About the Beaches
Destin boasts some of the world’s whitest sand and most brilliant water, making it one of the most popular beach destinations in Northwest Florida. Set between Panama City and Fort Walton Beach, Destin’s fruitful waters are home to manatees, dolphins and many more aquatic species that can easily be seen from a beach blanket or a stand-up paddle board.
Beach Conditions Flags
- Double Red Flag — The water is closed to the public due to dangerous conditions
- Red Flag — Strong currents and/or high surf
- Yellow Flag — Conditions are pretty moderate
- Green Flag — It's all right to take a swim
- Purple Flag — Marine pests (jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish) are present
Local lifeguards and officials keep a close watch on all Destin’s beaches so be sure to heed their timely advice if it’s given.
The best way to enjoy Destin’s beaches is to start by simply to driving along the Emerald Coast Parkway (Hwy 98) starting at Destin Pass. On the south side of the road will be numerous spots to stop. Spend the day at Henderson Beach state park which has several gazebos with grills, restrooms and showers and probably the least crowded beaches in the area. Then head down to scenic 98. It’s about 8 miles long and features plenty of public beach access points with free parking and fun local eateries with live music and water sport rentals like The Crab Trap, Pompano Joe’s or Whale’s Tail.