Destin – The Jewel of the Emerald Coast
Destin, FL is one of the most envied and stunning locations along the Emerald Coast. With some of the best sugar-white beaches in the world, as well as the emerald-hued waters of the Gulf of Mexico right at our doorstep, this coastline city offers an endless list of activities and attractions for everyone to experience. Take time to enjoy the natural beauty, fantastic beaches, thrilling attractions, amazing water activities, great shopping, and many events in Destin and nearby Miramar Beach. You’ll be glad you did!
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Things to Do
Destin is known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village” with the largest charter fishing fleet in the state of Florida. We also offer exciting water activities for all including fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, boating and more.
Planning to golf? There are plenty of championship golf options throughout the Destin area with many designs by distinguished golf architects, including Fred Couples and Tom Fazio, just to name a few.
You’ll also want to explore the expansive Destin Harbor Boardwalk with access to over 150 fishing charter and recreational boats, restaurants, shopping and water activities. The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is also home to events such as the annual Destin Seafood Festival and the Destin Fishing Rodeo.
Night and day, there’s always something happening in Destin. Come join the fun.
Whether you prefer casual dining in beach attire or are seeking the very best fine cuisine, the abundance of dining options in the Destin area provides reasons to come back again and again. With 13 area restaurants making the Florida Trend 500 Best Places in Florida to Dine list, your culinary experience is just a reservation away.
Here you’ll find cuisine that is innovative, creative, palate-pleasing, and simply delicious. From rustic oyster bars and open-air cafes to beachside cafes and candlelit restaurants, our local eateries offer the freshest ingredients and the best local seafood.
With so many of restaurants lining the harbor and the Gulf with spectacular views and sunsets, it’s time to relax, enjoy a glass of wine and prepare for your special dining experience in Destin.
If shopping is your passion, bring an empty suitcase. You'll easily fill it up with amazing finds at our outlets, malls, boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops throughout the Destin area.
Throughout Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, you can choose from distinctive locally owned boutiques, traditional malls and outlets with big-name brands, charming downtown areas, relaxing open-air complexes and delightful pedestrian villages.
For shopaholics, some of our best “must visit” shopping destinations include Destin Commons, HarborWalk Village and Downtown Fort Walton Beach where you'll find plenty of retail therapy to meet your needs.
Visit soon to see for yourself and find your treasures.
One of the best aspects of the Destin climate is that you can visit anytime and enjoy a great experience with weather that’s likely better than the weather at home. Golfers typically love the ideal golf weather of spring; whereas, families look forward to enjoying Destin’s summer weather. Other visitors prefer the less-crowded fall season filled with mild and beautiful days.
Destin enjoys an average of 226 sunny days each year. The highest monthly average temperature for Destin is July at 89 degrees, with the lowest monthly average temperature being in January at 45 degrees.
How to Get Here
Getting here is easy. Leaving is the hard part.
Destin, FL is located on the Florida panhandle, in between Pensacola to the west, and Panama City to the east.
For air travelers, there are two airports offering affordable air service options. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Regional Airport (VPS) is located just a short drive from Destin, FL. Another option is the Pensacola International Airport (PNS), located approximately 50 miles from Destin, FL. Each airport offers over 50 non-stop flights daily on major airlines to hubs and cities nationwide.
If you’re driving, Destin is just south of Florida Interstate 10. Coming from the east, you’ll take Exit 70 – Niceville/Eglin Air Force Base/Hurlburt, or Exit 56 – Crestview/Niceville if coming from the west. Either way, follow the signs to Niceville, and cross the Mid Bay toll bridge. This will bring you to Emerald Coast Parkway, where you’ll turn right to downtown Destin.