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Visitors who travel to Destin, dubbed “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” are greeted with pristine beaches, clear water and plenty of opportunities for fun. Since its birth, the town’s lifestyle and livelihood have been wrapped around the water. In fact, the city was pioneered by its namesake, Captain Leonard Destin, who realized the potential of the area and began Destin’s fishing heritage nearly a century ago. In the 1950’s, Destin’s population then was less than 9,000.


This has changed in recent years, as former tourists have decided to call Destin home, and new travelers to the area grow through positive word-of-mouth. Today, the City of Destin boasts amenities that appeal to the diversity of its visitors, from dockside cottages to luxurious resorts and condominiums. Travelers of all ages and from all places make their way over the Marler Bridge and look out from the car window to see the very heart and soul of the city – the Destin Harbor.

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Destin is situated on 14 miles of sugar-white sand at the center of the Florida Panhandle in the part of Florida’s Northwest beaches referred to as the Emerald Coast.


Destin traces its roots through American Indians and Spanish explorers, but the immediate history of Destin can be credited to Captain Leonard Destin who settled in Northwest Florida around1845 and pioneered the fishing industry. Destin resides in Okaloosa County (includes Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Niceville, Crestview and Eglin AFB). A City on the Move: The new Emerald Coast Conference Center located on Okaloosa Island boasts over 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibit space. Okaloosa Regional Airport recently underwent a major expansion program that included renovating and expanding the terminal facilities. Fishing: Destin is home to the state’s largest private charter fishing fleet.


Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin’s famous waters are internationally recognized. The offshore shelf dips straight from Destin’s East Pass to 100-foot depths within 10 miles, the quickest deep-water access on the Gulf of Mexico. With the widest variety of catches in the Florida Gulf, Destin has up to four times more species than most destinations. More than 20 species of edible game fish are always in seasonal runsThings to Do & SeeFestivals and special events including the Destin Fishing Rodeo, Destin Seafood Festival, Holiday on the Harbor, Billy Bowlegs Festival and Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival.


Dining on fresh Gulf seafood at local restaurants. Diving and Snorkeling. Award-winning golf courses. World-class shopping.  Fort Walton BeachA subtropical climate with mild southern winds and few weather extremes make the Fort Walton Beach area ideal for year round living or visiting. Winters are mild with January and February cooler.


There are 343 days of sunshine per year, with summer temperatures averaging 70 – 92 degrees and the gulf waters averaging 80 degrees. Fort Walton Beach features famous sugar white sands, stretched like miles of white satin. Emerald-jeweled waters. Endless strings of recreational fishing fleets and water activities. Links and links of golf. Seaside celebrations and gorgeous beachside parks. Dancing dolphins. Undeniably fresh seafood.