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Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Explore the Norriego Point tide pools

Ages: 0-3 4-7
Price: $
Duration: < 2 hours Half-Day Full Day

Discover one of the best places to introduce your family to the Gulf of Mexico – Norriego Point! The knee deep tide pools are formed by rocks and roped off from the open waters of East Pass making it a safe space for small kiddos. This creates ideal conditions for dipping into the water, uncovering all kinds of wildlife like fish and hermit crabs. The tide pools are also a great spot to watch the boats coming in and out of the harbor.

Tip from our locals:

The best way to get to Norriego Point is to head towards the Norriego Point Beach Access and Park, located at 343-277 Gulf Shore Drive. Parking is limited, so if you’re close to the beach access point and find a spot, grab it! O’steen Beach access is near by and also available for street parking.

Local Scout Tip

The best way to get to Norriego Point is to head towards the Norriego Point Beach Access and Park, located at 343-277 Gulf Shore Drive. Parking is limited, so if you’re close to the beach access point and find a spot, grab it! O’steen Beach access is near by and also available for street parking.

Find the location that's right for you

Norriego Point

The Norriego Point Tidepools are protected from waves and perfect for swimming and snorkeling in the calm water. Keep an eye out for hermit crabs!

O’Steen Public Beach Access

Enjoy sugar-white sand and natural dunes with a front row seat to the Destin Pass. This is the access for the Snorkel Jetty, perfect for beginners.

Where to Stay

Emerald Grande

Enjoy breathtaking views and impeccable comfort at The Emerald Grande. Relax with a full-service spa and dine at the delicious Grande Vista Bar & Grill.

Inn on Destin Harbor

Located within walking distance to HarborWalk, they also offer an outdoor pool with views of Destin Harbor.  You can even go fishing on the Inn's charter boat.

Henderson Beach Resort

Destin’s only luxury resort, choose from five food and beverage options. Be sure to catch the sunset over Henderson Beach State Park at the Rooftop Bar.

Food + Drink

East Pass Seafood & Oyster House

An open air, family-style seafood house located directly on HarborWalk’s boardwalk. The whole family will enjoy watching the charter boats return back to the dock.

Dewey Destin’s

Affectionately known as Dewey's, Dewey Destin's Bayside is a local favorite with fresh seafood and casual dock dining. Kids still in wet swimsuits? Go here!

Harbor Docks

Known for their sushi, all of Harbor Docks' fish is sourced from their attached seafood market. Watch your catch come off of the boat and onto your plate!
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