Gulf Waters

Young girl is all smiles as she glides on wave on her surfboard in emerald green waters.

Henderson Beach State Park, located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, is known for its beautiful, crystal-clear waters and sparkling white beaches. The vibrant emerald green waters are undoubtedly the most mesmerizing feature of the park.

Emerald green waters shimmer in the sunlight and are unique because of the reflection of the sun off the sugar-white sand beneath the waves.  In the clear waters, you may see a variety of marine life including tropical fish, dolphins or a sea turtle if you’re lucky. The waters are typically between 75 - 80 degrees most months and are a refreshing way to beat the heat and Florida sunshine.

Henderson Beach View of Shoreline

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the colored flags posted at welcome stations and on the beaches.

These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach:

  • Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds, surf and/or rip currents
  • Single red means high hazard with high surf and/or strong currents
  • Yellow means medium hazard with moderate surf and/or currents
  • Green means low hazard
  • Purple means that stinging marine life may be present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

Destin is known as the luckiest fishing village in the world. Visitors wishing to try their luck in the surf may catch popular species such as pompano, red fish, flounder, catfish, whiting and sometimes cobia.  Keep in mind fishing is prohibited between the boardwalks and fish cleaning stations are not available. 

Wade along the shoreline, dive in or grab a paddle - you won’t want to miss this slice of paradise!