Destin beaches are as beautiful as they are talked about. The sugar-white sands and clear blue waters give this part of the Florida panhandle the nickname "Emerald Coast." But before you dive in, there's a few things you need to know about Destin beach rentals.

Destin Beach Activities

Destin Beaches Fishing

World-class Destin Fishing

Destin's known as the "Luckiest Fishing Village," so anglers are guaranteed a good time here. Whether you stick to the pier or join a deep-sea fishing charter, there's a good chance you'll catch something. What that something will be depends on the season. Maybe all you need is directions to a bait and tackle shop or maybe you require the help of a fishing guide; whatever the case, don't be afraid to cast a line into the Gulf of Mexico. If you're not the fishing type, you'll still enjoy watching pro anglers weigh in their catches for the Destin Fishing Rodeo, held every October.

Adventure on the Water

Destin beaches attract sunbathers in droves, but they're also a haven for active sun worshipers. Go scuba diving or parasailing; rent a wave runner or Jet Ski; do some exploring on a canoe or a kayak! Destin, Florida beaches can mean nonstop, action-packed water recreation, if you want it to. A wealth of watercraft rentals and boat tours are on hand to make sure your Destin beach vacation is as fun as possible.

Snorkelers can get up close to Destin marine life by jumping off the Old Crystal Beach Pier or a boat. Meanwhile, scuba divers will be thrilled by the astonishing coral reefs found 40 to 100 feet below the surface.

Relaxation by the Water

If you've come to Destin to relax, you're not alone. Stay in one of our Destin rentals and lounge around by an exclusive gulf-front pool, or grab a spot along the beach. Whether you go for a swim or just wade into the water a little bit, Destin beaches are the thing to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. And isn't that what a beach vacation is for? But no matter what your reasons for a Destin beach vacation, don't miss the sunset...

Destin Beach Safety Tips

Destin Beaches Sun

Don't Underestimate the Sun

When you're in sun-kissed Destin, Florida, there's no excuse for going outside without wearing sun block. The sun is most brutal between 10 am and 4 pm. Even if it's a breezy or cloudy day, you'll still be basking in the famous Florida sun! Apply lots of sunscreen and reapply it throughout the day; this is especially important for kids and those with sensitive skin.

Wear a hat and light clothing to protect your skin, if possible. Also, keep in mind that both sand and water reflect the sun, so you're particularly vulnerable to harmful rays on Destin beaches.


Swimming Tips

Don't go out into the ocean alone and don't go too far from the shore. Waves are sneaky; they can carry you far away from home in the blink of an eye. Stick with your group and always make sure something familiar is in sight while you're swimming. When night falls, stay by the shore.

If you get taken up by a rip current (which can happen at any time, but is most common when it's real windy), don't panic! Just keep swimming -- swim parallel to the beach until you're free from the current and then come back.

Don't Worry (too much) About the Jellyfish

It's true that you may come across a jellyfish or two on Destin, Florida beaches, but jellyfish stings are easy to treat with ammonia. Deadly jellyfish species are not common in the area. On a similar note, there's no need to stress out about sharks! While there's always a possibility a shark could come near swimmers, if you follow general Destin beach safety tips, you'll be fine.

Keep an Eye on the Weather

Destin beaches are wildly popular because of their year-round sunshine, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few stormy days (or minutes) here and there. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, get out of the water! An easy way to ensure you and your fellow vacationers are safe on land when bad weather hits is to simply check the weather every morning before you go out to the beach. But even as you're out and about, watch the sky above you. If you see sudden changes -- for example, a cloudless sky transforms into an overcast one -- get out of the water and find cover.

Handy Things to Know About Destin Beaches

Destin Beach Rules

  • Pets, cars, glass, and campfires aren't allowed on Destin beaches
  • Littering is prohibited
  • Don't walk over sand dunes; instead, use marked beach access points to get where you need to go!
  • If you're lucky enough to discover a sea turtle, feel free to observe it from a distance, but do not get up close to it or take pictures -- sea turtles are a source of pride for Destin and it's important you help protect these special animals!

Pet-friendly Destin Beach Rentals

So, you can't bring your dog to the beach with you. Bummer! There is good news, though. Since there are many pet-friendly Destin vacation rentals available, you can at least shelter your four-legged friend in a roomy accommodation and share your outdoor patio/pool with him or her. And although Fido's not allowed on the beach, there are many Florida dog parks that both of you can enjoy together. Basically, Destin is a huge beach! You can't escape it. But why would you want to? Book your Destin beach vacation rental today!

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