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The city of Destin Florida offers everything you would expect from a seaside resort and a lot more. Some of the attractions in Destin Fl include diving, snorkeling, parasailing, jet ski rentals, water parks, a great sea aquarium and golf! I'll touch on so of the not-so-obvious attractions here.
Good Morning America named this area one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America," but there's more to do in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island than check out the scenery. Whether you want to golf, fish, go boating, enjoy water sports, bird watch in the park with other ecotourists, go geocaching, or just build a sand castle with the kids, you'll find what you're looking for here.
Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define the Emerald Coast city of Destin.
On the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, Destin is rightfully
famed for its sugar-white sands and emerald-hued waters.
Along with award-winning beaches, you'll find several world-class attractions and family entertainment complexes.
Visit the zoo, the water park, or the Gulfarium. Dolphin-watching cruises are very popular, as are pirate cruises.
You can also discover the culture and rich history of the area at one of five museums.
The Sunshine State has about 1,800 miles of coastline and 1,100 miles of beach.
Twenty-four miles of this sandy shoreline – some would say the best
of the best – are right here at the Heart of Florida's Emerald
Coast. The sand here has been described as "the finest in America".
Henderson State Park is one of those little known Destin Florida Hotel attractions. The view, as you would expect is incredible. dolphins just offshore both in the morning and at dusk.
Another attraction in Destin Resorts is a cruise on the SOLARIS which is docked at Baytowne wharf in the community of San Destin. With three decks, this luxury yacht can safely carry 150 passengers and is often used for weddings and other special events.
All along the Heart of the Emerald Coast, unique stores offer visitors extraordinary shopping experiences. In Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, you can take your pick from distinctive boutiques, traditional malls, charming downtown areas, enchanting open-air complexes and picturesque pedestrian villages. Go-to places for shoppers include Destin Commons, HarborWalk Village and Downtown Ft. Walton Beach where you'll find shopping, dining, nightlife and more.
The art galleries and antique shops are filled with treasures.
Here you’ll find cuisine that is both inventive and fresh, brought in daily by Florida's largest fishing fleet. From rustic oyster bars and open-air cafes to candlelit restaurants, all
the local eateries offer the freshest, largest variety of seafood.
There's also steak, sushi, wood-oven-fired pizzas, authentic Asian cuisine,
and great hamburgers! Many of the best restaurants in Florida are right here in Destin, Ft .Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island.
Arts & Entertainment
This stretch of paradise has a vibrant arts & entertainment scene as
well. Ballet, symphonies, Broadway productions and touring musicians
wow crowds year round.
Destin, Florida - The World's Luckiest Fishing Village
Destin is a city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is a principal city
of the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, Florida Metropolitan Statistical
Located on Florida's Emerald Coast, Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters.
Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination.
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, over 80 percent
of the Emerald Coast's 4.5 million visitors each year visit Destin. The city styles
itself "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village", and claims to have the largest fishing vessel fleet
in the state of Florida.
Destin is named after Captain Leonard Destin, a New London, Connecticut fishing master who settled
in the area c. 1845 or 1850. The first condominiums were built in the 1970s,
although Destin was not incorporated as a municipality until 1984. The city has
experienced rapid growth since the 1980s.
The city is located on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay.
The peninsula was originally a barrier island. Hurricanes and sea level changes gradually
connected it to the mainland. In the 1940s it technically became an island again with
the completion of the Choctawhatchee-West Bay Canal.
The city is located on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay.
The peninsula was originally an island; hurricanes and sea level changes gradually
connected the island to the mainland.
Destin is near several other cities in the region. The city of Fort Walton Beach
is located to the west at the inlet of Santa Rosa Sound into Choctawhatchee Bay.
North of Destin, across the bay is Niceville, with the Mid-Bay Bridge linking
the two by road. Panama City (to the east) and Pensacola (to the west) are
each about 50 miles away.
At the western tip of the peninsula is East Pass (also known as Destin Pass), separating
it from Santa Rosa Island to the west. East Pass is the only outlet of Choctawhatchee Bay
into the Gulf of Mexico, Many sources claim that the pass was dug by hand with
an inrush of water widening it within hours. The pass appears in early maps
and surveys from Spanish, French, and English surveyors, such as Thomas Jefferys's 1775 map
The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana. Frequent dredging is required to keep
East Pass navigable.
"Crab Island," was actually two islands made from sand that the Army Corp. of Engineers
dredged up from the East Pass. These islands were large enough to inhabit sea grass, small shrubs
and nesting seabirds. It has been reduced to a significant sandbar, which appears
only when the tide is out. It has become a popular anchorage in the area. The
entrance to Destin Harbor, a lagoon between the beaches and the main body of
the western portion of the peninsula, is located just north of the East Pass jetty.
The lagoon is formed by a sand spit named Holiday Isle; many condominiums have been built
along the harbor since the 1970s.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of
8.2 square miles (21 km2), of which 7.5 square miles (19 km2) is land and
0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (7.95%) is water. Destin is located at 30°23′36″N
Agriculture was eventually introduced, and there are still signs of this early
inhabitation in the area. Members of the Fort Walton Culture built a ceremonial mound
in Fort Walton Beach.
Leonard Destin of New London, Connecticut was a fishing master who settled in this
area of Florida circa 1845 or 1850. He built a New England colonial home at
the location of the Moreno Point military reservation. Captain Destin and his
descendants fished the area for decades.
Condominiums were first built in Destin during the 1970s, although Destin was
not incorporated as a municipality until 1984. The city has experienced rapid growth since
An image of a Destin beach, showing the emerald green waters typical of the
Emerald Coast The white beaches and emerald waters of the Destin area draw many
tourists. Florida's Department of Environmental Protection estimates that more
than 80 percent of the Emerald Coast's 4.5 million yearly visitors travel to
the region to visit Destin. Visitors can charter fishing vessels from the harbor,
and there are 12 beach access points in the city. Among the access points is Henderson Beach State Recreation
Area. A portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Okaloosa Day Use
Area, is just across East Pass on Santa Rosa Island.
The sand on Destin's beaches is some of the whitest in the world. The sand
comes from the Appalachian Mountains, and is made of finely ground quartz crystal giving
the appearance of sugar. Residue flows down the Apalachicola River and is deposited
into the Gulf of Mexico. Because of the currents the sand drifts west along
the Gulf Coast and settles from east of Panama City to the Alabama coast.
Several events also take place throughout the year as well. For the month of
October, the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo draws anglers to Destin each year since 1948.
Also in the month of October is the Destin Seafood Festival, where fresh seafood
and local artists gather for one weekend every October.
In addition to an assortment of hotels and motels, many high-rise condominiums
are located in Destin. The first condominiums in Destin were built in the 1970s,
and construction continues today. Visitors play a large part in Destin's
economy – the city's population of around 12,000 balloons to 40,000 during the
Destin's surroundings include other popular tourist destinations. Sandestin,
Florida, located to the east in Walton County, is a popular golf and beach
resort. Further east along the coast are the master-planned community of
Seaside, filming location of the 1998 movie The Truman Show; Grayton Beach, Florida;
and Rosemary Beach, Florida. To the west are Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach,
and the Civil War fortification Fort Pickens is located at the western end of Santa Rosa
Island. Many celebrities own homes in the Destin, Florida area.
Beach at Destin, 1973 As of the census of 2000, there were 11,455 people, 4,437 households,
and 3,135 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,477.1
inhabitants per square mile (570.1/km²). There were 10,599 housing units at
an average density of 1,408.0 per square mile (543.5/km²). The racial makeup
of the city was 96.21% White, 0.37% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.03%
Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic
or Latino of any race were 2.66% of the population.
24.8% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married
couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present,
and 35.7% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals
and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26
and the average family size was 2.72.
The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 101.8 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $53,042, and the median
income for a family was $60,498. Males had a median income of $42,218 versus $26,146 for females.
The per capita income for the city was $32,048. About 3.0% of families and 5.5%
of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under
age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 12,162.
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