Situated along the region known as the Emerald Coast, Destin is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway filled to the brim with sun, sand, and plenty of stunning water. Whether you simply want to kick back on a sugar white beach or get out on the water for an exciting excursion, a vacation to Destin is always miles beyond the ordinary.

The ideal location for a relaxing afternoon or a bustling morning, Henderson Beach State Park has everything you could imagine from a pristine Panhandle beach. With 6,000 feet of soft white sand that reaches out towards the Gulf of Mexico, visitors flock here in droves to swim, sunbathe, and fish under the warm Florida sun. And when you want a little more action during your day at the beach, natural trails await to give visitors a glimpse of the abundant wildlife and coastal dune ecosystem that thrive along the coast.

Those searching for a place to take the kids without missing out on the natural beauty of the area can head to Jolee Island Nature Park for five acres of authentic island fun. With the two-story Captain Joe Lee’s Tree House, a pirate ship playground, hiking trails, and plenty of room to run around, every child will have an exciting and memorable day of outdoor adventure.

For those times when you want to spend an exciting yet relaxing day with the kids, head over to the always entertaining Big Kahuna’s Lost Paradise Water and Adventure Park. Sit back and rest under the sun’s rays while your children run back and forth between the dozens of waterslides, pools, and the man-made waterfall without a care in the world. And after the waterpark, the whole family can stroll over to the adventure park for an early evening round of mini golf or an exciting ride around the grand prix raceway.

As the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” an outbound excursion on a deep-sea fishing expedition is the perfect way to capture Destin’s calling card. With charters heading far offshore in search of wahoo, sailfish, and blue marlin in addition to trolling near the coast for king mackerel, barracuda, and black fin tuna, the waters off the Emerald Coast will almost surely bear their fruit during your quest for a memorable catch.

In addition to fishing, visitors can also book various types of other activities such as a scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, or dolphin watching adventure off the coast. For the perfect cap to an already relaxing day, head out on a sunset dolphin watching cruise for a close up look at these marine marvels all while soaking in the sight of the radiant sky and blazing sun setting into the sparkling waters of the Gulf.

With so many thrilling activities just waiting to entertain your entire family, you’ll never have to worry about a dull moment during your getaway vacation to the Emerald Coast. To get the most out of your vacation after the sun has set and the rides have closed, consider Destin rentals for your accommodations needs. A Destin vacation rental has all the amenities and comforts of home, including a private pool, gameroom, several TVs and DVD players, and plenty of space, so the vacation fun can continue whenever you are away from one of Destin’s fabulous attractions.

Jen W.