5 Myths About Destin Florida

Dated: June 26 2020

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Maybe you are vacationing in Destin Florida, or you have visited here in the past and want to know a bit more about this bustling little tourist town. Today we are going to talk about the 5 myths about Destin Florida, let’s jump right in.

What is up, this is Andrew with the Emerald Group right here in Destin. If this is your first time to our blog and you want to know everything about the Emerald Coast to include Destin, make sure you check back everyThursday at 7pm for a new blog/video. 

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We came up with the top myths that we hear about Destin Florida. We are going to jump right into these myths and be sure to stick around for our 5th Myth, to see if it is real, or if we must debunk it!

·        Myth number 1 – Destin is an Island

o   FALSE – Destin is situated on a Peninsula. You do have to get to it by bridge, and you are surrounded by water but at the end of the day, Destin is located on the western tip of a long peninsula.

o   Despite the fact it seems like it is an Island in of itself, no part of Destin, to include Holiday Isle is technically considered an Island.

·        Myth number 2 – Destin’s East Pass into the Gulf is manmade and extremely dangerous.

o   FACT – Destin’s East Pass that goes into the Gulf is man made in the 1920’s after a hurricane came through closed off the original pass from the bay to the gulf. The original opening was on the East end of Holiday Isle. The folks in Destin dug a trench to reopen the pass since it is fishing industry depended so heavily on the access to the Gulf. Many consider the East Pass one of the most dangerous passes in the region because it is manmade, shallow, and unnatural so it is always trying to close in on itself.

·        Myth Number 3 – Destin was started by Pirates.

o   Okay this is a fun one to think about right. This, however, is false – most pirates trolled the waters off the Florida Keys waiting to pillage from Spanish ships headed north. Destin was founded by fishermen over 150 years ago due to the amazing abundance of fish. Destin has the fastest access to deep water fishing along the entire Gulf of Mexico due to a deep underwater trench that is a mere 10 miles offshore. Hence why we eventually got the name “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.  Today Destin Harbor is home to the largest private charter fishing fleet on the Gulf of Mexico.

·        Myth Number 4 – Destin is a ghost town when there are no tourists around.

o   Yes, we have heard this one before, and it is absolutely false. In fact, the last official count of folks who are full time residents puts Destin just over 14,000 people, so it is not metropolitan by any means, but it doesn’t just dry up and wait for tourist season. Generally, when the tourist season dies down, that is when us locals will come out and support our restaurants, shopping, etc. to help keep the amazing town abundant.

·        Myth Number 5 – Crab Island is in fact, an Island.

o   Another myth busted here, Crab island used to be an island many years ago until about 1974 when hurricane Eloise swallowed up the island and essentially hid it underneath the water. Thus, affect effectively changing it from an island to a sandbar. Now that does not make crab island any less fun this is still an extremely popular spot that gets wildly overcrowded during the tourist seasons and we as locals, do not see anything wrong with it. Crab island is accessible by wave runner, paddle board, kayak or boat. They even have some water taxis that will take you there. Now listen, I could talk on and on about crab island but that is for a whole another video.Be sure to look out for that video in the future. 

For now, that is going to wrap up today's video on the five myths of Destin FL.

Don’t forget that if you are wanting to move to Destin or the surrounding area, or invest in a Destin vacation property, simply give us a call, shoot us a text, send an email or send that carrier pigeon – however you would like to get a hold of us, we will be here. We will catch you next week with another video, see ya!

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