When you think about the Emerald Coast the first thing that comes to mind is sugar white sand and glimmering emerald waters.
Destin has some of the clearest waters you could ever hope to see in the Gulf of Mexico.
A lot of questions are asked on how our little piece of paradise is so beautiful. Some say that got its name and the beautiful gem colored tone of the water because the narrowest continental shelf in the Gulf is off of our coast.
The DeSoto Canyon extends underwater in from the deep offshore waters toward our little slice of heaven. The part of this undersea canyon closest to the shore is “The Nipple,” an area renown as a fisherman’s paradise.
The canyon funnels clear waters toward Destin while the northern Gulf of Mexico moves in a counterclockwise direction sending the murky Mississippi River waters westward and far from our pristine beaches.
So now that you know about how our waters came to be so dazzling, your next thought might be “how did the sand get to be so white?”
Our beach sand consists of small quartz particles. This sand came from a process involving the Appalachian Mountains and the Apalachicola River 20,000 years ago. At the end of the last Ice Age when the world temperatures began warming and the ice caps began melting, large volumes of water were carried by the rivers to the world’s oceans. The Apalachicola River, rising in the Appalachians, carried water to the Gulf of Mexico and continues today.
This water carried the quartz particles from the rock that forms the Appalachian Mountains and deposited them in the Gulf of Mexico, just 125 miles to the east of what is now Destin. As the sea level began to rise, these quartz sands eventually formed a new shoreline. The sands today continually replenish and reach as far west as the Pensacola Pass, their final destination.
Seeing such perfect works of natural art collide is an experience like few others. It’s no surprise that our natural art inspires artists all over the world
Florida has 1,800 miles of coastline and 1,100 miles of beach. This is more beautiful beachscape than any other state can boast!
As beautiful as all Florida beaches can be, it is the 24 miles of sandy shoreline here in Destin on Florida’s Emerald Coast that brings the lion’s share of attention to our edge of the water.
Before you head to these beautiful beach works of art, however, be sure to check the forecast for high tides, low tides, hours of maximum fish activity, weather conditions and other useful information at sites such as tides4fishing.com and know what the beach flag warning colors mean for safety.
For more information on our beaches, tide and fishing resources, and safety information, our concierge staff is always available to answer your questions.
Call the Palms of Destin today at 877-447-3767 to plan your sea escape!