Let’s face it, for most of us working is a fact of life. Some sources proclaim that on average we’ll spend one third of our life at work over the course of our lifetime. Depending on what you do, that might mean being cooped up in an office or stuck behind a desk somewhere, dreaming of a tropical getaway. Well, for those fortunate enough to have the flexibility of choosing from where you can work, there is no reason why you can’t have the best of both worlds. Sure, you could set up at home and enjoy many of the benefits of working remotely, but where’s the excitement in that? Maybe it’s time to push the boundaries a little.
Why not broaden your horizons and experience a different culture or challenge yourself in a new environment? You might find yourself inspired with more creativity in your day-to-day and may even network your way to even more opportunities. Depending on your destination, you may even save some money if the cost of living there is lower, but most importantly you will undoubtedly find work more fulfilling, so that you can better balance work and play time.
Destin ticks off all of these boxes, so we’ve chosen four of our favorite establishments where you can set up for the day and get plugged into. Please do not let the office plant be the most natural you see all day!
East Pass Coffee Co.
Opening Times: Everyday except Wednesday 6:00am – 2:00pm
If you’re looking for a comfortable and inviting work environment close to the harbor, then East Pass Coffee Co. is a superb choice to check out.. Here in Destin, this is a community favorite, and it won’t take you long to figure out why! Offering some of the best coffee in the area as well as a cozy atmosphere, regulars and visitors to the area alike comment that they feel right at home. And if you’re looking for a place with a fun backstory then this is the perfect spot. The owners are three friends, all locals to the area, who really believe in the power of a good quality coffee and a friendly face, and I’m sure we can all agree they’re not wrong there. Even if coffee isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a great variety of other options including delicious acai bowls, smoothies, toast, or a sandwich while you work. Another plus for this joint is that you can bask in plenty of natural light and fresh air so close to the harbor. So come get your work done here while enjoying a fresh coffee among our friendly community.
Delicious Crepes and Gourmet Food
Laid-back European Vibes
Opening Times: Everyday except Wednesday 6:00am – 2:00pm
Capriccio Cafe is another amazing spot to get some much-needed work done.. We love the super laid-back atmosphere which makes us feel like we’re tucked away on a quiet street corner, somewhere in Italy. The chilled vibes make it not only the perfect place to hang out but especially good to meet with colleagues, work away at your computer or even get some study done. They like to keep things traditional and authentic, so a lot of the ingredients they use are some of the highest quality, imported directly from Italy. You can order your favorite coffee, hand-brewed daily by professional baristas, in exactly the way you like it. Also worth mentioning are their gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads and pastries. But you simply cannot leave without trying their famous crepes for breakfast or lunch. If you’re looking for a welcoming place to work remotely, somewhere you can stay just for a coffee, or a place to work all day while treating yourself to some delicious food and drink then Capriccio Cafe is a must.
Fresh Seafood and Non-Seafood Menu
Music and Other Fun Activities
Opening Times: Everyday 11:00am–9:00pm
Next up to the plate is the fun and vibrant LuLu’s. When you fantasize about remote work, it is fair to say that it is somewhere reminiscent of warm weather on a beach getting a suntan. Well, with the ocean views from your table and a delectable seafood platter you can make this fantasy a reality. LuLu’s serves up an impressive menu for any seafood lover with their own twist of Southern flair and they also have a great allergy-friendly menu too. In fact, all the recipes have been designed from scratch by Lucy Buffett, the successful chef, author and younger sister of Jimmy Buffett. Which explains their commitment to presenting local and live music in the evenings. That’s right, get some work done, eat well, enjoy the ocean and stick around later for a boogie! All in the one spot, LuLu’s will certainly not disappoint.
Bad Ass Coffee
Hawaiian Blended Coffee
Comfy and Funky Décor
Opening Times: Everyday 7:00am – 5:00pm
Bad Ass Coffee, located only slightly outside of Destin, is yet another location to work remotely from, that you will definitely want to check out. Here, you can order an excellent cup of coffee as well as enjoy a unique experience that embodies the spirit of being a badass. Inspired by a little donkey who holds a special place in Hawaiian Coffee history, their staff and visitors embody the “Aloha Spirit” each and every day. The perfect place for a bad-ass remote worker like yourself! With a great environment, location, and design, this coffee shop is truly a hidden treasure. The staff are friendly, efficient and ensure that you get your coffee fix quickly, even at the busiest times. No need to search or find another place for food while you work, you can also treat yourself to their pastries or delicious muffins. Enjoy one of their specialty beverages, and custom coffee drinks with flavors like caramel, hazelnut, rum, and coconut. With so many positive reviews on Google, it is clear why so many locals and visitors come and enjoy such a memorable experience. So, grab a table outfront, enjoy the fresh air and get to work in this unmissable coffee shop that beats working in an office any day!
With so much to offer in terms of selecting a place to work of your liking, why not make Destin the next destination to get out of the office. While you are here, make the most of your trip by visiting Crab Island and booking a pontoon or jetski, the ultimate way to let your hair down after unplugging for the day.