Azure, blue-green waters and long silky white sand beaches are no doubt a large part of why you’re planning a getaway to the stunning Emerald Coast. While there are a variety of beaches to choose from, be sure to add James Lee Park to your list.

Plan a Visit to James Lee Park Beach

James Lee Park is situated along Scenic Highway 98 in Destin. With pristine white sand and gently swaying dune grass, this destination is a place of postcards. Spend a day in the sand and sun at the beautiful James Lee Park in Destin!

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At James Lee Park, the sandy ocean bottom extends far into the ocean so you can explore out away from shore without having to swim. Bring or rent a beach chair and umbrella and be prepared to stay for the day along this lovely section of seashore. Swim in the tranquil Caribbean blue waters, people watch, or go for a walk along the ocean. Families with children will love James Lee Park for its beauty as well as the facilities that are available. Restrooms with changing rooms and showers are onsite, making it easy to spend the day. Pack a picnic to be enjoyed along the beachfront or at one of the many picnic tables or pavilions. If you’d rather enjoy the fare onsite, the Crab Trap Restaurant is just steps away. A nice option for the kids is the playground onsite as well for when they’re ready to take a break from the sea. Bring the family and make it a day at James Lee Park in Destin!

Planning Your Excursion

James Lee Park is part of the stunning James Lee Beach, located in Destin on the Walton/Okaloosa County line at 3510 Scenic Highway 98. Parking is limited, so arrive early to snag a space! 

Nearby Attractions to Enjoy

Whether you’re craving that day in the sun, packing a picnic lunch, or require a place for the kids to play during the course of an afternoon, a stop at James Lee Park is bound to be a highlight of your journey to Destin. As scenic as it is inviting, a stop at James Lee Park comes with the added convenience of keeping visitors close to a long list of other stops that are well worth enjoying while you’re in town. When you’re hoping to expand your itinerary and are open to options for fun, here are a few you’ll definitely want to try!

Destin Commons

It doesn’t take long to reach Destin Commons from James Lee Park. This stop is particularly well suited for the traveler that’s in the mood to do some serious shopping in a scenic setting. Whether you’re on the hunt for just the right souvenir or are in the market for anything from apparel and jewelry to handcrafted goods, Destin Commons is sure to have what you’re searching for. This open-air shopping center is found at 4100 Legendary Drive and if you have a craving to curb along the way, the area is also filled with savory restaurants and stops worth trying out.

Henderson Beach State Park

Just west of James Lee Beach at 17000 Emerald Coast Parkway sits the iconic and breathtaking destination loved by visitors and locals alike by the name of Henderson Beach State Park. This sprawling area of protected land is dotted with sugar-white coastline, sand dunes, boardwalks for making the most of a stroll, hiking trails and beyond. Whether you’re hoping for an isolated day of bird watching or can’t wait to take a swim, Henderson Beach State Park is the perfect place to do it. Bring your camera and your loved ones and get ready for a day of fun under the sun when you add this stop to your must-visit list.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Located at 4655 Gulf Starr Drive, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is a one stop shop for all things made to satisfy your sweet tooth while you’re in town. It’s red and white awning complete with a pair of cherries makes it easy to recognize and the flavors available make Bruster’s unforgettable. All ice cream is made fresh on-site every day of the week between 11:00 and 10:00 pm, and guests are invited to walk right up to the window and place their order for their savory dessert in a cone or cup. Don’t be surprised if Bruster’s is a place that has you coming back a time or two.

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At Five Star Properties, we offer only the most exceptional properties for your vacation in Destin and along 30A. We hand select the finest beachfront homes to ensure that you enjoy a luxurious escape. Our vacation planners are dedicated and personable, providing a personal greeting upon arrival, in-house concierge services, and free passes to daily activities and attractions throughout your stay on the stunning Emerald Coast. From picturesque beachfront cottages to lavish estates with private pools, we have a wide range of stunning properties to choose from. Please contact us with any questions at (850) 374-6032 or, or browse our listings to book accommodations in Frangista Beach, Seagrove, and more for your Emerald Coast getaway today!

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