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Travel Directory: Hey, America! Let’s Go #EmeraldCoasting!

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The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast


The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast


Grab your flip-flops, America! Let’s Go #EmeraldCoasting! 


The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
Get your beach fix this year in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, named “#1 Best Beach in Florida” by U.S. News & World Report Travel. Comprised of Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the Emerald Coast offers 24 miles of pristine, sugar-white sand beaches stretching along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida. The sand, made up of pure Appalachian quartz gives the water here its trademark emerald-green color.


Emerald Coasting is great snorkeling, tubing, kayaking and parasailing. It’s also great golfing. Sunny skies, coastal breezes and lush landscapes make the Emerald Coast a paradise for golfers of all skill levels, all year long. Love to fish? You’ll find some of the best angling Florida has to offer here. Sea trout, scamp, flounder, triggerfish, cobia, grouper, red snapper, wahoo, swordfish -- Destin isn’t called the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing. But perhaps even luckier than the fishermen are those who get to eat their catch! 


The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
On the Emerald Coast, you’ll find fresh Gulf-to-Table cuisine prepared with seafood brought in daily by America's largest fishing fleet. Come get your fill at local, one-of-a-kind restaurants like AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Harbor Docks and Dewey Destin’s. Many entrees come with a QR code that will tell you when and where the fish you’re eating was caught and by whom! And anglers take note: Many of these establishments will actually clean and cook your catch for you. 


You can do it all or do nothing at all on the Emerald Coast. Go on a dolphin cruise. Take in a marine show. Visit a water park. If shopping is your passion, you won’t be disappointed either. Take your pick from traditional malls, open-air complexes or distinctive boutiques. Are you a collector? The area’s natural beauty and coastal charm have caused the area to become a haven for artists of all kinds. 


The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
There are several centers for food and fun on the Emerald Coast. At HarborWalk Village, there are 60 or so waterfront restaurants, nightclubs and shops to explore. Destin Commons, a charming, open-air shopping center that feels like a village, offers more than 75 restaurants and specialty stores. Or discover downtown Ft. Walton Beach, where you can eat, shop and explore an Indian Temple Mound that dates to 1400 A.D.


The Emerald Coast has many options when it comes to accommodations as well. Some Emerald Coasters like to find a beach house that they can come back to year after year. Others prefer to mix it up. You can choose between posh beach houses, luxury beachfront condos, fabulous hotels, RV parks right on the Gulf’s edge, charming bed and breakfasts and more.


The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast
Find out for yourself why this pristine paradise was named a “Top Place to Visit” by National Geographic and one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places” by Good Morning America. To plan your escape or request a travel guide, visit or call 800-322-3319.






June 1-3, 2017

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival

The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival is a local favorite with a full weekend of activities to celebrate the pirate in all of us. Events include a parade, a fireworks show and a Pirate Landing. The festival also features competitions such as the Pirate Zombie Costume Contest and the Talk Like A Pirate Contest. 

June 3 – August 26, 2017

Rock The Docks Concerts

HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor is home to the HarborWalk Village Amphitheater. Every Saturday night all summer long, you can experience a free concert at Rock the Docks. Concerts start at 7 p.m.

September 29-October 1, 2017

38th Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Don’t miss three days of free entertainment and fun at Destin Harbor. Join us in “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for fresh Gulf to Table seafood, rockin’ music and three separate Kids Zones.

October 1-31, 2017

Destin Fishing Rodeo

Year after year, anglers from around the world return to the Emerald Coast to catch the big one! Compete in more than 30 different categories for more than $100,000 in prizes.






1. Come nose-to-bottlenose with dolphins at Florida’s Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, the world’s oldest continuously operating live marine show. 


2. Take a dolphin-watching cruise or rent a pontoon boat. Head out to Crab Island, where you can spend the day snorkeling and listening to local bands.


3. Discover fresh Gulf-to-Table cuisine at local, one-of-a-kind restaurants.


4. Experience all the fun and excitement of HarborWalk Village. Take your pick of 60 or so waterfront restaurants, nightclubs, water activities and fun shops. 


5. Have a blast at Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park, with more than 40 different play areas, three tropical mini-golf courses, two go-kart tracks and adrenaline-pumping rides. 


6. Shop till you drop your flip-flops at Destin Commons, a charming, open-air shopping center that feels like a village, with more than 75 specialty stores and restaurants. 


7. Don’t just come for the sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green water. Come to catch red snapper, white trout and blue marlin. Rent a charter boat and go fishing, or drop a line off the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. 


8. Explore Downtown Ft. Walton Beach, where you can shop, eat and explore an Indian Temple Mound that dates to 1400 A.D. 


9. Celebrate our culture at one of many unique festivals on the Emerald Coast, including the Destin Seafood Festival, Festival of the Arts and the Destin Beer Festival.


10. Spend a day at the beach enjoying Jet Skiing, paddleboarding, parasailing or just relaxing.




The Emerald Coast has it covered.


Emerald Coast Visitors Guide

Visit and order your complimentary Visitors Guide today. Inside, you’ll find things to do, where to eat, places to stay, helpful maps ¬– everything you need to go Emerald Coasting. If you can’t wait for it to arrive by mail, you can download or view the guide for free. Check it out here.


Emerald Coast Blog

“Emerald Postings,” the official blog of the Emerald Coast, was created to provide visitors with insider information on all there is to see and experience on the Emerald Coast. To make it easy for you to find the information that interests you most, posts are organized into categories such as Vacation Ideas, Things to Do, Planning Your Trip, Weddings, and Restaurants and Dining.


Find interesting articles on things like how to take the perfect beach photos. Discover “15 Essential Emerald Coast Experiences.” Learn about some great restaurants that are opening up here this year and more. Check it out.


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Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau




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Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

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