Vacationing in the Destin area is a one of a kind experience. Whether you’re here with the family, your significant other, or checking out the area with friends- Destin is the go-to place in Florida for white sandy beaches and memories to last a lifetime.

Nothing can compare to the Emerald Coast.

Aside from the beauty of the region, visitors are also here to check out local attractions- including the busiest and best beach bars in Destin.

As a follow up to last week’s Best Drinks post- we are pleased to offer, in no particular order, some of the best ‘beach bars’ in Destin. We could include them all, but we wanted to offer up our favorites-

Pompano Joe’s
Located in Miramar Beach in the heart of the action, Pompano Joe’s is a local beach bar that offers incredible food, great drinks, and one of the few bars that is directly on the beach. If you’re in the area, pull up a chair and sit in the sand to enjoy drinks by some of the area’s best bartenders. For an appetizer, order their wings- they have an incredible flavor and go perfect with the standard bleu cheese dressing. They also have a location in Panama City Beach.

Whale’s Tail
Another local favorite, the Whale’s Tail at Seaside Resort sits less than a mile away from Pompano Joe’s. Another great place for food, drinks, and the beach atmosphere. Those most surprising thing about this bar is its incredible breakfast, which is served daily in the summer.

The Back Porch
Another fun bar in the heart of Destin, The Back Porch offers great seafood dishes, amazing views, and has enough space at the bar to enjoy summer sports on the flat screen TVs. It’s right next door to the Candymaker and several highrises, so it’s a perfect solution to those within walking distance.

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar
Offering three different levels of dining and entertainment, AJ’s sits harbor-side and offers live music, a dock viewing area, and a top of the line menu. It’s a great place for those looking to be ocean-side without the sand.