High-end resorts and Gulf view condos are dotted along the beachfront in both Destin and Miramar.

Welcome to Destin / Miramar

Vacation destinations on the emerald waters of the Gulf

Destin and Miramar Beach are adjacent vacation destinations located on the Florida Panhandle between the beautiful emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. The city of Destin and the census-designated Miramar Beach each feature gorgeous white sand beaches and endless water-based recreation. These communities are a major hub of fishing and boating—in fact, Destin claims to have more fishing vessels than any other city in Florida. Tourists and residents can charter fishing boats from Destin’s harbor. Both communities also offer a wide selection of shopping and dining options.
High-end resorts and Gulf view condos are dotted along the beachfront in both Destin and Miramar. Residents of these condominium communities enjoy incredible proximity to the beach and access to first-class private amenities. Other housing options include single-family homes and spectacular custom-built properties.

What to Love

  • Emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico
  • Largest fishing vessel fleet in the USA
  • Gorgeous white sand beaches 
  • Outstanding seafood restaurants

People & Lifestyle

Destin is branded the luckiest fishing village in the world for its transformation from a sleepy coastal enclave into one of the premier tourist destinations on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Miramar Beach is sometimes thought of as a neighborhood of Destin. However, Miramar Beach has its own zip code and is located in Walton County, while Destin is part of Okaloosa County. Both communities offer an idyllic beach resort lifestyle with lots of restaurants, retailers, and entertainment options.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Destin’s HarborWalk Village is packed with shopping, dining, activities, and entertainment along a quarter-mile boardwalk on the scenic waterfront. The nation’s largest charter fishing fleet is based at the HarborWalk. You can dine on the freshest ocean catch at East Pass Seafood & Oyster House or head to Fish Heads Bar to enjoy handcrafted cocktails alongside the local fishermen. Other dining choices at HarborWalk Village include seafood, burgers, and other entrées at Grande Vista Bar & Grill and Harry T’s Lighthouse. You can also grab tasty melts at Say Cheese! and Mexican staples at Harbor TacoJimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is a fun, family-friendly destination at HarborWalk Village offering island cuisine and great drinks in a lively setting with live music every night of the week. Overlooking the harbor in Destin, AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar serves delicious seafood specialties such as raw oysters and grilled fish. This convivial spot also features happy hour drinks specials and nightly live music. Destin Commons is an open-air shopping center featuring well-known brands such as Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Forever 21, Francesca’s, H&M, LOFT, Lowe’s, Lush, Pandora, Sephora, Steve Madden, Torrid, and Victoria’s Secret. This renowned shopping destination also features more than two dozen restaurants and cafés. Highlights include authentic Mexican cuisine at El Jalisco, gourmet burgers and shakes at Gulf Coast Burgers, handcrafted crispy crust pizzas at Redbrick Pizza, and classic American eats alongside bowling and other games at family-friendly Uncle Buck’s FishBowl & Grill. Destin Commons also has a Whole Foods Market for grocery shopping. Over in Miramar Beach, Silver Sands Premium Outlets offers steep discounts on premium fashion brands such as Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Disney, J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, Loft, Michael Kors, Nike, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Things to Do

Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park is a fun water park in Destin with more than 40 rides and attractions. Enjoy thrilling rides such as the 100 foot high Sky Coaster and 140-foot-high Cyclone Twister, as well as surfing on the non-stop wave of the Honolulu Half Pipe, which moves 17,000 gallons of water every minute. Crab Island is a sandbar that is easily accessible from Destin by boat. The shallow waters above the sandbar are perfect for docking your boat and wading. As well as steering your own vessel to Crab Island, you can join one of many shuttle boat excursions that stop at the sandbar. Beach bonfires are not permitted in Destin and Okaloosa County, but they are allowed in South Walton County and Miramar Beach. Relaxing on the sand with family or friends gathered around a bonfire is one of the great pleasures of living in this idyllic beach destination. A variety of events are held throughout the year in Destin. In March, the Mac & Cheese Festival at Destin Commons sees talented chefs crafting gourmet twists on one of the South’s best-known comfort eats. April’s Sandestin Wine Festival takes place over four days with exceptional vintages from premier vineyards alongside cuisine from celebrated chefs.


Destin is served by the Okaloosa Public School District.

  • Destin Elementary School, Public, PK-4
  • Destin Middle School, Public, 5-8


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