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.
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!
The Boardwalk proudly presents the final Okaloosa Island Fireworks show on Labor Day on September 3rd. Out on the town with friends or getting the family together for the night, the Okaloosa Island Fireworks are sure to be a highlight of the evening. We’ll see you on the sand!
The 6th Annual Paddle at the Porch Sponsored by Destin ER will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is open on PaddleGuru.com!
Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar. It features a Kids' Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Ride, 3-Mile Recreational Race, and 6-Mile Elite Race. Races will be followed by awards. Thank you to our race partners BOTE and The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House!