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Henderson Beach State Park

Voted #6 Best U.S. Beach by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award in 2023

Imagine strolling down a pristine sugar-white sand beach with more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline bordering the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Just east of the heart of Destin, you can escape it all. No hotels or condos lining the beach. Just you and the natural beauty of the Emerald Coast. 

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Henderson Beach State Park was established for many reasons. Not only is it a great place for weddings, family reunions, and large events, it provides protection of the area’s natural features, and the last remaining coastal scrub area in Destin.

Henderson Beach State Park is ADA. Accessible amenities include beach wheelchairs, picnic pavilions, grills, and campsites.

Admission Fees

$6 per vehicle. Max. 8 people per vehicle. $4 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.


Sixty campsites are available with water and electric hookups and access to air conditioned and heated bathhouse facilities. A separate beach access boardwalk is provided and is A.D.A accessible.


Enjoy a .75-mile nature trail that winds around the beautiful sand dunes of the park. Expect to see several native trees and a variety of birds such as towhees, mockingbirds, snowy plovers, piping plovers and least terns.


Dogs are allowed in the park, in the campground and on the nature trail. However, they must be kept on a leash and they are not allowed on the beach or the playground. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the beach.


Henderson Beach State Park is an excellent choice for those who enjoy Caribbean clear turquoise waters and sparkling white sand that looks like it’s been bleached out by the sun. This beautiful beach getaway is only a day’s drive from many states in the U.S. Come see why Henderson Beach State Park received #6 Best Beach by TripAdvisors Travelers’ Choice Award.