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Surf fishing







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The best fishing experience for young kids and first-time fisherman, surf fishing is the laid-back way to fish with your family.

All you need is a spot on the beach, fishing gear and some bait. Younger kids will love taking breaks to play in the sand or the water between catches, which makes surf fishing a great outing for the whole family.

Local Scout Tip

Rent your rod and reel and purchase bait at Half Hitch Tackle or Bass Pro Shop in Destin Commons. Don’t forget your shoreline fishing license.

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Emerald Coast Bait and Tackle

This shop has everything you need to reel in a big one! Run by fishermen, for fishermen–stop by to pick up bait, tackle, rods, reels and more.

Henderson Beach State Park

This park offers camping, surf fishing and snorkeling. Enjoy the park's 6,000 feet of open shoreline and be sure to ask about their hiking tour!

Sand Flea Outfitters

Sand Flea Outfitters offers surf fishing lessons with all gear provided. For all ages and skill-levels, families can learn how to surf fish.

Where to Stay

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.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Destin

Right across the street from the Gulf! Fairfield Inn + Suites offers indoor and outdoor pools and spacious hotel rooms for the whole family.

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.

Food + Drink


Paddle, float, boat or drive up to Lulu's beach and enjoy delicious scratch-made recipes. They offer family fun including an arcade, hair wraps, beach games and live music.

The Yard Milkshake Bar

The Yard Milk Shake Bar (famous from Shark Tank) creates over-the-top milkshake and sundae creations loaded with toppings.

Destin Commons

Destin City Food Hall is conveniently located in Destin Commons Mall and has lots of options for a family-friendly meal.
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