Destin, FL, USA

Destin, FL, USA

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Kicking Back on the Emerald Coast

Crown jewel of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is renowned for its silken sanded beaches, world class entertainment facilities and fun-filled family attractions. Swim with dolphins, zip down water slides, land some big game fish or just snooze on the beach. When it comes to booking a stay in Destin, you can choose from an incredible variety of stylish condominiums on or near Destin’s gorgeous beaches or overlooking the area’s outstanding golf courses, many featuring top-notch amenities including outdoor pools, hot tubs, air conditioning, Internet access, outdoor grilling areas, cable television and laundry facilities.


Fringed with emerald green waters, Destin’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the state. A favorite with locals and visitors, Henderson Beach State Park is the place to go for fishing, swimming, camping, biking and observing nature. Head to James Lee County Park for shallow waters and picnic facilities or to Newman Brackin Beach for a cool boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and more. The fishing, snorkeling and surfing are great at Okaloosa Island’s John Beasley Beach Park.

Outdoor Activities

Long stretches of silken sand, emerald seas and sunshine make the Emerald Coast the ideal outdoor recreational destination. Boats of all sorts are available for rent or charter, from pontoon boats to sailboats, kayaks and canoes. Destin has the state’s biggest charter boat fleet, so it’s easy to find a super fishing excursion, sunset cruise or scuba and snorkel adventure. Jet-ski, paddle board, parasail, sail and snorkel or sample shore activities including golf, biking and horseback riding.

Shopping and Entertainment

If you need a bit of a break from sun and fun, indulge your inner shopper with a stroll through the city’s endlessly varied shopping destinations, including favorites Destin Commons and HarborWalk Village, brimming with restaurants, art galleries, antique shops and boutiques of all kinds. Destin abounds in seafood eateries of all sorts and if you catch your own, The Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood House will even prepare it for you! Later on, groove to some live reggae at AJ’s Club Bimini or relax to Jimmy Buffet tunes at Nightown.

Family Attractions

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Just a few miles away in Fort Walton Beach, the Gulfarium is a must-see for kids of all ages. Get up close and personal with the denizens of the deep when you snorkel among rays and sharks, applaud at dolphin and sea lion shows, feed the penguins and view seals, turtle, alligators and more.

Gulf Breeze Zoo

Dust the sand off the kids and spend an exciting afternoon at the Gulf Breeze Zoo, where you can view big cats, primates, bears and tropical birds. With lush gardens, a thrilling safari train and a free-range preserve that’s home to antelope rhinos and zebras, the zoo is one of Destin’s most popular attractions.

Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park

The perfect family adventure, Big Kahuna’s is a massive water park with more than 40 thrilling water rides. If you don’t feel like getting wet, check out the mini golf courses, go-carts and other kid-friendly rides.


Though most folks think of Florida as a winter destination, April and May are actually ideal months to visit the Panhandle, as day temps hover in the 80s, the water’s in the 70s, the sun is out most of the time and rental rates are fairly low. The summer months of June through August bring the full glory of the beach season to Destin with sunny days and temperatures getting to the 90s, but you’ll need to shop around early for good rental prices. Early falls temps range from lows in the 60s to highs in the 80s, but there tends to be more rain. Enticing accommodation bargains are often available during the colder months of December through March.

How to Get There

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in nearby Panama City Beach with flights to and from cities including New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Many regional flights arrive and depart from Okaloosa Regional Airport, just north of Fort Walton Beach. There’s also an Amtrak station in just north of Fort Walton Beach with transcontinental service stops. If you’re coming in by car, you’ll find Destin easily off Florida Interstate 10.

Attractions In and Around Fort Walton Beach - Destin (and vicinity)

First time in Fort Walton Beach - Destin (and vicinity) and looking for places to see? Local attractions include Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Morgan Sports Center. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, soak up some sun at Santa Rosa Beach and James Lee Park or experience the natural beauty of Henderson Beach State Park and Jolee Island Nature Park.

You could easily spend a day shopping at Destin Commons and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Fun activities in the city include Indian Bayou Golf Club, Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club and Emerald Bay Golf Club. Other things to do while in town include a visit to The Track Family Recreation Center, The Golf Garden of Destin and Sandestin Golf Resort - Raven, Burnt Pine, Baytowne, The Links.