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Located on a spit of land on the southern edge of the Florida panhandle, Destin is known as The World's Luckiest Fishing Village. This small city is a haven for locals and visitors from abroad; visitors come for the white sand beaches, turquoise waters and world-class fishing. With, you can book your entire trip to Destin, from hotels to tours.

Life in Destin moves at a relaxed pace, and many of the local attractions revolve around the art of taking it easy. Whether you're interested in relaxing on the beaches of the Emerald Coast or hitting the links at the Kelly Plantation golf course, the city has destinations and activities for every budget.

Best time to take a trip to Fort Walton Beach - Destin

Although Destin is located in the southern part of the United States, it experiences regular seasons. The best time of year to go is in the spring or fall, when temperatures range from 75F to 85F. Summers are very hot and humid, which can make outdoor activities uncomfortable. In July and August, temperatures frequently reach above 90F. Winters are cold, and temperatures can drop to 40F or lower. If you are booking hotels and flights to Destin in the late spring on, plan in advance to get the best deals.

Things to do in Fort Walton Beach - Destin

Regatta Bay

If you're interested in golfing, head to the world-class Regatta Bay course, where you can play 18 holes while gazing out at the sea.


Spend a few hours wandering around the HarborWalk, where you will find everything from independent local businesses to small cafes.

Paddle the Bay

Ecotourism is popular in Destin, and a number of companies offer kayak rentals around the harbor.

Wyland Whaling Wall #88

This mural by local artist Wyland is one of Destin's most iconic sights. The wall is a popular spot for tourists, who come to take pictures and check out the artist's masterpiece.

Destin Commons

Give your wallet a workout at Destin Commons, which boasts over 80 stores in an open-air design.

Henderson Beach State Park

If you're traveling with your family, head to this state park, which offers miles of walking trails and plenty of open space to play.

Dockside Restaurants

The restaurants that line the docks in Destin specialize in seafood, and you can try everything from fresh fish to local crabs.

Morning Yoga

If you're looking to relax, head to the city beach in the early morning to join one of many yoga classes.

Village of Baytowne Wharf

For an evening out, spend a few hours on the Baytowne Wharf, where the historic fishing buildings and lighted docks create a romantic atmosphere.


Destin is famous for its fishing opportunities, and a number of charter boat services are available near the harbor.

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Dolphin Cruises

Dolphins live off the coast of Destin, and visitors can take ocean cruises to watch them frolicking in the warm waters.


When you tire of the beach, head to one of the city's many waterparks. Try the Big Kahuna's Waterpark or Shipwreck Island.

Crab Island

Join the locals at Crab Island, where people anchor boats and host parties on the beach into the wee hours of the morning.

Mattie Kelly Park

For a unique activity, explore the boardwalks at Mattie Kelly Park. The boardwalks wind through the wetlands and offer beautiful views.

Destin History and Fishing Museum

Learn about the history of Destin at this popular museum, which features interactive exhibits and an extensive photo archive.

Top Rated Hotels for your Fort Walton Beach - Destin Vacation

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4.0 out of 5.0 4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, Miramar Beach, FL
Free Cancellation
4.3/5 (78 reviews)

Loved all the food offerings! The sushi bar was amazing, very slow service but was worth the wait

Reviewed on May 27, 2020
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa features a private beach, a golf course, and a full-service spa. Valet parking is available for USD 25 per night, and ...
SummerPlace Inn Destin
SummerPlace Inn Destin
2.5 out of 5.0 14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
Free Cancellation
4.0/5 (67 reviews)

Everyone was friendly the room was super clean. We had a great time 😁😁

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
Guests of SummerPlace Inn Destin have access to an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to ...
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5.0 4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
Free Cancellation
4.4/5 (42 reviews)

Very nice and convenient location. Great prices as well.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020
Guests of Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, put free parking to good use. ...

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