The beach is Destin’s biggest playground, and there are so many options along the 24-mile stretch of sand along the Emerald Coast. The beaches in Destin are renowned for the contrast between their bright white sand and the rich emerald-hued water which makes them some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire state. The best beaches for families are the protected state park beaches which offer restrooms, picnic pavilions and other facilities. Henderson Beach State Park is probably the best known, with it’s white-sandy beaches, miles of dunes and nature trails, plus campsites and spots for grilling and picnicking. This area is located away from the resorts and it offers a welcoming change of pace from the busier beaches. Admission fees are just a few dollars and the minimal entrance fee is well worth a day here, especially on weekends and bank holidays when Destin’s other beaches can get crowded. Other great beaches in Destin include Wayside Park, which is home to a popular fishing pier, a playground and beach volleyball facilities. There’s also the John C. Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island, where you’ll find plenty of things to do including sunbathing, swimming, water sports and wildlife spotting. The Crystal Beach area is another top spot to check out, but some of the main tourist resorts are here so the beaches can get busy, especially when school is out. Nearby Miramar Beach is a must-see destination, too, with its bustling boulevard, colorful shops and eclectic eateries; this beach is consistently voted as one of the longest and prettiest beaches in Destin. There are many other beaches to the East including 30A which extends between Santa Rosa Beach to Panama City Beach. Making this the perfect place to not only enjoy the gorgeous beaches while vacationing. If you are looking for a primary or secondary home you can not beat this destination all year round!