Destin is a Coastal city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is a principal city of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach-Crestview, Florida Metro Area. Destin is named after Leonard Destin, a New London, Connecticut fishing captain who settled in the area between 1845 and 1850.
The city is located on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from the scenic Choctawhatchee Bay. The peninsula was originally an island; hurricanes and sea level changes gradually connected the island to the mainland. With the construction of the west bay canal, it became an island again in the 1940's. At the western tip of the peninsula is East Pass (aka Destin Pass), separating it from Santa Rosa Island to the west. East Pass is the only outlet of the Choctawhatchee Bay into the Gulf of Mexico.
Located on Florida's Emerald Coast, Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination known as the " the World's Luckiest Fishing Village" and has one of the largest fishing charter fleets in the state.