What to Bring for a Day at the Beach in Destin

Beach in Destin

A day at the beach in Destin is a magical experience. This Florida getaway charms visitors with stretches of silky white sand and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When you come for a visit, be sure to bring the basics, but don’t forget a few important extras.

Pack the Essentials

The lure of the surf makes it easy to dash out the door and leave something important behind. Making a quick list before you head out will save lost time retrieving the obvious. Sunscreen, a floppy hat and shades will keep you comfortable, and a fluffy beach towel will mark your spot in the sand. It’s smart to take along plenty of bottled water and snacks too. You can stay hydrated while you feed the gulls.

Add A Sense of Adventure

If you’re looking for a different type of “beach”, be sure to visit Fudpucker’s Restaurant. This local favorite has its own Gator Beach, a special attraction at the restaurant with over 80 live alligators that visitors can feed! These cold-blooded critters are Florida natives and love to show off their local pride, so bring along some courage. Include the thrill seeker in your soul when you visit Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park. This wild playground features plenty of wet rides, slides and wave pools. Don’t forget to pack a little luck when you fish off one of Destin’s scenic piers.

Put Relaxation on the List

This is one of your most important extras and includes lazy picnics, napping on the beach and peaceful book reading under a big umbrella. Bird watching is a favorite way to spend a sunny day, and all you need are binoculars. Golfing is more play than exercise when you’re teeing off on one of Destin’s lush courses, and this friendly city is full of casual restaurants and comfortable night spots to finish off your day.

Your list should always include sunset walks along the breathtaking shoreline of Henderson Beach State Park. The sands are sugar white, the water is emerald green, and you’re within walking distance of the lovely Henderson Park Inn. Bring the basics, be ready for fun, and enjoy relaxing every day at the beach in Destin.

The Henderson Park Inn is the only beachfront hotel in Destin. Named one of the most romantic hotel in North America, the Henderson Park Inn offers luxurious accommodations, gourmet breakfast, beachside cocktails and everything else you need for an unforgettable couples getaway. Visit our Room and Rates sections to find out more about our accommodations.



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