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Why Destin, FL is MY Margaritaville!

An August 2004 trip to Destin by Travlgrrl

Destin 1 Photo, Destin, Florida More Photos
Quote: Destin, Florida is MY personal Margaritaville!! Everything about it evokes that "Jimmy Buffett" lifestyle -- its laid-back attitude, friendly, fun, fantastic beaches, water sports and more! Two thumbs up from this travel girl!

Why Destin, FL is MY Margaritaville!

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Overview

Destin 1 Photo, Destin, Florida
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Some of Destin's highlights include: The Gulf Of Mexico's beautiful emerald green water, snow white sand, driving over Destin Pass for the first time during early to mid afternoon, renting a jet-ski and taking it to Crab Island, dining beachfront at Pompano Joe's, shopping at Destin Commons and Sandestin's village, taking in a movie at Rave Cinema, driving down scenic 98 past Henderson Beach, dining waterfront at AJ's as Jimmy Buffett played on the radio, hanging out under the bridge at Destin Pass, walking Henderson Beach at night and star gazing, seeing the moon shine on the water while driving over mid-bay bridge, shopping at the numerous beach shops close to midnight, smelling the salty air, liste...Read More

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort"

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort Photo, Destin, Florida
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Sandestin Beach Resort is located on 2,400 acres of beautiful beach and bay front. Sandestin features 1,300 accommodations situated within 30 neighborhoods providing a wide range of options for the traveler. The resort features a fantastic village filled with fun restaurants, shops, entertainment and more! The resort is also home to four championship golf courses, tennis courts, a full-service marina, water sports, charter sailing and fishing, fitness center, salon, spa and children's programs. This is a great resort for families, couples and singles. I stayed at their BEACHTOWER II location and it was FANTASTIC! The studio had a full kitchen, washer/dryer, TV/VCR, patio and a beachfront location. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West
Destin, Florida
1(800) 622-1038

Pompano Joe's

Restaurant

Pompano Joe's Photo, Destin, Florida
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Wow! What can I say about Pompano Joe's? I love this place so much I wrote a song about it! This is the quintessential beach shack/bar/restaurant. It is very casual and located DIRECTLY on beach. The views are spectacular and food is not only good but reasonably priced (for example: a chicken sandwich with ham & cheese, pineapples and fries = $6.99). The staff is laid back and friendly, and music and the smell of saltwater fill the air. Their menu has something for everyone--seafood, hamburgers, chicken, desserts, etc. To avoid long waits, go during off-season or when they first open at 11:00am. You will love it!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

Pompano Joe's
2237 Old Highway 98 East
Destin, Florida 32550
(850) 837-2224

AJ's

Restaurant

AJ's Photo, Destin, Florida
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Stepping into AJ's is like stepping into a Jimmy Buffett song. This restaurant is PURE FUN! Great music, inexpensive/good food, beautiful views and a great nightclub called CLUB BIMINI. They are also home to the Sea Blaster! A 73-foot passenger boat that carries up to 119 people and offers an array of fun for the entire family! The Sea Blaster offers a snorkeling/dolphin cruise, dolphin/beach cruise, and a relaxing sunset/dolphin cruise. Check out their web site at: http://www.ajs-destin.com/

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

AJ's
1/4 Mile Of The Destin Bridge
Destin, Florida
(850) 837-1913

Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Fudpucker's"

Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill Photo, Destin, Florida
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Fupucker's Beachside Bar & Grill is a must-do when in Destin. It is colorful and loads of fun. There is live entertainment, a gift shop (with self proclaimed "world famous" t-shirts), Gator Beach (pet live gators) and special teen nights. If you have children they will love it! If you are "young at heart" YOU WILL LOVE IT! They are quite popular so arrive early or be prepared to wait. This is also a popular place with locals and for good reason! Fudpucker's is a great time for all and a one-of-a-kind experience!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
20001 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, Florida 32541
(850) 654-4200

McGuire's Irish Pub

Restaurant

McGuire's Irish Pub Photo, Destin, Florida
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McGuire's Irish Pub is a MUST do when in Destin. The food is absolutely delicious (try the shepherd's pie) and the decor is worth the trip alone! McGuire's is one of Florida's top restaurants. It has won Florida Trend Magazine's GOLDEN SPOON Award for the past eight years and is a recipient of the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence for the past five years. It is also home to some of the best live Irish entertainment around! One of the most unique features of McGuire’s is the $300,000 + one-dollar bills hanging from the ceiling, walls, posts and pretty much everywhere else. These dollar bills have been signed from people all over the world since opening in 1977!! This place has such a great...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004

McGuire's Irish Pub
33 Highway 98
Destin, Florida
(850) 654-0567

Beautiful Beaches!

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Navarre 1 Photo, Destin, Florida
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The beaches of South Walton, including Destin and Navarre, are absolutely breathtaking. With so many beaches--what's a person to do? Take your time and visit them all! Maybe not in one trip--you don't want to rush the experience, but over time--try and visit them all. Each is more beautiful than the last! You all know how I feel about Destin (perfection), but I also can't say enough about Navarre Beach and Seaside. I was lucky to spend time at both. What I remember about Navarre is that the sand was the whitest I had ever seen and the water the greenest I had ever seen. It was SO clear and the beach was SO large and wide. Even if there were large crowds you would be able to find your own special spot....Read More

Watersports

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Destin 11 Photo, Destin, Florida
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Destin is a water-sport lover's dream come true! You can rent a fishing boat, catamaran, pontoon boat, jet skis and more! You can parasail, scuba, go on a dolphin cruise, glass-bottom boat or AJ's Sea Blaster! No matter what your passion for water is -- you'll find it on the EMERALD COAST! Be sure to pick up those local coupon/travel guides. You will find some great rental/tour discounts.