Henderson Beach State Park
This State Park in Destin has been very well maintained and is perfect for families. The beach boasts more than 6,000 feet of shoreline, 6 pavilions, grills and numerous nature trails. The park is a must see during your vacation in Destin. It does have a small entry fee (up to $6). The State Park also has 60 campsites that are available for a reasonable fee. Click here for more information
Okaloosa Island Pier
This beach is located in the center of Okaloosa Island and is surrounded by sand dunes. It has volleyball nets, restrooms, shops, restaurants, pavilions and nightlife venues. The beach is also known for its fishing from the pier and for its waves. The pier has a reasonable entry fee of $7.50 for an adult fisherman and $2.00 for spectators. This beach is also conveniently located next to John Beasley Park which has pavilions and can be great for families. Click here for more information
Norriego Point’s peninsula is easily seen from the Destin bridge. It is surrounded on one side by the Destin Harbor and on the other side by Destin’s East Pass. This beach, on Destin’s East Pass side, has some of Destin’s best snorkeling. Then, the point’s harbor side is a perfect as a place for boats to beach themselves and its mates to relax on the beaches’ edge. The beach has a small public parking lot at the end of Gulf Shore Drive.
June White Decker (Back Porch)
This beach is nestled right next to the Back Porch restaurant in Destin. It has a large public parking lot that makes the beach very accessible. It also has public restrooms.
James Lee Park (Crab Trap)
This beach is located in the heart of Old/Scenic Hwy 98. It has several public pavilions that are connected to the Crab Trap restaurant. This beach also has a large parking lot but on busy days, finding a spot can be very difficult. This beach also has a large walking/biking sidewalk that follows Old/Scenic Hwy 98 and ends up connecting the Pompano Joes beach and Whales Tail. This can make for a very leisure day of bike riding.
Beach at Pompano Joes
This beach is similar to the Crab Trap except that it does not have pavilions. This beach however does have a volleyball net directly below the Pompano Joes restaurant. Similar to the crab trap, this beach has a large parking lot that quickly fills up during busy beach days. This beach also has a nice walking/biking sidewalk that follows the Old/Scenic Hwy 98.