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Located in the renowned Florida Panhandle right at the heart of the Emerald Coast, Destin is definitely a vacationer’s dream destination. Tourism is one of the city’s top economic boosters, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country and even the world each year. And it’s really not surprising since the coastal city is blessed with white sand beaches, emerald green waters, and a great view of both the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Aside from its natural beauty, Destin is one of Florida’s top tourist draws because of the fun things you can do here. And it doesn’t matter if you’re here to relax, explore, or party—Destin has it all for you. Yes, once a small fishing village, the city has now turned into one of the best tourist spots in the state and even the country.

Destin: One of the Sunshine State’s Top Fishing Destination


Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin offers world-class fishing with so many fishing opportunities within and around the city’s boundaries alone. Take, for example, the two most popular fishing spots in Destin, the Okaloosa Island Pier, and the East Pass Jetties. These onshore spots are a prime fishing location where an angler can catch some quality gamefish, which includes redfishbluefishladyfishpompanorayking and Spanish mackerelgrouperfloundertroutsheepshead, and even some occasional sharks. And if you’re up for some challenge, you can cast your line right in the open waters of the Gulf, particularly in an area not too from the coast called 100-Fathom Curve, where you can catch sharks, barracuda, grouper, sailfishcobiawahootuna, and marlin.

If you’re planning a fishing trip in Destin, it’s always best that you hire a local fishing guide or charter a fishing boat. Not only will these seasoned anglers take you to the best fishing spots in Destin, they will also give you some pointers on how, where, and when to catch specific targets—definitely a great way to learn more about fishing, especially if you’ve just taken up the sport. But more than the knowledge, a guide or a charter captain will make sure your Destin fishing experience will be the best you’ll ever have.

The last thing you should know about fishing in Destin is that although technically you can fish here any time you want (thanks mainly to Florida’s all year warm weather), the best time to go is always in summer. That’s because hurricanes are unlikely to occur during the summer months.


Fish species
Wahoo  fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Offshore, Reef

Weight: 15 - 35 Pounds

Length: 8" - 100"

Sheepshead  fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 1 - 8 Pounds

Length: 14" - 20"


Habitat: Onshore, Bay

Weight: 1 - 3 Pounds

Length: 12" - 39"

Black Grouper
Black Grouper fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 5 - 20 Pounds

Length: 39" - 52"

Bluefish fish

Habitat: Nearshore, Onshore

Weight: 3 - 15 Pounds

Length: 15" - 51"

Redfish fish

Habitat: Onshore, Flats, Backcountry, Nearshore

Weight: 10 - 45 Pounds

Length: 30" - 61"

King Mackerel
King Mackerel fish

Habitat: Onshore, Nearshore, Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Weight: 10 - 20 Pounds

Length: 19" - 72"

Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel fish

Habitat: offshore, onshore, nearshore

Weight: 8 - 120 Pounds

Length: 20" - 72"

Destin: 3 Things You Should Try

Besides fishing and basking on the beach, Destin has a lot more to offer when it comes to fun activities. Here are three things you shouldn’t miss when you visit this beautiful coastal city.

1. Helicopter Tours 

Are you in for an aerial view of this paradise? What’s not to love about it?

2. History & Fishing Museum 

Learn more about the city’s history and why it’s called “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.

3. Dolphin Sunset Cruise 

Enjoy watching friendly dolphins frolicking in their natural environment.