Destin, Florida, is a great spot for fishing along the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's "Emerald Coast". In fact, it was originally a small fishing village, but now boasts the largest fishing fleet in the entire state. Visitors can charter a fishing boat for a half day, a full day, or even a multi-day tour. If you like a little competition, check out the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which has been held every October since 1948.
What Makes It Great
Destin may have originated as a small fishing village, but it has turned into a popular destination for tourism along Florida's Emerald Coast. There are quite a few charter boat companies that offer a variety of trips to meet any need — half day, full day, overnight, multi day, family, deep sea fishing, reef fishing, and more. It really depends on what kind of fish you are hoping to catch. There is inshore trolling for king mackerel and tuna, reef fishing for snapper, grouper, and amberjack, offshore fishing for marlin and wahoo, and back bay fishing for trout and redfish.
If the fishing isn't enough of a reason to put Destin on your vacation list, what about a gorgeous beach? There's a reason this area is called the "Emerald Coast", and that's because of the blue-green water and the sugar white sand. Henderson Beach State Park is a popular place for families, with picnic areas and playgrounds, sand dunes and trails to explore, and a campground. You can also fish here, but check the park website for regulations.
Who is Going to Love It
With such a wide variety of trips heading out of Destin, there is something for just about every fisherman (or woman). Some companies specialize in back bay fishing, while others specialize in reef fishing or deep sea. You can also fish off of one of the nearby piers, or from the beach.
Destin is also a great place for families. Besides family fishing trips, the beaches are gorgeous and there is also shopping and a nice downtown area, so there is something to keep the whole family busy.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Each charter company has its own regulations, so check the company's website before you go.