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Kingfish to Blue Marlin - Destin, Florida is a Great Little Fishing Town With Beaches Your Family Will Love

Reeling them in, Destin Style    by Karrie Rose

Everybody loves a good rodeo.The outdoor life, the sun on your back, the competitive camaraderie, the smell of fish in the air. Huh? The smell of... what?

It seems that all rodeos are not the same, and down at Destin, Florida there ain't a horse, steer, or cowboy in sight at their annual rootin' tootin' jamboree. This is the Destin Fishing Rodeo, and it has been reeling saltwater anglers in to the Emerald Coast town, for over sixty years.

This popular event, which takes place throughout October, has grown into a family orientated tournament and attracts up to 30,000 participants every year. Entry to the rodeo is totally free, to any fishermen aboard a registered private or chartered vessel, and there are daily, weekly and overall prizes to be won. Spectators and competitors alike, gather excitedly around the docks for the daily weigh-ins, where anglers of all ages hope to hook some of the $100,000 worth of prizes on offer.

South Walton Beach at San Destin, Florida, USA
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For the younger anglers, there are a number of special events including the Destin Fishing Rodeo Kid's Kick-Off and Wagon Boat Parade, plus every child who enters a fish weighing 1lb or more, over the duration of the rodeo, receives a rod, reel and certificate.

Most species of gamefish are eligible for consideration, so whether you are delving deep for snapper, chasing turbo-powered sailfish or casting for king mackerel, you're in with a chance. Shark Saturdays run throughout the month too, and cash prizes are on offer for the biggest fish caught on each of those days.

Destin, known as the 'World's Luckiest Fishing Village', is a major vacation destination, on north west Florida's gulf coast, and has been at the center of the region's fishing industry since the mid-1800s. For those whose interests do not necessarily involve a rod and reel, Destin boasts beautiful white beaches, crystal clear waters and breathtaking sunsets. And if you happen to prefer your fish on the end of a fork, as opposed to a line, you'll be in for treat. Destin area restaurants are proud to serve a vast array of fresh seafood, much of it straight off the local boats.

Even when the rodeo isn't on, the Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island area is alive with activity. Both visitors and residents, enjoy the wide range of shopping, dining and recreational facilities available in this tropical paradise, and that's no fisherman's tale.

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Comfort Inn Destin
The Comfort Inn Destin in Destin, Fla., is across the street from Henderson Beach State Park, two blocks from the beach and 16 miles from Fort Walton Beach Airport. Other nearby attractions include Big Kahuna Water Park, Gulfarium, Silver Sands Outlet, Indian Bayou Country Club, Destin Fishing Rodeo and Kelly Plantation. At this four-story Destin hotel, guests can swim in the indoor/outdoor pool or work out in the fitness center. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily. Guest rooms are decorated in a tropical style and feature a coffeemaker, microwave oven and refrigerator. Additional amenities include a direct-dial telephone, cable television, modem/data port connection and air-conditioning.
Days Inn Destin Fl
Off highway 98 in Florida and near white sand beaches, close to fine restaurants, clubs and shopping. Guests take advantage of the hotel's proximity to jet skiing, wind surfing, golf and fishing. For the kiddos, there's aquatic frolicking at Big Kahuna Water Park and Go-kart events at the Track Family Recreation Center. Suites and Jacuzzi rooms available. Free Continental Breakfast. Excellent white sand beaches and emerald colored water. Fine restaurants, clubs and shopping nearby.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Destin
On the white-sand shores of the Gulf of Mexico 10 miles east of Destin, Fla., lies the sprawling Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Equidistant from Panama City and Pensacola, the hotel is within the 2,400-acre Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Okaloosa Regional Airport is 25 miles from the property.  Divided into two towers, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is situated directly on the beach. To further promote the life aquatic, amenities include one indoor and two outdoor pools and a marina. Guests can exercise at the fitness center or indulge in a massage at the spa. There are four on-site restaurants featuring dishes including steaks, seafood and sandwiches, and a breakfast buffet is served daily. 
Inn On Destin Harbor, Destin
Sitting high atop the bluffs overlooking Destin Harbor, the Gulf of Mexico and East Pass, is the Inn on Destin Harbor in Destin, Fla. This inn offers guests ever-changing panoramic views of the area. The property has a private harbor beach and is five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico beaches. The inn is within walking distance of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and shops, and just a short drive from one of the largest designer outlet malls. The Destin area is home to more than 20 world-class, 18-hole golf courses. Guests can enjoy the world's largest fishing fleet with charters available and a myriad of water sports. Destin Harbor is known for its clear waters and abundance of diver-friendly reefs. 
Pelican Beach Resort & The Terrace, Destin
Located at the heart of the Destin resort area, The Resorts of Pelican Beach overlooks the world-famous white-sand beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.   Once guests pass through our gated entry, they leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday distractions and enter a tropical oasis. Yet, the Resorts of Pelican Beach is still within walking or a short driving distance of Destin's popular tourist attractions, family and fine dining, exciting nightlife, and unique shopping experiences. An attractive selection of one, two and three-bedroom condominiums, all fully equipped with all the amenities for a relaxing getaway, await our guests.
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