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Destin, FL
Travel Guide

Fort Walton Beach - Destin showing a sunset and general coastal views

Make this beautiful spot on the tip of a Gulf Coast peninsula your Florida destination for beaches, cultural activities and deep-sea fishing.

The western Florida town of Destin is surrounded by water: large Choctawhatchee Bay to the north, the Gulf Coast as the southern boundary and Destin Harbor in the downtown area. Visit the shores of all three areas for beaches, water sports, saltwater fishing, nature trails and wildlife spotting.

In the heart of Destin, browse among the shops and restaurants along Harbor Boardwalk. Ask about the “Key to the Harbor” for discounts at many of these businesses. Admire yachts in the harbor or charter your own for boating or fishing.

Look for dolphins in the harbor and in Choctawhatchee Bay. Both spots are great for sailing, windsurfing and Jet Skiing. For a sustainable fishing approach, try the tranquil option of kayak fishing or simply enjoy an eco tour along the shore.

Find public access to soft sand beaches in 13 spots along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Visit Henderson Beach State Park’s sand, water, dunes and nature trails. Arrange accommodations along Crystal Beach or use public access to reach the magnificent Gulf Coast shoreline. Quietly observe sea turtles nesting in the spring or hatching in early autumn.

Join October’s Destin Fishing Rodeo as a spectator or participant. Fishermen compete for numerous prizes for catching various gamefish. Kids win a free rod and reel for catching a fish over 1 pound (0.5 kilogram).

Bring a picnic basket for a dinner on the lawn while listening to music at the Matty Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Concerts on Thursday evenings from May through July feature a variety of genres. See juried artists and enjoy music and food during October’s 2-day Festival of the Arts at this spot in the heart of Destin.

Reach Destin by car, driving 1.5 hours from Pensacola or 2.5 hours from Tallahassee, or fly into the Northwest Florida Regional Airport in nearby Fort Walton Beach. If you don’t have a car, use taxis or the Okaloosa County buses to travel within the city and along the Gulf Coast shore.

Where to stay in Destin

SummerPlace Inn Destin
SummerPlace Inn Destin
2.5 out of 5
14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $169 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in the heart of Destin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin ...
4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
"The staff was very nice, our room was clean and breakfast was good. The hotel is within walking distance to the beach, restaurants and shopping. We enjoyed our stay and will go back!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

SummerPlace Inn Destin
Destin Inn and Suites
Destin Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
713 Harbor Blvd.( highway 98 east), Destin, FL
The price is $130 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in the heart of Destin, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Destin Harbor, Destin Harbor Boardwalk, and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. HarborWalk ...
3.8/5Good! (972 reviews)
"Second time staying. It was clean and it’s been renovated since my last stay. AC worked well, linens were clean. Staff was friendly and helpful. Will continue to stay here."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Destin Inn and Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
2.5 out of 5
1625 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL
The price is $219 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in the heart of Destin, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Henderson Beach State Park ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (925 reviews)
"Loved the pet friendly environment, no matter the pet size. What I didn’t like was that there was not close access to the beach"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center
Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center
3 out of 5
1002 Highway 98 East, Destin, FL
Located in Destin, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure ...
4.3/5Excellent! (490 reviews)
"Very beautiful beach and condo overlooking the gulf. The Cafe had excellent food and drinks."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center
Let the Emerald Waters of the Emerald Coast do the Talking!! Book Now!
Let the Emerald Waters of the Emerald Coast do the Talking!! Book Now!
Destin, FL
Located in Holiday Isle, this beach condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Destin Harbor and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin Harbor Boardwalk ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Spring Break 2021
"Great stay!"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Let the Emerald Waters of the Emerald Coast do the Talking!! Book Now!
Sterling Sands 811  -  Cabin fever ?!?! **Come enjoy the Emerald Coast **
Sterling Sands 811 - Cabin fever ?!?! **Come enjoy the Emerald Coast **
Destin, FL
Situated on the beach, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Weekend Getaway
"Great place to stay! Liked the fact we could walk, ride or paddle board to several spots along the Coast! Didn’t nee to get in the car the entire time we were there... We’l be back!!"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Sterling Sands 811 - Cabin fever ?!?! **Come enjoy the Emerald Coast **
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Destin

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Rodney

Jun 3, 2020

Destin is absolutely beautiful. The people are friendly and it’s so clean and nice there. Lots of amazing places close to eat.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Destin beaches are very nice and clean with clear blue water

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Beautiful clear water

5/5 - Excellent

JJack

Jun 1, 2020

I love Destin, I just didn’t like the hotel. Nice scenery, nice people, and different restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Loved all the fresh sea food, sights, and the view of the ocean.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

Beautiful!

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