Destin: Top 10 Locals List

Destin has a wide array of attractions for everyone, but some are more popular than others. Take on Destin like a true local by visiting hidden spots in this famously tourist-centric city. 

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Shane O gives you a local's perspective on what to see and do in Destin, FL.

Destin: Top 10 Locals List


Shane O gives you a local's perspective on what to see and do in Destin, FL.

Jetty East Beach
Jetty East Beach, Destin, Florida
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Snorkeling is a favorite pastime of Destin locals, but tourists often occupy a lot of territory at Destin Beach. For a less crowded snorkeling experience, venture to the beach by the Jetty East condominiums and bask in the Florida warmth while observing cute critters of the ocean blue.
  • Gulf Shore Dr
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
Emerald Coast Scuba
scuba diving, Destin, Florida
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Destin may not be the first place you think of as a scuba diving destination. Because of the ocean’s unpredictable visibility, you never know how much you’ll be able to see. If you’re an adventurous traveler, take a gamble, and you may discover some of Destin’s most beautiful fish just off the city’s coast.
  • 503 Harbor Blvd
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
Henderson Beach State Park
Henderson Beach State Park, Destin, Florida
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To avoid big crowds of tourists, saunter along Destin’s beaches in May or October. At Henderson Beach, you can even get a boardwalk fix, too.
  • 17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
Destin History and Fishing Museum
Destin Fishing and History Museum, Florida
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Destin has a rich history as a fishing village, something locals know well. At the Destin History and Fishing Museum, visitors can get a better sense of what life was like in this Florida city before electricity arrived in the 1930s.
Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club
Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, Destin, Florida
Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club
Destin and golf are 2 words that go hand in hand. Tee off at one of the area’s best golf courses for the opportunity to do it up like a local.
  • 465 Regatta Bay Blvd
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
Hog's Breath Saloon
bbq, ribs, Hogs Breath Saloon, Destin, Florida
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Locals and tourists alike love Destin’s nightlife. Chill out at one of many bustling restaurants and bars in the area to meet an interesting host of characters. For a taste of delicious barbecue, visit Hog’s Breath Saloon, which offers drool-worthy ribs.
  • 541 Harbor Blvd
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
Crab Island
Crab Island, boats, Destin, Florida
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Crab Island, Destin’s famous sandbar, is a go-to spot for anyone looking to have fun. Play volleyball or drink a beer in the shallow waters of the city’s most social destination.
Destin Pass
Destin Pass, boat, Florida
The Emerald Coast Convention Center
Wakeboarding and surfing are obligatory activities for true Destin locals. Try your hand at these fun aquatic sports at the Destin Pass, otherwise known as the East Pass. All you need to do is rent a boat and some gear, and you’re good to go.
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
HarborWalk Charters
HarborWalk Charters, boat, fishing, Destin, Florida
HarborWalk Village
When in Destin, fishing is an absolute must. Many locals love to fish and eat their catch for dinner. Rent a boat and equipment through HarborWalk Charters for the chance to hook a few fish on a sunny afternoon.
  • 10 Harbor Blvd
  • Destin, FL 32541 US
Xtreme H2O Watersports
Xtreme H20 Sports, parasailing, boat, Destin, Florida
Xtreme H2 Sports
Sometimes even locals like to do the touristy stuff. At Xtreme H2O, you can participate in a wide range of water activities, from riding Jet Skis to parasailing. No matter what you decide to do, you’re bound to get an adrenaline rush.
  • 7 Calhoun Ave
  • Destin, FL 32541 US

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