This winter, trade in the white snow of the north for the warm, sugar-white sand of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, Florida. A premier beach destination, you’ll only need to spend a few minutes in the area before you realize why we call it the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Whether you’re basking in the glow of the Florida sun on one of our gorgeous beaches, or making waves on our crystal-clear, emerald-green water, you’re sure to discover a winter getaway unlike any other.

With a variety of accommodation types along 24-miles of pristine coastline, visitors can choose from elite hotel properties and multi-room vacation rentals designed to fit any taste. Spending the day on the beach is always a top priority. Whether it’s snorkelling, scuba diving, learning to paddle board, or fishing along with the locals in Destin — known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” — the mild weather throughout the year enables you to experience all of the wonders of the Gulf.

That’s right, the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” From deep sea fishing adventures to casting a line from a dock, and everything in between, this is the perfect destination for anglers of any skill level. And speaking of fishing, the Heart of the Emerald Coast is leading the charge in the Gulf-to-Table movement. Gulf-to-Table restaurants offers diners the freshest meals available, with seafood caught off the coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, only hours or a few days before it reaches the table.

While the glimmering emerald-green waters and iconic sugar-white sand are a great reason to visit the Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island area, there are plenty of inland activities to make sure the fun doesn’t stop when you leave the beach. Tee off in paradise with a round of golf. Thanks to year-round beautiful weather and clear skies, every day is a great day for golf.  With 10 gorgeous courses to choose from — some only feet from the shore — you’ll discover a whole new meaning to Gulf Coast. And mainland activities go well beyond the 18th hole. Take a nature tour through a lush, sprawling preserve, explore an interactive aquarium, fly through the air on a zip line, enjoy the unique and eclectic entertainment of the HarborWalk, and discover so much more than the shore.

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