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Recent Destin Area reviews

  • Great Stay

    "So glad I found this property, the pictures online do not do this condo justice. I have a family of 5 and we had plenty of room in this spacious condo. Kitchen stocked with plenty of pots/pans/ dishes/ utensils. Washer and dryer really came in handy. This condo is in the perfect location directly across the street from the beach & has a pool view. The only complaint my kids had was the TV's were "old" but then again we didn't watch much TV with the beach and so many shopping /eating venues nearby. I will be booking this condo again my next visit to Destin!"
    Guest: ASalinas Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 18, 2014
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  • All we expected and more!!!!!!

    "WOW! What a great place. My wife & I had our 4 children ranging from 15-21 and Mom with us. The house was perfect!!!! Very Clean, well kept, very well stocked, great beds, plenty of space. Grills on back porch were perfect & it was so nice to have access to storage shed that was full of fun stuff. We had some other family staying in the area for a few days & the kitchen/living area/back porch worked out great for dinner & visiting a couple nights. Plenty of options for dining out a short golf cart ride away too. Flemings did a great job handling 14 of us one night. Can't say enough about how great this home is!!!!!!! Dealing with the owner was as simple, easy, & pleasant as could be!!!! Super Nice. Property Manager was the same way. We did rent the optional golf cart and it worked out great as we really didn't have to get into the car or play taxi service to the kids the entire week if we didn't want to. The entire Sandestin property was very well manicured & clean. What a great place & so much to do....... Work out room & pool in laurel grove was wonderful and had everything anyone would need. We spent time everyday at the beach and it was absolutely awesome!!!!!!! This place is top shelf in every way. I'm looking for excuses to get back soon & will be checking Key Lime Cottage availability before confirming any plans……. :) "
    Guest: Family Fun Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 17, 2014
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  • Beautiful Townhome!

    "We just returned from a perfect week at Nancy's Fairway's Townhome! We arrived to find a spotlessly cleaned Townhome that was obviously professionally decorated. We loved having an updated kitchen and bathrooms with granite and stainless steel appliances. All appliances, dishes, glassware, towels, etc. were in perfect condition! We felt like everything was brand new! You will feel as if you are in a model home! The pier and deck were perfect for sitting out in the morning and evening with a beautiful view of the bay. We even got to watch the Baytowne Wharf fireworks from the pier, after an evening of being too tired to venture out again. The golf cart was in great condition and useful for little trips to the beach, grocery store or Baytowne Wharf. The kids loved riding in it and my husband and I enjoyed driving it around! Our sons enjoyed fishing off the pier and even caught several large bass fish. We enjoyed using the bikes for early morning and evening bike rides. It was a short ride to the beach, but we were always more relaxed on the bayside where it was much more private. Nancy did a wonderful job with providing so much information on the resort, the Townhome and recommendations for restaurants and activities in Destin. We loved the fact that beach chairs, umbrella, beach towels, etc were provided. We are a family of six, so to only pack our luggage was extremely helpful! You will not find a better place to stay in Destin!!"
    Guest: Kim S. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014
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  • Awesome

    "This is our forth time staying at Sterling Shores. The staff there is wonderful. The gentleman on night patrol (didn't even know they had one) was very helpful when our daughter and son in law's battery died in their vehicle. The maintenance staff is also very friendly and prompt. Elevator near us was out of commission but fixed by the next day. Stair door was stuck at the same time and they were fixing it within the hour we notified them. Smoke detecter in condo was beeping when we arrived. Ran into maintenance guy while unloading and battery was replaced within minutes. Thank you so much for the use of your condo for our vacation. Love Destin, Sterling Shores, and this condo. It was perfect for us and most importantly, it was very clean! View is fantastic! Sarah is great to work with and gets back with you very quickly with answers to any questions. Would definitely stay here again!"
    Guest: Illinois/Indy Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 8, 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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