The beautiful white as sugar sand in Destin is not easily matched anywhere else in the world and underlines exactly what Destin has to offer. The Emerald Coast is without a doubt a gem to appreciate. On the water head out to Choctawhatchee Bay in order to catch the challenging and evasive redfish, or rent out a pontoon boat to relax outside Destin Harbour on Crab Island, a sandbar hotspot where hundreds of people relax in the waist deep crystal clear waters.
An enticing choice in Destin is always enjoying mighty fine and fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants situated on the dockside. Dewey Destin Seafood is often a popular choice, offering seats outside in full view of the water, adding a new element to your dining experience. Another fabulous eatery dockside to the water is the local favorite, Marina Café. With amazing food and even better views, it’s a perfect location to enjoy the evening and watch the sunset, without draining your wallet.
Crab Island is one of the main driving reasons behind why Boating Magazine voted Destin “Top 10 Places to Live and Boat in the United States”. Due to eroding tides, Crab Island is now an underwater sandbar and only accessible by boat. Once anchored up, there are plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained, with snorkelling, relaxing on the boat, and exploring Crab Island Waterpark that offers slides and trampolines for the kids. The floating food vendors will mean you never have to leave.
The Desoto Canyon is home to some of the biggest fish in Destin. The Desoto Canyon itself is a large underwater canyon just a few miles off the shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico. With record breaking swordfish lying in its depths, a new and interesting challenge presents itself to those fishermen who are up for the fight. Many charters sail out this way, and with squid as their bait and the correct depth and drift, plenty of swordfish are waiting to be had.
Harborwalk Village provides a one-stop shop for a whole range of activities. Providing places to grab a bite to eat, waterfront shopping, a whole host of watersport rentals, glass bottom boats to see the beauty of the underwater, dolphin cruises, and much more. With weekly firework displays and live music, the Harborwalk Village is suitable at any time whether it’s a quick day trip or week long vacation.
The Emerald Coast has a lot to offer, due to the pristine sand and beautiful waters. Many people are left wishing they could beat the crowd. However, what fewer people realize is the amount of large accessible remote beaches offered in the vicinity with a little bit more privacy outside of the typical tourist beaches. Henderson Beach State Park, despite being conveniently local to Destin itself, offers a more secluded and clean beach, with plenty of amenities like pavilions to use when the sun is a bit too bright.