The “Panhandle” of the state, this area includes the capital and much of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The only area of Florida that sits in two different time zones, the Northwest Region features several notable coastal areas, including the Emerald and Forgotten Coasts. Interstate 10 extends from the far west area of the Panhandle to Jacksonville within the state, which makes it easy to explore the region from end to end. Aside from the dozens of beaches, each unique in its own way, a visitor will also find the Apalachicola River —the largest in the region – emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida’s northwest region’s proximity to Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, helps to infuse Deep South and creole influences in everything from the music to the cuisine. Many visitors and residents flock to annual events, including the Tallahassee Wine and Food Festival and the Red Hills Horse Trials to name two.
Since much of the region is either coastal, marsh or wetland, the climate fluctuates between temperate and sub-tropical, depending on the time of year. Summers are traditionally hot and humid, with winters being mild and dry.