When you picture a vacation in paradise, chances are you envision soft, warm sand stretching for miles and the endless ocean in front of you. Your worries wash away with the receding tide. The sun radiates down as you soak up the rays and enjoy the anticipated relaxation that comes from a day at the beach. And, let’s face it, the clearer the water and more pristine the beaches, the better the beach vacation!
If you plan to vacation in Florida, a state that is literally surrounded by beaches, you might think it hard to choose the best one. We will make it easy for you. Your hunt for the best beach and clearest water in Florida is over! Destin, Florida and the surrounding area boast the most pristine beaches and crystalline water in Florida, even ranking amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Destin and the Emerald Coast have consistently rated as the number one beach in Florida, even when compared to other contenders with incredibly clear waters like Anna Marie Island. According to the article “Which Beach Has the Clearest Water in Florida”, at the end of the last Ice Age, chunks of white quartz crystal were carried into the Gulf of Mexico by the Apalachicola River. Thousands of years of tidal action transformed the quartz into a pure, crystalline powder resembling something between sugar and snow! The pure white beach balances beautifully with the clear, emerald water for some of the most spectacular beach views.
How does the water along this stretch of the Gulf Coast remain so clear and seemingly untouched? The Choctawhatchee Bay acts as a filter for river sediment, limiting the amount of sediment that is actually deposited into the Gulf. Whereas other areas situated along the coast deal with large sediment deposits directly into the ocean or Gulf, the natural drainage provided by the bay leaves the Destin waters crystal clear and perfect. Combine this with the water’s jeweled colors of emerald and blue, and it is no wonder these picture-perfect beaches are fondly referred to as the Emerald Coast!
From lounging under a beach umbrella to building castles from the sugary sand to exploring the world beneath the waves, Destin’s beaches offer something for everyone. Plan a family vacation, a couple’s retreat, or a girls’ getaway to enjoy the beaches your way. You will find that you enjoy the striking hues and gorgeous views. To make it even better, unlike the cloudy waters along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, nothing will ever be able to sneak up on you in those clear waters!
Ready to dip your toes in ocean waves as clear as a swimming pool? Or wade into the warm Gulf waters up to your shoulders, and still see your toes sinking into the shimmering sand? We could not have made your choice any more clear! (See what we did there?) Book your vacation rental with Ocean Reef Resorts to enjoy the clearest water and prettiest beach in Florida.