Local Area Guide


Good Morning America called us one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” In 2013, the Travel Channel said we’re the “Best Family Beach.” But anyone who frequents the area knows that Destin and its surrounding destinations are much, much more than words can express.


Visiting the Emerald Coast isn’t a vacation; it’s an experience. While some arrive in hopes of seeing the famous beaches, others are in search of a family getaway. Many are here to relax and explore, while others are here to party. Whatever the case may be for your visit, we welcome you to explore what the area has to offer. Chances are, whatever the reason for your visit, there’s something here that fits your needs.

Family Fun

Packing up the kids and driving to the beach has been a long-lived summer past time for many families along the coast. There’s the thrill of playing in the ocean, building a sandcastle, and enjoying quality time together that coastal towns such as Destin thrive on. If you’re seeking a family adventure, look no further- the Emerald Coast has plenty to offer families visiting the area. Aside from the beaches and great family-friendly restaurants, many area attractions are perfect for the entire family

Gulfarium’s Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach is home to the world’s oldest, continuously operating live marine show.

The Track Recreation Center offers everything from Go-karts to bumper boats. Hours are from 9am to midnight during the summer.

Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park isn’t just a water park; there’s also go-karts, rides and much, much more.

Sandestin itself offers many activities for kids and their adult counterparts. There’s Adventure Landing in the Village of Baytowne Wharf and Jolee Island Nature Park.

Shopping

If you’re looking for supply and demand, shopping in Destin is an adventure all its own. Destin Commons, the area’s exquisite outdoor mall, houses dozens of stores. From apparel, to home goods, to a movie theater, it’s at least a day’s entertainment. For the bargain hunter, Silver Sands Outlet Mall is only a hop, skip and a jump away, offering 110 different stores including Coach, Nike, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors and more. For those searching for a boutique experience, shops off of Santa Rosa Beach’s famed 30-A, as well as shops on Destin’s HarborWalk, offer everything from handmade jewelry to local artists. And if you’re searching for a Spring Break shirt to add to your wardrobe, or a Destin picture frame to add to Aunt Mae’s collection, look no further than the dozens of beach stores located along beach road and off of Highway 98.

Water Adventures

Just going to the beach is only part of enjoying the Emerald Coast’s pristine waters and white, sandy beaches. There’s diving and snorkeling adventures offered through places, varied water sports ranging from pontoon boats to parasailing, excursion cruises, sailing charters, and even the simplest idea of fishing, whether on land or by sea. Surrounded by both the bay and the Gulf of Mexico is what makes the Emerald Coast special- and Destin a top destination for all water lovers and thrill seekers.

Surrounding Area

Destin, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Okaloosa Island, Holiday Isle, Seaside, Alys Beach and the surrounding towns leave a lasting impression on those who visit. It’s not just about the experience; it’s about the memories. With so many options, and places that will forever impress upon its visitors, the Emerald Coast strives to see families, friends and visitors return again and again. By opening up to new ideas and new experiences, the possibilities are endless. We truly hope this Destin Florida Vacation Guide will help you enjoy all we have to offer. Visit Destin today!

Restaurants

Restaurants

Restaurants

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Golf

Golf

Golf

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Watersports

Watersports

Watersports

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Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

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