On the beautiful Emerald Coast, Destin is a town in the Florida panhandle that is known for its white beaches and blue-green waters, sitting on the peninsula bordered by Choctawhatchee Bay. With a combination of beach and bay inspired homes and crisp condos, the architecture in this city exemplifies true Florida living. This tourist city continues to grow from its origins as a small fishing village.
The neighborhoods in the area are distinctly different, depending on whether you are living in the bay side or in the beach side. East Pass is a neighborhood that acts as a link between the sides and has gorgeous spacious condos and large beach homes, some of which are very lavish with contemporary architecture. Past Henderson Beach State Park, development is more sporadic with Victorian cottages and lovely scenery. An area known as Destiny is known for its tile roofs and tropical style buildings. Fishing is very popular all along this corridor. Many bay front properties with large porches dot the Choctawhatchee Bay side, with access to nearby attractions such as Kelly Plantation and Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort. As it is a big tourist destination, there are many restaurants with famous gulf seafood, and a number of activities involved around water sports and fishing. High-rise and low-rise condominiums are abundant throughout the city.
Destin’s economy is centered on the tourist industry with numerous opportunities for employment.Various positions are available within the hospitality industry including lodging, dining, and shopping. In addition, companies involved with the operation of outdoor recreational activities including fishing and boating is at the crux of Destin’s economy. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is the area’s full service hospital, providing opportunities in the medical field.The real estate industry accounts for many jobs too, with a number of agencies located in the county.The Okaloosa County School District and Troy University in nearby Ft. Walton Beach account for a number of jobs in the education sector.