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Recent Destin Area reviews

  • Snowbirds at the Mermaid House

    "After a long two days of traveling from Wisconsin, we arrived safely at the Mermaid House to find it just what we expected. It was clean as a button and had everything we needed to call it home for the next 2 months. Angela was readily available for any questions or issues we encountered. We had to leave for a death in the family and when we returned all was again in order and we even had a different stove. The weather was not warm but surely warmer than what Wisconsin was experiencing in January and February. We did not have to shovel anything and we could enjoy our daily walks absent of winter coats. Our buddy Wilbur could go potty without digging in the snow! He loved to kick at the grass he remembered from summers past. Our neighborhood was quiet and safe and we could enjoy walks around the block or to the ocean. My only complaint: We are great dog owners and we were always out with a bag to pick up the waste. Each morning we were surprised by a gift from someone else's dog! Right there in the front yard. What will Angela do when we are no longer able to pick up the waste? It is not Willie. Also, dog owners from our community leave their dogs waste bags along Sandy Cay and we would have to gather them when returning from the beach. It surely does not show the neighborhood off well. We always say: One bad apple can ruin the basket. We are returning to stay in a home managed by Angela. Thanks VRBO for the ability to find what we needed."
    Guest: Patty D. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 23, 2015
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  • Beach Retreat

    "My wife and I nested here in Feb the last 2 years. It was wonderful from the beginning and we looked forward to returning all year. The sight and sound of the gulf from the balcony makes it almost unnecessary to go down to the beach. I still like to get my feet wet, but she is happy inside. She actually loves being in the kitchen. I also bike the greenway across the street, perfect way to explore Destin, and Louise has a storage area at the front of the condo that has room to store 2 bikes. She also has anything you might need to play at the beach. My daughter and grandkids get to come down for a long weekend during our stay. Then the fun really starts. Both visits we have had at least one good day for the beach during their stay. First year we made a life sized sand dolphin, this year we made a shark, complete with shell teeth, next time we plan to do a large sea turtle. This has been wonderful for my wife and I, the best way I know to celebrate my retirement. This is our happily ever after place. Louise was great, listening to all our quirks and providing any extras we needed to make our stay perfect. It was great dealing directly with her, realizing how special this is to her and appreciating sharing it for a while. She was quick to respond whenever we had questions. I would highly recommend this piece of paradise to anyone wanting to come to Destin."
    Guest: Johnny Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 25, 2015
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  • Clean, Across from beach access, Close to everything.

    "Our family enjoyed the proximity to everything."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: November 3, 2014
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  • Beautiful condo. Great view!

    "Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This is a great condo. Beautifully decorated and well equipped. Fantastic view and perfect location in Beachside II. Couldn't have asked for better accomodations."
    Guest: A guest from Tallahassee, FL Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 6, 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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