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Emerald-green waters in Destin, FL, part of the "Emerald Coast".
Emerald-green waters in Destin, FL, part of the "Emerald Coast".
Pensacola Beach, part of the "Emerald Coast".
Pensacola Beach, part of the "Emerald Coast".

The Emerald Coast (sometimes called the Redneck Riviera) is an area in the southeastern United States on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, roughly bounded by Pensacola, Florida on the west and Panama City, Florida on the east. The area is known to have some of the most stunning beaches in the world, famous for their sugar-white sands and warm, emerald-green waters. Image File history File links Emerald_Coast_Florida. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Emerald-green_waters_in_Destin. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Emerald-green_waters_in_Destin. ... Destin is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. ... A relative of mine is the creator of this image; he has released it into the public domain. ... A relative of mine is the creator of this image; he has released it into the public domain. ... The iconic Pensacola Beach ball. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... Nickname: The City of Five Flags Location of Pensacola (top left) in Florida Country United States State Florida County Escambia  - Mayor John Fogg Area    - City 39. ... Location in Bay County Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Bay County Incorporated 1909 Mayor Lauren DeGeorge Area    - City 69. ...


For many years, the beaches were also deemed to have the whitest sand in the world where it sparkled in the sun and squeaked when walked on. Contrary to popular belief, the sand is not bleached by the sun, but comprises Appalachian quartz that filters down to the coast from the mountains. The emerald-green color of the water is due to the sugar-white color of the sand laying beneath the clear blue water thus providing the area's namesake feature.


Popular vacation destinations include Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton Beach, WaterColor, Florida, Panama City Beach, relative newcomer Destin, and Seaside, a development community whose iconic pastel-paint and tin-roof construction was made famous in the Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show, filmed in the area from 1996-1997. Other communities on the Emerald Coast include Perdido Key, Navarre, Sandestin, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, and Seagrove. Pensacola Beach is an unincorporated community located on Santa Rosa Island, south of Pensacola, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. ... Country United States State Florida County Santa Rosa County Government  - Mayor Lane Gilchrist (R) Area    - City 23. ... Navarre Beach, Florida, is an unincorporated community in Santa Rosa County in the U.S. state of Florida. ... Fort Walton Beach is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. ... Nickname: The Worlds Most Beautiful Beaches Location in Bay County Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Bay County founded 1953 incorporated 1969 Mayor Lee Sullivan Area    - City 18. ... Emerald-green waters in Destin, FL, part of Floridas Emerald Coast. Destin is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, commonly known as The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village. Destin has grown from a historic fishing village to a premiere resort destination. ... Seaside, Florida is an unincorporated master-planned community on the Florida panhandle roughly midway between Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Panama City, Florida. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Golden Globe-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... The Truman Show is a 1998 movie directed by Peter Weir, written by Andrew Niccol, and starring Jim Carrey. ... Perdido Key, Florida is a census-designated place located in Escambia County, Florida, outside the Pensacola city limits near the community of Warrington. ... Navarre is an unincorporated community in Santa Rosa County in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. ... Sandestin is a town in Walton County, Florida, United States. ... Grayton Beach is a small, historic beach village on the Florida Panhandle Gulf coast halfway between Destin and Panama City in Walton County and adjacent to Grayton Beach State Park. ...


The area is known as a family drive destination, although in the past decade, its popularity has expanded greatly, leading to new construction booms and seemingly overnight changes. Many development communities similar to Seaside have sprung up in Walton County and the west end of Panama City Beach, raising property values. Walton County is a county located in the state of Florida. ...


Deep-sea fishing is a huge draw for the area, with Destin holding the nickname "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" (and several saltwater world records) and Panama City Beach hosting the annual high-dollar Bay Point Billfish Invitational. Eating seafood is perhaps even more popular than catching it, with a seafood restaurant and/or oyster house seemingly on every other corner.


This roughly 100-mile stretch is home to several military bases, with installations including Pensacola Naval Air Station (home of the Navy's famed Blue Angels flying squadron and the initial training site where all naval aviators earn their "wings of gold"), Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base (one of the largest military bases in America), Tyndall Air Force Base (home to the Air Force's new F-22 Raptor fighter jets), Coastal Systems Station-Naval Surface Warfare Center (home to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit and Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center), and Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center. Naval Air Station Pensacola, The Cradle of Naval Aviation, is a United States Navy base located in Warrington, Florida, a community southwest of the Pensacola city limits. ... The United States Navys Blue Angels (or Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron), formed in 1946, is the worlds first officially sanctioned military aerial demonstration team. ... Hurlburt Field is a base of the United States Air Force located in Okaloosa County, Florida on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. ... Eglin Air Force Base is the home of the United States Air Force 96th Air Base Wing of the Air Force Materiel Command, and is also headquarters for more than 45 associate units. ... Tyndall Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force in Bay County, Florida, United States. ... The F-22 Raptor is a fifth generation stealth fighter aircraft. ... Center for Information Dominance Corry Station is the home of the Navys Center for Information Dominance or CID. The original Corry Field had its beginning in 1923 in a remote area north of Pensacola, Florida, with relocation to its present site in 1928. ...


In addition to military and related civilian contractors, which are a major presence, tourism, fishing and hospitality industries are also major employers in the area.


"Redneck Riviera"

The Emerald Coast, particularly Panama City Beach, is known colloquially as the Redneck Riviera, although this term is sometimes applied to a larger region of the coast from Mobile, Alabama to Apalachicola, Florida. Nickname: The Worlds Most Beautiful Beaches Location in Bay County Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Bay County founded 1953 incorporated 1969 Mayor Lee Sullivan Area    - City 18. ... Nickname: The Azalea City Coordinates: Country US State Alabama County Mobile Founded 1702 Incorporated 1814 Government  - Mayor Sam Jones Area  - City 412. ... The mouth of the Apalachicola River, looking towards the Bay. ...


Redneck Riviera is also the title of a song by Tom T. Hall about this region. Lyrics include: Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country balladeer and songwriter. ...

Gulf Shores up through Apalachicola
They got beaches of the whitest sand
Nobody cares if gramma's got a tattoo
Or Bubba's got a hot wing in his hand

Oddly enough the term is also often used in reference to Myrtle Beach, SC. Gulf Shores is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. ... A tattoo is a mark made by inserting pigment into the skin; in technical terms, tattooing is dermal pigmentation. ... Bubba is a relationship nickname formed from brother, given to boys to indicate their role in the family, especially the oldest male sibling. ... Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ...


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Emerald Coast Chiropractic - Dr. Kenneth Whidden | Home Page | www.emeraldcoastchiropractic.com (248 words)
Emerald Coast Chiropractic is located on Highway 98, in the heart of Destin, Florida, 3/4 miles east of the Destin bridge.
Voted "Best Chiropractor " by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine for the second consecutive year in the 2005 "Best of the Emerald Coast" contest to benefit the March of Dimes.
Emerald Coast Chiropractic serves the needs of patients throughout Destin, Sandestin, Fort Walton Beach, Shalimar, Mary Esther, Niceville, Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and other areas in Okaloosa and Walton counties of Northwest Florida.
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The Emerald Coast Concert Association's purpose is to present, promote, and sponsor the highest quality, artistically and culturally diverse performing arts performances from stages around the world and to provide educational opportunities to the youth of Okaloosa County in conjunction with these performances.
They are your neighbors and derive pleasure from their efforts to bring culture and entertainment through the performing arts to the citizens of the Emerald Coast.
The purpose of the Emerald Coast Concert Association is to provide an annual series of concerts/programs that enhance the cultural environment of the communities of the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida.
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