Destin, in Florida's Panhandle, is a spit of land sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. Known as “the world's luckiest fishing village” in the US, the abrupt end to the continental shelf offshore has led to a deep canyon that is home to vast stocks of tuna and marlin. The town is named for a 19th century local fisherman called Leonard Destin.
When to visit DestinThe beach destination is very busy in the summer months when the temperatures hit the high 80ºs and 90ºs but the resort's two biggest festivals are both held in October (when the temperature is still in the high 70ºs): the Fishing Rodeo and the Seafood Festival. Hurricanes are a threat to the area.
How to get to DestinThe local airport to travel to Destin is Northwest Florida Beaches Regional Airport (ECP) at Panama City. Alternatively, there is an international airport further afield at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The US highway 98 runs by the coastal strip.
Destin attractionsThe Panhandle Coast is known as the Emerald Coast and there are romantic hotels that take advantage of views over the attractive waters and the popular white sandy beaches. The water sports such as diving and snorkeling make for an ideal vacation stay, though its biggest draw is the big game fishing. The town's heritage is displayed in the Destin Fishing Museum and the Old Destin Post Office Museum. Family thrills can be experienced at The Track Recreation Center
Where to stay in DestinCentral Destin features skyscraping condos; further out of town are the motels. There are hotels near Destin, such as the Embassy Suites at Miramar Beach and further afield still there are numerous Fort Walton hotels. Hotels.com offers the best accommodations in Destin from hotels on the beach to inns to the best of hotel resorts. For the best deals book a hotel now online.