Things You Didn’t Know About Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. The city boasts gorgeous beaches, a thrilling night life, and plenty of activities for people of all ages—single, family, couple or otherwise! But there is a lot about Destin that you may not know; let’s take a closer look at some surprising trivia about Destin, Florida that will surprise you!

Destin follows the Emerald Coast Warning Flag Code

Destin, along with most other beaches along the Emerald Coast of Florida, utilize a specific Warning Flag Code System which is meant to alert swimmers to water conditions and any particular types of hazards that might present a danger in the water. These flags are updated throughout the day as conditions change.

The code is as follows:

  • Green flag: Conditions are favorable for swimming, low hazard
  • Yellow flag: Medium hazards may be present
  • Red flag: High hazards may be present
  • Red flag over another red flag: Dangerous conditions or hazards, water is closed
  • Purple flag: Marine pests spotted

The hazards can include rip tides, waves, strong currents, as well as animals such as sharks and jellyfish. Shark species, including bull sharks and hammerhead sharks, have been spotted in Destin waters. Most ocean safety experts recommend that children do not enter the water when anything above a green flag is flying, while no one should enter the water if a red flag—even a single red flag—is flying.

Some ancient artifacts can still be found in Destin

The area that is now Destin was once inhabited by people in the Fort Walton Culture, which refers to a prehistoric Native American culture which once inhabited the area. The remains of a ceremonial mound can still be found at Fort Walton Beach; it is one of several ceremonial mounds found in areas surrounding Destin, which are all believed to be dated to the same Native American civilizations which once existed in the area. It is unknown when or why the inhabitants chose to leave the Destin area.

Destin used to be located on an island

Today, Destin is located on a peninsula which separates Choctawhatchee Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. However, the area used to be an island; the effects of hurricanes and sea level changes eventually caused the island to connect to the mainland.

The pass which separates the Bay from the Gulf of Mexico is believed to have been man made due to the fact that it must be routinely dredged; the pass was there as early as the 1770s, since it is charted on  the 1775 ‘The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana’ map created by explorer Thomas Jeffreys.

Destin’s white sand is considered to be among the whitest in the world

Destin is famous for its emerald green beaches and its famously white, delicate looking stand. The sand, which is actually ground quartz crystal, comes from the Appalachian Mountains. The material is deposited into the Gulf of Mexico, where ocean currents gradually push it towards Destin beaches.

Its a great place to welcome visitors and friends, recently had my good friend AL from California, come over, he loves Destin, even though he comes from Encinitas, which is also beautiful. Where he works for a pest control company.