Seniors Flock to the Emerald Coast

Folks around Destin, Florida say that “There are a million things to do on the Emerald Coast and nothing is one of them.” I liked that and I wanted to investigate Destin just a little more. The locals say that senior citizens should put Destin on their “Sand Bucket List.” The locals in Destin greet readers with “Welcome to Paradise.” How’s that for starters?

Destin traces its immediate history to a fisherman, Leonard Destin, who moved there from New London, Conn., and settled in Northwest Florida in 1845.  As a travel writer I feel that I have a pretty good handle on resources but there is always something new to discover. Put TripShock into Google and see the major attractions they feature.  As per usual with me I bring up TripAdvisor and put them on a front plate for their listing of things for seniors to see and do (23 of them).

Sparkling Emerald Water Invites Seniors

The Emerald Coast has nearly 5 million visitors a year and 80% of them are drawn to Destin. Among its population of around 11,000 are some well known personalities… Mike Huckabee, Sheryl Crow, Danny Wuerffel (FB Heisman winner), Emeril Lagasse (chef) and Jerry Jones (owner of the Dallas Cowboys). There just has to be something going on in Destin that these fine folks plus many senior travelers enjoy.

Wikipedia has a description of the city including its geography, climate, tourism and history. Somewhere I read that the northwest corner of Florida is also called  ‘The Forgotten Coast’. Destin’s beaches have been named “Number One Beachs in the South” and one of the top five “Favorite Family Vacation Destinations” by the readers of Southern Living year after year.

The City of Destin, on the Florida panhandle, is home to the most beautiful white silky crystal sand beaches and clear waters along the Gulf of Mexico. Crystal Beach is a favorite location for many senior vacationers because of it’s close proximity to many of the best restaurants, shopping, and golf courses.

A thriving resort community, Destin still manages to maintain a small town atmosphere and charm. The Heart of the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village – The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is Destin’s marquis community project that has been 15+ years in the making.

As a former fisherman most of my life, I’d head off for the Destin History & Fishing Museum  that features a ton of exhibits and displays. If I could talk my wife into it, I’d head us over to the Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park too. The Glass-Bottom Boat is also very popular with visitors as are Vortex Springs and Cold-Water River. Hope to see you on the Handle.  jeb



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