General Information

General Information

 

Public Beach Access Points

There are 13 public beach access points within the city limits of Destin. Eleven are city-owned facilities, one site is owned by the county and one site is owned by the state. Parking is limited at the city beach access points with the exception of June White Decker and the Shores at Crystal Beach. Many access points only provide access to the beach.

Please remember that by city ordinance, items left on the beach overnight at the public beach access points will be removed by city staff and discarded. Make sure to bring your beach umbrellas and chairs with you when you leave for the day. Items that are lost may be located at the city's Public Services Maintenance Yard located at 3949 Commons Dr. Appointments can be made to retrieve items by calling (850) 837-4242.

Public beach access points in the City of Destin are:

·         Barracuda Street Public Beach Access

·         Calhoun Public Beach Access

·         Crystal Beach Drive Public Beach Access

·         Henderson Beach State Park

·         James Lee Park Public Beach

·         June White Decker Public Beach Park

·         Norriego Point Public Beach Access and Park

·         O'Steen Public Beach Access

·         Pompano Street Public Beach Access

·         Shirah Street Public Beach Access

·         Shores at Crystal Beach Public Access and Park

·         Silver Shells Beach Public Beach Accesses

·         Tarpon Street Public Beach Access

State Parks

Eden Gardens State Park and Mansion
Eden Gardens State Park contains approximately 163 acres of land that was part of the historic Wesley homestead. The focal point of this park is the beautifully renovated, two-story house with elegant white columns and wrap around porch. In a setting of moss-draped live oaks, the 1897 mansion recalls a prosperous era before the virgin forests of longleaf pine and cypress were exhausted in this part of the state. In 1963, Lois Maxon bought and renovated the home, creating a showplace for her family heirlooms and antiques. Visitors can come and enjoy a guided tour of the Wesley House, meander through the gardens, bring a picnic or go fishing off the dock in Tucker Bayou.

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
U.S. Air Force Colonel Fred Gannon was instrumental in preserving this site with beautiful old-growth longleaf pine trees, several more than 300 years old. Rocky Bayou, the main feature of the park, is the trailing arm of Choctawhatchee Bay and is popular for boating and fishing. A double-lane boat ramp makes this one of the best boat-launching locations on the bay, where saltwater fish is found. Other opportunities for recreation include hiking, bicycling, picnicking, canoeing and wildlife viewing. A well-shaded campground is available for full-facility camping. Camping reservations may be made by visiting ReserveAmerica.com or by calling ReserveAmerica at (800) 326-3521, TDD (888) 433-0287. Annual special events include Pioneer Day in November and Estuary Day in May. Other events and ranger programs are available. Located on State Road 20, five miles east of Highway 85.

Henderson Beach State Park
Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Four large and two small pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. A playground is the first stop on our nature trail and is sure to be a success with the kids. The nature trail provides visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife and is pet friendly. Camping at Henderson Beach State Park provides 60 campsites that are located in our secondary dune system. The sites include water and electric hookups and access to air conditioned and heated bathhouse facilities. A separate beach access boardwalk with outdoor showers are included in our campground. Henderson Beach is A.D.A accessible and includes beach wheel chair availability. Visitors can enjoy truly breathtaking sunsets while relaxing by the warm crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Gregory E. Moore RV Resort has the highest rating possible from Trailer Life & Woodalls, placing the resort in the top 1% of the nation. The park has 3 1/2 miles of pristine white quartz sandy beach with over 1,643 acres of unique habitats, including coastal dune lakes, cypress domes, and wet prairies.

Grayton Beach State Park
Golden in the morning sun, silvered by moonlight, Grayton Beach has consistently been ranked among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. The beach provides an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing, and surf fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe or kayak on scenic Western Lake to get a closer look at a salt marsh ecosystem. A boat ramp provides access to the lake's brackish waters for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias, bent and twisted by salt winds, have an eerie "Middle Earth" look. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy over four miles of trails through pine flatwoods; the trail begins across from the park entrance on Highway 30-A. Options for overnight stays include modern cabins and a full-facility campground. Located near the town of Grayton Beach on County Road 30A, south of U.S. 98.

Worship

Churches: (See yellow pages for more places of worship)

Village Baptist Church                                   Destin United Methodist Church
101 Matthew Blvd.                                                 200 Beach Drive
Destin, FL                                                                Destin, FL
850-837-8107                                                         850-837-2021

Corpus Christi Catholic Church                First Presbyterian Church of Destin
307 Beach Drive                                                    154 Calhoun Avenue
Destin, FL                                                               Destin, FL
850-654-5422                                                        850-837-0573

Destiny Worship Center                               Shoreline Church
122 Poinciana Blvd.                                              1219 Airport Rd
Destin, FL 32541                                                   Destin, FL 32541
850-650-6800                                                       850 650.8658

Weddings

For more information about weddings and marriage licenses go to the City of Destin website

Transit

Okaloosa County Transit so you want to get around but the traffic and parking…. Check out the transit opportunities at Okaloosa County Transit. 850-833-9168.

Post Offices
Destin on Main Street…………..850-837-6312
Miramar Beach…………………….850-269-1186

Golf Cart & Bike Rentals
Golf Cart rentals
Trevor.......................................850-654-5799
Eco Motors………………………….850-244-2277

Golf Cart Rules: Golf carts cannot be operated on any public street or pedestrian facility (sidewalk). A properly modified Low Speed Vehicle that complies with conditions set forth in Florida Statute 316.2122 “Operation of a Low Speed Vehicle on certain roadways” may be driven on streets that are designated as Low Speed Vehicle accessible.

Bikes
Bike-R-US…………...................850-837-6947
Telluride Sports…...................850-217-6092 or 850-714-4398
Coastal Cruisers…...................850-543-6146 or 850-543-3454

Beach Gear Rentals

La Dolce Vita
https://ldvbeachservice.com/ 1-866-651-1869 or 850-650-0289
La Dolce Vita has served as the Panhandle's preeminent luxury beach service since 2004. Offering everything from loungers and shades to water sports and dolphin cruises, their goal is to create the ultimate beach vacation for their patrons. Service, reliability, fun and excitement, it's not just what they do, it's who they are. They offer beach and water sports accessories to enhance your Destin vacation.  Their rentals include double decker pontoons boats, wave runners, beach chairs and umbrellas, gas power golf carts, baby cribs and gear, stand up paddle boards and more.  La Dolce Vita has several locations from Destin Florida to the Beaches of South Walton, from which their product can be rented.   Various products can even be delivered directly to your vacation rental door within Destin and South Walton.  Please select a product to view their locations and availability.

Rent Gear Here
http://rentgearhere.com/ 888-750-7606 or 1-855-240-3276
Rent Gear Here was created to help you and your family have the best vacation ever, before you even leave your home! Forget packing the car to the roof and squeezing the kids in any space you find. Their friendly staff will then deliver, for FREE, all of your vacation gear when you arrive and then pick it up the day you leave. It is as simple as that!