Today was a long drive to Mexico Beach, which is a small town on the Florida Gulf Coast. We had expected this stretch of coast to be relatively deserted but surprisingly found areas to be highly developed. The coast to the south of Pensacola included shopping centers, high-rise condominiums, hotels and planned communities. It very much reminded us of parts of South Florida and was something to drive through as quickly as possible. The development finally thinned out past Panama City.
Mexico Beach is a small community on the verge of large-scale development. We stayed there for the night before moving on.