Crystal Beach picture
Courtesy Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

Key Info

2966 Scenic Hwy 98

Price & Hours

Free
Sunrise-sunset daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 Beach is frequently praised by visitors for its ivory sands and crystal-clear waters. Travelers also appreciate the cleanliness of the beach.

Crystal Beach is home to a bevy of vacation rentals and cottages as well; if you're traveling with a large group and don't want to spend a small fortune on several hotel rooms, consider renting a house or cottage here.

The beach is open from dawn to dusk and offers a pavilion, restrooms, showers, picnic tables and limited parking. It's free to access. For more information about all of Destin's beach access points, visit the city's website.

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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, mile-long beach, made up of pure Appalachian quartz. The sand not only remains cool in the summer sun, but it gives the pristine waters an emerald cast. Offering a welcome change of pace from the crowded and hotel-backed beaches closer to the resorts, this easily accessible, safe and clean oasis offers nature trails, spots for grilling, and picnicking and campsites.

Recent visitors loved the area's peaceful atmosphere and highly recommended travelers make a stop here. The park rangers and staff also received accolades for their helpful tips and vast knowledge of the area.

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