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The World's Luckiest Fishing Village


Captain Leonard Destin founded Destin, FL in 1852 after multiple voyages to Florida's Gulf Coast. Leonard Destin established this small fishing village in what was known as Moreno Point. True to his Connecticut roots, Destin and his new bride Martha McCullom designed their home in the style of a New England cottage. Today, the site of Leonard and Martha Destin’s homestead is the location of Captain Leonard Destin Park.


Drawn by Destin’s success in the fishing business, families came to the area to try their luck. With more settlers arriving after the end of the Civil War, a close-knit fishing community continued to grow and thrive.


In 1950, then Florida Governor Leroy Collins visited Destin and only had an hour to spend out on a fishing boat. Because of the harbor’s close proximity to deep waters, Collins was able to catch a 29-pound king mackerel and stay on schedule. The big catch led Governor Collins to name Destin the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” in a statement to the press.


Destin’s quick access to deep waters continues to ensure that it is a top fishing destination. Home to the largest American charter fishing fleet, Destin also boasts beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and family fun.

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