redneck riviera, no self-respecting Floridian would ever go to the Panhandle. The Gulf coast just doesn't have enough waves and in the summer time the water is so hot, its like swimming in bath water. The Atlantic is refreshing and much cleaner.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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... I think people who think the Gulf coast sucks are dead wrong, or perhaps they just haven't been to the right places.
So true.
In my younger days, I lovedlovedloved going to Daytona Beach and body surfing. But now that I'm old with arthritis and knee replacements and can't even get into the water anymore, I enjoy the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area of Alabama. The beaches themselves are gorgeous, with the most lovely white sand. The gentler wave action is better for young children and old folks like me. No crowds. Family atmosphere. Although in the day, I reveled in a visit to Panama City Beach!
It all depends on what you want from your beach.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Its the redneck riviera, no self-respecting Floridian would ever go to the Panhandle. The Gulf coast just doesn't have enough waves and in the summer time the water is so hot, its like swimming in bath water. The Atlantic is refreshing and much cleaner.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Its the redneck riviera, no self-respecting Floridian would ever go to the Panhandle
Having gone to college in Florida, I can say that this is the dominant attitude among Floridians.

But, whatever. What, do we want MORE people on our beloved Emerald Coast? It's already busy enough, so let the guidos stay in Miami and trailer folk stay in Daytona.

Something I've learned in my life is sometimes a less than stellar reputation is a great thing. When more people realize how great a place is, they invade it and ruin it. They almost did that with PCB, but thank goodness they failed.

So yeah, the panhandle has flat water, it's 90 degrees all the time, and condo development ruined it. It's also totally filthy and covered in oil right now. Everything that you've heard is right, so whatever you do, make sure you stay away from the panhandle!
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I second 30A

Our family vacations at a particular beach on 30A at least 3x/year. I'm talking west of Panama City.

CQHolt has obviously never been.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm not quite sure I agree with cqholt 100%, however there is some truth to what he is saying

Gulf Shores several decades back was coined the Redneck Riviera. In that it was a really nice beach, but it attracted alot of southerners.

There are plenty of rednecks in Florida (throughout the whole state!) regardless of what people say, but if you live in the central part of the state or further south... there is just no reason to drive 7 hours north and then west to go to the pan handle, when they can drive an hour or two and visit the Atlantic coast. I think the Gulf Coast beaches are nicer, but if I was that close to an Atlantic beach... I'm going there and doing many more weekend visits!. If you live in the northern part of the state... your more likely to go to the first Gult coast beach you hit rather than drive a few more hours west.

Anyways fast forward... alot of the panhandle today calls themselves the redneck riviera now. The only thing I will say... is if you look at the people who visit the beaches. The further west on the pandhandle will have more people from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Alabama, and western Tennessee visiting there. If you go further east you will find more people from North Carolina, Georgia, and eastern Tennessee. Don't get me wrong... you will find people from all of these places at any one beach, but they come more heavily from these different areas.

Near Gulf Shores in Foley there is an overcrowded tourist restaurant called Lambert's (which is a must visit place!, IMO), but they had a map posted and tried to get people to pin the map where they were from....

I found it really interesting! I wish I could have a map like this from all the different beaches, but it is worth sharing... I'm willing to bet for many of these Southern beaches Atlanta is the central pivot point that provides many visitors to to all the beaches.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I'm willing to bet for many of these Southern beaches Atlanta is the central pivot point that provides many visitors to to all the beaches.
I certainly believe it. We have 27 flights a day to just Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach & Panama City. A LOT of locals are on those flights.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I second 30A

Our family vacations at a particular beach on 30A at least 3x/year. I'm talking west of Panama City.

CQHolt has obviously never been.
I so agree. It's a lovely area.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:54 AM
 
Location: ATL
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How far is the closest beach from Atlanta?
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