Discovering Destin, Fla.

By Donna Long

Destin, Fla., is one of the top vacation destinations for those that are seeking a warm-weather retreat. Their beaches are some of the whitest and most pristine in the world. The beaches are composed of finely ground quartz crystals from the Appalachian Mountains that have been washed down the Apalachicola River. Because of this, many agree that the rolling sand dunes of Destin look like mounds of sugar.


Located at the top of the Gulf of Mexico, the water off Destin’s coastline is not only crystal clear but also is a deep emerald green making it very reminiscent of Caribbean oceans. The clear and fertile waters make Destin a favored location for deep-sea fishing and enjoying some of the best, freshly caught seafood around. Destin has a plethora of activities for all skill levels, both on land and on the water.


Test Your Balance on a SUP


SUPs (stand-up paddleboards) are very popular along Destin’s coast and can be rented by the hour or day. Destin is an ideal location for first-time SUPers because of the sandbars located around Destin’s coast which help keep the water calm with minimal wave action. SUPs are a low-impact activity but do require a certain level of balance as you stand on the wide surfboard-like float which really works your core muscles. Once you get the hang of it, paddleboarding is quite fun and relaxing.

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