Destin, Florida

 

The warm sun on your face...cool breezes...clear blue skies...
The smell of the ocean air...endless clear emerald green waters...
and an icy cool drink in your hand...You are not dreaming.

Welcome to Destin

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Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” with its sugar white sand and turquoise waters, Destin Beach is the perfect playground for building sandcastles, taking long walks on the beach and enjoying just about every kind of beach activity you can think of.

 

Destin is located on Florida's Emerald Coast in the panhandle of the state. Thre are several award winning beaches within a short driving distance of Destin including Pensacola Beach, Seaside Beach and the SoWal Beach area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaches

Destin’s shoreline stretches for 24 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Finding the best beach depends on what you’re looking for. If you are traveling with small children and need facilities, some of your better options are Beasley Park, James Lee Park (Crystal Beach), and Henderson Beach Park. All of these locations offer showers and bathrooms for your convenience.

 

Destin has a totally different culture than Miami Beach or nearby Panama City Beach. There is not a main road that traverses the waters edge with bars, restaurants, and hotels. Many of Destin's beaches are private and access is given to those staying in condos directly adjacent to the beach. My suggestion when visiting Destin is to review the beaches and accommodations and then choose a blend of the two that meet your needs.

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Public Beaches

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Henderson Beach State Park

Pristine white sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline traverse the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The park is absent of residential and condo development that gives it a wonderful nature feeling.
 
Amenities include 60 campsites, 6 picnic pavilions, grills, a playground, and a 0.75-mile trail that will give you a glimpse into the coastal dune ecosystem. Check the park's website for the latest information including the access fee.

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Calhoun Street Beach

June White Decker Beach

Silver Shells Beach

These three beaches share a large parking lot along with the beachfront restaurant, The Back Porch. There are good amenities including restrooms, grills, bike racks, and a playground.

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The Shores at Crystal Beach

The Park features a pavilion, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Parking is limited at best. Crystal Beach possibly has some of the whitest sand in the Destin area. Enjoy a day in the shade of the pavilion or walk down to the sugar white sand beach and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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James Lee Park

The park has 3 pavilions, 41 picnic tables, 9 dune walkovers, a playground, restrooms with changing rooms, and 166 parking spaces but you must still arrive early if you want a spot. There is a restaurant nearby for food and drinks.

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