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A Guide to the Best Beaches in Destin Florida

31 Dec 2020
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Destin Florida is one of the best beach destinations in the US, so you can be certain there are many great spots to visit for relaxation and fun during your vacation. Whether you're interested in finding a low key beach where you can read a good book or you want a lively beach with plenty of activities to enjoy, you'll find it here. 

Top 6 Best Beaches in Destin Florida 

  • Henderson Beach State Park
  • Miramar Beach
  • James Lee Beach
  • Crab Island
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

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Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park features 30-foot coastal dunes, sugar-white sand, and turquoise waters. Plus, this beach also features hiking trails to explore if you're looking for an activity. You can also see native wildlife at Henderson Beach State Park, including dolphins, tropical fish, Loggerhead and green sea turtles. 

Address: 1700 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin FL, 32541

Phone: 850-837-7550

Miramar Beach

miramar beach florida

Located in South Walton, Miramar Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand along the Emerald Coast. The wide beaches can accommodate thrill-seekers looking for an adventure like a jet ski tour or parasailing ride. At the regional beach access for Miramar Beach, you'll find parking, ADA-accessible restrooms, and a flag indicating the current surf conditions each day. During the high season, between March and September, there is a lifeguard on-duty. 

Regional Beach Access: 2396 Scenic Hwy 98, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

James Lee Beach

Located near the Destin Commons and the Crab Trap restaurant, James Lee Beach is conveniently located and perfect for an afternoon by the sea. This beach has plenty of parking, picnic areas, shaded pavilions, restrooms, and more. The water is shallow and clear, so it's great to play around with the little ones. 

Address: 3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Phone: 850-689-5772

Crab Island

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One of the best beaches in Destin is only accessible by boat. Crab Island is a sand bar located south of the Marler Bridge in Destin that attracts boaters to its shallow waters. Over the years Crab Island has become a destination for paddleboarding, water volleyball, floating, sunbathing, and having a great time. There are charter companies that will bring you to Crab Island or pick you up, or you have to rent a boat to get there. 

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park boasts more than 3 miles of beaches surrounded by towering sand dunes to feel truly secluded. This park is located in Santa Rosa Beach, just off Highway 30A. In addition to walking the beach, you can rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard to get out on the water and cruise. There is also plentiful fishing here. 

Address: 7525 W. County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459

Phone: (850) 267-8330

Beach Flag Meaning

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You'll find a beach flag at beaches throughout the Destin area, and beyond, that will indicate the current conditions of the water. 

  • Double Red Flag: Water Closed
  • Red Flag: High Hazard
  • Yellow Flag: Moderate Surf/Currents
  • Green Flag: Calm Conditions
  • Purple Flag: Dangerous Marine Life Present

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What to Bring to the Beach

A beach day can quickly go wrong if you don't have the right supplies! When you're planning a day at the beach, it's helpful to have everything gathered and ready the night before so you can get out the door stress-free. 

  • Beach towels and/or a picnic blanket
  • Beach umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks 
  • Sand toys, floatables, raft, noodles, etc. 
  • Baby powder (It helps with sand removal!)
  • A book or magazine
  • Sunhat

When you book with Destin Getaways, you will receive a special discount on La Dolce Vita Beach Service to help make your beach days even more enjoyable. 

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Start Planning Your Destin Beach Vacation 

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You can stay within steps of the pristine beaches of Destin at our Gulf Front rentals, or find a condo or home rental with other amenities you need for a great vacation. Book direct with Destin Getaways you have access to our Family Fun Amenity Program for discounts and special offers for all the best things to do and see in the area. 

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