It’s not too late to plan a last-minute summer getaway. The weather’s still great and those PTO days aren’t going to use themselves. And if you’re on the east coast, our favorite beach destination of 2012 is just a short flight away. In fact, no matter where you are, Destin, the crown jewel of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast is worth getting to one way or another.
The first thing you’ll notice is the color of the water. The emerald-green tint actually comes from the sand, which is made up of pure Appalachian quartz and reflects sunlight up through the surf. Sound cool? It is—literally. The sugar-white sand maintains low temperatures throughout the summer.
Destin is equipped to satisfy even the most vigorous fun seekers among us. Personally, I can tell you that the TV in my hotel room at Destin’s Jade East Towers remained turned off throughout the duration of my stay—a definite first. The captivating view of the Gulf of Mexico from the balcony—standard in every room—is a gateway drug, and when you’re ready to indulge, it’s easy to take advantage of everything that Destin has to offer at a moment’s notice.
Walking around the harbor is one way to get a feel for Destin. Parasailing is another. The view from the top is really something else, and will whet your appetite for the myriad activities down below. Luckily, jet ski rentals are ready and waiting just a few feet down the dock to launch you over the glassy, emerald waves at high speed.