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Recent Destin Area reviews

  • Grandparents Dream Vacation

    "We had 3 generations, 17 total family members. Six different households represented. Plenty of room for everyone to have privacy. Plenty of parking and house well stocked. Short walk to beach even the 3 and 4 year old could walk if needed. The children ages 3 to 16 really enjoyed the pool at night after a day at the beach. Jo-Jo was so kind to bring gas for grill in the middle of day after we ran out. There was not one complaint from anyone in our group, everyone thought it was the perfect set-up and custom made for our family. If we take another family trip to Destin I am sure this would be the first place we would all look into renting."
    Guest: Debbie S. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 12, 2014
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  • Perfect Stay!

    "This condo is roomy and well equipped for all of your needs. Balcony is awesome! Sarah was a pleasure to deal with! Great family condo! Close to everything! We will be back next year! Definitely our favorite! (Use the older guy at the beach for chairs, he stayed the longest each day for you to get your $$ worth!)"
    Guest: Angie G. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 5, 2014
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  • Beautiful Week in Destin

    "Condo was very nice and clean and well stocked. Had a beautiful week. Will definately rent again. Smooth rental process and quick deposit return."
    Guest: Katrina Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 5, 2014
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  • Perfection at it's best!

    "My family and I have visited Destin every year now for the past twenty plus years. We have rented houses, condos and even other condos at Surfside. We have found one now that I can honestly say, we will visit again! Surfside is convenient to the beach, shopping and dining which are all things that my family loves to do. We loved the onsite restaurant for evenings when we didn't feel like leaving Surfside. It didn't hurt that the service was great and the food was delicious! The owner even keeps notes in the condo for renters to reference some of her favorite local restaurants and things to do. That was a definite plus! We love to try new things. We also have found some of our favorites! We spend hours and hours every year trying to find the perfect accommodations for our annual trip to Destin. We have to search no more! Our experience was awesome from making reservations to our departure. The owner is amazing and very easy to communicate with. When we arrived and walked through the door, we knew we were home for the week! The condo is beautiful with very nice furniture and appliances. It is beautifully decorated with the owner's personal original oil paintings, which definitely is a nice touch. The kitchen was well stocked...more so than any other rental we have rented. There were plenty of linens and a large washer/dryer. The view of the beach from the balconies was breathtaking, especially in the evenings! The parking garage is very convenient to the condo. We enjoyed the pool one cloudy day. It is a nice size and there are two hot tubs, a tiki bar and bathrooms located in the same area. I honestly can't think of anything that wasn't perfect about our stay. We can't wait to go back!"
    Guest: GiGi Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: January 9, 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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