Destin is located in Okaloosa County on Florida's Emerald Coast in the northwestern portion of the state. This area is also known as the Florida Panhandle.
Situated between Fort Walton Beach and Miramar Beach, Destin is located on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhachee Bay along U.S. Highway 98. Destin is in the Central time zone. It is just under 50 miles east of Pensacola, Fla. and just over 40 miles west of Panama City Beach, Fla. It is directly south of Niceville, Fla., across the Choctawhachee Bay. Destin is famous for its white sandy beaches and emerald green waters.