O'Steen Beach

Renowned for its pristine white sands and crystal-clear emerald waters, this beach offers visitors a tranquil and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. O’Steen Beach is less commercialized compared to some of the more popular beaches in Destin, making it an ideal spot for those seeking a quieter and more intimate beach experience.

O’Steen Beach is where you will find the Destin East Jetty made of huge boulders stretching out into the water. The jetties serve as man-made reefs with plenty of marine life and are great for snorkeling. 

The beach is bordered by dunes and sea oats, providing a natural and unspoiled backdrop for sunbathing, beachcombing, and enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. The gentle waves and shallow waters make O’Steen Beach perfect for swimming, paddleboarding, and other water activities suitable for families and individuals of all ages.

It’s a little bit of a hike from the parking area to the beach, but worth every step. A beach wagon may not be such a bad idea if you have a lot of gear.

O'steen Beach access in Destin, Florida

O’Steen beach is close to Norriego Point Beach but not really accessible by walking along the beach. Both beaches are picturesque and great for photos.

O’Steen Beach faces the East Pass. If you’re an early riser, you can watch the fishing boats leaving Destin Harbor headed for the Gulf in the early mornings. Since this is also the beach for the Emerald Grande, it can get busy in the mid-morning and late afternoons.

Arrive early as there is limited space. There are no facilities at this beach. Also, be aware that it is a bit of a hike from the street out to the beach. Bring lots of water and sunscreen.


There are a total of 50 curbside spaces available along Holiday Isle's Gulf Shore Drive. You will need to download the passport parking app to pay for parking.


There is an outdoor shower and a bike rack.

O'steen Beach access in Destin, Florida