Year-round, visitors flock to Destin for the promise of sunny days, fresh seafood and of course, the beaches. Once a humble fishing village, this Emerald Coast hotspot is now home to some of the finest and most popular beaches in the country. There are twenty four miles of white sand to be had here, meaning you’ll never have to look far to find your own little patch of heaven.
Walk along the coast at your leisure, stretch out on a beach towel or drop in on a game of beach volleyball with some of the locals. From the wide-open stretches of Henderson Beach State Park to the sugar sands of Destin Beach you’re sure to find a favorite spot to soak up some rays. The scenic Miramar beach is a favorite for families, with modern amenities, dozens of great water sports rentals and the nation’s largest designer outlets just a few minutes away. Wade up to the floating restaurants at the submerged Crab Island or tip back a tropical beverage and enjoy the sun. It’s all about relaxation and taking the world at your own speed. Over 60% of Destin’s beaches are protected, ensuring they’ll stay pristine for years to come.
Sun worshippers will be in good company here, though there is no shortage of ways to get out and enjoy the water if you’re looking for a bit of excitement. Tear through the waves on a high speed Jetski, go parasailing high above the waves or rent a pontoon boat and float out into the deep blue. Keep your eyes peeled on a dolphin-watching tour, or climb into the water and swim with these lovable sea-creatures at the Florida Gulfarium. You can also catch a live marine show to watch the dolphins perform.
Given the town’s fishing history, you’d be right to expect world-class opportunities to reel in a big one. Charter a deep-sea fishing boat at the Destin Harbor for your chance to catch snappers, marlin, sailfish, mackerels and more - or try your hand at shallow water fishing in Chocawhatchee Bay. For those who would rather stay dry, the boardwalk at Destin Harbor is not to be missed, with quaint shops and fresh seafood restaurants to enjoy. The Heritage Park & Cultural Centre delves into the history of the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, while the History and Fishing Museum shares the stories of how the village developed into the resort town it is today.
Making the most of your trip to Destin is easy – just book your stay with an IHG beach hotel. Our convenient beachfront locations put you just seconds from the sand; easy distance for an early morning stroll or an afternoon spent lying in the sun. With some of the most friendly staff and affordable prices in the city, our beach hotels are your best bet for sun, fun and relaxation.