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New Aquatic Experience, Ecological Sustainability Efforts at Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

by Mary Melnick

Sep 2, 2021

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Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, home to 24 miles of vibrant, lucid waters and snow-white sand beaches made of pure quartz crystal, is the perfect destination for an end-of-the-summer getaway. The destination offers an impressive line-up of unique experiences and outdoor adventures, both in the emerald waters and on land.


Beach Activities and Aquatic Experiences

Destin-Fort Walton Beach features opportunities for visitors to have a beach-inspired adventure. Known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” travelers can partake in surfing, fishing, kayaking and paddle-board fishing or charter fishing led by a knowledgeable fishing guide. For travelers who prefer to stay on shore, beachgoers can relax, soak up the sun and break up the days enjoying delicious Gulf-to-table menu items and local shopping in town. Ecotourists can enjoy spending the day observing wildlife, both on land and in the sea. After the sun sets, take in the night sky while camping at Henderson Beach State Park.


New Beach Basket Programs and Ecological Sustainability Efforts

Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to “borrow” a basket and help collect trash as they walk along the beach. The new initiative was created by the City of Destin to keep the destination’s beautiful beaches clean and create the most optimal beach experience for all. The destination’s efforts continue underwater through organized cleanup dives through volunteers to ensure the areas are clear of debris. The most recent effort took place at Island Fishing Pier where a new borrow bin and trash pickup station has been installed. The bin provides a place where people can leave reusable beach items they no longer want for the next group to enjoy.


Emerald Coast Open

The Emerald Coast Open is known as the world’s largest lionfish spearfishing tournament. The species were first detected along the Florida coast in the mid-1980s. Now, northwest Florida has the highest concentration in the world. Alex Fogg, coastal resource manager, Destin-Fort Walton Beach, spearheads the tournament with the goal to raise awareness of the issue and remove the species from the water to lessen the threat to native wildlife.


Little Adventures

Travelers can experience various water activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. For the full list of activities and more information, visit Little Adventures’ website.


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