Nestled along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast is the beach town of Destin, known the world over for its sugar-white sands and emerald-hued waters — an ideal spot to plant your umbrella, roll out your towels and work on your tan.
But there’s so much to do beyond the beach. With the 100 Fathom curve just 10 miles offshore, providing the closest and fastest deep sea access in the entire Gulf of Mexico, Destin is often called the “world’s luckiest fishing village” with ample opportunities for fishing, snorkeling and sea life viewing.
You and your family will enjoy all this and more with three days on the Emerald Coast. Explore your surroundings after arrival with a bike ride down the Timpoochee Trail, which takes you through state parks, beach access points, and dune lakes as well as the area’s charming communities. After lunch at a vintage Airstream park of gourmet food trucks in Seaside, spend the afternoon inspired by your atmosphere at the Shard Shop, where you’ll use glass and resin on painted canvas to make your very own shard art masterpiece.
That night, check into one of the South’s best resorts as named by Southern Living, the Henderson Beach Resort. Located between the Gulf of Mexico and 200 acres of pristine nature reserve, the Henderson combines the timeless romance of traditional coastal architecture with modern conveniences and five-star service. Before bed, make your own dessert at the resort’s in-house ice cream shop where you can personalize your own flavors and craft a waffle cone from scratch.
Enjoy a classic beach day with boat accessed snorkeling in the morning and paddle-boarding, kayaking, and beach games at your leisure in the afternoon, with plenty of opportunities for dolphin-watching throughout. No trip to Destin is complete without a fishing trip, so on your last day head out with Captain Mike Parker for the catch of the day. You’ll have it prepared for your final meal before departure. Don’t forget your sunscreen, or it might be more than the fish that get burned!