Information about the Destin Florida Area

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Destin's History

Destin’s history can be traced back to the 7th century A.D. Artifacts confirm Native Americans lived here, surviving off  the excellent fishing in the waters of Gulf and Choctawhatchee bay. 900 years later, Spanish explorers found our beautiful area, and divers are still finding wreckage of Spanish ships off shore.

Destin's more recent history can be traced to a fisherman from New London, Conn. His name was Leonard Destin, and he moved here around 1845. He and his descendants have fished the waters around the gulf and Destin for almost two centuries.

Origins of the White Sand on Destin's beaches

The unique snow white sand of the beaches in the Destin area are among the whitest and most homogeneous in the world.

Consisting of small quartz particles, this sand came from an erosion process which began over 20,000 years ago in the Appalachian Mountains and ended at the southern mouth of the Apalachicola River. 

This process carried the quartz particles from the Appalachian Mountains and deposited them in the Gulf of Mexico, just 125 miles to the east of what is now Destin. As the sea level began to rise, these sands eventually formed a new shoreline. The sands today continue to replenish our beaches and can be found as far west as the Pensacola Pass.

  White sands and Emerald Waters of Destin Florida.

White sands and Emerald Waters of Destin Florida.

Fishing In Destin

Deep-sea fishing is our specialty. Some of the species of fish that we catch include red snapper, grouper, triggerfish, scamp, and amberjack. In addition, we can also troll near the coast, to finding cobia (when in season), black fin tuna, king mackerel, bluefish, barracuda, and Spanish mackerel. Far offshore, we can troll for white and blue marlin, wahoo, and sailfish.  Our prices for the charter fishing vary, so be sure to check out our rates by clicking here.

Beach and Safety info

To make sure you have a happy and safe vacation when visiting Destin and our beaches, please be sure follow all general safety guidelines. Please learn about our beach flag system and pay attention to the flags, and lifeguards. The waters may seem docile because the waves aren't as big as they are on the east or west coasts, but they can be very misleading.