6 Things You Didn’t Know About Destin, FL

A walking path along a white sand beach in Destin, FL.

The city of Destin, FL is unlike anywhere else in the world! Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this popular vacation spot is famous for its sugar white sand and emerald green water. To help you prepare for your getaway on the Florida Panhandle, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a collection of six fun facts you probably didn’t know about Destin:

1. Destin is the Most Visited City on the Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is a stretch of coastal area along the Gulf of Mexico that runs for roughly 100 miles through five counties on the Florida Panhandle. 4.5 million people visit the Emerald Coast each year, and Destin is far and away the most popular destination. Over 80 percent of all the vacationers on the Emerald Coast come to Destin during their escape.

2. Destin was Named After a Fishing Captain from New England

Destin takes its name from Leonard Destin, a fishing captain who made his home in the area around 1845. Originally hailing from New London, CT, Leonard brought some New England charm to the Emerald Coast when he constructed a traditional colonial home at the Moreno Point Military Reservation. Destin’s roots in the northeast are still reflected in the Henderson Park Inn, which features New England-style architecture.

3. Destin Has the Largest Fleet of Fishing Vessels in FloridaBoats in a harbor at sunrise.

Fishing is serious business in Destin! With the state’s biggest fleet of fishing vessels in its harbor, it’s no wonder that Destin is also known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. Visitors come from all over the country to charter their own fishing trips and to sample Destin’s superb seafood. Some of Destin’s most popular annual events revolve around the city’s signature industry, including the Destin Fishing Rodeo and the Destin Seafood Festival (both of which take place in October).

(See Also: 6 of the Most Popular Dishes at the Beach Walk Cafe in Destin, FL)

4. Destin’s Beautiful White Sand Comes from the Appalachian Mountains

Destin’s pure white sand may look like sugar, but it is actually made from ground quartz crystal from the Appalachian Mountains. Residue from the mountains is carried to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Apalachicola River. This incredible natural phenomenon has blessed Destin with some of the whitest beaches on Earth.

5. Destin Was Once Located on an Island

Today, Destin is located on a peninsula that separates the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. Many years ago, however, this peninsula was once an island. Over time, changes in sea level caused the island to connect with the mainland.

A couple walking along the beach outside of the Henderson Park Inn in Destin Florida.6. Destin is Home to the Most Romantic Hotel in the U.S.

The Henderson Park Inn was named the most romantic hotel in America by both the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com! Our adults only bed and breakfast is located along a private beach adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park. With our incredible location and the very best amenities, our Gulf front hotel has everything couples need for an unforgettable getaway. To learn more about everything we have to offer, visit the Henderson Park Inn Amenities page.

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