Destin, FL is ranked the #1 Florida Beach in U.S. News and World Report for 2014, and is known as the Emerald Coast. It is a small, but popular, vacation destination in the Florida Panhandle. Each year, the population tends to triple or quadruple during peak season, as the long white beaches that fringe the Gulf of Mexico are perfect for that memorable sun-drenched beach escape.

World’s Luckiest Fishing Village

Locals regularly refer to their city as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, thanks to Destin’s rapidly growing reputation as a magnificent vacation destination.

The city rests upon a former barrier island, which is now connected to the Floridian mainland. Beach-lovers adore vacationing here, especially tourists looking for a safe and clean swimming environment, and an active place for the family.

Things To Do

Destin boasts a busy but compact downtown center, which is home to hotels, shopping spots, restaurants, and other forms of accommodation. It’s famous for golf courses, with clubs like the Emerald Bay Golf Club and Sandestin offering spectacular links for golf enthusiasts.

Families are drawn to attractions like Pleasure Island Waterpark and the multi-purpose center known as The Track. Boating and water sports are also a constant source of entertainment for resident and visitors, with deep sea fishing charters playing a vital role for tourism too.


Destin’s main treasure is undoubtedly its long beachfront. There are 13 public beach access spots throughout the city, which allow access to the different beaches, including Henderson Beach, Silver Shells Beach, Osteen Beach, and Crystal Beach.

Regardless of where you decide to swim, the beaches in Destin feature beautiful emerald green water and some of the finest, white sand on the planet. As a matter of fact, the sand is so powdery, it squeaks under your feet.

There's a lot of beach to explore, and it's easy for beachgoers to claim their own spots on the beach. Umbrellas and deck chairs are available for rent, as well as equipment for water activities like jet-skiing and parasailing. Restaurants and hotels overlook the beaches, especially along Scenic Highway 98. Rated as Florida’s top beach by U.S. News Travel, Destin is an appealing destination for travelers of all ages.

The beaches are cleaned daily, and the water remains clear year-round.

But, Destin can get somewhat crowded during the spring break period and in the summer months. However, there is a lot of beach to enjoy, so tourists can easily find their own special place. Umbrellas and deck chairs are available for rent, and so too is equipment for water activities like jet-skiing and parasailing. In addition, restaurants and hotels overlook the beaches, especially along Scenic Highway 98.


The city of Destin is on the busy US 98 Highway, between Panama City and Pensacola. The closest airport to this magnificent vacation destination is Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Traffic in Destin tends to get congested during peak times of year, so there is a local shuttle service connecting the beach to downtown Destin. Cycling around town is often a better option but be aware that some of Hwy 98, especially near downtown Destin, does not have a designated bike path. The most pleasant bike ride is on Old 98/Scenic Gulf Drive where you will travel along the water and near some great local restaurants.


Destin is a great destination any time of the year. The spring months of April and May, when the water is warm, are not as crowded as the summer peak season. And the winter months are the quietest and less expensive time of the year.

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