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A magnificent peninsula with an extensive Gulf panhandle, Florida is one of Louisianans’ favorite destinations thanks to the allure of the water. With gorgeous Atlantic and Gulf beaches, Florida is also home to clear-water lakes, creeks, and rivers that brim with opportunity for additional water-based activities and unforgettable views. When designing a safe getaway for your family this year, consider the many, diverse features of this vast state. From nearby Pensacola to quaint small towns, nature preserves, and serene hideaways, options abound for creating the unique experience you crave, whether a relaxing reconnect with nature or a thrilling, activity-filled excursion with fun for all ages. Just a short drive away, the following destinations and rental companies are ready to welcome New Orleans families seeking a respite from routine. 

Visit South Walton 

With 26 miles of stunning sugar-white sand beaches and 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style, South Walton offers endless opportunities for visitors to find their perfect beach. Nestled in Northwest Florida along the Gulf of Mexico, South Walton is easily accessible from nearly every part of the U.S., making it the ideal destination for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.

South Walton is set apart by its unmatched natural beauty. Vast nature preserves create a relaxed respite not often found in similar destinations, offering adventure-seekers more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, a 15,000-acre state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Unique landscapes, eclectic shops, luxury accom-modations and an abundance of award-winning dining options (200-plus restaurants) are all part of South Walton’s distinctive character and relaxing atmosphere. 

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Franklin County

Franklin County, along Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast, is a coastal oasis with sparkling beaches, tranquil bay waters, and scenic rivers and streams. Dubbed “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” for its quiet, laid-back atmosphere, the area’s pristine bays and Gulf waters support a thriving water-based ecotourism industry in the coastal communities of Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, Alligator Point, and St. George Island. 

Folks in Franklin County enjoy nature’s salty bounty through fishing, kayaking, swimming, diving, hiking or eating fresh Apalachicola Bay seafood. More than 80 percent of Franklin County’s 545 square miles is publicly owned with hundreds of miles of rivers, creeks, and coastal shallows to explore. Boat ramps and primitive canoe/kayak launches abound for adventurers. 

Take a relaxing sunset tour of Apalachicola’s historic waterfront aboard one of several ecotour boats or charter an offshore trip in Carrabelle. Enjoy bird-watching and pet-friendly beaches on St. George Island. Accommodations range from beachfront vacation rental homes and hotels to camping facilities. 

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Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals

Seaside, Florida, provides an idyllic backdrop for a relaxing getaway spent with loved ones. Made famous by the film “The Truman Show,” starring Jim Carrey, Seaside is the birthplace of New Urbanism and a sleepy town where walking supersedes driving, neighbors wave to one another, and environmentally friendly habits are the norm. Its sense of community and connectedness are unparalleled, and its location on the Emerald Coast of Florida connects visitors to beautiful beaches and peace of mind. 

Exclusive to Seaside, Florida, properties, Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals is the largest vacation rental company in Seaside, representing over 135 homes. Owned by its participating SeasideFL homeowners, Homeowner’s Collection Vacation Rentals connects visitors with the cottage rentals that turn your Florida vacation into a dream come true. Spring Fever promotions offering up to 25 percent off are available now for properties ranging from one-bedroom condos to six-bedroom cottages, all in the heart of Florida’s scenic Highway 30A. 

To view properties and plan your Seaside vacation, visit or call 855-411-1557. 

Paradise Beach Homes

For five years in a row, Paradise Beach Homes has been voted the Best Vacation Rental Company by readers of the Pensacola News Journal in the annual Best of the Bay awards. Pensacola owners and guests have benefitted from over thirty years of experience and professionalism that has earned the company a five-star guest rating. In addition to offering Pensacola area rentals, Paradise Beach Homes opened a full service rental management office on Navarre Beach as well. 

Whether you seek a condo, townhome, classic beach cottage, or luxury Gulf-front home, Paradise Beach Homes offers the perfect vacation option for every budget. While specializing in vacation rentals, Paradise Beach Homes also offers event-friendly homes that have been used for making unforgettable family memories through weddings, family reunions, and other events. 

Your vacation should be relaxing from the start, and guests checking in at Paradise Beach Homes’ convenient and centrally located offices are met with a personal touch that has become the exception rather than the norm in today’s increasingly corporate rental environment. Plan your vacation today at  

Holiday Isle Properties

Destin, Florida, offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, in addition to exciting nightlife, abundant oppor-tunities for family fun, and much more. Nobody knows this area as well as Holiday Isle Properties, whose exceptional rentals offer access to the softest, white sands, sparkling emerald waters, and breathtaking sunsets. 

Located conveniently for vacationers along the Gulf Coast, the peninsula of Holiday Isle is prized property in the Destin area. Bordered by Destin Harbor on the north shore and the Gulf of Mexico on the south shore, Holiday Isle is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, beach bums, and nature lovers. Holiday Isle Properties offers a distinct array of vacation homes, condominiums, and townhomes along these prized shores. From one-bedroom condos to six-bedroom beach homes, as well properties to accommodate your boating needs, you’ll find the perfect memory-making locale with Holiday Isle Properties. 

Holiday Isle Properties takes pride in its impeccable customer service, small-business atmosphere, and ability to offer the best prices around. To book your stay, visit or call 800-837-5102.