Destin – A Delightful Emerald Coast Destination
There’s a reason that the coast of Florida’s Panhandle in the northwestern part of the state is called the Emerald Coast – the waters are luminescent and seem to be made of thousands of tiny, sparkling green gems. Hence the name, the Emerald Coast.
Destin is the perfect example of what makes this part of the state so popular with beachgoers.
The white sand beaches stretch for miles and the inviting emerald waters are calm and warm – the perfect combination for your next vacation.
The many visitors who come to Destin each year are not only attracted to the beaches, however.
The city is one of the premier fishing destinations in the region; it has even gotten the nickname of The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.
Destin is situated on a small peninsula that sticks out into the Gulf of Mexico, which is on one side and the Choctawhatchee Bay on the other.
There are beaches and fishing opportunities all around.
In fact, there are 12 different access points to beaches from the city, including Henderson Beach State Recreation Area.
The beaches of Destin actually do have some of the world’s whitest sand – this is not just a claim by the tourist board.
It consists of quartz crystal that has been ground so fine that looks like sugar.
If you fancy yourself an angler, charter a fishing boat and head into the deeper waters.
Or stay close to the shores for some inshore, flats, bay and fly fishing.
It’s up to you how you make your catch, but it’s pretty much a guarantee that you will catch something.
If fishing is not your favorite, you can rent a jet ski or a wave runner, even a pontoon boat at Boogies Water Sports, Gilligan’s Fishbones or Emerald Coast Watersports.
You are sure to find an outfitter that has everything you need for your watery adventure.
And for even more water fun, after all the parasailing and water skiing, try Emerald Coast Scuba for a sightseeing cruise or a dive expedition.
If you like the water but prefer to stay dry, there are a number of different excursions you can take into the bays around Destin.
To see what is going on in the deep hop on The Glass-Bottom Boat, which opens its season on March 1st.
Maybe a dolphin or sunset cruise will be more to your liking.
If so, there is more than one company offering different cruises that also include bird watching, narration, and even a bar and lounge.
If you want to try your hand at navigating a vessel yourself, you can rent a sailboat from Sail Away, and head out into the sunset.
For the kids, head to the Big Kahuna Water Park or Crab Island Water Park, where they can have their fill of go-karting and waterslides.
Get back on dry land for some great golf at one of the area’s 13 courses, many of which include clubhouses and restaurants.
But the golf courses aren’t the only place to find great food.
The waters around Destin are home to more than 20 different species of fish and shellfish.
If you love seafood, this is the place for you to excite your taste buds.
There are more restaurants that you can try in one short visit, so make sure you book a long enough trip to truly enjoy all that Destin has to offer in terms of dining.
If your holiday is scheduled during the winter months, you could participate in a real test of endurance – the Destin 50 Beach Ultra Marathon that takes place over 3 days and features the world’s longest beach run.
If a more playful sporting event is more your style, the Annual Run with the Dogs brings out residents and visitors alike, along with their canine companions.
There are plenty of pet-friendly places to stay, too, as well as resorts, rental properties, and more casual accommodations.