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Welcome to Emerald Coast
Located in the Florida Panhandle, Destin on the Emerald Coast is a postcard-perfect setting thanks to its white, sandy beaches and glistening emerald waters. Originally a small fishing village, visitors now flock to Destin to experience its natural beauty and enjoy the many things there are to see and do in the city. From adrenaline-pumped watersports and beautiful golf courses to the restaurants and shopping scene, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the state.
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Hotels in Emerald Coast
The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa
The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa provides quick access to the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has a retro vibe with relaxed rooms, a number of dining options and a bar.
Hilton Sandestin Resort & Spa
The Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa provides everything you could want. Enjoy a relaxing holiday or be as active as you like as, with the beach on its doorstep, a variety of water adventures await your pleasure.
Plenty of things to do
Emerald Coast history
Learn more about the history of the Emerald Coast at one of the area’s many museums.
With artefacts dating back to 8800 BC, there’s so much history to explore.
Air Force Armament Museum
The only museum of its kind in the whole US, the Air Force Armament Museum boasts over 1,500 artefacts which showcase the air force’s history from World War I to the present day. There’s also a fighter cockpit simulator for intrepid visitors looking to experience the action. Outside of the museum, 25 retired reconnaissance, bomber and fighter planes stand guard.
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
Track Destin’s history at the Heritage Museum. With artefacts from over 10,000 years ago and exhibits from the arrival of the train depot in 1883, there’s plenty of history for visitors to explore.
Destin History & Fishing Museum
Emerald Coast culture, arts & crafts
Mattie Kelly Arts Center & Gallery
If you’re in the mood for some world-class entertainment then Mattie Kelly’s is the place for you. The indoor and outdoor stages play host to a number of productions, from touring Broadway shows and symphony orchestras to local musicians and performance art.
Full Circle Gallery
Paint the Coast
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Southern Hands Market
Beaches, surfing, parks & river cruises
Oak Tree Nature Park
Turkey Creek Park
John C. Beasley Park
Lined by its very own shore, Beasley Park is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Within the park, wildflowers bloom and picnic spots cry out to be used. Meanwhile, the beach invites visitors to take a dip in the iconic emerald green waters, or stay on land and spot clams, fish and even ghost crabs if the time is right.
Buccaneer Pirate Cruise
Salt Water Pedal Pubs
Destin Water Taxi
Ecotourism, wildlife & the great outdoors
Night-time educational beach walks
Longleaf Pine Forests
Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
West Destin Jetty
Sport on the Emerald Coast from surfing to golf
Blackstone Golf Course
This course, just a few minutes away from the Emerald Coast, carves through rolling terrain, with many elevation changes and slanted fairways which are unique characteristics of courses in this area. The diverse layout of Blackstone will provide an unparalleled golfing experience, with plenty to challenge your game while you enjoy a relaxing and serene day.
Eglin Air Force Base Golf Course
Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club
Nestled among the idyllic surrounds of Choctawhatchee Bay, this course was named one of Golf Digest’s ‘top places to play in North America’. The course is certainly deserving of such critical acclaim, with its par-72 course enhanced by circulating beverage carts, chilled apples and mango-scented towels.
Emerald Coast Scuba
Bay Paddle Sports
Blackwater Canoe Rental
Fly High Parasail
RideOn Surf School
Dining, health, wellness and spa tourism
Float Brothers Float Spa
Stewby's Seafood Shanty
Based off an old family restaurant called Sam’s Oyster House, STEWBY’S Seafood Shanty is a small take-out and dine-in seafood restaurant in Fort Walton Beach. STEWBY’S offers the most affordable and freshest local seafood available.
Shopping on the the Emerald Coast
Crystal Beach Plaza
Find all your favourites at the Crystal Beach Plaza. Get your nails or hair done, boost your fitness, stock up on a few drinks at Sunshine Liquors or sample one of the three restaurants offering great local tastes.
Harbour Walk Village
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