Before the 1980’s, the look was very different along the Emerald Coast. At that time everything was considered Destin, including the South Walton area of 30A. Most of the communities such as Harbor Walk Village, Miramar Beach, and Baytowne Wharf were yet to be built. Nor were the communities along 30A such as Watercolor, Seaside, Watersound, Alys Beach, Seacrest and Rosemary. Emerald Coast Parkway was non-existent. There was just Old Highway 98, a two lane road that went from east to west across the center of the peninsula until it crossed into present day Miramar Beach. At this junction, across from present day Silver Sands, it curved down towards the beach and to Destin. This same two lane road is all that is left of Old 98 and contains approximately five miles of beach providing a variety of luxury homes and condos in Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida. It’s large sidewalks are a favorite for jogging, walking or biking or those that just want to relax can take in the sunset at one of the outdoor bars at The Crab Trap or Pompano Joes.
Along Scenic Highway 98, you’ll find a variety of beach condominiums and townhomes, local beach shops and local seafood. 790 On The Gulf is a great restaurant with a New Orleans flare located on Scenic Gulf Drive inside the Inn at Crystal Beach.
At the west end of Scenic Highway 98 is Henderson Beach State Park and Henderson Inn with just a short commute north to the Destin Common Mall. Located on the east end in Walton Co in Miramar Beach is the large designer outlet center, Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The outlet hosts an array of national retailers including Vera Bradley, LeCruset, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Off 5th and more.
Notable planned communities along Scenic Hwy 98 from west to east are: Crystal Beach, Destin Shores, Destiny West & East, Destiny By The Sea, Avalon Beach Estates, Seascape, and St Tropez.
Top condominium communities are: Crystal Dunes, Emerald Dunes, Villa Coyaba, Crystal Sands, Mediterranea, Delos Townhomes, Majestic Sun, Ariel Dunes, Avalon Dunes, The Crescent, and Grand Dunes.