|We are on the Florida Panhandle, staying at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. This has been rated by Trip Adviser and others as the #1 state park in the nation.....and I can see why. This park and peninsula are beautiful. No high rises here! Just a string of really nice beach homes embedded in a lot of natural/native vegetation. The park abuts a huge wilderness preserve with untouched natural beauty. And then there is the beach....not quite 10 miles of pure white sand facing the Gulf, and about the same amount fronting St. Joseph Bay. The water is warm and Anne did a lot of swimming. I stuck to walking and wading along the shore. Sunsets and sunrises both are spectacular. And there is a great boardwalk through the woods, where we witnessed Monarch Butterflies in migration south. This is a special place.