SHALIMAR — Southern Living Magazine has named Destin's beach the third best in the South.

Southern Living said "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" has become more than just a fishing village, according to a press release from Okaloosa County. It has come to offer a great variety of lodging, dining and nightlife, the article said.

“There’s probably a scientific reason why the water here is a slightly different shade of gorgeous than just about anywhere else along the Florida Panhandle," the article said. "But we would rather take it in than figure it out."

Destin’s beach beat out other contenders such as South Padre Island, Tybee Island, Virginia Beach and Ocean City to claim its place among the elite southern vacation getaways.

“It’s a real honor to be named to this list,” County Commission Chairman Graham Fountain said. “Although, I think most people would agree we really are number one. I’ve lived my whole life near our beautiful Gulf view and it still manages to amaze me. When I look out over the water, I realized God has blessed us with this special spot of paradise.”

More than 4 million people visit Destin every year, according to the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.