James Lee Park Beach

White sand beach
James Lee Park, Destin, FL 32541, USA (47 miles from Panama City Beach, FL)
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • AccessibilityEasy beach access
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • PlaygroundKids will have fun!
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Arrive early (before 10 AM) to grab a parking place. Only ~160 spots available!

James Lee Park Beach, or the Crab Trap Beach, is a large and spacious white-sand beach on Destin’s beautiful coastline in Florida. Well-equipped and well-maintained, it features all necessary beach facilities, such as clean restrooms and changing areas, as well as a children’s playground, excellent restaurant, several dune walkovers, pavilions, and two picnic areas with ample wooden tables and benches. The beach is accessible for handicapped and also features bike racks.

Parking Matters

The beach boasts a perfect location and is quite popular with visitors. At the same time, free and convenient parking is limited and frequently gets over-occupied. There are only 160 parking spaces, including a few spots for handicapped drivers, and they’re taken quickly, already in the morning in high season, on holidays and weekends. It is recommended to arrive either in the early hours or in the middle afternoon when the early visitors start to leave.

The parking lot is located very close to the ocean – it’s convenient to leave food and equipment in the car and fetch things whenever you may need them. Moreover, picnic tables will be right there on your way to the ocean!

Services and Facilities

The beach offers clean and well-kept facilities, such as restrooms with changing areas and rinse showers. The famous Crab Trap restaurant – which gave the beach its second name – is located on site and offers excellent cuisine and drinks. Don’t hesitate once you get hungry! There is also a beach bar and chair and umbrella rentals to make your stay on the beach more comfortable.

As you see, everything is here and you don’t need to go far away to take a shower or have dinner.

Spectacular Florida Beach

James Lee Park Beach is one of the most spectacular Florida beaches, featuring wonderful sugar-white fine sand, soft to the touch and perfect for sunbathing, and clear emerald water, enjoyable for swimmers as well as for strollers (just beautiful!). The swimming conditions are quite safe – there are lifeguards on duty from early March until the end of October. There are also good waves for those taking up water sports.

If you’re in no mood for swimming or lying in the sun, taking a stroll might be a great idea. Other popular activities include picnicking, beachcombing, and fishing. James Lee Park Beach is also a popular choice for marriages. No wonder! The views are so romantic... There's really not much to say, actually – it's simply a perfect place to relax and spend your vacation.

Driving time

  • 1 hour 15 minutes driving time from Pensacola
  • 2 hours from Mobile, Alabama
  • 3 hours from Montgomery, Alabama

What we loved

  • Beach area: swimming and tanning
  • Nice playground for the little ones 
  • The Crab Trap restaurant
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The beach is located in Destin, Florida James Lee Park, Destin, FL 32541, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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James Lee Park Beach photo by Lynn D. Aing
October 5, 2017
Lynn D. Aing
Celebrating our little girl this week at one of her favorite places.
James Lee Park Beach photo by Brandi Polvado
April 4, 2017
Brandi Polvado
My way of trying to convince @c_monahas to move here. β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸ˜ŽπŸ’™πŸ–πŸ„πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
James Lee Park Beach photo by Natalia Monreal πŸ‘‘
July 30, 2018
Natalia Monreal πŸ‘‘
Salty but sweet πŸŒŠβ˜€οΈ
James Lee Park Beach photo by Jaylyn Bishow
May 17, 2017
Jaylyn Bishow
Not excited about cool sand and warm water at all.
James Lee Park Beach photo by Lane Mcdanal
May 26, 2018
Lane Mcdanal
Today was a good day. πŸŒ…
James Lee Park Beach photo by Emerald Coast Pickleball Club
July 28, 2015
Emerald Coast Pickleball Club
Jeff's pic of Ashley and Olivia on Destin beach
James Lee Park Beach photo by DestinShines
August 8, 2015
Beautiful day on the beach!
James Lee Park Beach photo by The South Gal Flair
September 15, 2017
The South Gal Flair
It is hard to beat a Destin sunset while eating chipotle with your fiancΓ© on the beach (ps do you see the moon) β˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸŒ΄πŸ˜‹
James Lee Park Beach photo by Aly
April 20, 2018
On our way for #pbe2018 and had to take a #beachbreak. Love these girls and proud of them.
James Lee Park Beach photo by πŸ¦πŸ¦„πŸ¦june johnstonπŸ¦πŸ¦„πŸ¦
March 27, 2018
πŸ¦πŸ¦„πŸ¦june johnstonπŸ¦πŸ¦„πŸ¦
Beach bum 🌴🌴🌴
James Lee Park Beach photo by Kevin Burrow
April 7, 2018
Kevin Burrow
Just another day at the #beach #brothers #springbreak
James Lee Park Beach photo by destiny beachhouse
October 29, 2018
destiny beachhouse
Nature's beauty
James Lee Park Beach photo by KarlenSponcel
June 19, 2016
Ohhh Anna is be buried by her daddy but she's sure looks happy about it :)