Perhaps when you think of seafood, you think of the West or East Coast of the United States. But actually, the Gulf Coast (along the Gulf of Mexico) offers some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the county. And luckily for you, there is no shortage of great Gulf Coast cities that can fulfill all of your seafood dreams. Below, you will find 3 Gulf Coast destinations that serve the most amazing seafood in not only the country but the world.

Panama City, Florida

Panama City is a city that is located in the northern part of the Florida panhandle. As such, this city sits right on the shoreline of the great Gulf of Mexico. Panama City has 27 miles of gorgeous sand beaches as well as two State Parks. Because of its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City, Florida is a city built for fresh seafood. Along the beachfront, there are numerous seafood restaurants that you can enjoy. Panama City is especially known for its laid-back vibe where restaurants offer shrimp and grits for breakfast and fresh marlin, fried grouper, and crab cakes for dinner.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Another city on the Gulf Coast that is renowned for its amazing seafood in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Gulf Shores is a coastal community that relies on the seafood industry and tourism. What that means for you is that Gulf Shores offers almost endless choices when it comes to enjoying fresh seafood that comes right out of the Gulf of Mexico. In the city, there are different kinds of seafood restaurants to choose from that will have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. At seaside eateries, you can enjoy seafood gumbo, crab claws, fresh snapper, oysters, and much more.

Galveston, Texas

Last, when you’re planning your vacation and want some of the best seafood on the Gulf Coast, then you’ll have to stop in Galveston, Texas. This island city sits right off the coast of Texas. With a rich history and miles of beaches, Galveston offers plenty of opportunities to tour historic old houses and lounge on the beach. But when hunger sets in, Galveston also has a number of different great seafood restaurants that serve snapper, grouper, shrimp, crab salad, scallops, oysters, and everything in between.

If you’re a seafood lover, you can’t go wrong visiting Panama City, Gulf Shores, or Galveston, all of which have some fantastic, fresh seafood all ready for you to enjoy.

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