Our Readers' 15 Favorite Beaches

by - January 30, 2010 See all photo galleries
Florida: Destin Beach

Destin, Florida

Located along Florida's Emerald Coast, Destin offers sand as soft as sugar, and the crystal clear waters and natural surroundings are just as sweet. The city is a top spot among families, couples, beach-lovers, and those who come for water sports like fishing, snorkeling, dolphin cruising, and scuba diving. Our readers seem smitten with this beach and had a lot to say about why it is the best.

Reader acreighton said, "Destin, Florida has the finest, whitest sand and is a perfect spot for couples or families. There are many reasonable rental properties—condos, homes, time-shares, hotels and motels. Great secret along the Gulf Coast, between Pensacola and Panama City. Great golf courses, great fishing! Has all the amenities of larger resorts but less crowds. Beautiful place for weddings on the beach."

Another fan of the soft sand, reader QB01Mom added, "Our favorite beach is a family beach: Destin, Florida. The soft, white sand, emerald waters, and family-friendly atmosphere entice us to return every year for a 20-hour car ride to enjoy spring break. The locals have been very nice and seem to love sharing their fantastic waters with the rest of the world. We have watched dolphins swim next to us as well as played volleyball in the sand. We look forward to the middle of March every year!"

(Photo: iStockphoto/Philip Sasser)

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