romantic things to do in destin for couples

7 Romantic Things to Do in Destin for Couples

Destin, FL is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Between the white sandy beaches and perfect sunsets over the water, who could ask for a better location for some romance with your significant other?

If you’re looking for romantic things to do as a couple, Destin has a lot to offer.

Check out these 7 romantic things to do in Destin!

  • Romantic Dinner for Two
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Couples Photography Session
  • Couples Massage
  • Stay at the Henderson Inn
  • Dance at the Luna Ballroom
  • Rent a Sailboat Charter
  • Moon-lit Beach Walk

Romantic Dinner for Two

When you think of romantic things to do, dinner is one of the first things to come to mind.

Of course, you can have a romantic dinner anywhere. But since you’re in Destin, why not have a romantic dining experience that defines it? Check out these three romantic restaurants in Destin:

Beachwalk Cafe

When I want a romantic date night, Beachwalk Cafe is my go-to place to eat as a couple. Situated right on the beach at Henderson Park Inn, Beachwalk Cafe is a small, quaint dining experience with an upscale feel to it. The servers are professional and really go the extra mile to make you feel special. The food is incredible and there is a daily chef special.

If you want to take your romance to the next level, they have a dinner for two dining experience on the beach – literally! I can’t think of a more intimate setting with your significant other.

After dinner, they give you a rose to commemorate your experience, too.

Make sure you have reservations!

Beachwalk Cafe Beachside Dinner

Marina Cafe

Right on the Destin Harbor, Marina Cafe is a charming restaurant and a great place to take a date. They have candle-light dinners overlooking the Harbor and an amazing menu to compliment it. Seafood and pasta are the top selections and the chef creations are to die for.

They have an extensive wine list with over 100 choices. If wine is your thing, Marina Cafe might be your best bet.

Just like before, reservations are required if you want a guarantee to be seated.

Marina Cafe Destin

Louisianna Lagniappe

Finishing up our list, Louisianna Lagniappe is another romantic restaurant on Destin that has everything you need. It has fantastic views of the Destin Harbor, sports tables with white table cloths and candle-lit wicks, and the food is creole. If you like Lousianna cookin’, this place is for you.

Ensure you make reservations to guarantee being seated. This is especially important during the summer months!

Louisianna Lagniappe Sunset

Looking for some more restaurant options? These are my favorites.

Sunset Cruises

Another great way to enjoy Destin with your significant other is through a sunset cruise. If you’re interested in a dinner cruise, check out Sunquest Cruises and take a ride on the Solaris.

My husband and I got to enjoy this cruise once and it was a ton of fun. There is a DJ who plays music and they bring you a 3-course meal. You are welcome to wander around the ship and enjoy the views while you wait for dinner. They even have an open bar where you can grab a drink and head to the deck. The view up there is magical!

Another great option is the Fireworks Cruise with AJs Dolphin Cruises. On Thursdays (and special occasions) on the Destin Harbor, AJs takes passengers on a 1-hour cruise along the moon-lit waters of the Bay as you experience the fireworks. After the show, and if conditions are favorable, the crew takes you on a beach run. This is a unique experience that is only offered through AJs Dolphin Cruises.

Solaris Sunset Cruise in Destin
SunQuest cruises – the Solaris

Couple’s Photography Session

Destin is a beautiful place that has some amazing places to take pictures. Why not grab your significant other and get a couple’s photoshoot?

Who can I contact for a couple’s shoot?

Well, me, for one! I specialize in couples and family photography in Destin and I know how to bring out raw emotion and create an experience you’ll not soon forget. Many couples are slightly nervous if they’ve never had a couple’s photoshoot but trust that I can guide you and help bring out that passion for your significant other. You will forget you are getting your pictures taken!

Couple embracing in Destin on the beach
Destin Couples Photography

Get a Couple’s Massage

I don’t know about you, but I like to relax and a massage does it for me. Even better, a massage with my husband! If you’re looking to spend the day with your significant other, why not get a couple’s massage?

Most massage establishments offer couple’s massages with multiple packages and treatments. You can get a Swedish massage and a hot stone treatment while your other half gets a deep tissue! Couples’ massages are a great way to burn off stress and pave the way for a wonderful day together.

Here are my favorite spas in Destin:

  • Beverly Hills Day Spa
  • Salamander Spa at the Henderson Beach Resort
  • Family and Friends Massage Spa
  • Edge of Paradise Day Spa
  • Float Brothers Float Spa

If you want to go a little further, the Hilton in Sandestin has amazing massages, also!

Salamander lounge
Salamander Spa Lounge

Spend the Night at the Henderson Park Inn

Looking for a couples getaway or a staycation? The Henderson Park Inn is an adults-only Bed and Breakfast on the beach. With a large assortment of rooms overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, you are in for a romantic stay!

Beachwalk Cafe is on-site if you’re looking for a romantic dinner and there are many amenities for you to enjoy:

What are some amenities?

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Picnic-style box lunches
  • Bicycles!
  • Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels are available
  • Fire pits (my husband and I love using these!)

What are the rooms like?

  • Multiple suites (mini suite, honeymoon suite, coastline suite, executive double suite, etc).
  • Large rooms, depending on the suite.  Fantastic beachfront views are available with several of them.
  • Some corner suites have a fireplace!
  • Private en suite bathrooms
  • Beach-type furniture and designs
  • Whirlpool tubs in some units

Henderson Park Inn
The Henderson Park Inn

Ballroom Dancing at Luna Ballroom

Are you the type of couple that likes to get down? Dancing just might be for you!

At Luna Ballroom, they offer a little bit of everything. Are you interested in private lessons to work on your skills as a couple? They do that!

Maybe you want to attend social dances and perform dances like the tango and rumba? They do that, too!

Dancing is a very intimate act and will help you build trust in your relationship.

Dancing at Luna Ballroom in Destin FL

Hire a Sailboat Charter

Want to spend the day on the water as romantically as possible? Rent or hire a sailboat charter! A 14ft Catamaran might be just the right size for the two of you. Need more space? Try out a 31ft Catamaran, instead!

Smile-N-Wave has a great sunset sailboat charter where you can enjoy the Gulf of Mexico with the solitude of a sailboat. They even include all the gear so you don’t have to bring anything with you.

You might even get to see some dolphins!

Sunset sailing in Destin - Romantic things to do

Moonlit Beach Walk

You know I just had to include something as cliche as moonlit walks on the beach, right?

But you see, in Destin, moonlight walks on the beach are unique because that pillowy-white sand just feels so good on your feet!

There is also a good chance that when you plan to take your special person to the beach, the moon isn’t over the water! How do we predict when the moon will appear over the water?

First, understand that the moon appears at certain times and phases in the Florida Panhandle. Assuming the water is to the south, the first quarter moon would be south around sunset, the full moon around midnight, and the third quarter moon around sunrise.

The best way to determine when the moon appears over the water is with Stellarium. It allows you to inspect astrological formations in real-time! This way, you know for sure when that moon is going to appear in just the place you want it to. It even shows the phase of the moon.

Check out this example within Stellarium that shows changing the time so that the moon appears right over the water

I hope these 7 things to do in Destin for couples helps you find the perfect romantic activity for your trip or staycation. Is there another activity you have to try?

Let me know below!

5 thoughts on “7 Romantic Things to Do in Destin for Couples”

  1. Rachel Rolanda Harris-Boyd

    Hello hope all is well , Do you have to book these deals weeks ahead or can it be a day b4 or anytime possibly ?

    1. christi.pennington


      During the summer months (end of May thru middle August) I would advise booking as far in advance as possible. During the offseason (Sept/Oct – Mar/Apr), you would have a better chance of booking a day in advance. These are all highly popular activities and Destin is experiencing even higher tourism than ever before. 2021 is going to be very, very busy here!

    1. christi.pennington

      Happy Anniversary! I hope that this list helped you to plan something wonderful and unforgettable with your other half!

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