Destin Travel Guide

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Explore the Florida Panhandle

Sitting along the Gulf of Mexico, Destin boasts gorgeous beaches, challenging golf courses, and world-famous fishing. While it’s known as the world’s luckiest fishing village, Destin also harbors some of the best shopping and dining on the Florida coast. From wildlife preserves to aquariums and outdoor family fun on the beach, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Destin.

An Emerald Coast Dream Vacation

With a selection of oceanfront condos, cozy beach cottages, modern apartments, and large houses that can accommodate families or groups, you can find a place to stay that’ll make you feel right at home. Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ in Destin makes it easy to get the most out of your beach getaway. So, step out onto the sugary-white sands of the Emerald Bay and catch some rays or discover the bustling coastal nightlife once the sun goes down along Destin’s shores.

Top Sights in Destin

Destin Harbor Boardwalk

Stretching nearly a quarter of a mile, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk offers extensive access to the waterfront area, where you’ll find a number of restaurants and local shops. Book your trip in October watch the harbor truly come alive as it hosts both the annual Destin Seafood Festival and the Fishing Rodeo. No matter when you visit, the boardwalk is always a fun way to spend the day.

Destin Bridge

Test your luck at any one of the city's jetties, beaches, piers or the Destin Bridge, where local fishermen go to cast their line. Watch contestants compete for the most impressive catch of the day during the Destin Fishing Rodeo in October. If you want to test your skills out on the open water, charter a fishing cruise from Destin Harbor and see what you can reel in!

Big Kahuna

With more than 40 water attractions, three mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, and so much more, it’s hard to tell who loves Big Kahuna's the most—adults or kids. Have a blast in the giant wave pool, take it easy on the Lazy River, soar through the air on the Skycoaster, or just chill and catch some rays. It’s a full day of wet and wild fun for the whole family, and one of the top Destin activities.

Top Experiences in Destin

Explore the Beach at Night

The beach is a whole different world at night, especially during sea turtle nesting season. Take a walk on the wild side with Nighttime Educational Beach Walks—it’s part of an effort to protect the sea turtle populations along the Emerald Coast and provide education about the wonders local wildlife. The walks are free and open to the public, with times and locations subject to change.

Tour Destin on a Segway

See the sights of Destin while gliding around on a Segway with Destination Segway Tours. Tours typically include HarborWalk Village overlooking the Destin Harbor, a historical tour of the city’s original settlement site, views of Crab Island from Clement Taylor Park, and the Destin History and Fishing Museum. With lots of photo ops along the way, be sure to bring your camera.

Build Sandcastles with the Pros

Run by a former architect and his wife, Beach Sand Sculptures doesn’t just create one-of-a-kind sand sculptures for special events. They also offer lessons in the art of sand-castling. Learn the proper technique to building a sand sculpture over three feet tall. The family-friendly lessons usually last about two hours and are suitable for all ages.

Pet Friendly Places

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Bring the whole family on vacation!

Great for Groups

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Get away for some quality time.

Beach Breaks

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Escape to sun, sand, and surf.

Golf Getaways

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Make tee time your only responsibility.

Adventure Vacations

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Relax, unwind, and let the outside in.

Ski Vacations

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Slide into your winter vacation with ease!