Henderson Beach State Park

Vacation Travel Guide
Henderson Beach State Park featuring a sandy beach and tranquil scenes

Escape the hustle and bustle of Destin, while retaining all the conveniences of its close proximity, at this scenic state park on the Gulf of Mexico.

The first thing you notice at Henderson Beach State Park is its sand. Stretching for 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) along the Gulf of Mexico, the shoreline looks like it has been covered with tons of pure white sugar. Spend a relaxing day on the beach or explore the park’s winding nature trails.

From the parking lot, follow the boardwalk over the dune to the beach. Spread out your beach towel and enjoy the soft sand and warm Florida sun. Go for a swim in the sparkling blue-green water, which remains temperate throughout the year.

Cast your fishing line in the water for flounder, catfish, pompano and more. Stop at the convenience store at the edge of the park to purchase bait and tackle.

Take a break from the sun in one of the park’s six pavilions. Grill outdoors or pack a picnic lunch. Freshen up in the bathhouse, which has restrooms and showers. Children gravitate toward the beachside playground.

Walk along the park’s nature trail. At less than 1 mile (1.2 kilometers) long, it is manageable for people of most fitness levels. Examine the unique dune ecosystem along the shore.

Watch for the varied wildlife in the area. Bring binoculars to see all the beach’s birds, from pelicans to plovers. Watch dolphins diving offshore and turtles swimming in the surf. Walk among scrub oaks, dune rosemary and sand pines.

If you want to stay for more than a day on the beach, reserve a campsite. Choose from 60 sites, ranging from tent areas to RV spots with water and electric hookups.

The admission fee to the park varies depending on your mode of transportation. The beach is wheelchair accessible. Bring your dog on the trails, but keep them leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach or at the playground.

Visit Henderson Beach State Park any day of the year. Stay until dusk or overnight if you have reserved a campsite. The town of Destin is less than 20 minutes away by car.

Top Hotels Close to Henderson Beach State Park

SummerPlace Inn Destin
SummerPlace Inn Destin
2.5 out of 5
14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $84 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in the heart of Destin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Track Family Recreation Center and Henderson Beach State Park. Destin Harbor Boardwalk ...
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SummerPlace Inn Destin
The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
5 out of 5
200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL
The price is $320 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly Destin resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Crystal Sands Beach, Henderson Beach State Park, and Destin Commons. Big ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (691 reviews)
"Loved everything about this property! The room we booked was the Courtyard King, but when we told them we were dissatisfied with the view of a parking lot under construction, they upgraded us to one facing the pool with distant views of the beach... Lovely! Enjoyed the Rooftop Bar at sunset and the ..."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
2.5 out of 5
19001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $94 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the heart of Destin, this golf hotel is steps from Gator Beach and Henderson Beach State Park. Destin Commons and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (994 reviews)
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
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Best Lodging Options Near Henderson Beach State Park

Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
The price is $77 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
5 out of 5
200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL
The price is $320 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
2.5 out of 5
19001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $94 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
SummerPlace Inn Destin
SummerPlace Inn Destin
2.5 out of 5
14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $84 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
3 out of 5
14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $93 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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The Palms of Destin by Compass Resorts
The Palms of Destin by Compass Resorts
4 out of 5
4203 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, FL
The Palms of Destin by Compass Resorts
Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6
Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6
Destin, FL
Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6
Luxury 1st Floor  Super private  TWO BEDROOM  Beach Gear! HIGH END LUXURY
Luxury 1st Floor Super private TWO BEDROOM Beach Gear! HIGH END LUXURY
Destin, FL
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Winter 4 $2700/mth*Jetted Tub*Prv Beach*2 Masters w/GulfViews*2BR St. Lucia 1002
Winter 4 $2700/mth*Jetted Tub*Prv Beach*2 Masters w/GulfViews*2BR St. Lucia 1002
Destin, FL
Winter 4 $2700/mth*Jetted Tub*Prv Beach*2 Masters w/GulfViews*2BR St. Lucia 1002
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.