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What Makes the Emerald Coast Emerald?

24 Feb 2014
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The Florida Panhandle along the Gulf Coast has the unofficial moniker of “The Emerald Coast.”

Considered to be a 24-mile stretch of white-sand beaches covering areas like Destin, Okaloosa Island, and Fort Walton, the Emerald Coast is one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Florida. But, why are the waters so perfectly Emerald? This can be answered in two simple parts. 

Emerald Coast Beach

Distance from the Mississippi River

The first and most important reason is: We are far enough from where the great Mississippi River meets the Gulf. The Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles downstream from New Orleans, which is about 250 miles from Destin. Being so far from the river’s entrance to the Gulf has helped our water stay crystal clear. 

Our Water’s Algae Levels 

You have seen clear water before though, and it’s blue, very blue, so why is ours green? The color of the water here on the Emerald Coast is attributed to the Algae in the water. When the sun reflects off the Algae it makes our water the beautiful emerald color we all love. 

Because the sun plays a big role in why the waters are emerald, the water may not be as green on rainy days. Also, the amount of algae fluctuates day by day, so some days it looks more emerald than others. Either way, the water along the Emerald Coast is pretty stunning. 

Come see the magic of the Emerald Coast for yourself. 

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