Destin Highlights – Stunning Beaches, Seafood & Sunsets

///Destin Highlights – Stunning Beaches, Seafood & Sunsets

Destin Highlights – Stunning Beaches, Seafood & Sunsets

Hi guys!  I am back from the beach and can’t wait to share some things to do in Destin with you today.

This trip was another work trip for the Hubs, so I had a good amount of time to explore on my own as well as with the Hubs.  The best part about Destin was by far was the beach.  In terms of powdering white sand and the emerald green color of the water, they have the prettiest beaches I’ve seen in the US and the sand and color of the water reminds me in some ways of the Caribbean.  Keep scrolling for the trip highlights and photos of the crazy beautiful beaches.

Things to Do in Destin


The Hubs and I flew into Destin early afternoon Wednesday and were starving!  We dropped our stuff off at the hotel and immediately got a ride to a restaurant that was highly recommended to us, Boshamps.  We sat down immediately to this gorgeous view, which was just what we needed to decompress after a morning of travel.

Things to do in Destin FL

We ordered the feta dip, which was nothing short of incredible.

Things to do in Destin FL

We also shared some chargrilled oysters, which were some of the best we’d ever had.

Things to do in Destin FL

We also shared a blackened grouper sandwich, which was also amazing.

Things to do in Destin FL

We lingered over lunch enjoying the food and the views.

Once we got back to the hotel we packed up for the beach.  The Hubs conference events didn’t start until 6, so we still had a few hours to take in the gorgeous beach.  The sand was just as white and fluffy as people had described and the water has a gorgeous blue/green tint to it.  You can also see straight to the bottom.  It’s incredible and feels like you are in the tropics.

Things to do in Destin FL

The Hubs had a meet and greet for his conference at 6.  We spent a little too long at the beach, so we were running late and I didn’t have time to catch a photo, but it was still a nice night. 🙂

Thursday & Friday

Thursday and Friday the Hubs was in meetings all day, so I did mostly the same thing each day.  I woke up and had a leisurely breakfast while doing a little work.

Things to do in Destin FL

I then rented bikes and explored the area.  Friday I ran a bit on the treadmill as well.  I would have run outside but it was already 80+ degrees!  I picked up a takeout lunch for myself on my bike ride.

Things to do in Destin FL

I then took my lunch out to the beach with my book.  Just about a perfect day in my world.

Things to do in Destin FL

The water was just so intoxicating!

Things to do in Destin FL

And of course I took a few beach walks.

Things to do in Destin FL

Thursday we had dinner with the Hubs group.

Things to do in Destin FL

By Friday the Hubs was done with work and we scheduled a special dinner at Beach Walk.

Things to do in Destin FL

The restaurant was right on the water and had the most incredible sunset view.

Things to do in Destin FL

The whole experience at the restaurant was perfect.  They had delightful service, fabulous food and sweet touches like giving ladies a rose with the bill.  I was smitten with the place.

Our favorite food we ordered was the shrimp appetizer…

Things to do in Destin FL

… and the warm water lobster tail.  I adore warm water lobster, so it was such a treat to have.

Things to do in Destin FL


Saturday the Hubs was completely free, so it was nice to have company again.  We started our morning at First Watch.  It’s one of my all-time favorite breakfast places.

Things to do in Destin FL

We then road bikes, picked up lunch again and took our day out to the beach.

Things to do in Destin FL

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The prettiest part of Destin is by far these beach views and this is my favorite thing to do in Destin!

Things to do in Destin FL

All day we debated about where to go for dinner, but at the last minute we decided to go back to Boshamps.  We hated not try something else, but we literally just loved our lunch the other day so much.

Things to do in Destin FL

Going back did not disappoint.  The dinner menu was slightly different and we shared the Snapper Destin…

Things to do in Destin FL

… and fresh Blackened Grouper.  So incredibly good.  If you go, back sure to head there early because they wait can be very long after 6!

Things to do in Destin FL

After dinner we took a water taxi to HarborWalk Village.  The water taxi ride was such a fun way to get around and it just happened that we got on right as the sun was setting.  Magical!

Things to do in Destin FL

I snapped a few pictures… of course.  It was so beautiful.

Things to do in Destin FL

We did this spur of the moment and was one of the highlights of the trip for me!  When we go back to Destin (which I know we will!) I’m definitely planning some sort of boat excursion… there are so many great things to do in Destin… but getting out on the water has to be one of them.

Things to do in Destin FL

We found the HarborWalk village a little touristy for our taste, so after walking around for a bit we called it a night.

Destin is such a nice place!  The beaches alone make it a place worth visiting and I’m sure I will be back to soon.  If you get a chance to check it out, I highly recommend it.

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By | 2020-05-28T22:24:41-04:00 May 15th, 2018|Florida Travel, Travel|14 Comments


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  3. Susie @ Suzlyfe May 17, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Apparently, this is my spirit place. Everything looks sooooo good! And I love your dress! That color is amazing on you!

  4. Wendy May 15, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I haven’t been to Destin, but I have been to St George Island (major thumbs up!) and Panama City Beach (fun!). The beaches are the best anywhere. I do love the panhandle of Florida!

  5. Erinn May 15, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    YUM! Florida has the best seafood…I love grouper so much! And that lobster looks so good.
    What gorgeous beaches!!

  6. Andrea on May 15, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to Destin but have heard about the beautiful beaches. Why can’t my man ever have conferences anywhere cool like this! 🙂 I die over chargrilled oysters too. That restaurant looks right up my alley!

  7. Cindy Jondahl May 15, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Hi Julie, Danny Johnson’s Aunt here. I’ve been to Destin many times over the last 30 years (my inlaws lived there off and on over the years). You are right, it is beautiful there. We usually eat at the Crab Trap while we are there and also Dewey Destin’s. Dewey Destin’s is a dive but has the best food! There are lots of boat rides to choose from to go out and see the dolphins. One year we rented a Pontoon and went to Crab Island. They even have a popsicle boat that plays music and comes around selling popsicles! By far though, the BEST beach on the Gulf side of Florida, hands-down is Siesta Key, outside of Sarasota. We have gone there 3 times and if it wasn’t so darn far away, we would go a lot more. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Destin!

  8. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 15, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    All of these pictures are gorgeous! I love the idea of renting a bike to go explore in the morning. I’ll have to do that the next time I’m on a beach. It sounds like a wonderful getaway Julie!

  9. Stacie May 15, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Destin is one of our family vacation spots. The last time I was there, we booked a sunset sailing cruise. It was easily the highlight of our trip, so I’d recommend that next time you go!

  10. Lisa Ballantyne May 15, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

    All that food looks so tempting! And you look amazing as always! Just love the pic of the two of you! What a beautiful couple you are!

  11. Beth Ann Chiles May 15, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I do love the Destin beaches and you are right–they are the most beautiful. The 30 A beaches are my favorite but Destin has just about the same look and feel. Those food choices look amazing! Glad you ad a fun trip!

  12. Blane Sherer May 15, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Yes, I have been to that general area many times and I have been
    right where you were once. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip !
    I knew you would have some pretty sunset pictures ( smile ).
    The sand and water are very pretty in that area.

  13. Kristy from Southern In Law May 15, 2018 at 6:19 am - Reply

    What a perfect little trip! It looks like you had the most amazing weather too. Those sunsets are spectacular!!

    My favourite beach is a little beach tucked away in one of our national parks. As well as a beach, it has the most incredible lagoon and waterfall that’s so lovely to laze about in – and no risk of sharks ????

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