Extra fine sugar

The beaches along the Florida Gulf Coast are stunning. That’s not just a residency bias, they are truly beautiful. Soft, and white, and stretching for 100s of miles.

More so in winter, than any other time of the year, the white sand beaches are often mistaken for snow. Even the dunes look like drifts.

If you look closely though, the sand isn’t really white… it’s clear. The crystal quartz of the Gulf Coast is as fine, and light, as sugar.

These beaches are part of the Gulf Shores National Seashore near Navarre, FL and near Fort Pickens State Park in Pensacola, FL.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)

For more photos, please visit my Flickr photostream.

Unknown Mami
Submitted to Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Melisa Wells says:

    I want to go to there.


  2. unknownmami says:

    Very beautiful and justifiable worthy of your praise.


  3. Elastamom says:

    Gorgeous…I miss the beach!!!


  4. Nise says:

    Beautiful photos!

    Makes me forget how chilly it is here!


  5. 4joy says:

    I love Florida’s Gulf coast, and your wonderful pix remind me why….


  6. I would LOVE to be there right now.


  7. Patti says:

    These are such beautiful photos, Tara.


  8. Tami says:

    Your pictures show how kind the ocean can be, especially after the hurricane of Sandy that tore apart the east coast. Thank you for reminding us how beautiful the ocean is.


  9. territerri says:

    Our snow is pretty the first time or two that it falls. But then the chill gets to you and the thrill wears off. I could easily live with your kind of snow!


  10. April says:

    Beautiful photos. I can almost feel the sand between my toes and hear the waves as they crash on the beach. The water is so clear. I didn’t think it would be (can you tell I have never been to the Gulf Coast?)


  11. Lance says:

    The white sands of the Golf Coast, including the ones on the Mexican Beaches in Playa Del Carmen are just beautiful


  12. Wayne says:



  13. Those beaches are just absolutely gorgeous! I love beaches!


  14. BLOGitse says:

    I’d love to walk on sugar like this!
    Hasta luego or hasta la proxima vez :)


  15. Laurie says:

    Having spent many summer vacations on beaches on the panhandle, it’s always a letdown to experience the sand/rock/mud of other beaches. None compares.


  16. Molly says:

    What a truly beautiful coast line.



  17. Judy Loeffler says:

    I will have to visit these beaches the next time I get to Florida.


  18. Keetha says:

    Gorgeous indeed.

    We enjoy spending time on Vanderbilt Beach at Naples. We choose that site because FIL lives there.


  19. I loved the last picture most. the place looks stunning.


  20. I love the Gulf Coast. It is the most beautiful place in the world.


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