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Article posted: 4/6/2013 6:00 AM

Florida Panhandle offers fun for budget travelers

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Tourists sit on the beach at Pensacola Beach, Fla. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida's Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year.

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The picturesque town of Seaside, located in the Florida Panhandle, is known for its pastel-colored homes and beautifully landscaped walkways and public areas.

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Travis Chunn prepares to fillet a fish in front of an amused group of onlookers on the docks in Destin, Fla. Fishing is still a big industry in the Florida Panhandle resort city of Destin, which has a large charter boat fleet.

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The T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum in Pensacola, Fla., and a collection of historic homes in Historic Pensacola Village show the area's heritage under Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American control going back to the mid-1500s.

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The Blue Angels precision flight team leaves trails of smoke as they fly in formation during their final shows of the season at their home base in Pensacola, Fla. The National Naval Aviation Museum is located on Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., and is one of a number of free things to do in the Florida Panhandle area.

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The gleaming white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida's Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year, but this area isn't known for glitz, glamour and high-end hotspots like some of Florida's other beaches. Instead, the Panhandle offers a laid-back vibe, Southern hospitality and family atmosphere. The region caters to budget-conscious travelers who often drive from nearby Southern cities like Atlanta, Birmingham or New Orleans.
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    • Tourists sit on the beach at Pensacola Beach, Fla. The white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida’s Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year.
    • The picturesque town of Seaside, located in the Florida Panhandle, is known for its pastel-colored homes and beautifully landscaped walkways and public areas.
    • Travis Chunn prepares to fillet a fish in front of an amused group of onlookers on the docks in Destin, Fla. Fishing is still a big industry in the Florida Panhandle resort city of Destin, which has a large charter boat fleet.
    • The T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum in Pensacola, Fla., and a collection of historic homes in Historic Pensacola Village show the area’s heritage under Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American control going back to the mid-1500s.
    • The Blue Angels precision flight team leaves trails of smoke as they fly in formation during their final shows of the season at their home base in Pensacola, Fla. The National Naval Aviation Museum is located on Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., and is one of a number of free things to do in the Florida Panhandle area.
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