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Henderson Beach State Park
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

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Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
2.5 out of 5
14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
Free Cancellation
The price is $93 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Morgan Sports Center and Henderson Beach State Park. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and ...

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"From the moment we arrived the Hotel was overwhelmed by the times we are in. Not knowing that travelers like myself would be stopping and wanting rooms. As we all know CoVid times reduces the people who’ve traveled, this hotel was understaffed, but were doing an absolutely kick arse job accommodating ..."…"

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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 $71 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (928 reviews)

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Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
2.5 out of 5
1625 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL
Free Cancellation
The price is $80 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

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Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
2.5 out of 5
14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $93 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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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 $71 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
2.5 out of 5
1625 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL
The price is $80 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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SummerPlace Inn Destin
SummerPlace Inn Destin
2.5 out of 5
14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $82 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
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Holiday Inn Express Destin E - Commons Mall area
Holiday Inn Express Destin E - Commons Mall area
3.5 out of 5
108 Hutchinson St, Destin, FL
The price is $72 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
The price is $72 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
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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 $200 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16
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Condo, 6 Bedrooms, 6Baths, Sleeps 6
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The Grand Complex at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The Grand Complex at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Destin, FL
The Grand Complex at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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