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Choosing The Best Beach Destination For Your Upcoming Vacation in Destin

Destin has a total of 13 public beach areas to choose from and it’s truly understanding if you are having a hard time to decide which would be the perfect place to be in for your upcoming vacation. Let us help you in your decision-making and have a clear choice after reading this blog. Our aim is for you to enjoy and make the most out of your trip, and we want to be part of it. So, here are the beaches in Destin and why would you choose them as the best beach destination.

Shores at Crystal Beach Park

Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, this beach park is frequently praised by visitors for its ivory sands and crystal-clear waters. Travellers also appreciate the cleanliness of the beach. The Shores at Crystal Beach Park is home to a bevy of vacation rentals and cottages as well; if you’re travelling with a large group and don’t want to spend a small fortune on several hotel rooms, consider renting a house or cottage here.

Access: Free

Location: 2966 Scenic Highway 98 Destin, FL 32541

Amenities: Handicap access, showers, restrooms, and a pavilion with picnic benches

Operating Hours: From dawn till dusk.

Parking:  Limited Parking and Bicycle rack available

Rules: Dogs are not allowed. Alcohol and glass are not permitted.

Best Beach Destinaation in Destin
Photo Credits: https://floridapanhandle.com/

James Lee Park

James Lee Park is a spot that is perfect for families traveling for its beauty and facilities that are available. There is an onsite playground that children can go to if they need a break from the sea. You can bring or rent a beach chair and umbrella, pack a picnic you can enjoy in one of its pavilions. The Crab Trap restaurant is also here with great food and ocean views from the indoor and outdoor tables.

Admission Fee: Free

Location: 3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Amenities: Beach swim area, pavilion, picnic area, picnic tables, public beach access, public Restrooms, showers, handicap access

Parking:  100 Parking spaces

James Lee Beach Park
Photo Credits: https://floridapanhandle.com/

Miramar Beach

This South Walton neighborhood brings back the feel of those classic coastal enclaves. It features scenic beach roads, surf shops, fabulous restaurants, beachfront homes, and beachside resorts and condos with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Vacationing in Miramar Beach is like taking a stroll down memory lane through the beach towns of your child. Miramar Beach is more than just a tourist destination; it’s a thriving community of people that love to call it home.

It also has ultra-modern amenities and activities that every member of your family will love. You can enjoy the day enjoying jet ski rentals, parasailing and endless shopping opportunities at one of the nation’s largest designer outlet centres, Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

Admission Fee: Free

Location: Miramar Beach, Destin, FL 32550

Amenities: Public restrooms, a handicap ramp to the beach, and showers.  There are volleyball nets at Pompano Joe’s as wells as picnic tables.

Parking:  Enough Parking spaces

Miramar Beach

Photo Credits: https://www.somerscompany.com/guide/miramar-beach/

Princess Beach Access


Photo Credits: https://destinbeachaccess.com/access/princess-beach-access/

If you are looking to a much-secluded area with only a handful of people visiting the beach, Princess Beach Access will be your go-to. Along with Eglin Matterhorn Beach Access, these 2 are the most secluded stretches of beach you will find from Pensacola to Destin. As a result, you’ll find no vendors in the area and will require a long walk from the parking to the beach. Shower/restrooms are not available as well so be prepared to walk/drive back to your place to shower.

Admission Fee: Free

Location: 3510 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Amenities: No showers, bathrooms, or pavilions at this location.

Parking:  Parking spaces

O’Steen Public Beach Access


O’Steen Public Beach Access is a favorite among locals and well-informed visitors alike. It is located along Gulf Shore Drive and one of the best spots to reach Destin Jetties. It is a great place for those with a lot of beach gear looking to spend all day on the white sand! Keep walking towards the Jetties to find yourself in a much more quiet area. This access is fantastic because you can walk to the beach along the Destin East Pass or keep trekking a bit further and enjoy a much more quiet beach along the Gulf of Mexico to the east of the jetties.

Admission Fee: Free

Location: 320 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541

Amenities:There is a shower, but no onsite restrooms or pavillions.

Parking:  Limited Parking and a long walk to the beach

Photo Credits: https://destinbeachaccess.com/access/osteen-beach-access/

Tarpon Street Beach Access


This beach access has nearby parking, but can be accessed on foot. The stretch of beach that you will find yourself on after traversing the boardwalk is serene with plenty of space to spread out. Expect crowds to be moderate to high at this location because of its accessibility and the fact that the neighborhood of Crystal Beach is close by. If you need a shower station to rinse off before heading back after a day at the beach, this location has you covered with a nice foot wash and outdoor shower available for use. This access is easy to get to, but parking is scarce from the early morning through the remainder of the day and there are around 18 steps down to the beach on this boardwalk.

Admission Fee: Free

Location:3300 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541, United States

Amenities: This access has a shower and a boardwalk to the beach, but there are no restrooms.

Parking: There are only two small parking lots of around 10 spaces each within walking distance. It is strongly encouraged to walk or ride-share to this access.

Photo Credit: https://destinbeachaccess.com/access/tarpon-street-beach-access/


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