Water Activities

Okaloosa Fishing Pier 2 miles Short of standing on our beach and casting a line, the pier is the closest place for the full experience.

Harbor Walk Village Marina, Destin 7.2 miles Lots of water activities, fishing, boat rentals, tours, shopping, eating and drinking.

Pelican Adventures Snorkeling and Parasailing 7.7 miles

Other things

Bikes-R-Us Destin – Free drop off and pick up

Bob’s’ Bicycles 1.6 miles Repairs and sales.  I’m not sure if they rent or not, but definitely worth a call.

Go-Karts If you have kids with a need for speed . . . this place has boats, mini golf courses, bungee, and an arcade

Golf  Indian Bayou 10.3 miles Fort Walton Beach Golf Club 4.7 miles Regatta Bay Golf Club 13.1 miles Sandestin Golf 17.6 miles

Emerald Coast Winery 15 miles  Yes!  We have a winery!  I didn’t know!

Beach Portraits Two different styles of work.  Portraits by Rosie 1.7 miles  Beach Portraits by Design 16.4 miles

Hair and Nails  Posh 1.6 miles  full service, hair, nails, etc.   Tips and Toes 1.9 miles

Side Trips

Seaside 20 miles – shopping, restaurants, village atmosphere, Santa Rosa Beach 30 miles This place is at the top of my list to visit for a day trip.  Jim Carrey’s Truman movie was filmed here.  TV anchor people own cottages here.  So much people watching, boutique shopping, art galleries about.  We like walking through the little villa of  cottages on the north side of the gulf.

Pensacola – Naval Aviation Museum, Blue Angels (Check schedule)  40 miles A must see, even once!

Silver Sands Factory Outlet Stores 16.9 miles  Good selection of stores, including Banana Republic, SFA Off 5th, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Michael Kors, J. Crew, Oakley Vault 🙂

Baytown Adventure Zone @ Sandestin 17.6 miles

Grayton Beach State Park 28.6 miles  This is not just a beach, but beautiful, unsullied park. The nearly 2,000-acre park features a boat ramp that provides access to the lake’s brackish waters for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe or kayak on scenic Western Lake to get a closer look at a salt marsh ecosystem. A nature trail winds through a coastal forest where scrub oaks and magnolias stand, bent and twisted by the salt winds. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy more than four miles of trails throughout the pine flatwoods.  It has some habitats there that you just won’t find anywhere else.  The dunes are massive.  They have a very unique feature there called the “Hobbit Hole”.  The dune is so big that it covers entire tree trunks, which allows you to walk over the dune directly into the canopy of the trees.  This lovely park and its beach provide you with a rare opportunity to see what the area looks like in a quasi-natural state without all of this development. Oh, and there is a paved bicycle path along the whole length of highway 30A from Rosemary Beach to Dune Allen Beach, so if you can ride a rented (or your own) bicycle to the park if you are somewhere along or near 30A.