7 tips for finding your perfect place to stay in Destin

You’ve already found the perfect place to visit. Now it’s time to find the perfect place to stay!

Whether you’re taking a solo trip, escaping with your sweetheart, giving the family something to remember forever, or hanging with your besties, Destin-Fort Walton Beach has accommodations for everyone.

Here are seven things to consider:

How many people?

Solo travelers finally doing something for themselves – but wanting places to see and be seen – will find a relaxing luxury hotel surrounded by hustle and bustle an excellent fit, such as the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village.

For couples, a romantic bed and breakfast in Destin, FL, with fine dining and sunset beach walks will help you reconnect. One of the best places for couples to stay in Destin, FL – and the country – is the Henderson Park Inn.

For large families and groups, a vacation home is where to stay in Destin, FL. They are the most economical and let everyone spread out. Play board games in the kitchen. Have a grill party on the patio. Escape to your room for some quiet time.

Location, location, location.

If you’re into boats – fishing on them, partying on them, or just watching them parade by – plus high-end shopping, exclusive restaurants, and water parks, Destin is the place for you. If you enjoy a classic downtown with mom-and-pop shops, museums, history, and antiquing, Fort Walton Beach has that vibe. If you want family attractions clustered within minutes of each other – the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, miniature golf, amusement parks, and fishing pier – Okaloosa Island delivers.

Consider Beach Proximity

Do you want to just walk outside and be on the beach? There are thousands of Destin, FL, vacation rentals – condos, cottages, and houses — to give you that freeing experience. No driving. No hauling heavy umbrellas and coolers on a long hike. Your own bathroom!

Need a pool?

Is saltwater not enough? Do you want a glittering pool to lounge by with a frozen adult beverage in hand, as well? Most Destin-Fort Walton Beach accommodations have a pool, but a couple take chlorination to the next level. The Henderson has an adults-only pool, family pool, lazy river, and splash pads. Waterscape has a two-tiered pool deck that includes a zero-entry pool, heated pool, lazy river, children’s spray toys, and splash pads, plus a waterfall.

Got Amenities?

Do you want specific amenities —  a workout room, mermaids, or … gasp… a work office? The Island offers all three … yes, including a mermaid named Misty.

Are Furry Companions allowed?

Are you traveling with Fido? There are plenty of places that welcome pets. The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa even has its own canine “ambassadors,” Dune and Ranger.

Treat Yourself

Want to return home looking relaxed and gorgeous in addition to having a tan? Some resorts offer pampering packages, from yoga to caviar facials. Try the Spa at Silver Shells, Destin’s first luxury day spa.


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Events in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

It’s always the best time of the year to visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Mild temperatures and warm gulf waters make the area enjoyable no matter the season. And with a running lineup of exciting local events and festivals, there’s always something to do in Destin-Fort Walton Beach!

Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Festival

September 23, 2023

Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Festival

For the third year, the highly anticipated Burgers, Bourbon, &…

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Dog Daze

October 7, 2023

Dog Daze

A tail-wagging event for you and your dog. Save the…

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Destin Seafood Festival

October 6, 2023 - October 8, 2023

Destin Seafood Festival

One of Destin’s most celebrated traditions, the Destin Seafood Festival…

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