Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, which gets its name from its beautiful, clear green water. Beaches here have extremely fine, soft sand, so if you’re a beach-walker or your kids enjoy building sand castles, this could be a great destination for you.
Destin is known to have some of the softest, whitest beaches in the world. The reason is the sand particles come from quartz found in the Appalachian Mountains and travel to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Apalachicola River. Of course, this process began some 20,000 years ago, but it continues today. These perfectly oval grains of sand squeak under your feet when you walk on it.
With an average temperature of 67.2 degrees, you will find the sub-tropical climate just perfect for many of your activities. The Southern winds create comfort and warmth that gently surrounds you. Destin has very few weather extremes and is moderate and beautiful year round.
Destin was settled in 1845 by Captain Leonard Destin who was a fisherman from New London, Connecticut. His descendants still live and actively fish in the Destin area.
Destin’s East Pass was formed in 1926 after several local families decided to release hurricane flood waters from the bay. They began digging a man-made trench from Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. On that same day the flood waters rushed through and created Destin’s East Pass.
Destin is known as the ‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.’ The city houses the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida. In addition to fishing, recreational opportunities include golf, tennis and water sports, including diving and snorkeling. The 100 Fathom curve draws closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida providing the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf.