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Best Beaches in Florida: Destin


Captain Leonard Destin Park, in the city of Destin uses Green Stormwater Inftrastructure to keep runoff from entering the Gulf of Mexico, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Destin, famously known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” flaunts an impressive 24-mile stretch of pristine, white sandy beaches. This charming town is celebrated for its rich fishing industry and diverse marine life.

The beaches present an unrivaled spectacle of nature’s beauty and magic, showcasing a myriad of remarkable wildlife in their natural surroundings, from schools of fish to sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees. Beyond the sandy shore lies a marine paradise waiting to be discovered.

While observing an array of spectacular animals is a thrill in itself, the beaches of the Emerald Coast offer much more. The multitude of activities ranges from exciting ventures like paddleboarding or kayaking to treasure hunting via snorkeling. The opportunities for fun are virtually boundless. 

Found along the beautiful Scenic 98, the beaches of Crystal Beach rank among the country’s most stunning, drawing admiration for their soft white sands, crystal-clear waters, and panoramic views.

Henderson Beach State Park, home to immaculate white-sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural shoreline, serves as a haven for nature enthusiasts. The park’s rolling sand dunes and coastal scrub provide habitats for a wide array of plants, birds, and mammals.

Norriego Point, a scenic peninsula situated on Holiday Isle in Destin, is an ultimate destination for those seeking to appreciate the Emerald Coast’s natural beauty and landscapes. Surrounded by the bustling HarborWalk Village, the East Pass and Destin Jetties, and the nearby Crab Island, it boasts a unique geographical positioning.

James Lee Park, another jewel in Destin, presents a scenery so stunning that it feels like a leap into a postcard. The beach is fully equipped with facilities such as restrooms, changing rooms, and onsite showers, making a day-long beach outing a seamless experience.

Orlando magazine’s dedicated editorial team is taking the guesswork out of your next beach day! This chart will show you the best Little Destin’s amenities to fit your needs. 

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