Destin, in sunny Florida, is an enthusiasts dream, with gorgeous beaches, clear skies, extensive nature trails and a multitude of outward bound pursuits on offer. So you should head to Okaloosa county and see for yourself what Destin and the area has to offer. And don’t worry if you don’t have a car. Sunrise Taxi will make sure you reach your destination on time.
The peninsula on which Destin is located used to be a barrier island and, technically, is now an island again since the completion of the Choctawhatchee-West Bay Canal. Destin is situated pleasantly on Florida’s Emerald Coast, a name given due to the beautiful colours of its waters. It is these waters, and the white sand beaches that give access to them, which are the main draw for tourists to the area.
Dream the day away on one of Destin’s beaches
There are so many miles of stunning sandy beach available you will be spoiled for choice. If you like a bit of infrastructure and entertainment, head to the boardwalk at Okaloosa Island, where you will find lots of restaurants, clubs and snack bars. Nearby is the picnic spot at John Beasley Wayside Park which offers changing rooms, restrooms and vending machines. James W. Lee Country park is convenient for drivers coming off Highway 98 and offers easy access to the beach here over the dunes.
For true wildness and nature, you can go to the extensive sandy shorelines of the State Recreation Areas of Henderson Beach and Grayton Beach. The first covers 208 acres, with over 6000 feet of shore, and the second, home to some of the best beaches in the area, covers a massive 1133 acres.
Fish the emerald waters
Destin was once a small fishing village. It still boasts an excellent fishing fleet, the largest in Florida, and claims to be the “World’s luckiest fishing village”. Why not charter a fishing boat and head out for yourself to harvest the bounty of the emerald seas?
Take to the seas
Even if fishing does not lure you, you may still wish to take to the waters. Swimming is an ever popular pastime. Or you could try a dolphin watching cruise, go sailing or rent a vacation boat. If you are feeling more energetic and would like to travel under your own steam, try a bit of kayaking or another watersport.
Take to the skies
The adventurous traveller may enjoy parasailing, or, for the ultimate in adventurous thrills, why not try skydiving in the clear blue skies? Touring the area on the ground is one thing, but if you are feeling flush, why not take the the skies in a plane or helicopter for a different take on this stunningly beautiful area.
The State Recreation areas offer many hiking and trekking opportunities along extensive nature trails along beaches and through dunes, winding up through verdant greenery to rich pine forests. Whether you would like to just go for a gentle, family stroll or a longer distance trek, these picturesque parks are the perfect place. To prolong your walks, why not get close to the natural world you have come to see and camp in one of the many campsites throughout the area.
When you feel like returning to the man-made world of the city, there is plenty more to do in Destin, from golf courses to top-notch shopping and dining facilities. You will not regret booking a holiday in this pleasant part of Florida.