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 along 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 means water conditions are too rough to enter
- Red means strong currents and or high surf
- Yellow means conditions are pretty moderate
- Green signifies that it's all right to take a swim
- Purple alert visitors to the possible presence of jellyfish or other harmful marine life
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 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.