The world is full of tempting destinations – but few rival the sublime perfection of the Emerald Coast. With sand of quartz so finely ground it resembles sugar; the beach is strikingly white with highly reflective emerald waters. But, that’s just the tip of the sandbar…
The city of Destin is the clear superstar of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast – a region that extends east to the eclectic and vibrant beaches of South Walton, and west to the oasis-like sanctuary of Okaloosa Island. Destin is treasured as a “family drive” destination. A paradise for 2nd home ownership, thousands of families from around the nation flock to Destin each year. They spend their days and nights playing in the sun, and enjoying the plethora of family-oriented activities. Upscale, luxury vacation rentals abound, and vastly outnumber hotel-type accommodations. That’s because the Destin way of life naturally evolved from the awe-inspiring landscape it possesses! Destin looks like heaven on earth, so vacation homes and local culture pay tribute by creating spaces and activities that celebrate love of life and blissful leisure.
Deep-sea fishing is a huge lure to the area, with Destin holding the nickname "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" (and several saltwater world records). You’ll find every imaginable water pastime - from dolphin cruising on a glass bottom boat to scuba diving and snorkeling through the natural reefs just off the shore; from riding wave runners and paddleboards, to snagging panoramic views while parasailing.
With some of the finest establishments in the world, and an endless variety of cuisine, dining in Destin is something you can look forward to every day you’re here! Fresh, local seafood, world-class wine selections, renowned chefs, Gulf-front cafes, and top-secret local hot spots are just a few of the dining experiences not to be missed.
It may seem too good to be true – but Destin has a few more surprises for you! Over 1,100 holes of golf are set in the Destin area, and some rank among the finest in the world. Hundreds of stores offer every imaginable shopping experience – from designer outlet stores to hard-to-find specialty wares. Vivid nightlife with live music in the open air abounds, and local events are happening all year long. Come see firsthand the one-of-kind memories that are made in Destin every day!