20 days in Florida Panhandle & Central Florida Itinerary

20 days in Florida Panhandle & Central Florida Itinerary

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Shuttle to Orlando, Fly to Pensacola
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Panama City Beach
— 5 nights
Port Saint Joe
— 3 nights
Fly to Tampa, Bus to Ocala
— 4 nights


Pensacola — 4 nights

Surrounded on three sides by water, Pensacola offers access to white-sand beaches and emerald-green ocean unspoiled by large resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Pensacola side-trips: Navarre Beach (in Navarre), A Day Away Massage and Spa (in Mary Esther) and Air Force Armament Museum (in Fort Walton Beach). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at National Naval Aviation Museum, discover the deep blue sea with Jolly Sailing and Dolphin Cruises, contemplate the long history of St. Michael's Cemetery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Seville Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pensacola trip itinerary planning tool.

Ocala to Pensacola is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ocala to Pensacola. November in Pensacola sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Niceville.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Niceville: Santa Rosa Beach (Santa Rosa Beach & Fit Your Way) and The Workshop by Ginger Leigh Designs (in Grayton Beach). There's still lots to do: hike along Turkey Creek Nature Trail, head outdoors with No Alibi Charters, stroll around Destin Dog Park, and see what you can catch with IntraCoastal Experience - Destin Fishing Charter.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Niceville route planner.

Drive from Pensacola to Niceville in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Niceville are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Panama City Beach.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Panama City Beach — 5 nights

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Venture out of the city with trips to Miramar Beach (YOLO Board Adventures Sandestin, Kitchenique, &more), Santa Rosa Beach (Sand Odyssey, CHROMA/ Kathleen Broaderick Studio & Gallery, &more) and Bear Creek Feline Center (in Panama City). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Panama City Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grayton Beach State Park, head outdoors with Blue Water Connection, and do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Panama City Beach route planner.

Traveling by car from Niceville to Panama City Beach takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Niceville to Panama City Beach, you'll lose 1 hour 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 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Port Saint Joe.
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips

Port Saint Joe — 3 nights

Port St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Saint Joe: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Eastpoint), Apalachicola (Oyster City Brewing Company, Orman House Historic State Park, &more) and Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (in Bristol). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Port Saint Joe day trip website.

Getting from Panama City Beach to Port Saint Joe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ocala.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Ocala — 4 nights

Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Change things up with these side-trips from Ocala: Crystal River (Scuba & Snorkeling, Three Sisters Springs, &more), Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center (in The Villages) and Gainesville (Florida Museum of Natural History & Butterfly Rainforest). And it doesn't end there: wander the wide-open spaces of Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, experience rural life at Farm Tours of Ocala, explore the world behind art at Appleton Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ocala day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Port Saint Joe to Ocala in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Ocala can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Florida Panhandle travel guide

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

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.