Your Staycation in Destin

Treat Yourself to a Staycation in Destin This Summer

We know that thousands of visitors travel to Destin’s beautiful waters every year, but have you ever considered taking a staycation in Destin yourself? A staycation doesn’t need to be a whole week – it can be a weekend, mid-week affair, or whatever dates work best for you. A staycation is a great way to unplug, get some rest, and experience what the area has to offer, sometimes through the eyes of a tourist seeing it all for the first time.

Leeward Key 805 Gulf View

Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals still have some availability for Destin, Florida vacation rentals if you’re looking to get away in June. Explore some of our favorite places to stay in Destin below!

Beach Villas at Destiny 17B

You’ll find this condo in the highly popular Beach Villas at Destiny neighborhood just a stone’s throw away from Destin’s beaches. Beach Villas at Destiny 17B features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, just the right size for four people. With access to a community pool and dining, shopping, and entertainment within walking distance, you are sure to love it here! Beach Villas at Destiny 17B is open for five nights in June, so don’t miss out!

Emerald Waters 307

Stay three nights in June at Emerald Waters 307, a charming two bedroom condo in the heart of South Walton. It also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, so it perfectly accommodates four people. Emerald Waters 307 is located just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the waves rolling in from your covered balcony!

Leeward Key 805

Or, if you’re looking for a week of relaxation to feel rejuvenated, Leeward Key 805 is just the answer. Another two bedroom condo, this one sleeps six people with accommodations in the living room. One look at the water from the private balcony will have you wishing you were here! Leeward Key’s resort features two pools, one of which is beachfront looking out onto the sugar white sand. You’re sure to be glad you stayed here!

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It’s Turtle Time!

South Walton Turtle Watch documented their first false crawl of the season. A green turtle attempted to come on shore, but, unfortunately, was followed and/or interrupted and returned to the water without nesting.

Here’s how you can help if you are on vacation in Destin, FL:

  • If you see a turtle coming to shore to nest, please stay back and give her the space she needs.
  • Remain quiet and still, and never take flash photos or shine cell phone lights or flashlights on her, as that could prevent her from nesting or finding her way back to the water.
  • You can help sea turtles by removing all belongings, signs, furniture, toys, garbage from the beach at night and fill in all holes so females and hatchlings have a clear and safe pathway. The holes and obstructions may trap them.

Since it’s hatching season all over Florida, specially-trained turtle nest spotters are combing the area beaches each morning, looking for signs of a new nest. By law, only certified members are allowed  to interact with endangered sea turtles. Neon orange tape helps signify a nesting site.

All species of sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Interfering with a nesting sea turtle, nests or hatchlings is against the law. If you see someone interfering with or harassing a sea turtle, dial *FWC or #FWC from a cell phone or contact local law enforcement. 

We are fortunate to have two volunteer organizations, the South Walton Turtle Watch and the Emerald Coast Turtle Watch, to monitor known nesting sites. Follow both on Facebook to receive updates on the turtle nesting season.

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Where to Stay for the 4th of July

Where to Stay for the 4th of July

Where to Stay for the 4th of JulyIf you ask us, it’s never too early to plan your beach vacation. This is especially true if you are planning a beach vacation for a holiday. Even though 4th of July isn’t for another month, it doesn’t hurt to start planning your vacation in Destin! Trust us, the sooner the better. With so many great vacation homes in Destin, it can be hard to narrow down the right one. That’s why we took the guesswork out of where to stay for the 4th of July and found the perfect spot on the beach.

Frangista, a vacation home in Destin, is our top pick for a 4th of July vacation. You’ll find this posh home in the highly sought-after Frangista Beach community. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with just enough space for 12. The accommodations in this home are comfortable and welcoming, with the first floor hosting three of the four bedrooms. The living room and dining room are located on the second floor, in addition to a full kitchen. We think you’ll love the granite and marble countertops found throughout! Also on the second floor is the spacious master suite, featuring a lavish bathroom and covered balcony overlooking the neighborhood.

Where to Stay for the 4th of July

When you’re ready to head to the beach, you’ll find that Frangista is directly across from the Gulf of Mexico on Scenic Highway 98. In the evening, you can spread out your beach blanket on the sand and watch the fireworks light up the sky over the water. This home also offers complimentary in-season beach service, with two chairs and one umbrella for your use. If you want to check out the 4th of July events in Destin, you are sure to find something exciting happening at locations like HarborWalk Village and The Village of Baytowne.

Still searching for where to stay for the 4th of July? Check out more vacation homes in Destin with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals. We’ll see you at the beach!

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