Location
 

Location
NW Florida's Gulf coast beach communities of: Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Sandestin, Seaside, South Walton and Navarre.

100 Miles of Pristine Northwest Florida Panhandle Beaches!
Newcomers and visitors discover what permanent residents already know; what a wonderful place it is to bring a family.

No longer a well-kept secret, the "Miracle Strip" as the area is also known, offers natural, unspoiled, sugar-white sandy beaches that are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Okaloosa County encompasses an area of 1,300 square miles, including 59 miles of inland waters-all dedicated to your "fun in the sun."

Walton County, bordering the state of Alabama and spanning an area of 1,028 square miles, is unspoiled land dotted with lakes, rivers, streams, trees and 28 miles of white, sand Gulf beaches.  


Climate
The Emerald Coast's balmy subtropical climate is one of the area's most valued assets.  An average annual climate of 67.2 degrees provides just enough of a change in the temperature to mark the passing of four mild seasons.

High temperatures in the summer range from 80 to 91 degrees, and winter highs range from 50 to 75.  Rainfall averages between 50 and 60 days per year, so few days are without sunshine for year-round outdoor activities.


Time Zone
Perhaps one of the most unrecognized attributes of the Emerald Coast is it's leisurely pace.  Unlike the majority of the state, the northwest panhandle of Florida resides in the central time zone!

Transportation
Getting to these beautiful sunny communities is easy, as an excellent network of highways provides easy access to and from the east, west and north.

Air travel to the area is provided by the Okaloosa County Regional Airport, a commercial airport located on State Road 85 between Fort Walton Beach and Niceville.  Additional regional service is available at the Pensacola Regional Airport.

The Intercoastal Waterway allows commercial and recreational passage from Brownsville, Texas to the west and Apalachicola to the east.  The Intercoastal route passes through Fort Walton Beach along the shores of Santa Rosa Sound and onto Choctawhatchee Bay. 


Florida's Emerald Coast - know for it's blue-green crystal clear water, sugar white sand beaches and it's extensive water activities.  Take a relaxing stroll along the beach, boogie board in the surf, parasail to soaring heights, jet ski in the bay, snorkeling with our dolphins, fish in the Gulf of Mexico, boat in the harbor, play at our water parks, or spend a day aboard one of the many sail or boat cruses. 

Here is just a SAMPLING of the activities that the Destin region has to offer you:

Water Activities:
In and around Destin you can find a vast array of fun water activities including: Wave runners, Jet Ski’s, Pontoon Boats, Glass Bottom Boats, Parasailing, Jet Boats, Kayaks, Dolphin Tours and Sunset/Harbor Tours, Canoe and Kayak trips, Ski Tubes, Water Skis, Sailing Charters, Yacht Charters

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Dive Charters, Instruction, Equipment, Supplies, Photos. SCUBA Classes and Private Lessons.


Fishing:
Destin Is Known For Its Outstanding Fishing!  You Can Enjoy Charter Fishing Services, Deep Sea Fishing Trips And Bay Cruises, One Back Bay, Flats, Fly Fishing, Gulf Charter Boat Guide Service, Pier Fishing, Live Bait, Trolling And Bottom Fishing.  Fishing with Light Tackle You Can Catch Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Bluefish, Etc. Year-Round


Boat Ramps:
NW Florida has an abundance of boat ramps and full service marina.  


Museums:
Air Force Armament Museum (Display of Air Force armament.), Ft. Walton Beach Art Museum, Historic Pensacola Village, TT Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, Colonial Archaeological Trail, Museum of Commerce.

The National Museum of Naval Aviation
See over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation.


Family Fun:
Big Kahuna Water Park
Oversized Water Park Offers More Than 40 Exciting Water Attractions.
 
Zoo & Wildlife Park

Mini-Golf, Go-Kart Tracks, Bungee Jumping, Bumper Boats and Cars, Batting Cages

Gulfarium (Okaloosa Island)
A Marine Show Aquarium That Is Fun for Kids of All Ages.

Emerald Coast Science Center
A Museum For Children And Families Filled With More Than 250 Touchable, Interactive Exhibits That Teach About Natural Phenomena And Basic Scientific Principles.

Blackwater State Park
198,200 Acres of Natural Fun.  Beaches, Rivers, Campsites, Canoe Rentals, Family and Efficiency Cabins, Horse, Hiking and Field and Game Trails.
 
Grayton Beach State Park, Gulf Islands Natural Seashore and Henderson State Park

Scenic 30
A Bike/Hike Trail (South side of Scenic 30-A): This newly paved trail encourages biking, jogging and walking along the scenic views of sea-side towns and spectacular Gulf views.


Night Life:
Dance to Over 20 Live Bands throughout the Destin/Fort Walton Area Nightly.  Sit by the Harbor and enjoy a Margarita! Panama City Beach Is Known As The "Spring Break" Beach. You Are Sure To Find Many Exciting Nightlife Hot Spots Along The Strip.  From Beach Side Cabanas To High Energy Night Clubs, There is Something For Everyone.

Like to Gamble?  Casio's Are Close By In Biloxi Mississippi with Daily Charter Bus Service throughout the Pensacola/Destin/Panama City Area.


Tennis:
NW Florida Is Home To Many Quality Resorts With Tennis Facilities.  Sandestin Golf And Beach Resort, Bluewater Bay, Tops'l Beach And Racquet Resort, And Seascape Are Just A Few.  Public Tennis Facilities Are Located At The Municipal Tennis Center: 12 Lighted Laykold Surfaced Courts, 4 Practice Walls, Clubhouse, Lockers, Showers And Lounge Area.


Arts:
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
The Emerald Coast’s Only Full Professional Orchestra Dedicated to Redefining the Traditional Symphony Experience.


Golf:
Over 40 golf courses!  NW Florida is known for its quality golf courses that are open all year long. Here is a sampling:

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club,
Holes: 18 Par: 72 - Public Course Featuring 18 Holes Of Championship Greens Designed By Golf Course Architect, Robert C. Walker. New Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Full - Service Restaurant. Open Daily. Proper Golf Attire Required. 

The Fort Walton Beach Golf Club,
Consists Of Two 18-Hole Championship Golf Courses. The Pines Course Features A Challenging Layout Of Over 6,800 Yard Through An Upland Pine Forest. The Oaks Course Offers Over 6,400 Yards of Narrow, Oak-Lined Fairways and Challenging Water Hazards.  

The Club at Hidden Creek,
Holes: 18 Par: 72 - Semi-Private, 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, Clubhouse Facility, Pro Shop, And Restaurant. 

The Golf Garden
Public, 9 Hole, 1630 Yds, Par 29, Cr-N/A, S-N/A

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club
Semi-Private, 18 Hole, 6864 Yds, Par 72, Cr-73.8, S-148

Sandestin Resort
Resort, 18 Hole, 6996 Yds, Par 72, Cr-74.1, S-135


Shopping:
Fabulous shopping on and off the water!

Destin’s Harborwalk,
Stroll Along The Working Harbor Boasting The Largest Fishing Fleet In The State Of Florida. Restaurants Feature Seafood, a Casual Coastal Atmosphere, Prime Entertainment and an Irish Brew Pub.
 
The Market Shops at Sandestin,
This Impeccably Landscaped Outdoor Center Has The Feel Of An Exclusive Resort. More Than 30 Specialty Stores.

Seaside Route 30-A, South Walton County
A Charming Seaside Community Offering a Mix of Over 40 Shops.

Shoreline Village Mall
Highway 98 and Gulf Shore Drive, Destin
Apparel, Beach Attire, Gifts, Jewelry, T-shirts and Much More.

Shores Shopping Center
Highway 98, Destin
Fashions for Men and Women, Including Sportswear, Knits, Swimwear and Accessories.

Silver Sands Factory Outlet Stores in Destin
One of the Largest Designer Factory Outlet Centers in the Nation. Offering Designer and Name Brand Merchandise at Factory Direct Savings.


Restaurants:
The NW Florida's Emerald Coast has an extensive selection of fine restaurant establishments ranging from award winning fine dining to beach side casual takeout.  Be sure to look for innovatively creative dishes that are prepared with nothing but the finest local ingredients. Enjoy local seafood while dining in one of several waterfront restaurants.

AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Come By Boat Or Car. Live Entertainment Nightly.

Anglers Beachside Grill and Blue Moon Saloon
Kids Nite on Mon. With Clown and Face Painting. Blue Moon Saloon Sports Bar Features Giant Screen TV’s With All Major Sporting Events.

Bangkok House Restaurant
Authentic Thai Food and Atmosphere. Open Tuesday - Sunday For Lunch And Dinner. 

Bay Cafe
Casual French Cafe on the Water. 1998 Golden Fork Award. Classic French Cuisine and Fresh Gulf Seafood. Open Mon. – Sat. For Lunch and Dinner

Chef on the Go, Inc. - Personal Chef Service
Your Personal Chef Will Custom Design A Menu For You, Complete The Grocery Shopping, Then Come Into Your Home And Prepare The Meal. Each Meal Is Made According To Your Request And Special Diets Can Be Accommodated. Just Sit Back, Relax And Leave The Rest To Us.

Bayou Bills Crab House
Steamed Buckets Of Crab, Oysters, Shrimp, Mussels, And Clams With New Potatoes And Corn On The Cob.

Beach Walk Café
"Beach Walk Cafe Is Popular Not only because it Faces the Water, but also because it has Grand Style and Delicious Gulf Coast Cooking with Italian, French And Asian Accents.

Cafe Grazie
Italian Seafood and Steaks. Can't Say Enough Great Things About This One. Some of the Most Delicious Food Around. / Open For Dinner Only At 5pm.

Fisherman's Wharf
It is owned by the Local Fishing Co-Op and Features Fresh Local Seafood. We Love This One For Lunch. Great View of the Destin Harbor. Very Reasonable Pricing.

Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
Locally Owned And Operated. Serving Seafood, Steaks and Sandwiches. Offers Great Kid's Menu with Playgrounds at Both Locations in Destin and Okaloosa Island.

The Back Porch
This Restaurant Is the One You Want If You’re Looking for a "Cheeseburger in Paradise". Open For Lunch And Dinner, It Features A Light Fare Of Pub Styled Food. Playground for Kids. On The Beach.  It's Located Right On The Gulf And Has A Great View.


Destin Information Courtesy of  http://www.destin-vacation.com. Please see their website for detailed information.


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