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.
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.
Looking for a fun road trip? Take to Florida’s A1A, a 300-plus-mile highway following the state’s Atlantic Coast. Where are some of the best spots to stop along this designated Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway? Here are a few ideas:
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
This Labor Day, spend the weekend with a long, relaxing trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The destination no longer enforces pandemic restrictions or COVID-19 tests and doesn’t require passports for U.S. citizens.
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel in New York City, recently created a curated gourmet picnic experience for guests to enjoy this summer and early fall. Called chicnics, a cool kid term for chic picnics, guests can bask under the New York sun and soak up these last few weeks of summer before fall arrives.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s Ulysses and where better to celebrate the iconic novel and author than in Dublin? If you’d like to enjoy a luxurious, James Joyce-inspired stay in the city, but aren’t sure where to start, The Shelbourne has you covered with its Sauntering with Joyce experience, available through Aug. 31. The experience is an easy way to add a little literary flair to your trip without needing to join a group tour or dedicate an entire trip to just one type of fun.