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Beaches and Parks

There are many nature filled beaches and parks located in the Destin and Okaloosa Island areas! Be sure to visit these to add to your “things to do” list while enjoying your fun filled vacation!

Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island is a beautiful stretch of natural and developed coastline between Destin Florida and Pensacola. Located just west of the Destin Pass, Okaloosa Island offers unmatched beauty and and protected wildlife safe harbor for many species of birds and sea turtles. This quiet and untouched natural wonder is part of what makes vacationing in Fort Walton Beach so wonderful.


The beaches of Destin stretch for miles, from the Destin Pass to South Walton. Join thousands who have already discovered the cleanest, whitest, and most beautiful coastline in all of Florida. The Gulf of Mexico, or Emerald Coast as the locals have named their home, is home to sea turtles, dolphins, and many game fish. We are sure that you will find your perfect spot along this magnificent natural wonder.

Ross Marler Park - Okaloosa Island

PUBLIC PARK / Ross Marler Park provides boating, swimming and fishing access to the Choctawhatchee Bay. Fishing platform, two boat ramps, two sets of bathrooms, several pavilions, grills, a roped off swimming area, and a walking trail. Mini-Explorer Tot Lot playground which offers a completely fenced, rubber surfaced children’s playground and walking perimeter. Handicap Accessible / 1275 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Henderson Beach State Park - Destin

PUBLIC PARK / Enjoy a majestic shoreline anchored by 30-foot, snow-white sand dunes where basking in the Florida sun or wading into warm gulf waters is the order of each and every day. Preservation and protection of Destin's natural features. A great place for events like weddings and family reunions. Fishing -Nature Trail -Campsites - Pavilion. / 17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

Fishing Pier - Okaloosa Island

PUBLIC FISHING PIER- The Island Pier has everything your family needs for some serious fishing fun. The pier rents equipment and has drinks, sandwiches and snacks for purchase. Water is clear and you're able see fish and cast right to them. See wildlife like sea turtles, dolphins and manta rays swimming around the pier. Bring cash for admission and rentals. / 1030 Miracle Strip Pkwy E, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Crab Island - Destin

PUBLIC BOATING - Crab Island is famous for shallow waters that cover a wide area near the Destin inlet. The only access to the island is by private boat or shuttle. Its a great place to wade in waist-deep water, enjoy music, and even buy food and drinks at one of the floating pavilions. A pontoon boat rental is recommended if you would like to spend the day on the island. / 10 Harbor Blvd, Destin, Florida 32541
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Top Beach Attractions in Destin

There are several top-rated beaches and parks in Destin and Okaloosa Island you should visit while in the area! Okaloosa Island and Destin Beaches are both miles of sugary white sand and beautiful emerald colored water. Both Destin and Okaloosa Island beaches are home to many types of wildlife on land and sea!

Spend the day at one of the top beach attractions in Destin- Crab Island. Rent a boat or jet ski or take a shuttle to one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. If wading in waist-deep water with delicious food and drinks at Crab Island is not your style, visit the popular Fishing Pier in Okaloosa Island for lots of good fishing and site seeing. The Fishing Pier provides some of the best overwater views of ocean life such as dolphins and sea turtles!

Favorite Parks

There are beautiful beaches and parks all over the emerald coast. Some of the most top-rated parks in the Destin and Okaloosa Island areas include Henderson Beach State Park in Destin and Ross Marler Park in Okaloosa Island. Both top-rated parks give you the opportunity to take in all of nature’s beauty and allow for a day of family fun including fishing, picnicking, strolling nature trails, etc.

Family Fun

To keep the fun going, all the beaches and parks in Destin are surrounded by great oceanside restaurants and shopping. Visit the Boardwalk next to the Fishing Pier to enjoy some great seafood and visit the fun knick-knack shops. Crab Island is located near Harbor Walk Village where you will find some of the most popular, top-rated, tourists’ favorite restaurants such as Harry T’s and AJ’s Oyster House. There are also some family activities at Harbor Walk such as bungee jumping, mirror mazes, escape rooms, etc. Adding these top-rated beaches and parks to your list of things to do in Destin is a must!

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