5 Stand Out Vacation Rentals for Families in Destin, Florida
From penthouses to beachfront homes, these beach vacation rentals offer unique amenities for an unforgettable beach vacation.
This year, many families are seeking hassle-free domestic vacation spots that are easy to access and offer plenty of outdoor activities. An easy drive from Baton Rouge, the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida are a top option. Whether you’re looking to stay on the beach or tucked away on Scenic 30-A, these stand out vacation rentals offer unmatched atmosphere and a prime location for an unforgettable experience.
With four floors and eight bedrooms, this luxury vacation home overlooking the beach sleeps up to 24. What makes this home truly special are the four (yes, four!) beachfront balconies that provide plenty of places for soaking in sunshine and fresh air. Looking for the “WOW” factor? Look no further than the master bathroom, which features a giant glass walk-in shower with dual shower heads, a Jacuzzi tub that looks out over the Gulf. Recently renovated, this home exudes a light, bright feel complemented with modern art, grey marble counters and comfortable furnishings. With the addition of a private pool, outdoor dining and ample lounge chairs, Jewel in the Sand is truly a gem along Florida’s Emerald Coast.
DRINK – Bric A Brac – Whether you start with the blue skies margarita or another of their specialty drinks, you’ll want to stay for dinner, live music and dancing.
EAT – Breakfast! Whether you pick The Pancakery at the end of the street, Another Broken Egg at Destin Commons or the famed Donut Hole in Destin, creative delicious breakfast options are all nearby.
EXPLORE – The Destin Harbor—This bustling boardwalk is the hotspot for dolphin tours, boat/jet ski rentals, fishing charters, shopping, dining and entertainment of all kinds.
Located in the Crystal Beach neighborhood known for white picket fences and friendly neighbors, Dolphin’s Cottage is whimsical and playful. Ideal for two families, this warm and contemporary designer-furnished home has space divided equally among all the bedrooms, a kid’s room with two sets of bunk beds, and a large, open living/kitchen/dining area with eat-up bar. The kids will feel like Flipper playing in the private pool, complemented by a large furnished patio, outdoor shower, and convenient bath just inside the back door. This coastal cottage has been completely remodeled from top to bottom and is ready to entertain and delight vacationers of all ages.
DRINK – The Henderson Resort – Visit the roof top bar for incredible views of the coast or head inside to Horizon’s, which features craft cocktails, including the deliciously spicy, “The H”.
DINE – Camille’s Restaurant – Owned by one of Destin’s most-notable fishermen, Camille’s features the freshest seafood and sushi in town.
EXPLORE – Rent Stand Up Paddle Boards or bicycles from La Dolce Vita for a fun day on the water or exploring the neighborhoods of Crystal Beach.
Hidden Dunes Cottage 188 is a ray of sunshine. This adorable first floor cottage featuring two bedrooms and two baths that sleeps six is ideal for guests who want to avoid stairs and elevators. The beachy décor creates a restful respite nestled in the natural habitat of walking trails and water features. Located within Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort, guests enjoy access to miles of white sand beaches, an award-winning tennis center, a basketball court, three swimming pools, a fitness center, picnic areas, and horseshoe courts.
DRINK – Tommy Bahama Restaurant—Offering daily happy hour and live music, Tommy Bahama offers a menu of creatively delicious cocktails.
DINE – Emeril’s Coastal Italian – Local resident and acclaimed Chef Emeril Lagasse shares his love of fresh seafood and Italian cuisine at his namesake restaurant.
EXPLORE – Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf—This walkable village features boutique shops, locally-owned restaurants, an Adventure Zone and nightlife.
Forget the self-help books and therapy sessions- all you need is a vacation at ReGrouper. This four-story beach vacation rental can comfortably fit several families thanks to its six bedrooms, two living rooms, three balconies and one of the coolest pool decks in the area. The private backyard was made for festive celebrations with its Margaritaville-inspired Tiki hut with a u-shaped bar which overlooks a lush green lawn for yard games, a private pool, plenty of lounge furniture, a gas grill and a private wooden outdoor shower. Two small libraries for children and adults, a wet bar in the 3rd floor entertainment area, beach views from the 3rd and 4th floor bedrooms/balconies, and four master suites with luxury showers, make Re-Grouper a great catch!
DRINK – Slick Lips Seafood—Home of award-winning bartender, Maggie White, Slick Lips features a new drink menus seasonally with some of the best craft cocktails in town.
DINE – Vintij Wine Boutique at Grand Boulevard—Ready to satisfy any foodie, this award-winning local restaurant is known for seasonally-inspired culinary creations made from the freshest ingredients.
EXPLORE– Silver Sands Premium Outlets—Take time to go shopping at the nation’s largest designer outlet center and enjoy 30-65% off brand-name merchandise.
Tranquility and peace are prized commodities, and Sanctuary at Redfish 2113 exudes serenity. Surrounded by the nature with views of a protected wildlife sanctuary and a coastal dune lake, 2113’s open floor plan is spacious and enjoys lovely chic beach decor. Cooking is a pleasure in the large kitchen with granite counters with stainless steel appliances and guests will sleep blissful in the three cozy bedrooms. Guests also enjoy access to resort amenities, including four pools (one heated seasonally), two hot tubs, a fire pit, four grills, canoes, and a covered dock. To get to the beach, take a relaxing stroll down tree covered walkways or a five-minute pontoon ride (March through October) where two chairs and an umbrella await your arrival.
DRINK – Redfish Taco – Try their signature Stink Juice (a frozen, orange daiquiri-style cocktail) to kick-start vacation vibes and follow with their famed redfish tacos.
DINE –The Grove 30-A—this outdoor restaurant features small plates, specialty sandwiches and other fresh menu items under an umbrella of sunshades and white lights.
EXPLORE-Bike the Timpoochee Trail—a paved bike path that meanders through the coastal towns along 30-A. Tip: Up the fun by renting a Pedego Electric bike.
These one-of-kind Destin vacation rentals are professionally managed by Newman-Dailey Resort Properties and available for your next beach vacation. Learn more at DestinVacation.com.
About the Author
Tracy Hoft-Louthain has lived in many places along the Gulf Coast but is proud to call the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida home for the last 16 years. As avid traveler (aka @TravlinTracy), she’s visited many destinations but always appreciates coming home to the white sand beaches along Florida’s Emerald Coast. A proud employee of Newman-Dailey, she’s blessed to be able to test and share her experiences at some of Destin’s finest vacation rentals with her kids, daughter Reese (age 18) and son Dylan (age 13). When she’s not at the beach, you can find her exploring park trails, stand up paddle boarding on coastal waterways or dining at one of the many waterfront restaurants.