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Discover Destin-Fort Walton Beach

When you first arrive in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, you’ll discover sugar sand beaches and emerald green Gulf views for miles. 


And there’s so much more to discover for families traveling with kids, couples looking to escape for the weekend, or friends looking for a fun reunion spot. 


Your adventures in Destin-Fort Walton Beach are what you make them. So what are you waiting for?

Water Adventure

If you’re up for an adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Destin-Fort Walton Beach has a treasure trove of water activities from snorkeling and kayaking to fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. Sail out over the crystal-clear water of the Gulf for a day of diving or cast a line at a pier.


If you’re looking for something more structured for the kids, explore our Adventure Anywhere pages where we’ve mapped out some fun and educational local learning experiences. Or, scope out our blog for recommendations on hot spots for snorkeling and kayaking, where to see sea turtles, and so much more.

Beachside Gems

In Destin, you’ll discover tranquility and stunning views at Henderson Beach State Park, calm waters at Norriego Point, and beachside family fun at more area attractions. Destin, Florida, beach access points and its picturesque coastline span miles.


In Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, there are also sandy opportunities to relax and play. Okaloosa Island Boardwalk is fantastic for beach access and family fun in one place. Then there’s low-key John Beasley Park for a day of beachside picnicking. For simple, secluded beach time, discover the several beach access points along Okaloosa Island. Explore downtown Fort Walton Beach, where you can learn about local history and visit antique shops as well as the local farmers market. 


To get a good look at all the fun or take in the peaceful views for yourself, right from home, check out our real-time beach cams.

Our Backyard

Beyond Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island, are several must-see destinations across Okaloosa County.


Situated along the Choctawhatchee Bay, Niceville offers an outdoor paradise beyond the beaches at Turkey Creek Nature Trail, where you can enjoy hiking, kayaking, and wildlife watching. Crestview is home to the Emerald Coast Zoo and Timber Creek Distillery. Baker hosts a rodeo each spring at the Baker Area Community Center, also home to an archery range.


Practice your swing in Shalimar, home to an 18-hole golf course designed by Pete Dye and Joe Finger, and if you’ve got a thing for planes, visit the Air Force Armament Museum in Eglin AFB.   

Getting Here & More

Whether you’re looking for vacation rental to fit your entire crew, a luxury resort for just the two of you, a cozy condo, or a quaint beachside bed-and-breakfast, we have the accommodations to make your stay feel like your “home away from home.” 


Just a short ride from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport via ride share, rental car, taxi, shuttle, or limo, getting here (and transportation once you're here) is a breeze.


Once you arrive, unpack your bags, dip your toes into the Gulf, and discover what makes this an ideal destination for a Florida family vacation. Enjoy gulf-to-table seafood, caught-that-day fish, and classic favorites at our beachside restaurants or lively dining and shopping areas.


No matter what adventures you discover while you’re here, it will be a beach getaway to remember. For more help planning the ideal beach escape, take a look at our Visitor’s Guide or get answers to your vacation questions on our FAQs page. Or, sign up for our newsletter for more on things to do when you get here and special events.


We hope to see you soon!

Where is Destin-Fort Walton Beach, you ask?

Located along the Florida Panhandle in the heart of the Emerald Coast, with a beach-front view to the Gulf of Mexico.