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This beach has had extensive development, but it is still a very pretty beach, and has lots of good Places to shop, eat, and have fun. There are only a couple of small strip centers on scenic gulf drive, along with a few scattered stores. The major shopping centers are at the east and west ends of scenic gulf drive, back on US Hwy. 98. This beach has a laid back atmosphere, but it is a lot busier than the other beaches of south walton.
There is one large shopping mall on US Hwy. 98, at the east end of Miramar Beach. There are also two fairly good sized grocery stores, and a drug store on the east end of scenic gulf drive. The small shopping centers that have the grocery stores also have restaurants, and a couple of ice cream places You can find family vacation packages for this beach which offer amenities like free tennis, golf, and amusement park tickets.
Back in the seventies miramar beach was famous for having destin's best, and only, fishing pier. It was a good pier, one of the best on the gulf coast. A lot of record setting fish were caught here. We lost the pier to a hurricane sometime in the seventies, and the only reminder for younger folks is the Old Pier Motel, which is located near the place where the pier was.
If you cross the road to the beach at the old pier motel, you can still see the pilings that supported the pier, out in the gulf. This is a good place to snorkel, and has been a good place to surf.
The east end of Henderson Beach, Crystal Beach, and Miramar Beach all lie along this stretch of scenic gulf drive. The visitor will not be able to tell where one beach ends and another begins, as there are no signs. If you have any thing delivered, make a note of which beach you are on, as it is a bit of help to the local people. That information should be included in the driving directions you get from the rental agency, or home owner.
There are three nice sea food restaurants on the beach, and several smaller ones. At the east end of miramar beach, back on hwy. 98, there are some fast food restaurants. Of course you are only a short drive into town, which has many restaurants, including fast food places, and one buffet.
The Track, and Big Kahuna's, are on hwy. 98, on the way into town. The Gulfarium is near Fort Walton Beach Florida, on Okaloosa island, which is about 15 miles west of miramar beach, on hwy. 98. You will find most of the vacation adventures around destin's harbor.
Many properties in the destin area offer amenity packages that may include tickets to area attractions, free golf or tennis, or other some other family vacation package. Ask your rental agency.