Named one of USA Today’s “Top Beaches in the U.S.,” the Emerald Coast offers 24 miles of sugar-white sand and emerald-green water, 13,000 accommodation options and dozens of world-class attractions – all just a shell’s throw away from the state-of-the-art Emerald Coast Convention Center. Your teams and athletes will feel they have the home-team advantage when they play their next tournament or competition in the Heart of the Emerald Coast.

There’s Plenty to Do Between Events.

Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island make up the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. An incredible range of indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as brilliant emerald green waters and sugar white sand beaches, make the Emerald Coast a natural choice for many sporting events. Volleyball, kiteboarding, swimming, and sailing … Here, you can do it all or simply kick back and do nothing at all.

Florida’s Emerald Coast is currently home to many annual sporting  events. These include national cheer and dance competitions, the USSSA World Series, the Emerald Coast Classic Basketball Tournament, Paddle at the Porch stand up paddle board competition and a bi-annual sand volleyball competition, to name just a few. Many golf and fishing tournaments also take place throughout the year. Surrounded by water, including the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, the Emerald Coast is perfect for water sports, such as racing and sailing. Boasting the country’s largest charter fishing fleet and known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, the destination is also an ideal choice for in-shore and deep sea fishing tournaments.


Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island also features ten beautiful golf courses, designed by top names in the business and featuring water views, bird sanctuaries and more to set your tournament apart. In addition, the area offers several large-scale recreation facilities, as well as 17 parks, with facilities ranging from multi-use fields to skate parks and an equestrian center, each ideal for your next event.

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Parks, Arenas and Complexes Fit Your Facility Needs

Emerald Coast Convention Center

Sports: Multi-use

The Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island provides 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, as well as nearly 35,000 square feet of indoor space, all of which can be customized
to suit the needs of your event. Currently home to many cheer, dance and martial arts competitions, the convention center is a multi-use space ideal for a range of sporting activities.

Morgan Sports Complex

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Sand Volleyball, Soccer, Softball

The Morgan Sports Complex is located in Destin moment from the beach and offers four regulation softball fields, two little league fields, and three soccer fields. The $3.7 million facility has already played home to many national and regional events, including the 2016 USSSA Road to the Beach Fast-pitch Baseball World Series. The complex also offers sand volleyball courts and a half basketball court.

Destin Sports Complex

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field

Just west of the Morgan Sports Complex is the Destin Sports Complex. This recreational center is ideal for a range of events, including running and football as it provides a 400-meter rubberized
track and regulation football field. The complex also offers a full basketball court and fields, some lighted, designed specifically for baseball, softball and soccer.

Preston Hood Athletic Complex

Sports: Baseball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Skateboarding

The Preston Hood Athletic Complex in Fort Walton Beach is an $8.5 million complex that opened in 2016. The complex is ideal for a range of sporting activities as it boasts 30,000 square feet of
multi-use space, as well as ten fields; five baseball, three soccer, and two softball. In addition to the athletic fields, the recreational center also includes a skate park and is home to the Emerald Coast Lightning lacrosse team.

Getting There

Getting to the Emerald Coast of Florida has never been easier! If driving, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island are located along U.S. Highway 98 on the southern coastline, which can
be easily accessed by Interstate 10 at several points.

Planning to fly? Choose the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS), currently offering flights through Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, and United. Direct flights are available from numerous cities throughout the country including Atlanta, Dallas, D.C., Memphis, Newark, St. Louis and many more.