If you’re in need of warm weather, white sand, and crystal clear water— Destin, Florida is the perfect solution. Originally a small fishing village, Destin has made a name for itself as a great place to visit. This charming city located on a peninsula that separates the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawatchee Bay offers plenty of good reasons to make it your next vacation destination.
What to See
One of the main draws of Destin is the intensely white sand. Whatever else you decide to do while there, make sure to set aside enough time to lounge and meander one of the pristine beaches. For those in need of a little retail therapy, shopping is alive and well in the city, with stores offering boutique clothing, housewares, art, jewelry, and more. History buffs will enjoy the Destin History and Fishing Museum. Other must see spots include Henderson Beach State Park, Jolee Island Nature Park, the Village of Baytowne Wharf, the Destin Harbor, and Gator Beach.
Walking in the White Sand of Destin – Photo Credit: Ronnie Wiggin
What to Do
There is an activity for everybody in Destin. Whether you want to keep the pace slow or pick it up a bit, recreation comes in many different forms. Golfing and spa days are found in abundance, with several golf courses and excellent spas scattered throughout the city. Water play can be found either at a water park or at the beach. There is snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking, and jet skiing available. One of the main draws to the area is fishing. Charters, day trips, and overnights can be found through one of the many outfitters, and travelers can find several types of fishing to partake in. The waters are full of a variety of species, and since Destin is the “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, coming home empty-handed won’t be an issue. If you time your trip right, there are many events and festivals that occur year-round in Destin. From the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo to the many performing arts, beer and wine tastings, and golf tournaments— your event calendar can stay full as well.
Destin Championship Golf Course – Photo Credit: ResortQuest
What to Eat
Destin offers several choices in dining, and visitors can expect to find delicious foods in a relaxed atmosphere or fine dining. Although seafood is the name of the game, there are other options to tempt every palette. With places like Louisiana Lagniappe, the Marina Café, Dewey Destin’s Seafood and Restaurant, and McGuire’s Irish Pub— your inner foodie will be satisfied.
Photo Credit: Mark Stanley
The next time you’re in the market for a fantastic beach vacation, line up one of the many beautiful Destin Florida vacation rentals, and head to where the sand gleams, the water sparkles, and there is more than enough to keep you entertained.
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