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The Best Beaches in Destin-Fort Walton Beach to Learn to Surf

Visitors learning how to surf will be stoked by Destin-Fort Walton Beach. The conditions are ideal, with clear water to see what’s below, soft sand for easy landings, and consistently perfect waves for beginners to catch. Even better, it’s home to schools and businesses that specialize in making…

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Top 3 Tips for Beginner Paddleboarders

Paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing water activities and it’s no surprise why. A fun and easy way to explore the ocean, paddleboarding allows visitors to see the Gulf from a whole new perspective. As with any other water activity, safety is first! Make sure to get the right gear for your…

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An Introduction to eFoiling

The paddleboard of the future is here and you can rent it at XL Kites in Destin-Fort Walton Beach. Known as the eFoil, short for electric-powered hydrofoil surfboard, this Back-to-the-Future-looking invention glides silently across the water at speeds up to 25 mph as you balance on top. If you’re…

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Why the Gulf is the Best Place to Learn How to Surf

Whether you’re simply spending a few days in the area or you’re a local looking to pick up a new skill, learning how to surf is just one of the many activities that make Destin-Fort Walton Beach an ideal beach community. With direct access to the Gulf of Mexico’s gentle waves and crystalline water…

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The 10 Fish You’ll See at the Destin Harbor

Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” because of its abundant sea life and easy access to many of the Gulf’s deep-sea fish thanks to the drop-off at the Destin Harbor. Whether you’re snorkeling or fishing, these are the top ten most popular fish you can see at the Destin Harbor:…

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Family-Friendly Places to Stay on Okaloosa Island

Escape the crowds and visit Okaloosa Island for family fun in a quiet environment. Just six miles from Destin, FL, Okaloosa Island offers a wide array of rentals, all with top area attractions within walking distance or a short drive away. Waterscape As its name suggests, Waterscape is a place where…

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SNUBA, the Scuba Alternative

Snorkeling can be a wonderful way to experience the beauty below the Gulf of Mexico’s surface when visiting Destin-Fort Walton Beach, but do you know what’s waiting for you just a little deeper? Perhaps a sea turtle gracefully gliding by as schools of Spanish mackerel or gray triggerfish dart around…

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Why is Destin called the World's Luckiest Fishing Village?

Known as the “World's Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin boasts the widest variety of fish species in the area, direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, and the nation’s largest commercial fishing fleet. A look at any nautical map will show you that Destin’s quick and easy access to the deepest depths of…

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Which Artificial Reef Should My Family Snorkel?

Artificial reefs in Destin-Fort Walton Beach have become popular snorkel destinations for visitors. These artificial reefs were built to preserve and protect by continuing to provide a rich, sustainable habitat that helps marine life thrive. With many of them only a few hundred yards from the shore…

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Places to Stay Near Spectre Island

Spectre Island is a hidden gem in the Santa Rosa Sound perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and kayaking without the crowds. Also known as Hurlburt Island, the U.S. Army Corps created Spectre Island as part of a dredging project including six smaller spoil islands in the area. Now a free, public space…

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