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Watching the Gulf at Destin Beach

About Destin, Florida

Destin is East of Pensacola and West of the barrier islands that dot the Florida Panhandle. Miles of beach carpeted in 100% pure Appalachian crystal separate Destin from the Gulf of Mexico to the South. Sparkling white sand dunes resembling alabaster hills line the beach. Lush vegetation grows wildly around the dunes, across the island and ends at Choctawhatchee Bay. Okloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach are directly West of Destin. Old Pass Lagoon sweeps into the lower portion of Destin. East Pass is the main channel to the Gulf of Mexico and separates Destin from Fort Walton Beach.

The average water temperature in January is 64 degrees. Water temperature in August is 84 degrees, about the temperature of a heated pool. Average air low temperature in December is 44 degrees, high is 63 degrees. A great historical moment for Florida was the invention of the air conditioner.

Destin Atmosphere

The Florida Panhandle is embellished in history. Around 1540 Hernando de Soto toured the Gulf Coast. Several fortresses' were built spanning 150 miles along the barrier islands. Today a trio of crumbling structures remain, known as the Gulf Island National Seashore. It is a vivid reminder to visitors of the struggle, changes and triumph Florida has witnessed.

Destin's Multicultural Influences

Lingering influences from the Spanish, French, English and Native Americans Fishing and Boating at Destin Beach still flourish in and around Destin. American Indian tribes hunted in the rolling hills and fished in the bays and bayous while European visitors claimed the land. During British rule Florida was divided into two parts, East and West. In 1821 the United States acquired Florida from Spain and the two Florida's were merged. The Panhandle still holds the Deep South flavor. Many tourists use the Panhandle as a pass through point on their way to a different Florida. Hidden treasures, Old World charm and an abundance of natural beauty are trademarks of Destin.

The countries largest naval museum is a prominent character of the area. Boating in Destin The past affluent shipping port is evident in the restored historical harbor district. Destin is known for its superb fishing amenities and has a museum dedicated to the sport of fishing and the city's burgeoning fishing industry. The Destin Fishing Museum presents video programs, antique fishing equipment and old photos of the area's important fishing industry.

Water Activities of Destin

October is a month long celebration and fishing frenzy. The Destin Fishing Rodeo has a 44-year history and is dubbed as, "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." The Destin Waterfront Shops festival attracts hundreds of fishing experts and wanna-be fishing experts from around the world.

The waters produce a bounty of seafood and oysters that are world famous. Destin is home to numerous condos and resorts strategically placed between salt marshes, rolling dunes, golf courses and alligators. The jungle like wilderness filled with magnolia trees attracts a variety of feathered friends and wildlife. The underdeveloped Henderson Beach State Park is a sharp contrast to the towering resorts.

The most impressive section of Destin is the pure white powdered sugar beaches. Bring your sunglasses to shield your eyes from the glare of the startling white beaches. Follow your destiny to Destin and enjoy.

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