By now you know that Destin is home to practically the “Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” and that ain’t no lie. Being smack dab in the middle if the Emerald Coast, hallway between Pensacola and Panama City, Destin has been blessed with sugary white sands and emerald green waters.
Now there are plenty of easily accessible beaches in and around town, with the most popular and well-traveled beaches being found along Scenic Hwy. 98. From Henderson State Park you go east and head on down the beach road where you will find numerous public beach accesses. The ones that are most frequented by visitors is the one next to Pompano Joe’s Restaurant and a little ways down the road the stretch of beach in front of the Majestic Sun Resort.
Now if you are looking to enjoy the beach with having to sit in the cheap seats, you may need to venture into the heart of “Old Destin”. Navigating back towards the west head on to the intersection of HWY 98 and Gulf Shores Drive. Head south on Gulf Shores and you are now on a part of Destin known as Holiday Isle (which really not an island) and this is where you will find an amazing stretch of beach that is definitely one of destines hidden treasures.
Here is where the public beach access known as Osteen Beach is located. Park your car along the road or at the end of the cut-de-sac in the public parking lot adjacent to Norriego Point. Then follow the signs and path next to some condos and onto an amazing beach that leads along the East Pass, by the East Jetty and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. Here you can experience low gliding pelicans, pods of dolphins, jet skis, all types of boats, beautiful moon rises and amazing sunsets.
So there you have it…the best kept beach secret in Destin. If it to stay this way you have to promise not to share this very important information with anyone! Or else…well nothing really, just make sure to make time to visit this very special spot in the heart of a very special place.