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18 Jan 2023
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Destin is undoubtedly home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches and sunsets. It is safe to say that gazing upon the colorful sky never gets old, and is the perfect activity for just about anyone to enjoy! 

1. Directly on the Beach

The Gulf of Mexico faces south, therefore you can catch a gorgeous sunset from any Destin beach as long as you look to the West. With that being said, just about any Emerald Coast beach will guarantee you a front-row seat to take in a sunset! At Compass Resorts, we have several vacation rental homes that include private beach access, so sunsets are just steps away from your home away from home! If you want suggestions on where to catch a sunset with sand between your toes, check out some of our favorite Emerald Coast beaches:
· Henderson Beach State Park
· Norriego Point
· Crab Island
· Miramar Beach
· The Boardwalk Okaloosa Island

2. Dolphin Cruise

Nearly all of the local dolphin cruises in Destin offer a "sunset cruise" which is a fantastic way to catch a sunset! Imagine unobstructed sunset views from a boat with dolphins surrounding you, talk about picture-perfect! See below for some of Destin's best dolphin cruises:
· Southern Star
· Destin's Originals Sea Blaster
· Olin Marler's Dolphin Cruises
· AJ's Water Adventures 

3. From your Balcony

One of the luxuries of vacationing with Compass Resorts is many of our rentals give you the ability to see the sunset straight from your balcony! That's right, you can wake up to a gorgeous sunrise, and end your day with the sunset from the comfort of your vacation rental! Click here to find a rental that guarantees a breathtaking sunset view!

4. Local Waterfront Restaurants

If you are looking for waterfront dining, you might as well enjoy the sunset while at it! Luckily, some of the best cuisines in Destin also come with a view! Here's some of our favorite local waterfront dining:

Destin

· The Back Porch
· Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House
· Dewey Destin's
· Harry T's Lighthouse
· Harbor Docks
· Beach Walk Cafe at Henderson Park Inn

Miramar Beach

· Pompano Joe's 
· The Surf Hut 
· Whales Tail

Okaloosa Island

· The Crab Trap
· The Gulf
· Rockin Taco's

The time of year you visit will ultimately determine the window of time you have to catch a Destin sunset. So, be sure to check what time the sun sets and rises every day of your stay! To find out more information about sunset (and sunrise) times, please visit this link!