Lush vegetation grows wildly around the dunes, across the island and ends at Choctawhatchee Bay. Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach are directly West of Destin. Old Pass Lagoon sweeps into the lower portion of Destin. East Pass is the main channel to the Gulf of Mexico and separates Destin from Fort Walton Beach.
The average water temperature in January is 64 degrees. Water temperature in August is 84 degrees, about the temperature of a heated pool. Average air low temperature in December is 44 degrees, high is 63 degrees.
Destin is known for its rolling sand dunes that look solid but are in a constant state of change. They are made of lighter grains of sand blown onto the barrier island by offshore winds.
Typical of Destin, Florida are pristine white beaches with teal green waters, sea oats swaying in the breeze, and breathtaking sunsets.
Knowing and understanding the meaning of the Flag warning system is very important. ALWAYS check and heed the Flag System Warnings. This system is in place for your safety. Please observe and obey the Flag System and your local Lifeguard. Absence of the flag does not constitute safe swimming conditions!
Here is a brief overview of the flags:
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