Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
Encompassing the southern sea towns of Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Florida's Emerald Coast provides the perfect backdrop for family fun with 24 miles of sugar-white sands and sparkling emerald-green waters. With more than 300 festivals and special events annually, from the Billy Bowlegs Festival and Destin Fishing Rodeo to the Emerald Coast Boat Week and Destin Seafood Festival, a good time is always close at hand. Destin's claim to fame as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" is no idle boast with nine world records and Florida's largest charter boat fleet. Although the preferred activity in the Emerald Coast is "relaxing and doing as little as possible," visitors also enjoy teeing off on 1,080 challenging holes of famous golf, designed by such world-renowned architects as Finger, Dye and Fazio. Destin, Fort Walton and Okaloosa Island accommodations offer priceless vacations without the price. More than 14,000 Gulf-edged rooms are available including popular hotels, spacious condominiums, a bed and breakfast inn, beach cottages and five-bedroom bungalows.