Beach bums, take note: The beaches of the Emerald Coast are some of the best in the world. Our Gulf waters are crystal clear. Our sugar-white sand is powder-soft to the touch.
And here in the Sunshine State, you can count on blue skies most days of the year (can you see why we live here?!).
Choose your beachside paradise along the Emerald Coast: James Lee Park boasts a lively boardwalk and lots of family amenities. Henderson Beach State Park is a scenic oasis with sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife.
The coastal restaurant scene offers something for every palate, from casual breakfasts at The Breakfast Table to exquisite Gulf-to-table cuisine at Louisiana Lagniappe. Harbor views are on full display at Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House, a local favorite for seafood and southern-inspired dishes.
Looking for a unique dining experience in the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village? You catch it; they’ll cook it. Bring your own freshly caught fish to AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, and have it cooked to perfection by a resident chef. As fresh as it gets!
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With a full calendar of events year-round, there’s always something fun to do! Compete for the big prize in the annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, or try your luck in the Destin Fishing Rodeo, a tournament that draws thousands of saltwater anglers from near and far. Visiting us in the summer months? Catch a spectacular firework show every Thursday over the Destin Harbor. Enjoy foot-stomping fun every Saturday at the Rock the Docks Live Concert Series.
Here for the food and drinks? Attend the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, a fundraising event for local children’s charities showcasing talented winemakers, celebrity chefs, and a fine selection of wines. Or dazzle your taste buds at the Destin Seafood Festival, featuring craft vendors, live music, great food, and freshly caught fish prepared by local culinary legends.
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For generations, fishing has been a way of life in Destin. What better way to experience the local trade than with a fishing charter of your own? Embark on an inshore or offshore fishing expedition, and discover why Destin earned its reputation as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.
Home to the largest fleet of fishing charters in North America, our harbor offers the quickest access to the deepest waters on the Florida Panhandle.
Choose from a variety of charter boats that cater to every group and budget, from the Fish-N-Teem and Reel Deal, to Big Deal, Only Way, and the highly acclaimed Makaira, captained by Salty’s own BJ Teems. Sink a line in our emerald green waters and create lasting memories with your family and friends.
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Looking for a break from sugar-white sand beaches? The Emerald Coast is a golfer’s paradise with award-winning golf courses in stunning tropical locations.
Tee off where the pros play at Kelly Plantation Golf Club, or hit the green at the esteemed Sandestin, home to four championship golf courses. For picturesque views of Choctawhatchee Bay, the Emerald Bay Golf Club is not to be missed.
With manicured fairways, cool coastal breezes, and spectacular water vistas, you’re in for a relaxing afternoon on the green. Whether you’re an experienced golfer seeking a challenge, or a beginner looking to elevate your game, the exquisite coastal golf courses are sure to please.
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Treat yourself to a night on the town, and toast to the beginning of a well-deserved vacation! Enjoy cocktails and live music on Tailfins’ rooftop deck, or sip cold beer at Boathouse Oyster Bar and Grill, a laid-back locale with live entertainment.
Local bands perform almost every night of the week at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack, a family-friendly restaurant and music venue with great happy hour specials.
For late-night drinks and live music in a Tiki-style atmosphere, choose AJ’s Club Bimini, a prominent harborside hotspot and the most vibrant party in Destin.
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If you’re looking to soothe the soul with a bit of retail therapy, you’ve come to the right place. Shop locally owned boutiques, open-air markets, and one of the largest designer outlet centers in the country. For quirky, one-of-a-kind gifts and nautical items, visit Banana Bart’s, one of Destin’s oldest and most eclectic shops. Or hunt for unique treasures at Smith’s Antique Mall, a sprawling warehouse filled with housewares and vintage finds.
Peruse big-name brands at Destin Commons, a traditional outdoor mall in the heart of the Emerald Coast. Find discounted designer goods at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Or scour for souvenirs at HarborWalk Village, a waterfront complex with surf shops and fashion boutiques. Whichever shopping scene you choose, be sure to make room in your suitcase!
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Refresh your mind and body while on vacation with a blissful day of pampering.
Whether you’re looking for a quick spa visit or a full-day retreat, experience total tranquility at Serenity by the Sea or The Spa at Emerald Grande. State-of-the-art spa facilities include saunas, steam rooms, fitness centers, and relaxation lounges.
Relieve stress and muscle tension with a relaxing massage or rejuvenate your complexion with a purifying facial. Combine luxury spa treatments and services with your favorite salon offerings for the ultimate day of indulgence.
Reeled in the catch of a lifetime? Tie the knot along the Emerald Coast, where crystal clear waters and breathtaking sunsets create a magical backdrop for your special day.
Plan the destination wedding of your dreams at one of the coasts most coveted venues, from enchanting resorts overlooking the Gulf to beachfront villas nestled in the dunes.
Whether you’re seeking lavish or simple, beachfront or bayside, leave it to The Eventful Planner or Destin to Wed Event Planning to coordinate every step of the wedding process. Celebrate an occasion you’ll cherish forever in a setting you’ll never forget