Guide to Destin, Florida

Where We Are

Destin is located Northwest Florida between Pensacola and Panama City Beach. Ranked #2 on Southern Living's list of the South's Best Beach Towns, Destin is renowned for its dazzling sugar white sand beaches and emerald green waters, which have earned the area the moniker Emerald Coast.

Tothe east of Destin, 16 beach neighborhoods comprise the beaches of South Walton, which includes the famed Scenic Highway 30A where the Truman Show was filmed in Seaside. With a paved bike path along Scenic Highway 30A, visitors can head out on two wheels and explore popular beach towns, including Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach and Seaside, among many others.

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What To Do

While the most popular activity is relaxing and sunbathing along the area’s soft, white sandy shores, there are plenty of activities to keep adventure seekers busy. The area offers natural attractions like Henderson Beach State Park, Topsail Hill State Preserve, Grayton Beach State Park, Deer Lake State Park, Point Washington State Forest, Choctawhatchee Bay, rare coastal dune lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

Destin is also a playground for anglers, kayakers and divers. Heralded as the World's Luckiest Fishing Village, the Destin Harbor is home to the nation’s largest charter fishing fleet. Off shore Destin’s waters offer an abundance of snapper, grouper, marlin, pompano, among many other species of fish. Near shore, there's parasailing, jet skis, catamarans and pontoon boats for an exciting, different view of the coast and access to Crab Island, a submerged island located near the Destin Harbor.

Championship golf courses and shops complement fun attractions, including Big Kahuna's water park, The Track, the Gulfarium, Wild Willy's Adventure Zone and the Destin Harbor, among others. Shopping is as diverse as the area's beach communities. From one-of-a-kind boutiques and art galleries to outdoor lifestyle centers and a designer outlet center, the Emerald Coast has it all. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is home to more than 100 designer and name brand outlet stores, which feature merchandise at an impressive savings of 25% to 65% every day.

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Where To Stay

While the beaches all enjoy the same bright white sand and shimmering waters, the beach towns themselves are very diverse. Selecting the beach community that fits your style and interests is part of the fun. Many guests visit year after year to experience a new beach while others are loyal to one beach community. Explore our beaches and then start planning your getaway to Florida’s Emerald Coast by booking a Destin vacation.

Upcoming Events

Farmers' Market at Grand Boulevard - February

The Grand Boulevard Farmers' Market will set up every Saturday morning (rain or shine!) from 9am–1pm at Grand Park, located between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama.   The outdoor market features dozens of unique vendors offering locally sourced food items, such as produce, eggs, milk, cream

Happening Saturday, February 11, 2023

Mardi Gras Celebration

Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Destin Harbor with live music by Fais Do-Do, beads, dazzling floats and street performers as the parade rolls through HarborWalk Village at 4:00 PM. Let the Good Times Roll!  Live Music | 2:00 PM Parade | 4:00 PM

Happening Saturday, February 18, 2023

Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K

The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K will be back for the 21st running on Sunday, February 19, 2023, in beautiful Seaside, Florida. This year's race is themed "rockstar run" so come ready to rock and roll! The Half Marathon will start at 6:45am followed by the 5K which will start at 7:05am. The races

Happening Sunday, February 19, 2023

Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Prepare your palette for the 34th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival- one of the most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast!  The weekend will kick-off on Friday, February 24th with a Crawfish Boil at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille and live music. The main event takes

Happening Saturday, February 25, 2023

Farmers' Market at Grand Boulevard -March

The Grand Boulevard Farmers' Market sets up every Saturday morning in March (rain or shine!) from 9am–1pm at Grand Park, located between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama. The outdoor market features dozens of unique vendors offering locally sourced food items, such as produce, eggs, milk, cream,

Happening Saturday, March 4, 2023

Concerts in the Village - April

The Concerts in the Village series is returning this Spring 2023 to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. On Thursday nights, from April 20 - June 22, music-lovers can enjoy a night under the stars featuring local and national acts. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious...

Happening Thursday, April 20, 2023

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival returns for it's 10th year April 27th-30th for a weekend of great wines, fine foods, live music from national artists, culinary celebrities and more throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.  More than 600 wines will be available to

Happening Thursday, April 27, 2023 - Sunday, April 30, 2023

Concerts in the Village - May

The Concerts in the Village series is returning this Spring 2023 to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. On Thursday nights, from April 20 - June 22, music-lovers can enjoy a night under the stars featuring local and national acts. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious...

Happening Thursday, May 4, 2023

Concerts in the Village - June

The Concerts in the Village series is returning this Spring 2023 to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. On Thursday nights, from April 20 - June 22, music-lovers can enjoy a night under the stars featuring local and national acts. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious...

Happening Thursday, June 1, 2023

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