There is no shortage of things to see and do in the Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island area. Our collection of local attractions and places of interest offer visitors everything from amusements to museums, with themes ranging from marine to military.
Walk along our 24 miles of gleaming, powder-soft beaches and you’ll quickly forget the cares of your everyday world. Our soft, white sand is sculpted from Appalachian quartz so pure that walking through our gulf water is like having an aquarium at your feet. Delight your senses in our spectacular beaches—voted “safest in the country” and among the top ten in the country—and the expansive waters of Choctawhatchee Bay. Discover miles and miles of pure playground for shell seeking, sun bronzing, sandcastle building, soul-searching and surrendering to sun-drenched solitude.
Experience the best fishing that Florida has to offer in the warm waters of the Emerald Coast. Sailfish, marlin, wahoo and many more await offshore fishermen in the deep blue of the gulf, while inshore fishermen cast after cobia, bluefish, tarpon and mackerel. For those looking for a different sort of challenge, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island also feature bountiful freshwater fishing in the area’s many rivers. Numerous fishing, diving and sightseeing charter boats are waiting to take you and your family and friends on your own personalized adventure.
Local eateries range from rustic oyster bars to open-air cafes to candlelit restaurants. What they all have in common is the freshest and largest variety of seafood on the Gulf of Mexico. At least 20 types of fish are caught in local waters during any one season, providing a wide variety of savory menu offerings.