Where is Destin FL?

Aerial view of Destin Harbor and Crab Island.

Destin, Florida boasts one of the very best locations in the United States! Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, our lovely city offers picturesque beaches that attract millions of visitors each year. Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin is also famous for its spectacular seafood. To help you plan your next vacation, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a helpful article that answers the question, “where is Destin FL?”.

The Crown Jewel of the Emerald Coast

Destin is located on the famous Emerald Coast, a popular area along the Gulf of Mexico that spans 100 miles through five counties on the Florida Panhandle. The Emerald Coast hosts around 4.5 million annual visitors, 80 percent of which come to Destin during their getaway.

The Emerald Coast takes its name from the breathtaking emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The area’s beaches are also known for their sugar white sand, which is made from ground quartz crystal from the Appalachian Mountains. This residue from the mountains travels along the Apalachicola River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, where it gives the beaches of the Emerald Coast their signature white appearance.

Driving to Destin FLYoung couple in a car at the beach.

Destin has become one of the nation’s top vacation destinations because of its proximity to many of America’s major cities. If you live in the Southeast, the chances are good that you’re only a day’s drive from Destin! Below, you will find the approximate time it takes to travel to Destin from some of the South’s best-known cities (please note that traffic can be variable):

  • Mobile, AL – 2 hours
  • Montgomery, AL – 3 hours
  • Birmingham, AL – 4 hours, 20 minutes
  • New Orleans, LA – 4 hours
  • Baton Rouge, LA – 4 hours, 50 minutes
  • Jackson, MS – 5 hours
  • Atlanta, GA – 5 hours
  • Chattanooga, TN – 6 hours
  • Tallahassee, FL – 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Jacksonville, FL – 4 hours, 40 minutes
  • Orlando, FL – 5 hours, 50 minutes

Smiling couple taking a selfie on an airplane.Flying to Destin FL

Flying to Destin is a convenient alternative if you live too far away to drive. There are three different airports in the Destin area:

  • Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport – roughly 30 minutes from the Henderson Park Inn
  • Northwest Florida Beaches Airport – roughly one hour from the Henderson Park Inn
  • Pensacola International Airport – roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Henderson Park Inn

As you plan your trip to Destin, we suggest checking flights at all of these airports so you can see which one has the lowest rates. If you stay at the Henderson Park Inn between March and October, you can take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service to and from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Where to Stay in Destin FLA couple walking on the beach at the Henderson Park Inn at sunset.

Voted the most romantic hotel in America by both the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com, the Henderson Park Inn offers the perfect accommodations for your couple’s getaway in Destin. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our adults only bed and breakfast features a private white sand beach for the exclusive enjoyment of our guests. To learn about everything the Henderson Park Inn has to offer, visit our Amenities page.

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