Destin, Florida Is a Jewel on the Emerald Coast.
Sunlight glitters like diamonds across emerald green Gulf of Mexico waters. Gentle waves brush the sugar-white powdery beach sand. Whispering pines and moss-draped oaks frame bay front wetlands that are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Welcome to Destin, Florida.
Called the “world’s luckiest fishing village,” Destin hosts the largest saltwater charter boat fleet in Florida. Each year the Destin Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo draws fishing enthusiasts from around the world. Anglers boast catches of over 20 types of saltwater fish including: cobia, tuna, grouper and snapper. Fish-friendly restaurants, such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Lucky Snapper, and Harbor Docks cook your catch with all the trimmings for a nominal price. Sunset cruises, glass-bottomed boats and high-speed racing boats offer fun on Gulf waters. Snorkel and dive expeditions on pristine reefs introduce an enchanting underwater world. It’s also all about water inland at Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park’s.
When it’s time to take a break from sun, sand and sea, Destin is a year-round golfing mecca. Prestigious Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort offers four championship courses playing along the beach and bay. Regatta Bay Golf Club, Kelly Plantation Golf Club, Indian Bayou Golf Club and a dozen other area courses guarantee challenging rounds.
Destin museums offer entertaining educational outings. The Destin History & Fishing Museum features a 100- foot wall depicting life on the Gulf floor and a collection of antique fishing rods and vintage fishing photographs. Meander the lush gounds and tour historic Eden Plantation House, a meticulously restored 1895 Victorian home. Fifteen minutes away in Fort Walton Beach, the Air Force Armament Museum is a must-see.
A treasure chest of shopping adventures await avid shoppers in Destin. Silver Sands Factory Stores is one of the nation’s largest designer outlet centers. The Market at Sandestin and The Village of Baytowne Wharf offer specialty shops ranging from fun and funky to elegant and exclusive. Destin Commons has over 75 eclectic shops and is Destin’s newest open-air shopping and dining complex.
Combine scenic shores with non-stop activities and it’s easy to see why Destin, Florida is voted “Best Beach in the South” and “Top Family Destination” in nationwide polls each year.