There's Plenty To Do in Destin, Including:

Amusement Parks Golf Courses Sheling Tennis
Boating Jet Skiing Shopping Waterskiing
Cinemas/Movies Miniature Golf Sightseeing Windsurfing
Diving Parasailing Swimming And Much More
Fishing Restaurants Snorkeling  
Fitness Centers Sailing Surfing  

Dining & Entertainment

There are many wonderful restaurants to enjoy in Destin, Sandestin and Seaside. For a special night out you might want to try the Marina Café, tell Wally we sent you. You’ll need reservations. We haven’t been to Criolla’s (quietly elegant) for some time, but it was excellent and still rated highly. For family fun and beach town atmosphere: Lucky Snapper Grill & Bar; or Harbor Docks. Harbor Docks is called the heart and soul of Destin and overlooks the Destin Harbor with live music Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Don’t miss Dewy Destin Seafood Restaurant and Market (owned & run by descendents of the founders of Destin) located on the docks overlooking the Bay. Turn north at the foot of the Destin Bridge. All three are favorite locals’ restaurants. Remember, the closer to the source (the docks) the fresher the fish. Destin has a proud heritage and reputation as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.

Camille’s (owned by the Harbor Docks folks) is just down the street from the townhouse and serves everything from sandwiches and pizza to sushi and steak. You can even have Breakfast downstairs inside or out at Camille’s Sidewalk Café. Camille’s is at the corner of Scenic Highway 98 and Crystal Beach Drive. For a good seafood or traditional pizza, try Merlin’s and have it delivered or go out to Mellow Mushroom. If you enjoy breakfast out try Another Broken Egg Café and The Donut Hole. The Bad Ass Coffee Co. has great coffees and latte as well as sandwiches.

Take 30A to Seaside and spend the day; try Bud & Alley’s for lunch or dinner. You’ll also enjoy walking around Seaside and all the wonderful shops or just viewing all the different architectural styles of the businesses and private homes.

Antiques & Shopping

The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin is also worth the short drive; you’ll find everything from fine dining, to entertainment and shopping. You can’t say shopping without mentioning the Silver Sands Factory Stores. You can definitely “shop ‘til you drop”! Don’t miss some of the local wines at the Emerald Coast Wine and Gift Shop. If you love plants and interesting garden stuff, stop by Potager’s, 9755 Highway 98 (the multi-lane highway, not old 98).

If antiquing is high on your list, you’ll love browsing through Bienvenue Antiques, west of the Silver Sands Mall on US Highway 98 or Antiques on Holiday, just a little further west on Holiday Road, off of Highway 98. Kathleen’s Kottage is a bit of a drive out US Highway 331, just before the bridge.

For The Kids

For the kid’s, Big Kahuna’s seems to be a favorite. You’ll find numerous boat charters listed in the yellow pages. Everything from sport fishing charters for the serious fisherman; party boat charters; romantic sunset or dolphin cruises. Watersports are abundant on the Emerald Coast. Destin offers everything from Pontoon, Powerboat, Hobie Cat, and Sailboat rentals. Boat rides and Parasailing are other favorite activities on the Gulf Coast.

Sometimes Doing Nothing Is The Best Activity Of Them All

You’ll never lack for something to do in Destin, but don’t miss just sitting on the deck with your favorite cool beverage and watching the sunset. Nothing is more relaxing than hearing the waves and watching the ocean as it turns from emerald green to silver. Enjoy!

 

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