Destin

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Fort Walton Beach - Destin featuring 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.

Motel 6 Destin, FL
Motel 6 Destin, FL
2 out of 5
405 Highway 98 East #A, Destin, FL
The price is AU$114 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
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 (961 reviews)
"I will admit i was apprehensive when the clerk told me to go to my room aeound back. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was very well lit and cameras were in use. Our room was spacious and clean. The pillows lacked a little. The fridge and microwave worked well. Great location for Harbor ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

Motel 6 Destin, FL
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
The price is AU$169 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Henderson Beach State Park and Destin Commons. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park is 2.7 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Nice place, great price!"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Destin Inn and Suites
Destin Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
713 Harbor Blvd.( highway 98 east), Destin, FL
The price is AU$178 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Located in the heart of Destin, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Destin Harbor and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin Harbor Boardwalk and The ...
3.8/5Good! (961 reviews)
"The room was clean and comfortable. Well lit up so you feel safe in the parking lot."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Destin Inn and Suites
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Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
3 out of 5
14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is AU$240 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Morgan Sports Center and Henderson Beach State Park. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (638 reviews)
"I love the suite style rooms. They are fully equipped with everything you need including dishes. Check in and check out was easy. Close to everything. Close to the beach."

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Club Destin
Club Destin
3 out of 5
1085 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL
The price is AU$284 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
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. Morgan ...
3.8/5Good! (496 reviews)
"Had everything we needed for our stay. The floor was a little dirty but being so close to the beach that is probably hard to do."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

Club Destin
Pelican Beach Resort by Panhandle Getaways
Pelican Beach Resort by Panhandle Getaways
3.5 out of 5
1002 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL
The price is AU$762 per night from 16 Oct. to 16 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Destin aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Jetty East ...
3.6/5Good! (86 reviews)
"I loved how close to the ocean it was did not like all the umbrellas on the beach"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2021

Pelican Beach Resort by Panhandle Getaways
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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