About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug. 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Beaches, State Parks
Bodies of Water
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piers & Boardwalks
Destin is known as the 'World's Luckiest Fishing Village' — are you feeling lucky? Head down to the HarborWalk Marina, chat with the captains and book a spot on a charter fishing boat. After a day at sea, you can bring home your catch and have plenty of 'big fish' tales to boot. Don't fancy fishing? There are plenty of restaurants and shops to explore here, too.
If the beaches of Destin are getting a bit too crowded, head to Henderson Beach State Park. This quiet oasis of calm is much less crowded and features nature trails to explore, areas where you can 'grill out', and pavilions for picnics. Enjoy its 6000 feet of coastline and 208 acres of woodland.
The Destin Harbor sees a ton of activity every day, from fishing boats returning with their catch, to dolphin sightseeing tours, to a wide variety of water sports. The Harbor is also home to a variety of vessels available for deep-sea, inshore and bottom fishing.
There are many beautiful beach areas in Destin, but Jetty East Beach is a true oasis. With fewer people but plenty of pristine sand, it's also a very walkable beach. Stay late for an unforgettable sunset.
There's nothing like holding — and feeding — one of Florida's most famous creatures; the alligator. At Gator Beach, more than 100 live alligators are just waiting for you to visit. Instead of giant creatures, these gators are small, which makes them less intimidating to touch, hold and even pose for a picture with them.
With a playground, pavilion, picnic shelters, and plenty of parking, James Lee Park is a favorite beach destination in Destin. In addition to the beautiful clear water that you'd expect, there are also several dune walkovers to provide a different perspective.
Destin is a town with a long fishing history. To learn more about the history and stories behind iconic landmarks in town, visit the Destin History & Fishing Museum. Highlights include vintage photographs and artifacts of famous fishermen from the area, a 1925 seine fishing boat, a collection of antique rods and reels, and other exhibits.
Located just a few miles west of the Destin Bridge, the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier is a 1262 feet-long concrete pier that is a favorite with fishermen and visitors alike. Stroll along the pier and chat with the fishermen to hear their stories, or just try and sneak a peak at their catch. You never know what you might see!