Destin Quick Facts
A Traveler's Guide to DestinDestin is a city that is located in the northwestern panhandle region of the US state of Florida. Florida is the most southeastern state in the United States. It is bordered on three sides by water; the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Destin is in Okaloosa County and is part of Florida's Emerald Coast, which gets its names from the white sand beaches and emerald green waters surrounding it. English is the primary spoken and written language in Destin.
The area was originally settled as a fishing village by Europeans settlers in the early 19th century. The first permanent dwellings were built by Captain Leonard Destin in 1850. The city was named in his honor. The city has continued its fishing heritage and has been called "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" because of the successful fishing industry there. It boasts the state's largest fishing fleet. In recent years the city has focused on tourism as a second industry. Destin is highly popular with residents of the southern states as a vacation spot. Several hotels and resorts have been constructed to accommodate the guests and the city has grown rapidly because of it.
Destin has a humid subtropical climate, which means hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures can reach into the 90's Fahrenheit from time to time but winter temperatures rarely dip below 40. Rainfall occurs year round, but it occurs most heavily during the summer months of June through August. The area is somewhat vulnerable to hurricanes that cross the southern peninsula of Florida and enter the Gulf of Mexico.
The most popular access beach is the Henderson Beach State Recreational Area. Summer activities include sunbathing, swimming, parasailing, boating, fishing, and water skiing. In addition to the natural surroundings, visitors come to Destin for some of the annual festivals that it hosts. One such festival is the Destin Seafood Festival which takes place each October and features some of the best seafood in the south.
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