20 days in Florida Panhandle & Central Florida Itinerary

20 days in Florida Panhandle & Central Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida sightseeing planner

©
Make it your trip
Shuttle to Orlando, Fly to Pensacola
1
Pensacola
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Niceville
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Panama City Beach
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Port Saint Joe
— 3 nights
Fly to Tampa, Bus to Ocala
5
Ocala
— 4 nights

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Pensacola

— 4 nights

Western Gate to the Sunshine State

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pensacola: Navarre (Fly The Boat & Navarre Beach), A Day Away Massage and Spa (in Mary Esther) and Air Force Armament Museum (in Fort Walton Beach). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at National Naval Aviation Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf Islands National Seashore, discover the deep blue sea with Jolly Sailing and Dolphin Cruises, and step off the mainland to explore Santa Rosa Island.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pensacola travel route planner.

Ocala to Pensacola is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ocala to Pensacola due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Niceville.

Things to do in Pensacola

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Niceville

— 3 nights
Niceville is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States, located near Eglin Air Force Base on Boggy Bayou that opens into Choctawhatchee Bay.The population was 11,684 at the 2000 census. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niceville: The Workshop by Ginger Leigh Designs (in Grayton Beach) and Santa Rosa Beach (Santa Rosa Beach & Fit Your Way). The adventure continues: hike along Turkey Creek Nature Trail, walk around Destin Dog Park, sample the tasty concoctions at 3rd Planet Brewing, and get outside with IntraCoastal Experience.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Niceville online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pensacola to Niceville takes 1.5 hours. In November in Niceville, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Niceville

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Panama City Beach

— 5 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City Beach: Miramar Beach (YOLO Board Adventures Sandestin, Kitchenique, &more), Bear Creek Feline Center (in Panama City) and Santa Rosa Beach (Sand Odyssey, CHROMA/ Kathleen Broaderick Studio & Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: take advantage of the amenities at Panama City Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery, and kick back and relax at Grayton Beach State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Panama City Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Niceville to Panama City Beach takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Niceville to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. In November in Panama City Beach, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Port Saint Joe.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Port Saint Joe

— 3 nights
Port St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Saint Joe: Apalachicola (Oyster City Brewing Company, Orman House Historic State Park, &more), Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (in Bristol) and Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Eastpoint). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Saint Joe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Panama City Beach to Port Saint Joe takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in November, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ocala.

Things to do in Port Saint Joe

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Ocala

— 4 nights
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Get out of town with these interesting Ocala side-trips: Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center (in The Villages), Gainesville (Florida Museum of Natural History & Butterfly Rainforest) and Crystal River (Scuba & Snorkeling, Three Sisters Springs, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, don't miss a visit to Adena Club, walk around Sholom Park, and tee off at Country Club Of Ocala.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ocala holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Port Saint Joe to Ocala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Ocala sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocala

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Florida Panhandle travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Water Sports · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Emerald Coast
Stretching over 322 km (200 mi) of beautiful coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Panhandle encompasses an area of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, earning it the nickname the Emerald Coast. Distinguished from the rest of the Sunshine State by its laid-back southern influence, the region remains a popular tropical holiday destination for those looking to avoid the larger vacation hubs of Miami and Orlando. Explore the beachfront shops and fresh-caught seafood cafes of the region's fishing villages, or head to the bigger seaside communities of Pensacola and Panama City for a wide selection of retail and entertainment options, including some of the coast's most active nightlife.

Central Florida travel guide

4.2
Disney Parks & Activities · Theme Parks · Water Parks
Central Florida attracts visitors with its subtropical climate, sandy beaches, theme parks, golf courses, and world-famous stock-car races. This part of the state is also home to numerous natural springs, many of which run through protected state parks and provide ideal natural locations for picnicking and spotting indigenous manatees and alligators. Central Florida boasts two coastlines, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that seafood is extremely popular in these parts. Tasting the local cuisine of fresh clams, lobster, mahi mahi, grouper, and yellowfin tuna is definitely one of the things to do. In addition to being a vacation hub, the central parts of Florida also house some of the country's top medical research and high-tech manufacturing facilities.