Discovering Destin, The Emerald Coast’s Gem

When it comes to getting a break from the real world, most people seek a warm, sandy beach where they can relax and enjoy the time with their family. For many, the destination for these getaways has become Destin, Florida. The gem of the Emerald Coast started as a small fishing village, but has since then grown into one of the top tourist locations in the state. Before renting a vacation home in Destin, learn all it has to offer.

A Diamond in the Rough
Destin’s white sand beaches are not a new craze; they are, in fact, the most popular draw on the Emerald Coast with approximately 80 percent of the area’s 4.5 million annual visitors heading to Destin, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The year round population has hovered at just over 12,000 for years, but in the summers the town’s population swells to 40,000 residents, not including tourists, according to the DEP. What exactly is it that draws so many people to Destin each year?

–          White sand beaches that resemble sugar and emerald water

–          12 beaches within the city

–          Close proximity to the Henderson Beach State Recreation Area

–          Yearly events such as the Destin Fishing Rodeo and the Destin Seafood Festival—Destin is known as the ‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’

Where to Go
There is so much more to discover than just the infamous beaches. Destin is home to a number of attractions that you and your family will love. Head over to big Kahuna’s water park located on US Highway 98 where you can enjoy more than 40 water attractions, mini golf, go-karts, and rides.

For those who are a bit more adventurous, check out Gator Beach. As its name suggests this beach is not one you want to be lounging on as it is home to alligators. You can walk through and learn about the alligator’s natural habitat, learn the difference between a gator and a crock, and even feed them! Gator Beach is located on Emerald Coast Parkway.

If it is history you are interested in, the Destin History & Fishing Museum will provide you with all you ever wanted to know about the fishing village turned tourist spot. The museum is located on Stahlman Avenue.

What to Eat
Whenever you are on vacation you absolutely must try the local favorites when it comes to food. Being a fishing town, the seafood in Destin is second to none. The Emerald Coast official website suggests trying these local treats:

–          Oysters

–          Scallops

–          Cobia

–          Stone Crabs

–          Crawfish

–          Pompano

–          Gulf Cod

–          Shrimp

You can be certain that you will never forget your trip to the Emerald Coast. So book your Destin vacation rentals today.

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Samantha Wideman is part of a team of writers and specializes in writing about current news events.