U.S. News & World Report Names Destin’s Beaches Best in Florida
We’re excited to report that our favorite Emerald Coast city has received some major recognition! U.S. News & World Report recently compiled a guide to the best beaches in the state of Florida and Destin’s gorgeous stretches of sand and surf took the #1 spot. To compile the list, U.S. News considered a variety of factors, including atmosphere, aesthetics, convenience, and user votes. With over 1,200 miles of coastline in the Sunshine State, Destin’s victory is no small feat.
In their write-up for Destin, U.S. News & World Report noted that vacationers “flock to Destin for its white sands, gorgeous Gulf waters and frequent sunshine.” Destin was also praised for being one of Florida’s most affordable beach towns. In addition to naming Destin’s beaches the best in Florida, U.S. News & World Report ranked Destin as the #2 destination for a beach vacation in the United States.
Here at the Henderson Park Inn, we couldn’t be happier to hear that Destin is getting plenty of national attention. To help you plan your next vacation, we have put together a handy guide to enjoying Destin’s beaches.
Why Do Destin’s Beaches Have White Sand and Emerald Green Water?
Destin’s breathtaking beaches are famous for their sugar white sand and emerald green water. The origin of Destin’s lovely white sand can actually be traced back to the Appalachian Mountains. Residue from these mountains is carried to the Gulf of Mexico via the Apalachicola River, which runs for about 112 miles in the state of Florida. A buildup of this Appalachian quartz is what gives Destin’s beaches their iconic white appearance.
Destin’s white sand also helps give the Gulf’s water its signature emerald look. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Appalachian quartz reflects the sunshine in a way that makes the water appear green. The Emerald Coast’s picturesque green water has also been attributed to a lack of sediment and a prevalence of algae.
Best Beaches in Destin FL
When you visit Destin for your getaway, you will definitely want to visit the following beaches:
• The Henderson Park Inn’s Beach: Guests at the Henderson Park Inn will enjoy exclusive access to our private beach on the Gulf of Mexico. We provide complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, so you don’t have to worry about bringing any of these items from home. Guests can also take advantage of our free picnic-style lunches and complimentary adult beverages at happy hour.
• Henderson Beach State Park: Located adjacent to our hotel, Henderson Beach State Park is another popular destination for fun in the sun. Boasting 6,000 feet of pristine shoreline, this breathtaking beach also features a lovely nature trail and spectacular wildlife.
• James Lee Park: Situated about 5 minutes away from the Henderson Park Inn, James Lee Park never disappoints. This phenomenal beach offers free parking and an excellent boardwalk.
Where to Stay in Destin FL
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will have the perfect home base for enjoying all of Destin’s incredible beaches. A favorite destination for weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries, our adults only inn has been voted the most romantic hotel in America by the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com. We are also proud to hold the Conde Nast Johansens Award for Excellence. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Destin hotel rooms!