Even if you've never got to grips with a rod and reel before, on Destin vacations it's a must. There are friendly boat captains to show you the ropes, or if you already know your floats from your flies, head straight for the pier or out into the Gulf. The water is brimming with red snapper, grouper, trigger fish, amberjacks - even swordfish, tuna and cobia.
The lure of the greensward is particularly strong around Destin. There are some top-class courses, and there's a lot to be said for playing a round with the beautiful Emerald Gulf as a backdrop. The Kelly Plantation Golf Club is an impressive championship golf course with more than 7,000 yards of large contoured greens, wide-manicured fairways and picturesque views.
There's always something going on at Destin Harbour, so it's the perfect place to hang out. With fishing boats and party boats coming and going, it's a good spot to check out both the catch and the crowd. Plus there's waterside restaurants and bars, trampolines, a carousel and even a zip ride.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach, there's plenty of retail therapy available. Destin Commons is open-air with 70 high-end shops, while at downtown Ft. Walton there's a selection of boutique-style stores and a farmers market.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
There's a buzzy after-sundown scene on Destin vacations with restaurants serving everything from succulent steak to fresh seafood, plus plenty of bars. Families stroll the lively harbour; music lovers head to AJ's Club Bimini for live reggae or Hogs Breath for rock, blues and jazz; clubbers go to Nightown; and the after-dinner crowd relax at the Ocean Club.