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Find your Perfect Beach in Destin Florida

Are you trying to decide which beach to go to during your Destin vacation? There are 13 public beach areas in the city of Destin, Florida. This post is a brief overview of them with photos from each area that will hopefully help you find your perfect beach.

Below is an interactive map showing the exact locations of these public beach areas in Destin. The numbers on the map correspond to the descriptions of each beach in this article

 

1. Norriego Point Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Parking Lot + street parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: No

Norriego Point Public Beach Destin Florida

Norriego Point is a white sand peninsula located at the end of Gulf Shore Drive on Holiday Isle. It is different from most beach areas in Destin because it is not directly on the Gulf of Mexico. One side of Norriego Point is located on Destin harbor and the other side sits on the East Pass which leads out to the Gulf of Mexico.

This beach area has plenty of beautiful scenery and areas to walk around and explore. You can watch boats cruising by on the harbor and take in the view and sounds of Harborwalk Village. The scenery is further enhanced by the sand dunes, sea oats and wooden fences all over Norriego Point which make beautiul backdrops to photos. You are bound to see plenty of blue heron and other birds out here as well.

There are some inlets of water protected by jetties here that make for nice calm swimming areas on the East Pass side. Some people do swim on the harbor side beach area but just be careful to watch for boats coming and going.

Norriego Point is a popular area for boaters who can beach their boats along the shore on the harbor side to hang out awhile.  Many people also come to Norriego Point by Kayak or Paddle Board. There is even a Water Taxi stop on Norriego Point so you can come or go here from anywhere on Destin harbor

Photos of Norriego Point:

Norriego Point Public Beach Destin Florida

Entrance to Norriego Point Beach Area

Norriego Point Public Beach Destin Florida

Boaters at Norriego Point

Norriego Point Public Beach Destin Florida

Norriego Point view of Destin Harbor

Norriego Point Public Beach Destin Florida

Norriego Point from Harborwalk Village

To see more photos of this beach area check out my album of Norriego Point photos on Facebook

2. O’Steen Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Limited Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: No

O'Steen Public Beach Destin Florida

O’Steen Public Beach is accessed through a walkway off Gulf Shore Drive just north of Norriego Point.

The summer crowds here might seem confusing since there is very limited parking but it is due in part to the fact that many people arrive to this beach by boat from Destin harbor. If you are not arriving by boat, be prepared for the somewhat long walk from the street parking out to the beach.

O’Steen Beach is where you will find The Destin Jetties which are huge boulders stretching out into the water. The swimming area right next to the jetties is some of the best snorkeling in Destin so bring your mask and snorkel to this beach with you. The jetties are also a good fishing spot (I assume since there are usually people fishing from them) and the rocks make beautiful backdrops for photos.

Photos of O’Steen Public Beach:

O'Steen Public Beach Destin Florida

Entrance to O’Steen Public Beach

O'Steen Public Beach Destin Florida

Walking Path to O’Steen Beach

O'Steen Public Beach Destin Florida

The O’Steen beach looking towards the Jetities

O'Steen Public Beach Destin Florida

Jetties looking towards Destin Bridge

3. Calhoun Public Beach

4. June White Decker Park Public Beach

5. Silver Shells Public Beach

Parking: Large Parking Lot
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: Yes

The next 3 beach access points can be hard to understand because they are all 3 in the same parking lot (I’m not sure why they don’t just combine them into one name) so I used just one aerial photo to display them with coordinating map numbers

Public Beach Access Destin Florida

This is a popular beach area in Destin so even though the parking lot is huge, it can still sometimes be tough to find parking in the summer. This large parking lot is also shared by The Back Porch restaurant (a great restaurant with amazing beach views) and a really cute candy and gift shop called The Candymaker.

This is a beautiful and convenient beach area with amenities such as restrooms, bike racks, grills, and a beautiful park with a playground. There is also a perfect little beach bar called the Sand Bar (operated by Silver Shells Resort) that sits right on the beach.

Photos of Calhoun, Silver Shells, and June White Decker Beach Areas:

Public Beach Destin Florida

Silver Shells Beach Access

Destin Florida Public Beach

Beach Area at Silver Shells Beach Access

The Sand Bar Destin Florida

The Sand Bar at Silver Shells

June Decker Park Public Beach Destin Florida

Playground at June White Decker Beach Park

Public Beach Destin Florida

Calhoun Public Beach Access Entrance

The Candymaker Destin Florida

The Candy Maker Shop in the Parking Area

The Back Porch Destin Florida

The Back Porch Restaurant Destin Florida

6. Henderson Beach State Park Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Large Parking Lot
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: Yes

Henderson Beach State Park Destin Florida

Henderson Beach State Park is the only public beach area in Destin where you will not be sharing the beach with condo buildings directly in the background. This gives it a wonderful nature feeling. There are many amenities here including a campground, picnic pavilions, grills, a playground, and a nature trail.

Also unlike other beach areas in Destin there is a fee to use this area. Currently the cost for day use is $6.00 per vehicle but things change fast around here so check their website for more detailed information about fees, facilities, camping, etc…

Besides a beautiful beach area, Henderson State Park also has a 0.75 mile nature trail. Dogs are permitted on the nature trail but they are not allowed on the beach. For more information about traveling with your dog in Destin check out this post I wrote with further information.

Photos of Henderson Beach State Park:

Henderson Beach State Park

Walkway down to the Beach

Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach

Henderson Beach State Park

Picnic Pavilion and Grill Area

Henderson Beach State Park

Picnic Pavilion

Henderson Beach State Park

The beginning and end of the nature trail loop

Henderson Beach State Park

You can see the ocean from the highest point on the nature trail

7. Shirah Street Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Small Parking Lot + Limited Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: No

Shirah Street Public Beach Destin Florida

The best and most unique feauture of this beach area is if you happen to get one of the 6 spots in the parking lot, it’s a very short walk to the sand from there.

Photo Gallery of Shirah Street Beach Access:

Shirah Street Public Beach Destin Florida

Shirah Street Beach

Shirah Street Public Beach Destin Florida

Walkway down to Beach

Shirah Street Public Beach Destin Florida

Parking Lot at Shirah Street Beach Access

8. The Shores at Crystal Beach Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Small Parking Lot + Limited Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: Yes

Shore at Crystal Beach Destin Florida

This beach access area has restrooms, a nice picnic pavilion, and it’s right across the street from Camille’s which is a wonderful Sushi and Pizza restaurant.

Photos of The Shores at Crystal Beach Street Beach Access:

Crystal Beach Destin Florida

Shores at Crystal Beach Entrance off Scenic Highway 98

Crystal Beach Destin Florida

Walkway down to the Beach

Crystal Beach Destin Florida

The Shores at Picnic Pavilion

9. Crystal Beach Drive Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Limited Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: No
Public Restroom Facilities: No

Crystal Beach Drive Public Beach Destin Florida

The drawback to this beach access is that the parking is not very convenient (see above picture). It is also a very narrow walkway down to the beach which can be awkward if you are carrying beach chairs and supplies. However this beach access has 790 on the Gulf on it’s beach which is a wonderful restaurant with gorgeous ocean views.

Photos of Crystal Beach Drive Beach Access:

Crystal Beach Drive Destin Florida

Crystal Beach Drive Public Beach Access Entrance

Crystal Beach Drive Destin Florida

The Beach at Crystal Beach Drive Public Beach Access

Crystal Beach Drive Destin Florida

Crystal Beach Drive Walkway to Beach

 

10. Barracuda Street Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Limited Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: No
Public Restroom Facilities: No

Barracuda Street Public Beach Destin Florida

This is a pretty beach area but it is a longer and more narrow walkway to the beach then some of the other areas and the parking is very limited.

Photos of Barracuda Street Beach Area:

Barracuda Street Beach Destin Florida

Barracuda Street Beach

Barracuda Street Beach Destin Florida

Walkway down to Beach at Barracuda Street Beach Access

Barracuda Street Beach Destin Florida

Barracuda Street Public Beach Access Entrance

Barracuda Street Beach Destin Florida

Walkway to Beach at Barracuda Street Beach Access

11. Pompano Street Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: 3 Car Parking Lot + Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: No

Pompano Street Public Beach Destin Florida

The most unique thing about this beach area is that there are still huge pilings from the old Crystal Beach pier down by the water. The pier came down in a hurricane in the 70’s but the pilings still make for really pretty and unique photographs (see gallery below).

Photos of Pompano Street Beach Area:

Pompano Street Public Beach Destin Florida

Pompano Beach Entrance

Pompano Street Public Beach Destin Florida

Old Crystal Beach Pier Pilings at Pompano Street Beach

Pompano Street Public Beach Destin Florida

Pompano Street Beach looking East

12. Tarpon Street Public Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Street Parking
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: No

Tarpon Street Public Beach Access Destin Florida

This is a pretty beach area but it also has a somewhat long walkway which includes a staircase down to the beach (See photos below)

Photos of Tarpon Street Beach Access:

Tarpon Street Public Beach Access Destin Florida

Tarpon Street Beach Access

Tarpon Street Public Beach Access Destin Florida

Walkway down to beach at Tarpon Street access

Tarpon Street Public Beach Access Destin Florida

Tarpon Street Beach looking West

13. James Lee Park Beach Access ~Destin, FL

Parking: Large Parking Lot
Outdoor Shower/Footwash: Yes
Public Restroom Facilities: Yes

James Lee Park Public Beach Access Destin Florida

This beach area has many amenities such as restrooms, picnic pavilions, and several beach walkovers. The Crab Trap restaurant is also here with great food and ocean views from the indoor and outdoor tables.

Photos of James Lee Park Beach Access:

James Lee Beach Destin Florida

Uncovered Picnic Pavilion at James Lee Public Beach

James Lee Beach Destin Florida

Walkway down to Beach at James Lee Public Beach

James Lee Beach Destin Florida

James Lee Public Beach Covered Picnic Pavilion

The Crab Trap Destin Florida

The Beachfront Crab Trap Restaurant at James Lee Public Beach

This sums up the City of Destin public beach areas. I hope you find your perfect beach and enjoy your time there.

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I am a photographer in Destin, Florida. The Good Life Destin is my blog where I write articles about Destin and share my local photography. Thanks for stopping by!

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