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“Great Stretch of Beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541
850-837-7550
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Destin
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Great Stretch of Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

After an hour or so at The Back Porch on our first day we knew that wasn't for us. It was just way too crowded. Henderson was recommended to us and we loved it! The sand is soft and water is clear. We had a great time!

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“less people than the resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We decided to try this out when we got tired of all the crowds at our resort. There were much less people here and the water was clearer. Very nice beach with pavilions and showers. I would go back instead of using our resort beach.

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HOWE
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“Great location and nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There are several things I did not like.
First: You cannot buy weekly pass. So every day you have to show up $6.00 to enter. Purposely I gave them 20 Dollars bills every day.
Second: There are NO RULES about playing loud music on the beach and disturbing other people who are trying to relax. Listening Korean techno pop is not relaxing to me. However, to test this, next time I will bring a boom box and play loud German marsh music.
Third: No rules about smoking. So ask around if someone is smoking or intend to do so and set your umbrella up the wind.
Fourth: Some liquid soap would be desired to be present in the facilities provided. (What a sentence).
Fifth: IS POSITIVE: Great beach and clear water.
Note: Avoid mid June - mid July as sea weed will be present, spoil your swimming and turn the water color to green.

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carmel, IN
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“Great beach experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were staying in Pensacola beach but wanted to check out the Destin area. Saw the reviews on this site and decided to go to Henderson Beach. Cost $6 to enter the park for the two of us. The beach was clean and not crowded. Had a quiet, relaxing time.

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Carbondale, Illinois
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“Great family beach area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Non commercialized beach area. This is a great area for families. It is very clean and unsigned crowded. There is a fee of about $8 self pay. Definitely worth it to have lots of space to spread out and play.

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