Travel Guide to Destin in the Florida Panhandle
|View of the bridge at Destin|
One of our favorite destinations is the Florida Panhandle, and over the years we have stayed on many area hotel and condo properties.
Our first visit to Destin was in the late 1950s, and the change and development there has been staggering.
What to See and Do in Destin
Today, there is lots to do in Destin, with its world famous deep-sea fishing fleet. The beaches are white, and the water is spectacular for swimming and other water activities.
And the shopping! Multiple shopping developments and major shopping destinations such as Bass Pro and Silver Sands Outlets provide hours of fun!
Restaurants in Destin
Hundreds of restaruants provide every cuisine you might want. One of our favorites is the Back Porch, right on the beach ... fine seafood and a great dining experience every time!
We also consistently vist Sara K's Gourmet for take out food ... her crab cakes are the best, and the chocolate deserts are fantastic! It is located in the shopping center at the corner of US 98 and Hutchinson, near Cracker Barrel and BestBuy.
A number of annual events offer fun for residents and visitors alike, such as the Destin Seafood Festival and Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction.
Lodging and Condo Rentals in Destin
|View from Destin's East Pass Towers condos to the Gulf of Mexico|
One of our favorite lodging destinations is the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. We've stayed "beachside" several times overlooking the green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, in Beachside I, Beachside II, Westwinds and the Sandestin Hilton.
We've also enjoyed our stays at other Sandestin resort properties such as Beachwalk Villas, still a close walk or bike ride to the beach and the Sandestin Market Shops.
And we regularly shop at the Village at Baytowne Wharf and the new Grand Boulevard area. Sandestin: A great destination, year-round!
On other visits we have enjoyed the amenities at the condos at East Pass Towers. It is quiet, with incredible views of the bridge, fishing fleet, and brilliant sunsets.
We are looking forward to our next trip to Destin!
Photographs from Around the Destin Area
The Destin harbor with a part of the fishing fleet docked, with East Pass Towers in the distance
View of the beautiful Gulf beaches to the east from Sandestin's Westwinds Condominiums
Looking to the west at sunset from Sandestin's Beachside Condominiums
Shopping Extravaganza! The shops and lake at Sandestin's Baytowe Wharf
The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House, a favorite restaurant destination in Destin
The view of the beach at the Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin
Fried seafood spectacle in Destin: Crab claws, shrimp and fish with twice-baked potatoe and cole slaw!
Earlier Days in Destin
Photo taken by the author in Destin, circa 1957, looking towards Holiday Isle from the approximate location of today's Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House.
Interactive Map of the Destin, Florida Area