Is Harbor View Park Destin’s Hidden Gem?


Some might consider it to be the smallest park in Okaloosa County, but it can be your personal getaway. That is, if you know it’s there.

At less than one-half of an acre, .4 to be exact, Harbor View Park seems to fly below the radar of many Destin residents. It’s iffy whether or not they are aware that it exists. “Some are, some aren’t,” City Councilman Cyron Marler told The Destin Log this week.

The park is situated south of the intersection of Beach Drive and U.S. Highway 98, and east of the Grand Harbor condos. The public access drive to the park is part of the entrance to Grand Harbor.

City spokesman Doug Ranier said that Harbor View Park, and ones like it, “Serve the neighborhoods where they’re situated.” Even so, the park is open to all Destin residents, and those who are in-the-know may find it to be the perfect spot for a weekend lunch and a partial view of Destin Harbor.

Designated in 2000, Harbor View Park is open daily from dawn to dusk and features a waterfront deck area, benches, picnic tables, a bike rack, and a handicap parking spot. It’s one of 15 parks in Destin—including another really small one, Main Street Park, which is just under 1-acre—under the management of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.


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