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Henna Tattoos

At several souvenir shops you can get a henna tattoo. These are NOT real henna tattoos. The henna is severely watered-down, and you'll be lucky if the tattoo lasts a week. They are relatively expensive to get (for how long they last!) and quickly wash off. A real henna tattoo should last at least a month.

Henna tattoos can be fun to get while on vacation, just don't expect it to last very long!

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2005
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Dolphin Boats

There are dophins everywhere in the Destin Harbor and bay. You do not need to go on a dolphin boat in order to see them! The Dolphin boats are very crowded, expensive, and do not even guarantee a dolphin siting.

Fun Alternatives: Instead of paying for a dolphin boat tour, I suggest renting jet-skis. You will have the same chance of spotting dolphins (you could simply follow the Dolphin tour boat around!!); in fact, I see dolphins almost every time I jet-ski in the bay.

And, if you do not get to see any dolphins (which possibility anyway on the big boat tour), and least you will have a TON of fun! Jet-Skis are a blast to ride on, and you'll get your money's worth

If you have little kids, I would take them to the Gulfarium instead of on a dolphin boat tour. The Gulfarium will give them closer look at dolphins, is less expensive, and a more enjoyable activity.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2005
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Airbrushed T-Shirts from Walmart

Wow. Okay, first let me say that the Walmart in Destin is unlike anything I've ever seen. Not only is it your typical walmart, but it has an enormous touristy section! This section contains rows upon rows of cheap shell souvenirs, racks of hats, t-shirts, etc, and the mighty air-brushing station.

I know these T-shirts look like a great idea...but please refrain from buying one. Not only will all the locals laugh at you, but you'll end up spending $40+ on a cheap t-shirt that will FADE after one wash.

Unique Suggestions: If you must get an airbrushed T-shirt...don't go to Walmart. Other souvenir stores have much cuter designs, and aren't as crowded (such as Alvin's Island). Wal-mart is an absolute ZOO, I would avoid it as much as possible.

Fun Alternatives: Instead of a tacky shirt that will be ruined after one wash, get a cute Destin T-shirt. They are a lot cheaper, and will last longer. There is a wide varierty of adorable Destin shirts located in all the souvenir shops along Hwy 98. In addition, there is a store called Distincively Destin located in Destin Commons which has cute souvenir shirts for the whole family.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2005
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