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

A longtime favorite of fishermen, in fact it started as a humble fishing village and today Destin, Florida is touted as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" they also claim to have the largest, best equipped fishing fleet in Florida docked in Destin Harbor, which is great because we love fresh caught seafood.

Off shore fishing is excellent with close access to Gulf of Mexico via the 100 Fathom Curve which is closer to Destin than any other spot in Florida, making it the fastest way to get to the deeper waters in the Gulf where the best fish are. You can charter a boat and go after a big Blue Marlin, this is the best place in Florida to catch them, Dolphin (mahi-mahi), Wahoo and Sailfish are also caught during late spring and summer.

If you like to fish in shore you can catch Cobia and Kingfish; bottom fishing is also good, grouper and snapper are commonly caught. You don't even necessarily need a charter a big boat to fish in shore or bottom either, fish can be caught from small boats and even kayaks launched from the beach. Choctawhatchee Bay is another great place to fish in the area; trout, redfish and black drum are commonly caught in the Bay. Even if you don't like to fish the bay is beautiful and a great place to spend the day on the water but be sure to bring your sunscreen the last thing you'll want to take home is a nasty sunburn.

South Walton Beach at San Destin, Florida, USA
South Walton Beach at San Destin, Florida, USA
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The East Pass, which is also called Destin Pass, has the only outlet of Choctawhatchee Bay into the Gulf of Mexico. The west side of Destin Pass is accessible to the public; they have a great beach there which is beautiful and remote if you want to get away from the crowd.

Destin is a popular vacation spot and a big resort town with beautiful hotels and resorts that the whole family will enjoy. They have also have places you can rent by the week, which is what we did, with many places right on the ocean. About 4.5 million people visit the area every year and we were happy to be two of them. They have family amusement parks with go-carts, miniature golf, thrill rides, and even bungee jumping. We also saw at least a dozen well manicured golf courses and just as many tennis courts.

If you like to shop they have these great little outdoor malls that are cleverly disguised as quaint wood framed buildings that hold all the latest designer brands and labels; it reminded me of being in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

One of the things we liked best about Destin was the food. The dining in Destin is as diverse as it is delicious; restaurants here range from jacket and tie fine dining overlooking the Bay to flip-flops and cut offs oyster bars overlooking the Gulf. Most, we were delight to find, have live entertainment; everything from classical pianos playing to local bands to jukeboxes. Seafood is the natural choice, because it's not uncommon to see restaurant marquees inviting you to come in and enjoy the fresh catch from the night before, but they have a little bit of everything including Caribbean style.

So next time you're going to Panhandle beaches be sure to get over to Destin, it's a great little seaside town where you can fish, surf, parasail, golf or shop. You can spend the day on the beach then spend the night out having some family fun and most of all enjoy the seafood.

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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.
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.
Resortquest Rentals at Emerald Shores Destin
Welcome to the natural beauty of Emerald Shores, a private community of upscale 3 bedroom homes in a tropical setting across from the Gulf of Mexico. Emerald Shores is a tropical, family-oriented, beach ownership community of upscale homes, situated 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. You will enjoy the two large heated community pools, the close proximity to the beach, access to the beach pavilion, on-site tennis, and the security of gated entrances. Soft sandy shores and beautiful emerald water are just steps away. The privately owned beach pavilion is for Emerald Shores owners and rental guests only, and is accommodated by private bathrooms, outdoor showers and beach service.
Resortquest Rentals at Nantucket Rainbow Cottages Destin
You'll delight in the charm of days gone by at the Nantucket Rainbow Cottages. They're forty of the most delightful and comfortably cozy apartments amid the Water's Edge Community. A rainbow of perfect pastel colors surrounds a seasonally heated swimming pool and sun deck area ideal for soaking up the warm Florida sunshine. Professionally decorated and well appointed interiors are just right for small families, couples as well as the business traveler. It's a honeymoon haven, too! Quiet, natural private pathways surround the Caribbean style grounds. It's just a short stroll to the sugar white sand beaches and sparkling Gulf waters and less than a five minute drive to downtown Destin's activities and dining.
Resortquest Rentals at Leeward Key Condominiums Destin
Leeward Key's sparkling emerald Gulf waters and sugar white sand beaches are ranked among the best in the world. Imagine sweeping gulf views all the way to the horizon. Leeward Key is a luxury vacation condominium overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Leeward Key's spacious, well-appointed condominiums allow guests to enjoy a wide array of amenities including two large pools (one heated seasonally), an oversized sundeck and gas grills.
Sterling Resorts - Sterling Shores Destin
Welcome to Sterling Shores, Destin's perfect condominium and beach club. The 4,300 square-foot heated lagoon-style pool, beachside pool, sundecks and lush tropical landscaping provide a relaxing, exciting atmosphere for your ultimate vacation. Children's programs offer the perfect social setting for kids of all ages. From box-office hits to exclusive sporting events, the state-of-the-art theater has entertainment and events for all ages.
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