Most of the beaches in Destin are private and accessed only by the adjacent condo visitors and owners. Beach vendors begin setting up umbrellas and chairs very early in the morning along the water’s edge. If you want a front-row seat, you will need to make sure that beach service is part of your condo package or budget enough for daily rentals. Approximately $40 a day for 2 chairs and 1 umbrella. All beaches have public right away from the waterline and back for 20 feet. Some people do try to set up their umbrellas in front of the vendors but that can be quite difficult to achieve.
If you are not staying in a condo with beachfront access, there are small roped off portions of the beach for you to use, or you can visit one of the public beach parks. Henderson Beach State Park and James Lee Park have the most parking spaces available. Nevertheless, parking in Destin is at a premium and you must arrive very early to get a spot, especially in the high season. See the list of beach access points here.
Miramar Public Beach access is another area with lots of parking and facilities. It is located at 2396 Scenic Gulf Drive Miramar Beach, Florida 32550 next door to Pompano Joes Restaurant.