Destin has long been a scenic and welcoming destination off the Florida coast where travelers have found a sense of wonder, fun, and of course plenty of opportunities for connecting with other travelers to the area looking for the same thrills. In 2020, travel inevitably comes with a need to adjust towards a more socially distanced style, but that doesn’t mean that Destin has lost any of its appeal. In fact, planning a socially distanced journey this direction simply means focusing more on nature which has the power to be endlessly inspiring. When you’re ready to travel this way while keeping safety and health top of mind, here are some stops to add to your itinerary.

Destin Fishing Charters

Whether you’re new to angling or have long found a sense of Zen while casting a line on the waves, booking a private excursion with Destin Fishing Charters is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of the Destin Shoreline while having fun and keeping far from the crowds. Destin Fishing Charters specializes in customizing your day on the waves and offers up options to enjoy everything from bottom fishing and back bay fishing to deep-sea adventures that will have you reeling in the most impressive of species.

Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk

Situated at 825 Beach Drive in Destin, the Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk is just as well suited for the socially-distanced traveler that’s looking to enjoy a day of solo fishing on the water as one that’s looking forward to a leisurely hike with options to spot birds and wildlife along the way. Complete with a scenic picnic area and pier, the Mattie Kelly Park encompasses more than 10 acres of bayou that has been voted to be maintained in its natural standing, creating for a one of a kind setting to enjoy a wonderful walk. Bring your binoculars and get ready to savor the thrill of unspoiled nature at its best during your getaway to Destin.

Rent a Bike and Tour on Two Wheels

Biking your way through a day in Destin is sure to keep you safe from large group gatherings while still keeping you in the heart of Destin fun. When you’re looking for a bike to rent for the day or even the week, head over to Rent Gear Here at 2931 Scenic Highway 98 in Destin and pick out the one that works for you. This stop keeps a large inventory on hand, meaning you’ll have plenty of choices whether you’re looking to stick to paved paths or feel more inclined to take on off-road adventures.

Picnic and Play at Henderson Beach State Park

While crowds may be off-limits during these unprecedented times, the sunshine is still open for the enjoying. When you’re looking to savor some time soaking it up during your Destin getaway, a stop at Henderson Beach State Park provides plenty of space to spread out and make the most of the rays. Located at 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin, Henderson Beach State Park is open every day of the year between 8:00 am and sundown with vehicle parking fees set at only $6. Complete with nature trails, beach boardwalks, picnic tables, and plenty of options for wildlife spotting and bird watching along the way, an afternoon at this scenic locale is sure to inspire visitors of all interests! Pack a picnic lunch and make the most of an open-air meal while you’re here or grab your camera and capture the towering sand dunes from a variety of angles. While it’s possible to get in the water and make the most of the waves, Henderson Beach State Park is also well-suited to the beach-bound visitor looking for nothing more than time with their toes dug into the sand.

Visit the Destin Dog Park

When you’re looking for that perfect socially distanced activity to partake in while you’re in Destin, you might want to look at your four-legged friend for inspiration. Getting out and enjoying time at a dog park provides options for remaining 6 feet apart while still having fun. The Destin Dog Park in particular is a great choice and is conveniently located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. Open from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm most days of the week, this is the perfect place to let your canine run off that excess energy while taking some time to relax and unwind yourself. With more than 3 acres to its name, the Destin Dog Park comes with convenient parking options and is outfitted with canine water fountains as well as benches for human counterparts.

Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club

Getting out on the greens is a great way to spend some time enjoying a vacation while keeping far from the crowds. Book a tee time at Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club when your travels bring you to Destin and enjoy several 9-hole course options that are as fun and scenic as they are challenging. Located at 1 Country Club Drive East, Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club also provides access to a pro shop when you’re looking to add to your apparel or gear collection after a round.

Savor the Stay

When you’re ready to enjoy Destin, the team at Five Star Properties has the home away from home you need. Contact us today to learn more and to start planning!