Destin was recently named the Travel Channel’s Best Family Beach for 2013. Receiving more than 43 % of the votes, Destin beat out popular family vacation destinations like the Outer Banks North Carolina, Paradise Island, The Bahamas,  and Cape Cod. Editors and voters singled out Destin’s pristine beaches and commitment to keeping the environment “PG” and family friendly.

The Travel Channel highlighted the area’s outstanding fishing, boating, golfing and shopping, and even mentioned the Southern Star by name, as one of your best options for a dolphin cruise.  Don’t take it from us, see what some voters had to say about Destin:

Amazing beaches… beautiful people… a must stay!”  AndyMK, Florida

“ Prettiest Beach in the US”- Ashley, TX

‘Wonderful beach, great people, lots to do, great family accommodations.  You can’t beat this place for a family vacation. I promise.” Diana, TX

“Have gone to Destin since I was a kid. No I bring my kids here.”  Shawn, LA

“ I almost hate to vote because I don’t want the whole world knowing what I have known for years” –  Suzie, LA

While vacationers are initially drawn to the 24 miles of sugar white sand beaches, they eventually discover the other amenities and attractions that make Destin and the best beach for families. From dining and shopping to golfing and paddle boarding, there’s something off the beach to keep everyone in your family occupied.  Whether you chose to spend a day aboard a charter fishing boat looking to catch your dinner, at the Gulfarium Marine life Adventure Park, observing the sea life up close, or aboard the Southern Star exploring the harbor, the gulf, and the bay while watching dolphin play in their natural habitat, your whole family will enjoy their time in Destin- both off and on the beaches.