Part A---General Information
Destin is in West Florida, 47 miles cast of Pensacola, 'and 60 miles northwest
of Panama City. Destin is on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and
Choctawhatchee Bay. The elevation is from 10 to 40 feet.
U. S. Highway 98 passes through Destin. Rail service is available to
Crestview.- Several bus lines serve Dostin. Air service is not available.
Okaloosa County had a population of 16,155 in 1945. Destin is an unincorpo-
rated town and its population figures were not reported. The Dostin election
precinct had a 1945 population of 336.
(Based on-U. S. Weather Bureau'observations at Niceville, Florida.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 53.8 3.78 July 80.5 8.05
February 55.0 4.70 August 80.2 6.70
March 59.2 4.95 September 77.6 6.28
April 65.5 3.37 October 69.2 3.74
May 72.6 3.12 November 59.2 3.58
June 79.1 5.90 December 54.2 4.68
Annual 67.2 58.85
Destin was named for Captain Leonard Dostin who was a pioneer snapper fisher-
man. Captain Destin's home, built in 1866, is still standing, and is be-
lieved to be the oldest home.betwoen Pensacola and Panama City.
6. Maior Sources of Income
The main sources of income are commercial fishing and tourist trade. There
is an increasing demand for cottages.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
4. Recroational Clubs
The Community Club in Destin has no dues and membership is open to everyone.
It is supported by income from fish fries and individual contributions.
5. Civic Organizations
6. Fraternal Organizations
7. Organized Entertainment
Dances, fish fries, and various other entertainment at the Community Club
every Saturday afternoon and evening.
8. Recreational Facilities
Destin has one of the finest white sand beaches on the Gulf Coast. It is
free of sharks, under-tows and other objectionable features. There are few
days, even in the winter, when surf bathing is not delightful.
Quail, duck, deer, woodcocks, and snipes are found in this section. Prac-
tically all hunting land near Dostin is unposted. Hunting lodges and hunting
guides are not available.
Salt water snappers, groupers, redfish, mackerel, pompano and sailfish are
caught in the Gulf of Mexico and Chotawhatchee Bay. Fresh water bass, bream,
and catfish are found in the many lakes around Destin. There are no fishing
camps. Charter fishing boats are available. The price is $5 per person,
with a minimum per boat of $35. Some of the boats will-carry 30 to 40 persons.
Presbyterian and Episcopal denominations have services in Destin.
Therc are no hotels in Destin, but there are several hotels at Fort Walton,
six miles cast of Destin.
2. Tourist Courts
Silver Sands Cottages. U. S. Highway 98, on the Gulf of Mexico. Six new
cottages, electrically equipped. On a beautiful beach. Mail inquiries
should be addressed to Mr. George A. Carlton, Box 8, Valparaiso, Florida.
A. H. Fox. On U. S. Highway 98, eight miles east of Fort Walton. Four new
cottages on a beautiful beach. Summer rates, $4 per week. Mail inquiries
should be addressed to Mr. A. H. Fox, Destin, Florida.
3. Guest Homes
There are no guest homes at present, but several are under construction.
4. Trailer Parks
5. Eating Places
Kelloy's and Ed Marlor's.
Further information on Destin can be obtained from:
Mr. Tyler Calhoun
P.O. Box 17