Destin, Florida, is a city located in northwestern Florida, on the Emerald Coast peninsula, which is known for white beaches and emerald green waters. Also known as the Florida Panhandle, the strip of land has the Gulf of Mexico as its southern border. Now a popular tourist destination, Destin traces its roots back to its origins as a fishing village but currently boasts the largest fishing fleet in Florida. High rise condominiums and single family homes are the most common types of residences found in this area.
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Recreational activities, which include golfing, tennis, and water sports such as diving, jet skiing, and snorkeling, are prevalent in Destin. The city has twelve beach access points, which are extremely notable for having the whitest sand in the world due to having finely ground quartz crystal from the Appalachian Mountains. Destin has an annual rodeo and a seafood festival every October and the population of 12,000 grows to 40,000 during the peak of tourist season. Other popular events include a USA Track and Field-certified running event and a paddle race that offers a cash prize. The new Destin Harbor Boardwalk is a quarter of a mile long and reaches down the Destin Harbor to provide locals and visitors waterfront access. People can access fishing charter boats, water activities, and restaurants.
Destin is a year-round travel destination because of its humid and consistently warm climate, especially hot summers. World-class resorts and rental housing, not to mention excellent shopping and abundant seafood options, make this beach city a favorite vacation spot. Deemed the "world's luckiest fishing village," Destin has ample amounts of fish that can be caught and possibly be served fresh at your next meal. Premium outlets and upscale shopping options also attract visitors. Henderson Beach State Park offers vast scenic shoreline and makes a great escape from urban sprawl and a retreat into natural beauty. Families can picnic, camp, bicycling, or hike. Award-winning restaurants, including thirteen that are considered among the Florida Trend's list of best places to dine in Florida, welcome all, whether it's fine dining or very casual. The choices are diverse and often come with beautiful views and sunsets. As for living in Destin, the city boasts a new library, a thriving community center, dedication to a local arts and cultural scene, and excellent schools that receive the highest ratings from the state of Florida. As one of the country top ten fastest-growing metropolitan statistical areas, according the U.S. Census Bureau, Destin attracts new residents because of its pleasant atmosphere and excellent offerings.