Set on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida’s panhandle, the Emerald Coast region is known for its pristine coastline and warm waters, which make it one of the top beach destinations in the state. At Henderson Beach State Park, filled with miles of ancient forest trails, the gulf’s surf laps up onto more than 6,000 feet of white-sand beach. The area is also famous for its deep-sea fishing—one town even bills itself as the “world’s luckiest fishing village”—and the harbors are filled with charter boats. Located less than a mile and a half from public beach access, the Wingate by Wyndham Destin grants easy access to all these waterfront activities.
All standard guest rooms at the Wingate feature microwaves and mini-fridges, and TripAdvisor reviews highlight the comfortable beds. Downstairs, there’s an outdoor swimming pool and a jacuzzi. In the morning, the hotel serves a complimentary breakfast buffet with scrambled eggs, sausage, waffles, and fruit. You’ll also find a number of dining venues within walking distance and nearby, including a gourmet Cajun restaurant that serves local fish and whole Maine lobsters. Locals also praise the hearty portions and friendly service at a specialty deli located on nearby Harbor Boulevard.
Florida’s Emerald Coast: Deep-Sea Fishing and Soft White Sands on the Panhandle
Along the northwest Florida panhandle, the shimmering waters of the Emerald Coast wash onto white, powdery shores made from millions of quartz crystals. Destin sits in the heart of this picture-perfect outdoor playground, making it a convenient base camp for exploring the scenic area, sunbathing, and swimming. Take a glass-bottom boat tour to get an up-close glimpse of what’s below the sea and, occasionally, of dolphins at play.
Deep-sea fishing charters are popular, too—even novice anglers might snag mahi-mahis or blue marlins. The Destin History & Fishing Museum provides a chance to learn more about the area via vintage photos, exhibits on marine ecosystems, and antique tackle.