Emerald waters lure travellers to Florida

Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define Florida’s Emerald Coast city of Destin — known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.

Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define Florida’s Emerald Coast city of Destin — known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.

Destin has been named the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for good reason.  Known internationally for the splendor of the Choctawhatchee Bay and its quick access to deep water,   Destin is the home of the Fishing Rodeo each October. The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, hosted by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort each June, and is ranked one of the top 10 billfish tournaments in the world.

It is also where you will find the World’s Largest Fishing Lure, measuring a remarkable 10 feet, 10 inches long, plus a two-foot metal treble hook at the bottom. It weighs more than 355 pounds. The home of this giant lure is Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and SS Spitfire Mercantile in the resort’s Baytowne Marina.

While it might not be reeling in giant fish anytime soon, The World’s Largest Fishing Lure will be on permanent display at SS Spitfire Mercantile at Sandestin and is expected to attract plenty of admirers. One doesn’t need to be a fishing enthusiast to appreciate the opportunity to touch, take pictures with or admire a world breaking specimen. As one young admirer said, “It’s awesome!”

The World’s Largest Fishing Lure even has a drink named after it, called the Flatliner, available at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina Bar and Grill where visitors can meet resident parrots Gilligan and Maryann and celebrate sunset each day with the ringing of the bell and blowing of the cannon.

The World’s Largest Fishing Lure was designed to bring attention to natural beauty of the area and to inspire people young and old to enjoy the thrill of fishing.  Each day, SS Spitfire Mercantile sells pounds of bait and tackle to aspiring anglers hoping to snag the “big one” in the Choctawhatchee Bay or the emerald Gulf waters, or participate in the catch and release program at one of Sandestin’s dozens of freshwater ponds.

If fishing isn’t your thing, the jewel of the Emerald Coast is the kilometres of fine, white sand and green-blue waters. Destin boasts some of northwest Florida’s favourite beaches. Visitors can boogie board, snorkel or parasail right from the beach or rent boats, jet skis and more.

If you want to hit the links, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the No.1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Gulf Coast. It is nestled on 2,400 spectacular acres from the Beach to the Bay. The resort features 30 charming communities with 1,400 villas, town home and condominiums.

Sandestin is part of South Walton, which was named as one of the top destinations in the world to visit by Frommer’s Travel Guide. Sandestin also features four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a 29-acre village featuring boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife.

For visitors who want to stay at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the resort offers several deals and discounts including a very popular late summer and fall free night promotion.

For information visit www.sandestin.com.