Mexico Beach, Florida, treats visitors to such pristine beaches and classic coastal charm, they may not want to leave; but if you’re seeking a daylong excursion during your visit to the Unforgettable Coast, many exciting destinations lie within a short drive. These day trip ideas make it easy to explore all that Northwest Florida has to offer, then return to beautiful Mexico Beach just in time for sunset.

Take a short drive from Mexico Beach to visit some of our great neighbors! For those looking for historic charm, the fishing village of Apalachicola will treat you to restored antebellum homes and unique antique shops. In Port St. Joe, more historic sights and Southern hospitality are found at the many dining and shopping locations throughout town. Adventurous visitors will want to visit the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park in Wakulla Springs, Florida. Spend the day kayaking, viewing wildlife, and exploring the longest and deepest known submerged freshwater cave system in the world!

Shopping abounds in Destin, Florida, with Silver Sands Premium Outlets, the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Grand Boulevard, and Destin Commons outdoor shopping and entertainment center. Panama City Beach offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities including the Gulf World Marine Park, ZooWorld, and Shipwreck Island. There is also a lively nightlife scene. Numerous golf courses for players of all skill level are within driving distance from Mexico Beach. From championship courses to nine-hole courses and putting and chipping greens, visit one of the many nearby clubs for a relaxing and fun day on the links.

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