Picturesque venues abound along Florida's Gulf Coast, from intimate beachside cottages in South Walton (above) to upgraded meeting and event space at major facilities such as the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach.Pensacola Update
The 127-room Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport
opened in April 2013 with 1,070 square feet of meeting space, a café, an indoor lap pool, an outdoor patio with fire pit, a 24-hour fitness center and free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel.
Last August, the Springhill Suites by Marriott Pensacola
opened with 106 suites, a 595-square-foot meeting room, a fitness center, an outdoor saltwater pool and complimentary breakfast.Lotion Up
The 320-room Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach has more than 40,000 square feet of function space, including a 15,000-square-foot ballroom. The city is known for its 27-mile shoreline of white sand.Blessedly Off the Grid
Shell Island, an undeveloped 700-acre barrier island, offers groups a chance to unplug and unwind. The Shell Island Shuttle
provides transportation, as well as kayaks and snorkel gear, from nearby St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach.