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Destin Draws Visitors to Florida's Emerald Coast

Destin is a city on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but unlike many Gulf Coast vacation spots, Destin is not located along the western edge of the large peninsula that makes up the state of Florida. Instead, Destin is located in Okaloosa County, which is in the "panhandle" of the state. Okaloosa County spans a strip that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the northern border of Florida.

Destin holiday homes allow tourists to enjoy one of the most popular cities in its local region. According to the Environmental Protection Department in Florida, more than 4.5 million tourists visit the local area, known as the "Emerald Coast" each year. Of these, more than 80% visit Destin to take advantage of the white beaches and emerald-hued sea waters that give the entire region its name.

Destin publicizes itself as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," and claims as part of this heritage the largest fleet of fishing vessels in all of Florida. Certainly, tourists here can see a wide variety of fishing boats, some of which are available for charter. There are more than 12 access points to the beach; after a day enjoying the surf and sand, tourists can dine in restaurants that serve fresh seafood. Fishing has been a way of life in Destin since Captain Leonard Destin first settled in the region during the mid-1800s.

The city limits of Destin encompasses more than eight square miles, but of this area, almost 8% is water.

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Below you will find writings from other Destin vacation rental owners about the area they know best! It's a great way to learn first hand about the Destin region and all that it has to offer!


Holiday Isle - Destin Florida

Posted by Kathleen Mason on Saturday, March 28, 2009
Holiday Isle is a coveted, three-mile long peninsula nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Destin Harbor. When you vacation on Holiday Isle in Destin, you feel a sense of privacy and relaxation. Very little traffic and sidewalks that line the main road make it a great place for bike riding or walking along the Gulf or the harbor. But if you're looking for more than relaxation, there is no better spot in Destin than Holiday Isle! Fishing, snorkelling, jet skis, parasailing and many other water activities are all right there along the Gulf and Destin Harbor, as well as a vast variety of great seafood and Destin's best restaurants. Looking to do some shopping? Enjoy the many strip malls and fashionable boutiques the Destin Harbor area has to offer.

Destin/South Walton

Posted by Richard Olivarez on Thursday, September 04, 2008
Destin is known as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village." Destin is apart of the Emerald Coast of Florida and is located in the Panhandle. Overall Destin is a family destination with activities for everyone. The water is emerald green and the sand is a soft white color most often referred to as "Sugary." There are thousands of Destin rentals through out the area and finding the perfect one can be a challenge.

Destin, Fla

Posted by Michael Wilson on Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Destin is world renown for it's beautiful sugar white sand beaches and the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico that surround the area. It's a great family or winter vacation destination.

Destiny West

Posted by Julie Spiros on Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Listing #: 3679   Desc. ID: 174
Close to Beach along Scenic Gulf Hwy Across from Crab Trap Restaurant and James Lee State Beach Park

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Posted by paul wafford on Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Many miracles of nature caress Destin. The underwater 100 Fathom Curve draws closer to Destin than to any other spot in Florida – creating the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf. This phenomenon makes the area the “Billfish Capital of the World” with a world record catch of 1,061 lbs. and an area of sensational seafood offering over four times more types of fresh fish per season. the Emerald Coast is the combination of sun-bleached, shocking white shores, stretching 24 miles like ribboning white satin, with rich, emerald-jeweled waters. Sprawling shores provide seating for performances by dancing dolphins and sandpipers, as well as postcard-perfect sunrises and sunsets over the Gulf – all compliments of Mother Nature.