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20 Apr 2022
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Located on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Destin is known for its white-sandy beaches, emerald green waters, and summer-friendly activities! With summer just around the corner, there are all sorts of exciting adventures awaiting you, and if you’re in the process of planning your perfect beach getaway, we have a few suggestions on what to add to your itinerary this summer!
1. Make Waves at the Beach!
Our gorgeous beaches are perhaps the biggest draw for visitors to the Emerald Coast. Hot summer days call for cooling off in the gulf, and soaking up the sun! Luckily, most hotels, vacation rental homes, and condos offer private beach access, so this is an absolute must while on your summer vacation! 
2. Dolphin Cruise
In Destin, there are tons of local dolphin cruises for you and your crew to enjoy! Catching sight of these majestic creatures playing in their natural habitat is truly enjoyable for all, and a great way to make lifelong memories! These tours also offer a knowledgeable staff so these cruises are often very educational as well. 
3. The Destin Harbor
The Destin Harbor, also known as HarborWalk Village, stretches about a quarter-mile and is all waterfront. Visiting the Harbor is a great way to spend the day or evening, with weekly events, delicious local restaurants, bars, shops, games, harbor cruises, and more! Be sure to stop by and see what all the fun is about this summer!
4. Destin Snorkel
With our clear waters and bustling marine life, snorkeling is a wonderful activity to consider trying this summer! Destin Snorkel is one of the Destin area’s most well-respected, and popular snorkel tour guides. In addition to snorkeling, they offer dolphin watching and sunset cruises that are also fantastic!
5. Crab Island
If you have heard of Destin before, chances are you have heard of the infamous Crab Island as well! Crab Island is not what it sounds like, not an island nor filled with crabs, Crab Island is a sandbar right outside of the Destin bridge! People flock to this destination to relax on their boats, listen to music, and socialize in the waist-deep, shallow waters. Although it's known for its party atmosphere, recent visitors said Crab Island is just as fun for families, and note there is plenty of room for everyone to find their own space away from the crowds! Getting to Crab Island does require transportation via boat, so be sure to research local pontoon rentals, Crab Island shuttle boats, kayak rentals, jet skis, etc. 
6. The Gulfarium
Calling all marine life lovers! The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park located in Fort Walton Beach, FL features amazing animal shows, encounters, and exhibits that are all very informative and entertaining for all ages! Another great reason to spend a day at The Gulfarium is that it is rain or shine! 
7. Fishing 
Destin is referred to as "The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village" and there is a reel reason for that nickname! Destin hosts a large variety of sea life, meaning anglers have plenty of hot spots from which to cast off. Test your luck at any one of the city's jetties, beaches, piers, or the Destin Bridge, where you can cast and catch all day long! Another great way to fish is by deep-sea charter boats! The Destin Harbor is home to hundreds of local deep-sea fishing charters, and party boats for a true fishing experience out on the gulf. If you decide to book a fishing charter, all necessary supplies such as rods, reels, and fishing licenses are included in the price, and the crew will even fillet the day’s catch!
8. Big Kahuna's
Slide into the action at the largest water park on the Emerald Coast! This park is a blast for both adults and children with a kiddy-pool play area, lazy river, a 5-story Jumanji thrill-seeking slide, and more with over 40 attractions to choose from! Be sure to stop by and make a splash, cool off, and make memories at Big Kahunas!
9. Baytowne Wharf
Located in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, The Village of Baytowne Wharf provides tons of activities, and weekly summer events including Boomin Tuesday's fireworks, dining, and shopping options as well! 
10. Local Grub!
When visiting the Gulf Coast, you must take advantage of our fresh, Gulf seafood! Even if you are not huge on seafood, nearly all local restaurants offer diverse menu options.  That’s not all Destin has to offer though. There are a plethora of delicious restaurants for foodies of all types that serve everything from Thai and Italian to Mexican and Irish! See our blog on some of our local favorite eats!