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Henderson Beach State Park

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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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin $193
Reviewed on May 18, 2019
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin

19001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
     
    4.4 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0

    We liked many things but eating our breakfast outside was wonderful. The beds were very comfortable.

    Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin $277
    Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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    Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin

    Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin

    14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
       
      4.5 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Everything was excellent , the room was very clean, the staff was friendly, it was very spacious

      SummerPlace Inn Destin $189
      Reviewed on May 24, 2019
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      SummerPlace Inn Destin

      SummerPlace Inn Destin

      14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
         
        4.2 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Stayed here for a soccer tournament. Very convenient to fields.

        The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort $279
        Reviewed on May 5, 2019
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        The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

        The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort

        200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL
           
          4.6 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Beautifully kept property, rooms and overall facility. Gulf water color was stunning and the color of the spa, but end of April, it's cool. A very relaxing 4 night stay. The lazy river (in kids area) was wonderful! Noodles are provided in the kids pool and in the adult only pool (which we never went ...

          Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites $165
          Reviewed on May 25, 2019
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          Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites

          Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites

          4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
             
            4.3 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            The staff were very friendly and helpful. The location couldn't have been more convenient. The hotel was quiet and comfortable. Good breakfast. The only complaint was the pool/hot tub could have been cleaner.

            SunDestin Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
            Reviewed on May 24, 2019
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            SunDestin Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

            SunDestin Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

            1040 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              The rooms were spacious and clean. Everything you need. Just a short walk to the beach.

              Cozy Waterfront, Beach 2 min Away, Fishing Lake
              Cozy Waterfront, Beach 2 min Away, Fishing Lake

              Cozy Waterfront, Beach 2 min Away, Fishing Lake

              Destin, FL
                 
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                The Palms of Destin
                Reviewed on Mar 30, 2019
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                The Palms of Destin

                The Palms of Destin

                4201 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, FL
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  The cleaness of property was amazing, could have stayed longer if didnt have to come back to regular life.