Welcome to The Emerald Coast...
The beachside cities of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island beckons travelers with the lure of stunning sugar-white beaches, vibrant emerald green waters and an abundance of dining options focused on the Gulf-to-Table philosophy. Accommodation options include budget to luxury, hotel rooms to condominiums and the quintessential beach house as choices. Whether you’re looking for adventure and watersports or a relaxing trip to re-energize and recharge, you’ll find it here. Named as one of the top 10 “Best in the US” for 2017 by Lonely Planet, the beaches, parks, places to stay and lifestyle drive our popularity as a new Florida destination to discover. Known throughout the Southeastern United States as the best beach getaway for couples, families, groups and weddings – we are yours to discover. Easy to reach, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS), is your gateway to this exciting Northwest Florida gulf coast destination and just 8 miles from the Emerald Coast. We look forward to welcoming you to our sunny shores.

#EmeraldCoasting is sugar-white sand
and emerald-green water.
It’s dolphin cruises, open-air shopping and fresh, local seafood restaurants. It’s fun family vacations and a romantic spot for couples. Get a little sand in your soul in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Start planning.

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Featured Events on the Emerald Coast


Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

November 3, 2017 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Enjoy hot barbeque, cold beer and great entertainment at HarborWalk Village during the annual Blues, Brews & BBQ competition this November. Prizes will be awarded to the local chefs who display the best traditional, seafood and original BBQ offerings!

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22nd Annual Festival of the Arts

October 27 - October 28, 2017

A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the Festival will showcase the original artwork of more than 100 artists and a live music lineup, a food bistro, wine & beer garden, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle drawing and more. Convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are available.

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Destin Fishing Rodeo

October 1 - October 31, 2017

This 66-year old signature-fishing tournament highlights the diversity of fishing in the Emerald Coast’s target rich emerald green waters. It is “must-fish” tournament for locals and visitors alike in “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Daily competition and weigh-ins keep the action going all month long. Come one – come all!

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