DESTIN, FLORIDA

GETTING HERE

Travel to the Emerald Coast is made easy by the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). The region is served by a number of airlines including Vision Airlines, Continental, Delta, and Northwest, which provides travelers with a wide array of flight options. If you're driving, the nearby I-10 provides quick and easy access to Destin and Miramar Beach.

ATTRACTIONS

Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park Oversized water park offers more than 40 exciting water attractions. Includes three tropical mini golf courses, two wild and fast go-kart tracks and three high-thrill rides. 1007 Highway 98 E 850-837-4061

Destin History & Fishing Museum, Inc. Experience the feeling of swimming in the Gulf of Mexico with award winning examples of fish caught in Destin displayed on a 100 feet of wall space depicting the Gulf floor. View a large collection of antique fishing rods and reels, the most unique is constructed of split bamboo with an original Penn Reel, that belonged to Earnest Hemmingway. 108 Stahlman Avenue (850) 837-6611
Destin Laser Tag Located upstairs in Sunsations next to Fudpuckers Laser Tag Fun Center 20011 Emerald Coast Parkway (850) 650-6748

FISHING

World's Luckiest Fishing Village Famous fruitful waters are internationally recognized. The offshore shelf dips straight from Destin's East Pass to 100-foot (30m) depths within 10 miles (16km) -- the speediest deep-water access on the Gulf.
Largest Charter Boat Fleet in Florida Destin harbors more than 140 vessels from party boats to private charters. All offer deep sea, inshore and bottom fishing for as little as $25 a half-day. Free fish cleaning for the day's catch provided by many charters.

GOLFING

Golfing the Emerald Coast is impeccable weather coupled with lush natural surroundings and championship tees. The golf courses in the Destin and Miramar Beach area are among the most challenging in the country. Set in the beautiful woods and wetlands, these links provide spectacular scenery and that extra incentive to play better. These popular courses are reasonably priced, too. So grab your bag, your shoes and your glove and head for the fairways. It's tee time on the Emerald Coast!

Kelly Plantation Golf Club Holes: 18 Par: 72 The Fred Couples Signature Golf Course is a semi-private, soft-spike facility with four sets of tees. Practice facility, rental clubs, golf packages, satellite yardage system. Full restaurant & bar. Beverage carts. 4393 Commons Drive East (850) 650-7600 800-811-6757

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. 465 Regatta Bay Blvd (850) 337-8080

Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club Holes: 18 Semi-private, 18-holes, putting green, driving range, club rentals and clubhouse. Grill room & full bar. 4801 W County Highway 30A (850) 267-2229

Seascape Resort Golf Club Holes: 18 Public, 18-hole course with driving range, putting greens, club rentals and a snack bar. 100 Seascape Dr (850) 837-9181

SHOPPING

The charm and southern hospitality you've found elsewhere during your stay here extends into our malls and shopping areas. While you're enjoying our paradise, spend a day out of the sun and visit the many shops, boutiques and outlets all around the area, where you'll find treasures to suit every taste. Spend a lot or save a bundle. From trendy boutiques and specialty stores to malls and factory outlets, Destin * Fort Walton Beach * Okaloosa Island offers world class shopping.

Destin Commons A unique, open air town center, featuring upscale shopping, casual and fine dining, Bass Pro Shop, movie theater and more. 4300 Legendary Drive Suite 200 (850) 337-8700

Destin's HarborWalk Located right at the foot of Destin Bridge, this is a quaint harbor front collection of shopping, art gallery, restaurants, and entertainment, water recreation rentals, fishing and dolphin charters, and full service marina and yacht facilities. 66 Harbor Blvd (850)-269-0235

Shoreline Village Mall 886 Highway 98 E

Silver Sands Factory Stores The nation's largest designer outlet center, featuring more than 100 brand name stores with merchandise at up to 75% off retail. 10562 US Highway 98 W (850) 654-9771

DINING

Local eateries range from rustic oyster bars to open air cafes to candlelit restaurants. What they all have in common is freshest and largest variety of seafood on the Gulf of Mexico. At least 20 tasty types of fish are caught in local waters during any one season, providing a wide variety of savory menu offerings. Red Snapper, amberjack, yellow-fin tuna and triggerfish are some local favorites that come straight from the harbor docks. Blackened, fried, broiled or sautéed – choose your favorite taste and enjoy a mouthwatering treat. Meat and potato lovers find plenty of delicious dining here, too. Succulent steaks, burgers and fries and a wide assortment of other non-seafood fare are found everywhere. You can expect a memorable dining experience in the Destin and Miramar Beach area, and it's all served up with a special ingredient – pure Southern Hospitality.

WATERSPORTS

Blackwater River State Forest and Eglin Reservation offer tubing and canoeing down crystal-clear rivers (as well as camping and hiking amid acres of pine, hickory and maple trees). Pontoon boating, parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing and additional adventures await you in the Gulf and Choctawhatchee Bay.

AJ's Boats Climb aboard the Blackbeard II or the Silent Lady for dolphin sightings, harbor tours and treasures hunts designed for the little pirate in all of us.The Bimini Breeze is a custom-made catamaran complete with his and her bathrooms, and a full-service bar. This spacious catamaran in handicap accessible. Whether it's Snorkling, Sunset cruises, or a Private Party the catamaran is stable enough to be your own floating island. AJ's Sea Blaster The Thriller • for a fun and exciting cruise, searching the Emerald Green waters along the sugar white sand beaches of Destin, Florida, for the most playful Dolphin. Our 53- foot passenger boat that carries up to 85 passengers and offers an array of fun for the entire family. Destin (850) 837-2222

Aloha Pontoon Boat Rentals Pontoon Boat Rentals Full day 1/2 day and Sunset Cruise Specials 24' and 29' boats 194 Harbor Blvd East (850) 269-3333

Banana Boat Rides A Banana Boat ride is an inflateable rubber raft that is pulled behind a larger boat. Seating for six, we take a tour around the waters of the Emerald Coast. A perfect way to enjoy the water, get wet, and have a blast.... All without breaking the bank. 314 Harbor blvd (850) 687-1626

Blue Crab Watersports Yamaha VX Delux Waverunners and 24'Pontoon Rentals (seats 12). Stop dreaming and start enjoying! Pontoons available half and full day. Waverunners available by the hour. Were on the harbor behind the Marina Cafe, Destin (850) 218-5504