Exploring the Florida Emerald Coast is like stepping into an enchanting paradise of breathtaking beaches and charming coastal communities. Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, this stretch of coastline is renowned for its emerald-green waters, powdery white sand, and a plethora of outdoor activities that attract visitors from all around the world. The Florida Emerald Coast spans from Pensacola to the Port St. Joe region of the Florida Panhandle that borders the Gulf of Mexico. Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals is delighted to offer a stunning selection of Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals to host their stays.
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The Florida Emerald Coast has been known by many different names throughout the years. In the 1940s, it was known as the "Playground of the Gulf Coast." From the 1950s?the 1980s, it was known as the "Miracle Strip." Then in 1983, student Andrew Dier won a school competition for coining this region's current nickname, "Emerald Coast." Some locals also call the Emerald Coast beaches "Florida Snow" because of the sparkling white sand.
Microscopic phytoplankton (algae) is abundant on the Florida Emerald Coast. They absorb solar energy from chlorophyll which has a green hue and gives the Florida Emerald Coast beaches a distinctive charm and beauty. The Florida Emerald Coast beaches are also far enough from the Mississippi River mouth that empties into the Gulf of Mexico, which adds a cloudy brown hue.
The sparkling sugar-like sand is another important part of what makes the Florida Emerald Coast shine. The sand along the Emerald Coast is made up of quartz that eroded from the Appalachian Mountains. River systems, like the Apalachicola, transport the quartz to the Gulf of Mexico. The emerald-like waters and pure white sand make the Emerald Coast beaches look like something straight out of a fairytale.