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13 Apr 2020
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Top 7 “Socially Distant” Activities in Destin and on 30A   

Although beaches and restaurants are closed during the current pandemic, there are still numerous activities to enjoy along the Emerald Coast while staying safe and healthy. After being stuck at home, it’s clear that we all appreciate the great outdoors now more than ever! With these socially distant things to do in Destin and on 30A, you’ll never be bored.

See the Sights While Standup Paddle Boarding 

If you want to get some sun and exercise while taking in beautiful views, standup paddle boarding is a great activity to do in Destin. There are several places where you can paddle the day away, including the Gulf of Mexico, Destin Harbor and Choctawhatchee Bay.

Beginners may want to start with the harbor or bay as the water is typically calmer. Destin Harbor offers a variety of things to see and areas to explore, such as Norriego Point, HarborWalk Village, winding canals and stunning homes. You might even see dolphins swim by! There’s something new to discover each time you venture out on the water. For a full guide and paddle boarding tips, check out  this article from The Good Life Destin. 

Enjoy a Bike Ride Along 30A

If you’ve ever visited 30A during the height of spring break or summer vacation, you know that one of the most popular activities is biking. The bike path that runs parallel to Scenic Highway 30A offers numerous sights to see including  coastal dune lakes , beautiful beaches and charming homes. It’s a great way to get some exercise and explore all of the natural beauty that the Emerald Coast has to offer.

Get Your Meal To Go and Have a Picnic 

There are numerous restaurants offering takeout in Destin and on 30A , so why not order a delicious meal to go and enjoy it while soaking up some Florida sunshine? From the backyard of your home or vacation rental to local parks and trailheads, there are a variety of locations where you can have a bite to eat outdoors. Just remember to wash your hands before you dig in! 

Go Fishing in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” 

If you’re looking for some quiet time and solitude, fishing is always available in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Whether by boat or from a dock, this is one of the most popular things to do in Destin. Cast a line, then sit back and relax as you take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air. After a successful outing, make your way back home to grill up the catch of the day. You and your family will love  these recipes for fresh fish! 

Watch the Sunset 

Just because the beaches are closed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the stunning sunsets Destin and 30A have to offer. Watch them from the comfort of your own home, go for a walk or drive around town until you see the sky start to change colors. The sun setting beyond the horizon and the colorful clouds always puts the mind at ease. 

Support Your Favorite Stores by Shopping Online

Many stores in Destin and 30A have adapted to social distancing by offering delivery and/or porch pickup. Whether you’re looking to update your spring wardrobe, stock up on your favorite beauty items for some self care or purchase an activity to pass the time at home, you can shop without leaving the comfort of your couch. Just scroll through Instagram, check out their website or give your favorite store a call to place your order. It’s a great way to shop small and support your favorite local businesses while still staying safe and healthy.  

Go For a Hike or Walk  

It’s safe to say that we’ve all started to appreciate daily walks! This simple activity has become a welcome respite from staying at home all day and thankfully 30A and Destin both boast numerous walking and hiking trails.  This guide has a full list of hiking trails in South Walton where you can enjoy the stunning scenery while getting your steps in for the day. 

Clearly there is plenty of “socially distant” fun to be had on 30A and in Destin, Florida. Here at  My Vacation Haven , your wellness is our top priority. We are grateful to have such beautiful weather and plenty of things to do outdoors allowing everyone to stay safe and healthy. When the coast is clear, we look forward to helping you plan a vacation to the Emerald Coast. The beach will be waiting for you!

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