Specifically, we are going to Sandestin golf and beach resort, leaving this Saturday, aiming for early departure (7am, but we'll see). I've been trying to research the best driving directions, but all this tollway/bridge stuff is confusing! In the past, this was the best response I saw to my question:
"You basically take I-10 the whole way, but you should take I-12 from Baton Rouge to Hammond, LA to avoid New Orleans (you get right back on I-10). Most directions that include I-10 going from west to east will send you this way, and its not like a hard exit to find...it will save you 1/2 hour.
The only option you have is how to get south to the gulf (Rt. 98) from I-10. There are 4 ways, the first is through Pensacola (traffic) which leaves a long stretch on 98 (traffic). Second heads south a little further down 10, taking 281 to 98. This is the Google suggestion, which is what we took on the way down. Bridge toll is $3.75, and is probably the fastest option. Third is to head south on 87 (a little further down 10). 87 is one lane each way, but has no toll and cuts the distance on 98 down. Lastly is taking 10 all the way to 85 then south through Niceville and across the Mid-Bay Bridge (out of the way, and a congested toll bridge on Saturdays)."
This was a response from a 2008 forum question. Anyone have any updated recommendations?