Feeling in desperate need of a luxury sunshine break after a tumultuous 2020? Aren’t we all. And with plenty of lost time to make up for when it comes to travel after a write-off twelve months, what better time to plan something bigger and better than ever for 2021?
One destination that offers warm weather by the bucket-load is Destin, Florida and, located in America’s sunshine state, you’d frankly expect nothing less.
With its spectacular white-sand beaches, world-class golf and numerous world-famous fishing locations, Destin, which is itself known as the Emerald Coast, has truly got it all.
Nestled beside the Gulf of Mexico in north-western Florida, its nickname is owed largely to the azure and crystalline waters that lap its shores, and from five-star hotels to luxury villas, not to mention a thriving foodie scene, those who enjoy the most lavish of experiences when they travel are well catered-for here.
The ocean here is teeming with colourful fish and marine life, making it criminal not to take a dip and check it out
Things to do in Destin
Henderson Beach State Park
Home to over a mile of shimmering, white sandy beach, Henderson Beach State Park features one of the best beaches in the world – a must visit if you’re looking for sun, sea and sophistication. There are a selection of bars and restaurants nearby, but many visitors choose to bring a picnic instead – the perfect opportunity to pack up a bottle of Moet and some canapes for a luxurious lunch on the beach.
As well as this spectacular sandy stretch of paradise, the park also comprises a natural trail which meanders through the reserve, as well as a playground for children to have fun in, and facilities which include changing rooms and showers.
Whilst sunbathing on Destin’s glorious beaches certainly has its appeal, the real beauty of this sunshine destination is in the water. The ocean here is teeming with colourful fish and marine life, making it criminal not to take a dip and check it out. Bring your own snorkelling gear, or book yourself onto a private guided excursion for a breath-taking underwater experience that will stay with you for years to come.
If you’re keen to make the most of all of the ocean activities on offer here, reserve your spot on a dolphin-watching tour or sunset cruise. Tours depart daily from Harbour Walk Village – book ahead to avoid disappointment.
First things first? Check out the beaches
Destin History and Fishing Museum
Destin is a haven for fishing enthusiasts – and not just because of its excellent angling opportunities out on the water. The Destin History and Fishing Museum, located on Stahlman Avenue, gives an interesting insight into commercial and recreational fishing in the area, with a range of exhibits comprising first-hand accounts of fishermen from years gone by.
Don’t miss the collection of antique rods also on display – including one or two that were once used to cast off by Ernest Hemingway.
Charter a first-class fishing boat
Thanks to its plentiful underwater population, Destin has long been a popular fishing destination, and is often referred to as the ‘luckiest fishing village in the world’ as a result. Charter Fishing Destin will take you out on the water for the best deep sea fishing experience of your life on board the ‘Finest Kind’ – a 53-foot G and S Sportsfish boat that was built for speed, comfort and the ultimate in fishing.
A popular location for saltwater game fishing, Destin is home to one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in the state, so if you want to visit somewhere that takes its fishing seriously, then you’ll have come to the right place.
Fishing, snorkelling, relaxing, dining by the water – Destin offers all of this
Where to stay
The Henderson Beach Resort
Located just adjacent to the Henderson Beach State Park, the five-star Henderson Beach Resort is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy their Destin visit to the full. Offering private beach access with two pools and a luxury spa, it’s a lavish and luxurious base for your Florida stay, and with breath-taking ocean views, particularly from the Horizons restaurant, which enjoys panoramic vistas along the Gulf Coast, it’s the best choice of the bunch.
Where to eat
From Ruth’s Chris Steak House to Louisiana Lagniappe to Marina Café, expect to find a great little selection of restaurants to satisfy your appetite during your trip to Destin. Whether it’s a waterside location, locally-caught seafood, an elegant atmosphere or all of the above you’re looking for, you are sure to find a restaurant to suit your tastes.
However you choose to spend your time in Destin, be sure to take some time out to rest, relax and recharge – because after the stresses and strains of 2020, it’s just what we all deserve.