Thinking Spring vacation? Summer sands? Fall follies? Think Destin, Florida. On Florida’s Emerald Coast, this barrier island on the panhandle is renown for turquoise clear waters, sugar sand beaches, bayous, and gin clear springs. The perfect recipe for a paddlecation. Sorry surfers, ridable waves are far and few.
It’s no wonder that both Bote and YOLO base in this area. Overall, the waters are calm, with an unending variety of paddle options. If you like lots of company, go in the summer. No fear though, even the busy Destin Harbor is idle speed only. So kayaking or paddle boarding to your favorite watering hole or eatery can be entertaining.
Like to fish? The Destin Fishing Rodeo has a SUP and Kayak category. Truly enlightened. Or head to Crab Island and explore the knee to hip deep clear waters. It’s ideal for SUP and ‘chillin. Or join the party at Norriego point. Crafts-a-plenty make a day of it, barbecuing, and “hydrating.” Best part is both locations are boat access only.
So beach time, paddle time, party time, quiet time, head to Destin. It’s a paddlers paradise.