Here’s The Reason The Destin Sand Is So Amazing

I’ve spent many vacations and getaways enjoying Florida, the gulf coast, and of course – the Destin sand. As you know, it’s absolutely beautiful staring at the perfect blue water, bordered by that soft, clean white sand that looks and feels unlike the beaches from anywhere else in the world.

why is Destin's sand so white

Anyone that’s been to the Florida gulf coast knows how perfect the Destin sand is compared to other beautiful beaches. On a hot day, the Destin sand doesn’t seem to burn your feet.  Some have compared a walk along one of Destin’s beaches to stepping on pillows. There’s no doubt about it – the Destin sand is something special. But the scientific explanation to that perfect Destin sand gets a little complicated but we’ll try to make it simple.

In a nutshell, that beautiful white sand actually used to be part of a mountain. At the end of the last ice age, water from the Apalachicola River made its way to the Gulf of Mexico and carried quartz particles from rock that formed the southern Appalachian mountains.

Destin Sand

The sand gets its extra white color from naturally occurring “bleaching” from the sun and water.  Another big part of Destin’s near perfect sand (and near perfect water) is that the area isn’t polluted by water from rivers the way many beaches are. Those rivers often carry discoloring sediments that can make ocean water and sand appear dark or murky.

So the secret to the perfect Destin sand is that you’re actually walking on quartz particles!

According to the Destin History & Fishing Museum – “Not only does the sand sparkle, it actually squeaks when you walk on it from the sides of the grains of sand rubbing against each other.”

Sherry Rushing with the Emerald Coast CVB told me “Legend around the area is that if you leave the beach here with sand in your shoes – you’ll eventually find your way back.”

Well, I certainly didn’t need any sand in my shoes to tell you I’m definitely coming back.

Destin sand

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