Hello, you can go into Gulf at Panama City you will avoid some narrow river-like areas on the way to Apalachicola( The wide areas are too shallow to anchor
). Ft. Walton Beach,Fl has a free dock,water,pumpout, and you can walk two blocks to large grocery stores, all types of restaurants. Enterprise will allso "pick you up". West Marine is about 1,-2 miles away. Plenty of places to anchor
near Pensacola. ( Port St. Joe; has a Deep Bay surrounded by peninsula. Just Beautiful. Has marina you can get into easily).
Believe me, Mobile Bay is something to avoid,shallow water, narrow channels to get to Marinas, bad weather,wind.
Miles & time between N. Florida Port entrances from/to Gulf can put you in the dark. Destin,Fl has very beautiful Blue water and great place to anchor
Many Military/Air bases. Coast Guard may board you. Restricted Military NO sail areas along this northern coast. My Chartplotter GPS
illustrated these areas.. Fl, Northern Coast is deep, just gets deeper as you go out. Many Great Circle route Cruisers go from
Aplach to Steinhatchie, Fl (1st spot you can enter) @80 miles. VERY shallow near Steinhatchie, Crystal River,Yankeetown.