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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Whether you're looking for a pirate-themed cruise, a romantic sunset sail or a dolphin-spotting excursion, Destin has a boat tour for you. In fact, according to the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Destin boasts the largest for-hire fishing fleet in the U.S.

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the area's resident bottlenose dolphins, consider booking a tour with Southern Star Dolphin Cruises or Olin Marler's Charter Cruises – both of which come highly recommended by recent travelers. And though many of Destin's boating excursions are considered family-friendly (there's a reason it's one of America's Best Family Beach Vacations), the area's pirate cruises are the real hit with youngsters. Along with treasure hunting, storytelling and water gun battles, young seafarers will also get to sail on a pirate ship replica. Buccaneer Pirate Cruise comes recommended by both the visitors bureau and past travelers. Many companies that offer daytrips and snorkeling excursions also offer sunset sails. Sail Away in particular is favorably rated by recent visitors.

Most fishing charters and boat tours leave out of Destin Harbor. Rates vary depending on the type of tour or cruise you'd like to take and the length, but can range from $30 per person for the entire experience to $100 per hour. For more specific information on fees, schedules and available tours, visit each company's website.

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Village Inn Destin

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  • 0.3 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
Inn On Destin Harbor

Inn On Destin Harbor ...

  • 0.6 Miles Away
  • 2.5-star Hotel Class
Motel 6 Destin

Motel 6 Destin ...

  • 0.6 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
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#1 Henderson Beach State Park Perhaps the biggest draw to Henderson Beach State Park­  aside from its relaxed atmosphere  is the sugar-white sand beach, made up of pure Appalachian quartz. The sand not only remains ... Read more » Romona Robbins Photography / Getty Images

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#3 Crystal Beach You'll have your pick of stunning shorelines in Destin and neighboring Okaloosa Island, but visitors suggest you make time for Crystal Beach. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Crystal ... Read more » Courtesy Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

#4 Golf Much like its Floridian neighbors, Destin and Fort Walton Beach are home to a variety of scenic golf courses. You'll find four championship golf courses and country clubs in ... Read more » Emerald Coast Convention Visitors Bureau, Inc

#5 Shopping When the weather won't cooperate or when you've had your fill of sun and sand, indulge in a little retail therapy at one of Destin's shopping complexes ... Read more » Courtesy Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

#6 Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park If you don't happen to spot any dolphins in the wild, or just want to learn more about some of Florida's marine creatures, you may want to pay ... Read more » Courtesy Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

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#8 Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park Although somewhat on the pricey end for a park of its size, Big Kahuna's is one of Destin's best spots to take the family when you need a ... Read more » Courtesy Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park

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Henderson Beach State Park is ideal for those looking for a lot of white sand without the big crowds that usually come with it. Romona Robbins Photography / Getty Images

Whether you're looking for a pirate-themed cruise, a romantic sunset sail or a dolphin-spotting excursion, Destin has a boat tour for you.  Emerald Coast Convention Visitors Bureau, Inc

Crystal Beach is frequently praised by visitors for its cool ivory sands and crystal-clear waters, not to mention its cleanliness. Courtesy Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

Much like its Floridian neighbors, Destin and Fort Walton Beach are home to a variety of scenic golf courses Emerald Coast Convention Visitors Bureau, Inc

Destin Commons is just one of the area's top shopping retreats. In addition to stores and chain restaurants, this complex also offers a movie theater – perfect for those rainy Florida days. Courtesy Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Staying true to its reputation as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," Destin hosts a wide variety of sea creatures, meaning anglers have plenty of hot spots from which to cast off. Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc

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