GETTING THERE: There are no nonstop flights to any of the major towns along Florida's Panhandle. You can fly into either Destin or Pensacola on most of the major carriers. Delta, for example, flies from BWI to Pensacola, via Atlanta, for about $230 round trip. Other carriers, as well as flights to Destin, are in the same price range.

From the Pensacola airport, Pensacola Beach is less than 15 minutes by car, and the Emerald Coast and Alabama's Gulf Coast are about 45 miles to the east and west, respectively.

DEALS: The Panhandle region has a mix of deals influenced partly by the hurricane, partly by the winter off-season. Emerald Coast's tourism Web site (see below) lists a number of bargains. Among them: 25 percent off a room at the Four Points by Sheraton, including two breakfast buffets, from $75 a night (good through December; based on availability); and a fourth-night-free offer at the Holiday Surf and Racquet Club (winter rates from $83; good through Feb. 28).

In Gulf Shores, Ala., the just-reopened Phoenix All-Suites (201 E. Beach Blvd., 800-594-9685, offers a low rate of $77, down from a summer high of $268, for one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico (and the storm-battered Pink Pony restaurant and bar). The visitors bureau's Web site (see below) also lists specials beyond accommodations, including attractions and dining.

In Pensacola, golf packages are on sale for $49 per person per night, including a double room at the Best Western Pensacola Beach (room usually from $69), greens fees and cart at a choice of courses, and breakfast. Valid Jan. 1-31; book at 800-477-4833, Also, Portofino, a luxury rental property and spa on the gulf set to open April 1, is offering 15 percent off stays of three nights or more. Nightly spring rates start at $196. Book by April 1; good till Aug. 7. Info: 866-478-4306,

INFO: Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-322-3319, Pensacola Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-874-1234, Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-745-SAND,

-- Andrea Sachs