Every time I visit the Emerald Coast, I uncover another layer, another experience, another timeless sensation. Centred around Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the Emerald Coast boasts historical sites, modern attractions and delicious seafood, all surrounded by nature’s bounty. Here, Gulf sunsets are spectacular; the sugar-white sand beaches are serene; and the atmosphere is tranquil.
CATCH THE EXCITEMENT
During the summer, participate in guided nighttime sea turtle walks on the beaches of Okaloosa Island and Destin. In fact, throughout the area you’ll find animals you’ve never seen before, dwelling in habitats that include longleaf pine forests, steephead ravines, barrier islands and hot springs.
Dozens of charter operators can take you where the fish are running. While you’re out there, dive or snorkel in the clearest waters you’ve ever seen. If you prefer to sit back and relax, book a boat tour to a host of beautiful spots. Or if you’d rather propel through these emerald-green waters, every type of watercraft from waverunners to kayaks is available.
Visit family-friendly museums such as the Air Force Armament Museum and the Emerald Coast Science Center. Get up close and personal with native and exotic animals at the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.
Love seafood? Emerald Coast restaurants deliver only the freshest fare from the Gulf to your platter. Personal favourite haunts are in the Arts & Entertainment District in Fort Walton Beach, the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, and the shops, restaurants and nightclubs in HarborWalk Village in Destin.
The Emerald Coast offers a unique combination—a spellbinding setting and a ton of fun!
Plan this year’s escape to the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast at emeraldcoasting.com and be sure to check out their Gulf-to-table fishing-and-eating guide at emeraldcoastfl.com/gulf-to-table.