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Public Beach Access in Destin FL

There’s no doubt everyone that comes to Destin is coming to go to the beach. With some of the most stunning coastline you’ll find anywhere in the world, Destin attracts all of us to it’s shoreline year after year. As this area has grown and more developments continue to crop up, beach access locations of all sorts are available for residents and visitors alike. Many of the beach access locations you’ll find vary in numerous ways, including parking, price, amenities, and more so we’re here to share with you the details on each of these locations.

Destin is lucky to have numerous public beach access locations, almost none of which cost money to park at (for now) or cost money to enter. Spanning from Okaloosa Island to the west to the end of Scenic Highway 98 on the east end, there are nearly 20 access locations. Some of these are not accessible in terms of nearby parking, while some offer plentiful parking but have showers or pavilions.

Below you will see each of the public beach access locations in Destin spanning from west to east. Click on each one to learn more, see a map, see a photo gallery, and more.
Alamo Street Beach Access

Located in Miramar Beach, which many would still consider to be Destin, this beach access is located directly off of Scenic Highway 98 (Old 98 as you might hear it referred to). With a small pavilion and a scenic boardwalk down to the beach, you'll find yourself staring out on the gorgeous emerald colored water […]

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Barracuda Street Beach Access

This beach access is nestled between buildings in a location you might have missed even if you've driven past it a hundred times. The long boardwalk builds a sense of anticipation as you get closer and closer to the beach, filling you and the whole family with joy that your beach vacation has finally become […]

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Crystal Beach Beach Access

Although this access is tucked away and easy to miss, it's a great spot for those that either can ride share to this location or are staying within walking distance. Located just to the west of the Crystal Beach Inn, this access lacks any amenities but that's often an attraction for those beach-goers who want […]

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Eglin Matterhorn Beach Access

If you weren't looking, you might zip right past this access on Okaloosa Island as you make your way into Destin. You might notice little groups of cars parked along the side of the road here and that's because there are two beach access locations on Okaloosa Island that have their own distinct allure. This […]

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Geronimo Street Beach Access

If you're staying along the more easterly end of Scenic 98, you're technically into Walton County who provides this great beach access at Geronimo Street. This access has no parking nearby which means that the crowds are only people staying directly on the beach or those with the ability to walk to this access. One […]

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Miramar Regional Beach Access

This is a beach access you can't miss if you've driven the length of Scenic Highway 98. You'll find plentiful parking here with an on-site restroom facility and the restaurant Pompano Joes nearby serving food and drinks. This stretch of beach is quite large, but the quantity of parking available and the attractiveness of the […]

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Norriego Point Beach Access

Norriego is a peninsula that separates the Destin Harbor from the Destin East Pass. This unique landmass allows for you to choose from relaxing on the Harbor side and watching the boats come in and out all day or lay claim to a spot on the East Pass side with the much more emerald green […]

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O'Steen Beach Access

A long-time local favorite because of it's relative seclusion, this beach access is popular because the long walk from the parking areas to the beach tend to ward off the more rowdy crowds. As a caveat to this, however, there is boat shuttle service in recent years to this beach access from Harborwalk Village brining […]

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Pompano Street Beach Access

Located in the heart of Destin in the neighborhood of Crystal Beach, this access at the south end of Pompano Street is another favorite of those staying in the area. With nearby parking at two street side parking lots and three parking spaces (one handicap) directly in front of the access itself, this location is […]

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Princess Beach Access

It doesn't get much more secluded when it comes to beach accesses than this location. Along with the nearby Eglin Matterhorn Beach Access, these are by far and away the two most secluded stretches of beach you'll find anywhere from Pensacola to Destin to the end of Highway 30a. As a result though, you'll find […]

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Redneck Beach Access

Redneck Beach, as it's become known, refers to the area on the west end of the Destin Bridge that is in fact land designated for public use by the United States Air Force, who controls all of the beach access on Okaloosa Island. This particular beach access is quite popular because of it's proximity to […]

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Seascape Beach Access

Located in a bustling section of Scenic Highway 98, this beach access is actually a huge stretch of boardwalk with a few sets of steps down to the beach. If you're staying at Seascape or one of the many condos nearby, you're likely to see this stretch of beach from your balcony. In addition, the […]

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Shirah Street Beach Access

This access has remained popular for many years because of it's relatively easy access on foot and by car, along with it's shower and wash station. Recently, there have been issues with teh condos on both sides of the access staking claim to the beaches on either side of the access and not allowing people […]

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Shores at Crystal Beach Park Access

This access has a wonderful access that has a pavilion with numerous picnic tables and is one of the few beach access locations that boasts true bathrooms. There are a few parking spaces directly in front of the access along with some nearby street parking. If you can walk or ride share here, that is […]

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Tarpon Street Beach Access

This beach access has nearby parking, but is only accessibly on foot. The stretch of beach that you will find yourself on after traversing the boardwalk is serene with plenty of space to spread out. Expect crowds to be moderate to high at this location because of it's accessibility and the fact that the neighborhood […]

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The Crab Trap Beach Access
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