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Destin
Travel Guide

Fort Walton Beach - Destin showing a sunset and general coastal views

Make this beautiful spot on the tip of a Gulf Coast peninsula your Florida destination for beaches, cultural activities and deep-sea fishing.

The western Florida town of Destin is surrounded by water: large Choctawhatchee Bay to the north, the Gulf Coast as the southern boundary and Destin Harbor in the downtown area. Visit the shores of all three areas for beaches, water sports, saltwater fishing, nature trails and wildlife spotting.

In the heart of Destin, browse among the shops and restaurants along Harbor Boardwalk. Ask about the “Key to the Harbor” for discounts at many of these businesses. Admire yachts in the harbor or charter your own for boating or fishing.

Look for dolphins in the harbor and in Choctawhatchee Bay. Both spots are great for sailing, windsurfing and Jet Skiing. For a sustainable fishing approach, try the tranquil option of kayak fishing or simply enjoy an eco tour along the shore.

Find public access to soft sand beaches in 13 spots along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Visit Henderson Beach State Park’s sand, water, dunes and nature trails. Arrange accommodations along Crystal Beach or use public access to reach the magnificent Gulf Coast shoreline. Quietly observe sea turtles nesting in the spring or hatching in early autumn.

Join October’s Destin Fishing Rodeo as a spectator or participant. Fishermen compete for numerous prizes for catching various gamefish. Kids win a free rod and reel for catching a fish over 1 pound (0.5 kilogram).

Bring a picnic basket for a dinner on the lawn while listening to music at the Matty Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Concerts on Thursday evenings from May through July feature a variety of genres. See juried artists and enjoy music and food during October’s 2-day Festival of the Arts at this spot in the heart of Destin.

Reach Destin by car, driving 1.5 hours from Pensacola or 2.5 hours from Tallahassee, or fly into the Northwest Florida Regional Airport in nearby Fort Walton Beach. If you don’t have a car, use taxis or the Okaloosa County buses to travel within the city and along the Gulf Coast shore.

Where to stay in Destin

Destin Inn and Suites
Destin Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
713 Harbor Blvd.( highway 98 east), Destin, FL
The price is £88 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in the heart of Destin, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Destin Harbor, Destin Harbor Boardwalk and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. HarborWalk ...
3.7/5Good! (977 reviews)
"The staff was not friendly but professional. The room was really clean but the hot water for the shower is basically nonexistent. My big issue is that the parking lot is a wreck and we caught a flat because of a huge construction nail. Also, not sure if this is this hotel or if it’s just the area ..."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

Destin Inn and Suites
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
2.5 out of 5
19001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is £135 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Located in the heart of Destin, this golf hotel is steps from Gator Beach and Henderson Beach State Park. Destin Commons and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure ...
4.4/5Excellent! (965 reviews)
"The staff kept turning our ac off when they would go to our room after cleaning. In the halls it was as if they had the ac off as well, very muggy, and hot. Instead of cleaning our bed like I needed they just straighten the sheets and called it good. One thing I did like was that the pool was open ..."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin
Motel 6 Destin, FL
Motel 6 Destin, FL
2 out of 5
405 Highway 98 East #A, Destin, FL
The price is £77 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Destin Harbor and Destin Harbor Boardwalk. HarborWalk Village and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure ...
3/5 (973 reviews)
"One of the best motels that I’ve seen. Very clean and looks a lot like a hotel except no microwave, no fridge. On our last day here, the side table between the two beds fell off the wall onto the floor. It was supposed to be held up by the mount in the wall but it fell and based on the condition ..."

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2021

Motel 6 Destin, FL
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Club Destin
Club Destin
3 out of 5
1085 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL
The price is £140 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Located in the heart of Destin, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin ...
3.8/5Good! (440 reviews)
Destin Stay
"I enjoyed the stay. The property staff was very helpful and attended to all my needs very fast and in a timely manner. We were pleased."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Club Destin
Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center
Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center
3 out of 5
1002 Highway 98 East, Destin, FL
Located in Destin, this beachfront aparthotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure ...
4.4/5Excellent! (488 reviews)
"the view was beautiful from all the rooms we all had ocean views . the weather could have been a little better we had rain for 2 days but that could not be helped"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center
Condo #8204 is a short walk to the white sandy beaches.
Condo #8204 is a short walk to the white sandy beaches.
775 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, FL
This family-friendly Destin condo is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Destin Harbor and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin Harbor Boardwalk ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great vacation! The most beautiful beach.
"We had a great time and I hope be back soon. I rented before read the reviews so I was a little afraid not to like but I am glad everything was perfect. The mattress is good, the apartment is not noisy and you just have to cross a street to reach the beach, very close. I recommend this place because ..."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Condo #8204 is a short walk to the white sandy beaches.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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