Destin

Known as "the worlds luckiest fishing village," Destin is the principal city along Florida's breathtaking Emerald Coast in Okaloosa County, which is known for the stunning contrast of its ivory beaches against brilliant blue-green waters. Originally Destin was founded as a small fishing village, but it has since grown into a tourist destination and home owners paradise.

Located on the peninsula separating the Choctawhatchee Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is in a region of Florida's famous for its resort lifestyle. Destin is equidistantly located in between two popular destinations, Panama City to the east and Pensacola to the west, giving the laid back quiet city access to some of the country's most vibrant and lively celebrations in the south.

With so much water surrounding the community, Destin has become known as a premier fishing destination. The plentiful populates of marine life that reside in the surrounding waters make for some adventurous fishing trips, which can be chartered out of the Destin Harbor. One of the most popular charters and boaters destinations out of the harbor is to nearby Crab Island, a sandbar where boaters love to anchor and chill out in the crystal clear waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The Destin Harbor also offers plenty of seaside fun and excitement on the Boardwalk. This quarter-mile stretch of businesses and establishments offer some of the most exquisite views of the harbor at sunset and is great shopping and dining destination for residents. The Boardwalk hosts a number of events throughout the year as well. The first weekend of October sees the Destin Seafood Festival, which celebrates local fare. The entire month of October is also prime time for the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, a tournament for saltwater anglers young and old that awards more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Living and Working in Destin

Fishing is a way of life in Destin and is the backbone of many of the local businesses and restaurants thorough the city. The restaurants of Destin range from casual to the finest in dining, with all of them featuring the distinct fresh flavor that comes straight from local waters. There is also a number of world class seafood markets , where home owners can pick up a fresh catch of the day to prepare in their own kitchens.

Golf and tennis are also important activities to Destin residents with world-class facilities located throughout the Okaloosa and South Walton region. Some of the worlds most renowned golf architects including Bob Cupp, Fred Couples and Tom Fazio have had a hand in designing the courses in Destin.

Aside from all of the recreation opportunities that Destin provides, it is also a great place to work. The economy of the city is strong and divers, enabling the city to build state-of-the art resources for its residents including a new library and an active community center. Many residents are employed by the large number of small businesses that make up Destin which range from industries such as tourism to legal to technology.

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