Destin Named a Top Destination for 2016 by TripAdvisor

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
It should be no surprise to locals that Destin has been named a "Top Destination" by TripAdvisor. With emerald green waters, sugar white sands and breathtaking views, Destin is a tourist destination.

Destin sweeps the number three spot in leading travel website TripAdvisor’s top 10 list of “Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.”.

The annual list ranks travel hot spots that received the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest in accommodations, restaurants and attractions, across destinations worldwide.

“TripAdvisor is the dominant source of travel information on the Internet,” said Ed Schroeder, executive director of the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau. “To have TripAdvisor’s customers agree with us is tremendous. Destin, and the rest of our beautiful Emerald Coast, is the destination of choice for travelers who want to have the idyllic beach experience.”

The ranking highlighted the “beautiful, clear green water” and “extremely fine, soft sand” that distinguishes Destin and the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast from other beach destinations. Points of interest included Henderson Beach State Park and the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. The site also provides visitors with “215 Things to Do in Destin”, a listing of exciting activities to incorporate into their itineraries.

“Our well-traveled community has helped us identify the destinations around the world that are gaining in interest and popularity,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “We hope these destinations inspire those planning their travel for 2016 to book trips to these locales that feature excellent hotels, restaurants, and attractions, and also provide a great vacation value.”

And with the aforementioned spectacular sugar-white sand beaches, emerald-green waters, and abundance of multi-generational attractions, there is surely something for every traveler in Destin. In the ever-expanding opportunity season, visitors are discovering that fall and winter is an ideal time to visit. Even during the nation’s coldest months, weather along the Emerald Coast is pleasantly warm and perfect for any outdoor adventure.

“Visitors have so many options in Destin, from fishing and water sports to golf and numerous other family-friendly activities,” Schroeder said.

“Whether it’s a relaxing day at our beaches, shopping in our great local businesses or dining on fresh Gulf seafood at great local restaurants, a Destin vacation is one that will create lasting memories and have you wanting to return again and again. We encourage travelers to come experience what TripAdvisor users have discovered.”

For more information on visiting Ft. Walton Beach, Destin, and Okaloosa Island throughout the year, visit or call 800-322-3319.