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Recent Destin Area reviews

  • Wonderful

    "We just got back from a week at the Gathering Place. The condo was very clean and had everything you could think of and more. We enjoyed fishing right off the deck. The pool was great, favorite of our kids. The beach is an easy walk, and the chair and umbrella setup was awesome. If you are looking for a good place to eat we loved Harry T's, and Dewey's Destin Seafood. great food and service. The only issue was the noise from the upstairs condo, but that is to be expected."
    Guest: Megan H. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 16, 2014
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  • Our crazy fun week in Destin

    "Rating Details: I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was somewhat dirty. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Spacious home with good floor plan, convenient location, community well manicured with nice pool, playground, tennis courts. Destin Palms property management personnel very friendly and helpful. Fantastic weather. Golf cart died but the property management team did an excellent job getting it repaired and returned in about 24 hours. We left behind a couple of items and were notified within 2 hours with a gracious offer to mail them to us. There is a closet and garage with lots of fun toys for kids to enjoy. A few things I would recommend to the owner to make sure their investment is maintained:the cleaning service needs to be reprimanded and monitored. We were traveling with a crawling baby and 2 toddlers. Within 5 minutes of entering the home, they were VERY dirty from crawling around on the floors (their knees, hands and tops of feet were BLACK with dirt)either had not been mopped or a very poor job. The showers had small to moderate amount of mold in the corners and we know the cleaning service had only left about 4 hours before we arrived. Filters in central air returns were filthy and clogged (very hard on your AC unit). Linens and paint a bit worn and mattresses on sleeper sofas very uncomfortable. The property was advertised as accomodating 15 so there should be more towels/washcloths. There is a very nice gazebo on the rear deck but there were also 2 snakes and a nest of wasps or hornets that enjoyed the deck. We had 2 people stung so abandoned the rear deck for the front porch the remainder of the week but it was nice so not a big deal. We did not complain to the property management about any of these as we just wanted to enjoy our vacation and not have to deal with these relatively minor issues. Just wanted the owners/managers to know that, if these issues are dealt with, this one gets another star and your investment is more secure. Overall, we really enjoyed our week. Thanks"
    Guest: Marlene Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014
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  • Loved it

    "This place was so great for the price. Pool right in front, golf course out back, nice deck to relax, I definitely recommend it. children had a blast. Beach in the day, Pool in the evenings. And I really needed a vacation. : ) Thanks Debbie and Karen. Hopefully we can stay here again next year....."
    Guest: czr Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 30, 2014
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  • Fantastic home away from home

    "This house was absolutely beautiful and perfect for our family vacation. We had 8 adults and 6 children ages 1 to 7. Each family had their own bedroom and one extra for the children. The pool was a nice amenity. Just a short walk to the beach. Highly recommend the Stingray Shack. Would definitely stay here again."
    Guest: Judith S. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 1, 2014
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Destin Area Travel Tips

Destin is a charming, family-friendly vacation spot located between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay in Florida’s panhandle area. This beach locale is an oasis for families looking to travel to the unofficially named “Emerald Coast,” which runs from rowdy Panama City Beach to populous Pensacola. Destin is a wonderful place to relax and take in the sun for couples, friends and families alike, and comfortable, inviting Destin vacation rentals are abundant. Don’t miss out on these top Destin sites:

Beaches and State Parks

Destin is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, like these three:

Navarre Beach is less populated and free. Go fishing, take a stroll on the newly built pier - the longest on the Gulf Coast - or relax on the white sand with swaying beach grasses and scenic vistas. For a little adventure, go kayaking, canoeing, sailing or water skiing on the beautiful turquoise waters.

Henderson Beach State Park is another hidden gem. This site offers nature trails, bike trails, picnic areas, pristine beaches and plenty of glimpses at wildlife like migratory birds, turtles and small reptile species.

Grayton Beach State Park offers similar nature opportunities and stunningly clear waters. This state park also has massive sand dunes and 26 miles of beaches. It’s definitely a treasure.

Historic Sites

Destin and the surrounding Panhandle areas have several important and interesting historical sites. Families will enjoy Fort Pickens, which was built in 1834 and named after a general who fought in the Revolutionary War as part of the South Carolina militia. This historic fort is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is less than an hour drive from Destin. You can take a directed or self-guided tour and see Civil War artifacts here.

Another great spot is the Fort Walton Temple Mound, a present-day archaeological site that was host to the Mississippian mound-building Native Americans. It was probably a ceremonial site, and could have been built any time between 800 and 1600 A.D. Come here to check out the reconstructed temple and see beautiful excavated artifacts.

Step back in time to Destin’s fishing village history at the Destin History & Fishing Museum, where exhibits preserve photos, antiques and town history along with the array of types of fish caught in this “Luckiest Fishing Village.”

Things to Do

Play - Big Kahuna’s Water Park, located right in Destin, is fun for everyone with a long and winding lazy river, giant wave pool, several great slides and a kiddie pool featuring a pirate ship. You can also come here to play mini golf and race go karts around a figure-eight track. The Track packs go-carts, mini golf, arcade games and thrill rides into one fun family center for a day out of the water. Just 15 minutes away in Fort Walton Beach, the Gulfarium hosts marine animal exhibits and encounters. Spend a day playing with otters, sea turtles, seals, and sea lions.

Fish – From throwing a line in off the pier to chartering a sea fishing excursion, Destin is one great place to fish. Destin Fishing Forum is a good place to start for info on conditions, charters, fishing licensing and what to expect.

Golf – Destin is a year-round golf destination with options for everyone from world-class courses to public links perfect for a family outing.

Emerald Bay Golf Club is a highly-rated semi-private club open to the public, with garden and bay views and twilight rate deals starting at 2:00 p.m.

Baytowne Golf Club has been awarded Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play award multiple times and is a beautiful course with sweeping water views. Baytowne is open to the public and, with junior tees, is a great place for beginners.

Shop and Dine – Right on the Destin Harbor, you’ll have your pick of places to eat, stroll, and shop at HarborWalk Village. Eat fresh seafood with an amazing sunset view. Harry T’s is located at the iconic lighthouse and hosts live music every weekend. Shop for souvenirs or check out a local outfitter to book a dolphin cruise, watercraft rental or fishing charter. HarborWalk Village also hosts shows, events and seasonal celebrations.

Events

The Destin Seafood Festival (early October) – A tasty celebration that’s been running for more than 30 consecutive years. About 60,000 people attend this 3-day festival every year to appreciate local seafood, music, fireworks, and arts and crafts from local artisans.

The Sandestin Wine Festival (mid-April) - This four-day festival hosts winemakers from all over the U.S. Enjoy regional wines, tastings and learn how to appropriately pair wine with your meal.

Destin is an awesome spot for big-time fun and a small-town feel on vacation. Come here to experience the laidback Gulf Coast lifestyle and have a truly wonderful trip.

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