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Florida's Emerald Coast

A July 2000 trip to Destin by ALVincent

Quote: Enjoy sandy white beaches and turquoise waters in Florida's panhandle.

Florida's Emerald Coast

Overview

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Good food, lots of sunshine, and gorgeous white sandy beaches, Destin has it all. Whether you want to laze on the beach, go parasailing, shopping, Destin has everything your heart desires. Be sure to check out some of the local shops like Banana Barts and Sockeyes. They're a bit pricey, but the atmosphere is fun.Quick Tips: If you have access to a boat, Crab Island is the place to go. Anchor on the sandbar and enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Rumor has it that the occassional dolphin joins in as well. For swimming, swim by the Destin bridge, the current is not so bad, and neither are the waves.Best Way To Get Around: Driving is the best way to get around. However, there is a wat...Read More

Whale's Tail

Restaurant

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I enjoyed the Whale's Tail because of their excellent food and location. I tried the sampler for a little bit of everything and was very satisfied. The view of the ocean is outstanding. The Whale's Tail is very casual so you can go from the beach to the restaurant.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2000

Whale's Tail
100 Seascape Drive
Destin, Florida 32550
(850) 650-4377

Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Fudpucker's"

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Fud's was a very unique dining experience. The menu is a newsletter you can take home as a souvenier. As you wait for your meal, you can sign your name and the date you visited on the table, wall, ceiling, or anywhere else you want to be immortalized--at least until someone else writes over it. The food is typical American fare, hamburgers and fries, etc. You can also order seafood if that's what you're hungry for.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2000

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

Ciao Bella

Restaurant

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An Italian pizzeria, Ciao Bella is for the gourmet pizza lover. Ciao Bella provides customers with a strolling accordion player to serenade them while they wait for a specialty pizza or one created themselves. The highlight of my meal was not the pizza, but the salad. The pizza was good, but the salad was exquisite.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2000

Ciao Bella
10676 US Highway 98 West
Destin, Florida 32550
(850) 654-3040

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Silver Sands is a must for the bargain shopper. With more than 100 name brand stores such as Anne Klein, OshKosh, and Jones New York, this center has a little bit of everything...for less.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Silver Sands Factory Stores
10562 Us Highway 98 W
Destin, Florida 32550
(850) 654-9771

Harborwalk

Story/Tip

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At the foot of the Destin bridge lies Harborwalk. The Harborwalk has a little bit of everything from shopping, dining, and boat rentals. You can buy a frozen drink at Fat Tuesday's and walk along the harbor and browse through the shops. At the end of Harborwalk is the boat charters. You can charter a boat for a snorkel tour or a dolphin cruise. Or, you can just hang out and observe the day's catch from the fishing boats. It was from watching these boats that I saw my first shark.