Our first stop to celebrate Florida’s 500 years of tourism was to the Panhandle. Sure, Ponce de Leon arrived on the other coast, but the white sandy beaches of Panama City and Destin are our favorites in the winter months. Even when it is a windy and rainy day! And our newest discovery is Holiday Isle, a community of private homes and resorts set along canals and beachfront. Our vacation rental was a wonderful six bedroom cottage with its own dock, heated pool and hot tub located a short walk from the beach.