Endless sugar white sand...emerald green waters as clear as your bath...The warm sun on your face...cool breezes...clear blue skies...
and an icy cold drink in your hand...You are not dreaming.
Welcome to Destin
Destin is located in the middle of what is referred to as the Emerald Coast or what I like to refer to as America’s Riviera. From Pensacola Beach east and south to Panama City Beach, you will find a plethora of flawless sugar white sand and emerald green water as clear as the water in your bathtub at home and nearly as warm in the summer.
Destin started out in the 1800’s as a little fishing village and has exploded into a world-class tourist destination for those seeking sunshine and salty playgrounds.
Destin is home to world-famous Crab Island which is an absolute must for your “to-do” list when visiting Destin. There are tons of activities for all ages both in and out of the water. Grab your suntan lotion and explore Destin with us.
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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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.
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.
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.
When To Visit Destin
Destin is great anytime but all things considered, April and May are your best bet if you want to maximize all the area has to offer. The water temperatures are warm and the weather is mild. in April and May and the sun shines most of the time.
The high season begins in June and the crowds and price all increase. Prices start to drop in September but you will still have to put up with warm temperatures and humidity.
The summer temps will average in the high 80’s and drop to the low 40’s to 60’s in the winter.
If you choose to visit in the off-season, be aware that some activities will be closed or not available.
This is the best time to take advantage of the lower hotel rates and enjoy great weather. The water is usually in the 70's (F) by April and continues to rise through May. Daytime temps average around the mid-70's to 80's.
This is peak season for Destin so expect crowds at the beaches and restaurants. Allow extra time for getting around from one place to another along Harbor Blvd. You will pay peak prices for hotels and vacation rentals during this season as well. The rainy season starts in August and continues through October.
The temperatures start to cool off a bit as fall approaches with highs in the 70's to 80's. However, August through October have the highest average rainfall per month for the area. The temperature drops a bit in November to the 60’s which can be quite cool on the water. Prices are lower so you can get some pretty good deals on your favorite resorts.
This is the winter season for Destin with average highs in the low 60's and lows in the 40's. If you don't mind wearing a sweater on the beach, this might be the perfect time for you. For this reason, hotels and resorts offer enticing bargains.