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


2017 Emerald Coast Fall Volleyball Classic

September 27 - October 1, 2017

This annual Fall event brings teams from all over the US to compete in one of the best beach volleyball tournaments anywhere. Taking place at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, on the sugar-white sands and beside the emerald green waters the area is known for.

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39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival

October 5 - October 7, 2017

The 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk will be a weekend full of entertainment on 4 stages, live music, arts, crafts, and fresh seafood.

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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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