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13 Oct 2020
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10 Best Views in Destin and on 30A 

The Emerald Coast is full of natural beauty—sugar-white sand, crystal clear water, rare coastal dune lakes and some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see. If you want to soak up this stunning scenery during your next beach trip, here are some of the best views in Destin and on 30A.  

Norriego Point

This sandy peninsula in the heart of Destin offers panoramic views of the harbor, Crab Island and the East Pass. Beachgoers can watch the boats cruise by, snorkel by the Destin Jetties and look for dolphins jumping out of the water. Norriego Point also offers gorgeous western facing views so that you can catch a magical sunset as you relax on pristine sand.  

Captain Leonard Destin Park 

Captain Leonard Destin Park opened in August 2020 and offers a beautiful area where both kids and adults can have some fun in the sun. The beach and dock overlook the Choctawhatchee Bay making it a prime location for sunset viewing! There is also a covered picnic area, splash pad, playground and lush, landscaped areas where your little ones can run around. 

Henderson Beach State Park

Some of the best views in Destin can be found at Henderson Beach State Park . As soon as you step on the boardwalk leading to the beach, you’ll be in awe of the sparkling turquoise water that stretches as far as the eye can see. There’s no better backdrop for a relaxing beach vacation than sugar-white sand, crystal clear water and sunny skies. If you stick around for the evening, you’ll also witness some stunning sunsets. In addition, this popular park features picnic pavilions, a nature trail and scenic sand dunes. 

30A Restaurants

Some of the best views on 30A can be found at local restaurants. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail as you watch the waves roll in at these dining establishments. 

  • Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach offers a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque town. It’s a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine, share some small plates and watch the sun set over the Gulf. 

  • Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is a breezy, open-air eatery overlooking Scenic Highway 30A and the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy coastal fare, live music and cocktails as you soak up some sunshine and stunning vistas. 

  • Vue on 30A is a fine dining beachside restaurant that allows you to eat a delicious meal as you look out over the white sand and emerald water you know and love. 

  • Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant and Rooftop Bar has been a staple in Seaside for years. Both locals and vacationers love their fresh take on Southern classics and the breathtaking beach scenes. 

Coastal Dune Lakes

Although most people think that the best views on 30A showcase the Gulf, there is other natural beauty to be discovered as well. When you’re ready for a change of scenery, visit one of the 15 rare coastal dune lakes located along the Scenic Highway 30A corridor. These shallow, fresh water lakes are situated just a few feet away from the Gulf’s salt water, separated only by a natural berm of sand. They are a stunning sight to see!  This article goes into more detail about this rare natural phenomenon and has a map showing where to find them. 

Grayton Beach State Park 

It’s no surprise that  Grayton Beach State Park was recently named the best beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach ). This popular park boasts sugar-white sand, emerald green water, stunning sand dunes, nature trails and more natural beauty for visitors to explore. You can paddle board on scenic Western Lake, catch a sunset or sunrise, or hike through the coastal forest. No matter what view you prefer, there are breathtaking sights around every corner.   

Wave on Wave

Oftentimes, the best views in Destin are from your vacation rental! At Wave on Wave , views of the beach are never far away. Located in the exclusive Destiny by the Sea community, this luxury Gulf-front home is a three-story vacation rental that has beautiful beachfront balconies on every floor. The open-concept kitchen, living and dining space and several bedrooms also overlook the Gulf. Once you step into the master suite, you may never want to leave! It’s truly a work of art with gorgeous architecture, a private balcony and cozy reading nook with sweeping vistas. 

Beachside Two 4286 

Take your vacation to new heights at Beachside Two 4286 ! With views from Panama City to Destin on a clear day, this condo’s vistas are truly spectacular. Whether you’re dining, watching TV or just waking up, the gorgeous Gulf is never far from sight at this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo. The private, wraparound balcony is the perfect place to soak up some sunshine, watch the waves roll in and relax with loved ones. When you’re ready for a change of scenery, make your way to the Gulf-front community pool. Beachfront bliss is right at your fingertips! 

Spiaggia Bella 

The name of this Destin vacation rental translates to “Nice Beach” which is an understatement when you consider the stunning Gulf views you’ll enjoy from almost every room in this beachfront home. At  Spiaggia Bella , you can take in these serene scenes as you relax on the spacious balcony, go for a swim in the private pool or cook dinner in the gourmet chef’s kitchen. The open concept living area and several of the bedrooms (including the master suite) also overlook the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Leeward II #3 in Seagrove 

With a name like “The Front Row” you know it’s going to offer some of the best views on 30A! This 1-bedroom vacation rental is located right on the Emerald Coast’s white sand and is just steps away from the gorgeous water.  Leeward II #3 is located on the first floor of the condominium complex and offers a private patio with beach access, colorful furniture, a grill and Gulf views. 

When you visit the Gulf Coast, stunning beach scenes are never far from sight. If you need help finding a vacation rental with the best views on Destin or on 30A, My Vacation Haven is here to help! We have a variety of homes and condos overlooking the pristine white sand and sparkling emerald waters that you’ve been dreaming about.  Click here to view all of our beautiful properties!