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Destin is one of the most popular beach destinations on the Gulf Coast. Once a sleepy little fishing village, it now has every activity and amenity you'd want on a vacation. From the incredible beaches (the pristine white sand and emerald water is worth the visit alone) to the world-class restaurants, shopping and outdoor activities, there's enough to have you falling into bed each night, exhausted, ready to start again the next day.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

13 Places

3 City Tips

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13 Places

Day 1

Capriccio Cafe

Restaurants

Henderson Beach State Park

Beaches, State Parks

Destin Harbor

Bodies of Water

Destin Harbor Boardwalk

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn

Restaurants

Day 2

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Restaurants

Okaloosa Island

Beaches, Islands

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Aquariums

McGuire's Irish Pub

Restaurants

Day 3

HarborWalk Marina

Marinas

Destin Commons

Shopping Malls

Grayton Beach State Park

State Parks, Beaches

Red Bar

Bars & Clubs

Katie C's City Tips

  • Destin is part of the Emerald Coast, which also contains the towns of Fort Walton and Okaloosa Island. Explore these areas as well, and be sure to take a drive down 30A to see enclaves like Rosemary Beach, WaterColor, and Alys Beach.
  • The Mid-Bay Bridge Connector allows travelers to bypass Niceville to Destin and avoid 14 traffic signals. It's very convenient, but be aware that there is a toll-by-plate system that will send you a bill in the mail.
  • Turn a walk on the beach into a treasure hunt: Destin is among the top five destinations in the world for shelling because the 100-Fathom Curve draws nearer to Destin than to any other spot on the Gulf Coast.
    Day 1
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    Capriccio Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Katie C Says:

    Locally-owned Capriccio Cafe is a little-known gem in Destin. Serving phenomenal coffee, savory and sweet crepes, and several excellent lunch items along with a genuine, welcoming vibe from the staff and owner, you'll find yourself returning again and again.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Roman crepe and the runner salad are two favorites but you can't go wrong with whatever you order.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 239 restaurants in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great lunch and sweets! 23/06/2018
    • Amazing Breakfast...Best in Destin 10/06/2018
    • Capriccio Cafe
    Address:
    810 Highway 98
    Shoreline Village Mall
    Destin, FL 32541
    Phone:
    +1 850-460-7050
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    06:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Henderson Beach State Park
    Beaches, State Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    A gorgeous respite from the more crowded beaches of Destin, Henderson Beach State Park has 6000 feet of coastline and 208 acres of wooded area to explore on its nature trails. Features include areas where you can 'grill out' and pavilions for picnics, with nice restrooms and even a shower to rinse off after a dip in the Gulf.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Because it is a state park, there is a small fee to access Henderson Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 73 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great public place to go to the beach! 24/06/2018
    • Wonderful 24/06/2018
    • Henderson Beach State Park
    Address:
    17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy
    Destin, FL 32541-3343
    Phone:
    +1 850-837-7550
    Other:
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    Destin Harbor
    Bodies of Water
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    Katie C Says:

    Destin Harbor sees a ton of activity every day, from fishing boats returning with their catch, to dolphin sightseeing tours, to a wide variety of water sports like parasailing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, and more. The harbor is also home to a variety of vessels available for deep-sea, inshore, and bottom fishing.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Fishing is one of the favorite activities in Destin — visit the harbor to chat with the captains and charter your own trip.
    • Because the water is so deep, there is a wide array of marine life. Dive down and explore artificial reefs, wrecks, and a limestone shelf at depths of up to 90 feet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 73 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing 10/06/2018
    • A must do walk along the harbor 28/05/2018
    • Destin Harbor
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    Destin Harbor Boardwalk
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katie C Says:

    Make no mistake — the Destin Boardwalk and the HarborWalk Village are designed for tourists. However, if you can handle a bit of neon, and like to feed off the energy of crowds, then the boardwalk is a great place to visit. With plenty of shops to explore, restaurants to try, and bars at which to sip a cold beverage and watch the sunset; it's a great place to entertain the entire group.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Boardwalk hosts weekly firework shows on Thursdays during the summer. The celebration starts at 6pm with fireworks starting at 9pm.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 73 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One Stop Adventure by the Sea 24/06/2018
    • So much to do 24/06/2018
    • Destin Harbor Boardwalk
    Phone:
    +1 352-440-0496
    Other:
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    Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn
    Restaurants (Seafood, American)
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    Katie C Says:

    To celebrate your first day of vacation, make reservations for Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn. Beach Walk is consistently lauded for its cuisine and its incredible views of the beautiful Emerald Coast. Featuring American cuisine with European and Asian influences, the menu features freshly-caught seafood as well as 'land' dishes such as venison and steak.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • There are three areas for guests to sit: inside, on the deck, or on the beach. Call ahead to reserve your preferred spot.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 239 restaurants in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yummy with a beautiful view 24/06/2018
    • Third Year Eating Here 24/06/2018
    • Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn
    Address:
    2700 Scenic Highway 98
    E
    Destin, FL 32541-3413
    Phone:
    +1 850-650-7100
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 20:30
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Another Broken Egg Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Katie C Says:

    Get ready for a day of exploring with a hearty breakfast at Another Broken Egg Cafe, a long-time Destin favorite. Featuring omelets stuffed with almost anything (Crawfish? Avocado?), huevos rancheros, giant pancakes, and more, the menu is diverse enough to tempt everyone in the family. Craving omelets for dinner? Not a problem — they serve breakfast all day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Bananas Foster French Toast is a truly decadent treat. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to indulge!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Favorite! 23/05/2018
    • Birthday Breakfast 11/04/2018
    • Another Broken Egg Cafe
    Address:
    979 Highway 98 E
    Ste 4
    Destin, FL 32541-2844
    Phone:
    +1 850-650-0499
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$16
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    07:00 - 14:00
    Other:
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    Okaloosa Island
    Beaches, Islands
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    Katie C Says:

    A barrier island between Destin and Fort Walton, Okaloosa Island is surrounded by Santa Rosa Sound, Choctawhatchee Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. Okaloosa Island is known for its pristine beaches, but also for its wide variety of water sports and entertainment. Walk out on the 1261 foot pier and chat with the fishermen or take a rod and reel and try your luck. You never know what you might catch!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For those who like their beaches with a bit of adventure, Okaloosa Island is a great place to go parasailing, kayaking, canoeing, or snorkeling.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 61 things to do in Fort Walton Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 23/06/2018
    • Great trip 21/06/2018
    • Okaloosa Island
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    Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
    Aquariums
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    Katie C Says:

    While it's not as large as SeaWorld, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is a local institution in Fort Walton. Featuring a sea lion show and a dolphin show, plus lots of other animals like penguins, otters, stingrays, and alligators, Gulfarium wants to educate its guests as well as entertain them. It's a great way to learn and play.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to have an up-close "encounter" with animals like the Stingray Bay Snorkel, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 61 things to do in Fort Walton Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dolphins and Sea Lions 24/06/2018
    • A must visit 23/06/2018
    • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
    Address:
    1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6204
    Phone:
    +1 850-243-9046
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    McGuire's Irish Pub
    Restaurants (American, Irish, Bar, Pub)
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    Katie C Says:

    Put aside the large quantities of neon and plethora of overt Irish decor when you first see McGuire's Irish Pub — just head on in. No trip to Destin is complete without visiting McGuire's, with its ceiling festooned with dollar bills and turn-of-the-century New York atmosphere. Go hungry and order classic Irish fare like fish and chips or shepherd's pie, and wash it all down with a house-brewed beer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • For those who are not quite of age (or do not imbibe), McGuire's also brews its own root beer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 239 restaurants in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING 24/06/2018
    • A must do while in Destin 24/06/2018
    • McGuire's Irish Pub
    Address:
    33 Harbor Blvd
    Destin, FL 32541-2309
    Phone:
    +1 850-650-0000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    HarborWalk Marina
    Marinas
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    Katie C Says:

    Destin is known as 'the world's luckiest fishing village' and there's no better way to see that for yourself than at one of the marinas. During the season, there are several fishing competitions that bring their entries to the HarborWalk Marina. Hang out to watch the competitors bring in their catch and hear the 'fish tales' for yourself!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For a unique sail into history, consider taking a turn on the Buccaneer. Featuring sword fights, water gun battles, story-telling, singing, dancing, and treasure hunts, this is an adventure on the high seas for the whole family.
    • Almost any activity can be booked from the HarborWalk Marina, including paddle board and kayak rentals, pontoon and jet ski rentals, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, and dolphin excursions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 73 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • interesting place to people watch 11/06/2018
    • very nice and touristy 01/06/2018
    • HarborWalk Marina
    Address:
    66 Harbor Blvd
    Destin, FL 32541-2310
    Other:
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    Destin Commons
    Shopping Malls
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    Katie C Says:

    This large pedestrian shopping center surrounds an attractive European-style courtyard and fountain. There are more than 80 shops in the Commons with many of your favorite name brands, including Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and White House/Black Market. Plus, the open air layout means that you can satisfy your retail urges while still enjoying the Florida sunshine.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Destin Commons is often home to special events and festivals — check the calendar and see what's happening during your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 73 things to do in Destin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Outing 18/06/2018
    • Good outlet mall. 17/06/2018
    • Destin Commons
    Address:
    4100 Legendary Dr
    Destin, FL 32541-8601
    Phone:
    +1 850-337-8700
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Grayton Beach State Park
    State Parks, Beaches
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    Katie C Says:

    Grayton Beach State Park is located between Destin and Panama City and is worth the short drive to visit. The nearly 2,000-acre park features unique natural environments like Western Lake (which has brackish water, a mix of freshwater and saltwater), a salt marsh ecosystem, and large sand dunes. Hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are all excellent ways to explore the park or simply enjoy the pristine beaches for the day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are options for tent camping and RV camping as well as cabins that you can rent, if you're looking for a memorable stay at the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Grayton Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Public beaches with easy access. Also large lake 24/06/2018
    • Amazing park, visited in June so quite crowded, but otherwise beautiful 24/06/2018
    • Grayton Beach State Park
    Address:
    357 Main Park Rd
    Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5808
    Phone:
    +1 850-267-8300
    Other:
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    Red Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Katie C Says:

    It's a bit hard to describe the Red Bar — you just have to see it for yourself. Famous for its funky decor, a laid-back attitude, and possibly the best crab cakes ever made, which are only served on Fridays and Saturdays (and tend to sell out quickly), the Red Bar is boisterous and over the top, but that's exactly its appeal. Just sit back, peruse the many, many decorations, and enjoy the experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The Red Bar often has live music, so be prepared to want to stay late into the night.
    • It's cash only at the Red Bar, so make sure to stop by an ATM before you visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Grayton Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Your Kind of Place-It Certainly Is Ours 21/06/2018
    • I love red bar 08/06/2018
    • Red Bar
    Address:
    70 Hotz Ave
    Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5879
    Phone:
    +1 850-231-1008
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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