“Good Morning America” ranked The Emerald Coast of Florida as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America,” for good reason. There is a lot more to do in the beach towns of Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island than just golf or sunbathe. Regardless of whether you want to go sailing, shopping, bird watching, build an epic sandcastle or do any of the other tons of fun-filled activities in the area, you’re sure to have a great time. Known for being a great place to chill out because of its friendly people and some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, the Emerald Coast captivates visitors from around the globe year round.

The Charming Beach Town of Destin

The charming beach town of Destin is a hip vacation destination known for stunning beaches and warm turquoise ocean water. Destin is probably best known for its award-winning golf-courses, but there’s much more to do there than just play 18 holes. Stay in one of the many luxurious resorts, or rent a quaint little cabin, as there are plenty of Destin hotels and other accommodations to choose from. You’ll love the delicious food at the award-winning restaurants, find great items at the unique shopping boutiques, and enjoy all the fun outdoor activities available.

Destin has a famous reputation for being the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” and they want to prove it to you. As the home of Florida’s biggest charter fishing fleet, there are plenty of choices for a day on the water. Visit Harbor Walk Marina, where there is always something exciting happening. It doesn’t matter if you want to fish, rent kayaks, or just wander around gazing at the huge yachts, it’s everything you expect from a world-class marina.

Sandcastle Lessons

Sandcastle lessons are a unique and fun-filled experience for just about everyone, and it’s not just castles you’ll learn to build. Beach Sand Sculptures is a company started by a former architect that not only provides remarkable sand castles for special events, but they’ll also travel to any beach in the area to train you and your loved ones how to build your own amazing sand sculptures. Kids of all ages learn the proper techniques to build a three-foot-tall sand sculpture that will make anyone walking by have “Sandcastle Envy.”

South Walton

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Rent a car and take a scenic drive down U.S. Highway 30. Situated in the southern part of beautiful Walton County, the white powdery beaches, and emerald-green waters will take your breath away. Along the way you’ll find little delightful villages, gorgeous state parks, and picturesque sand dunes and lakes, just waiting to be explored. Stop in at Topsail Hill State Preserve, the popular Grayton Beach State Recreation Area, or lovely Deer Lake State Park. Keep your eyes out for wildlife, relax on the beach, or take your fishing pole and try your luck in one of the many lakes in the area.

The Emerald Coast of Florida is a spectacular destination for anyone that enjoys fun in the sun. Take your time and revel in everything the area has to offer.