From the bloggers at Roadtreking.
Florida’s panhandle, once known as “Spanish West Florida”, has an interesting history that includes exactly 90 days as a sovereign nation, the “Republic of West Florida”, in 1810.
It is still culturally distinct although now alternately called the “Redneck Riviera” (in Mississippi), the “Emerald Coast” (by the local Chamber of Commerce), or, in a tip of the hat to the local accents, just plain “south Alabama”.
The stretch from Orange Beach, Alabama, to Pensacola, Florida, is just fabulous as a stop-off if you are traversing I-10 to or from New Orleans. You can drop down from I-10 to the Gulf Beach Highway via the Baldwin Beach Express exit, drive east into Florida, and camp at Big Lagoon State Park. Hang out on a thin barrier beach between the intra-costal waterway and the Gulf – Perdido Key. There’s a terrific and underused RV park for day use there, Perdido Key State Park (links below).
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