Welcome to Paradise!
Known for its white sandy beaches, emerald green waters, and traditional American style, Destin is a world class holiday destination offering beautiful beaches, fantastic fishing, shopping and unique dining.
Over the years the beautiful destination has become an ever popular tourist spot for families, couples and travellers alike, offering an incredible array of activities and experiences, including golf courses, surfing, sailing and much more.
What’s so great about Destin?
Located on the Emerald Coast, Destin’s perfect shoreline draws in millions of tourists a year, and provide them with an alternative holiday to Florida. Visitors can charter sailing boats, finish 18 holes on one of Destin’s many golf courses, walk nature trails through the dunes of Henderson Beach State Park, and even take on the slides, whirlpools and lazy rivers of Big Kahuna’s water park.
Where to stay
There are many hotels, hotels and boutique accommodation options across Destin, however the best way to really feel at home and experience Destin is to hire a house or a villa. By getting your own villa you can set up home for the week, hire a car and head out in to the city and surrounding region.
There is an array of options available from one bedroom apartments, to five bedroom villas, along with a pool and Jacuzzi. I have listed a couple below that would make a great base for families, couples and a group of friends.
If you are with:
How does a beautiful two-bedroom condo looking out across the sea sound? I thought so too! This place looks amazing, with lots of place, great location, and the security of an apartment. View more photos here.
Nestled among the charming communities between Rosemary Beach and Seaside, this beautiful villa is a family-friendly 3-bedroom condominium that looks out over the incredible Seacreast Beach. View more photos here.
Summer Shandy is the perfect rental for beach house living. Located in Crystal Beach this villa is the ultimate party house with large kitchen and pool, and lots of room for a large group and communal living. View more photos here.
Where to eat
Destin makes the perfect place to eat out whether you desire oysters, fresh fish, steak, burgers, pizza, or even Thai The fruitful fishing waters around the city provide local restaurants with the freshest and largest selection of seafood on the Gulf of Mexico, and local dining establishments parade it to tourists.
On the menus you can find red snapper, grouper, yellowfin tuna and triggerfish, alongside the cultural dishes including Thai green curry, BBQ steak and carbonara pasta.
Here are some of my favourites:
AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, Florida 32541 – 1/4 mile east of the Destin Bridge on the harbour
Camille’s, 2931 Scenic Highway 98, Destin Florida 32541 – In Crystal Beach
Callahan’s Restaurant & Deli, 791 Harbor Blvd, Destin, Florida 32541
Harbor Docks, 538 E Highway 98 (Harbor Blvd), Destin, Florida 32541 – In the Heart of Destin on the Destin Harbor
Hog’s Breath Cafe, 541 E Highway 98, Destin, Florida 32541 – In the heart of Destin across from Destin Harbor
Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, 7585 Highway 20, Basin Bayou Freeport, Florida 32439 – 30-minute drive from Destin
Pepito’s, 757 Harbor Blvd Unit 1, Destin, Florida 32541
Thai Delight Restaurant, 821 Harbor Blvd, Destin, Florida 32541
Sophie is a blogger and freelance writer based in the UK. She writes about all things travel on her blog over at Sophie’s Suitcase and in her spare time writes for Huffington Post, Elite Daily and The Culture Trip. You can also find her on social media; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.