Though Destin may be famous for its fishing tournament and picturesque white beaches, it wasn’t always the tourist hotspot we know it to be now. Originally settled between 1850 and 1852 by Captain Leonard Destin, it started out as a sleepy fishing village consisting of only a handful of founding families. However, with time and fresh ideas to promote the local economy, Destin grew to be the premier resort locale we know it to be now and a wonderful place to live!

Destin’s history dates back all the way to the 600s and has always been tied to the ocean. From Indigenous peoples to the fishermen who founded the city, everyone enjoyed the bounty of the pristine waters. Destin is such an excellent fishing spot in part because it is the closest city in Florida to the 100 Fathom curve, providing access to deep waters full of fish. Don't worry if you aren't a fan of fishing, though! There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beautiful ocean and deep waters, like snorkeling and diving.

Destin has grown to over 14000 inhabitants, but it hasn’t been a city for long! It was officially recognized by the State of Florida as a municipality in 1984, despite the fact that Destin's history traces back over 150 years. In fact, the well-known Destin Fishing Rodeo, originally founded to pay off the mortgage for the local community center, was founded all the way back in 1948! This famous fishing tournament was one of the major turning points in Destin’s history, launching it from a sleepy town to the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." Every year, tens of thousands of visitors make their way to this charming city for the tournament, providing a huge boost to the local economy. This is especially true for vacation housing, with profits being significantly higher during the tournament than the rest of the year. A truly great investment opportunity for those looking for a vacation home!

These days, Destin is home to the most elaborate fishing fleet in Florida, as well as a wide range of recreational activities. There's something here for everyone; whether you’re looking to be a full-time resident or just invest in a lovely vacation home, there is no shortage of fun to be had!

No longer a fishing village, Destin has transformed into a vacation destination and modern hub of activity for locals. Whether you are looking to become a permanent resident, buy a vacation home, or invest in rental property, I can aid you in your search. Shoot me an email today to get started on your real estate adventure in Destin.