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Make Us An Offer on Destin Vacation Rentals

Make us an offer

Our favorite vacation rental group, Southern Rentals & Real Estate, is having an unheard of sale!

Right now, you can get the best deal on the beach. Our favorite lodging partner, Southern Rentals & Real Estate, is running its Make Us An Offer sale on stays in June.

That means you choose the property, you pick how many nights you want to stay, and you make an offer on it.

Now is the best time to book your last minute vacation to Destin and take advantage of huge savings. The following Destin vacation homes are still available and Southern’s vacation planners are ready to make a deal. You can search these homes by name and find even more vacation rentals at SouthernResorts.com.

4 Some Fun – Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, beach access.

A Pelican Retreat — Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, private pool.

Bella Rosa —Six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, beach access.

Cobia Cottage — Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, private pool.

Creating Memories — Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, private pool.

Curry Cove — Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, beach access.

Destin Memories — Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, beach front.

Gulf Landing — Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, beach front.

Hollywood — Six bedrooms, four bathrooms, private pool.

South Haven — Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, beach access.

The Emerald Palace — Seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, private pool.

Gulf Landing overlooks the dazzling emerald water of Destin.

Gulf Landing overlooks the dazzling emerald water of Destin, and right now you can make an offer on your June vacation.

So what’ll it be? A luxury home with a private pool? A cute cottage with beach access just steps away?

Don’t put off your Destin vacation for one more day. Especially when your stay to the Emerald Coast could cost less than you imagined! But time is running out. The Make Us An Offer deal is only good for stays in June.

Think about it: you could wake up tomorrow, not at the beach. Maybe clean the house, go to the park, or watch Netflix. Or, you could wake up and pack the car, eager with the anticipation to see the Gulf of Mexico. Before you know it, you’d be stepping onto the sugar white sand, making dinner plans at your favorite restaurant, and getting away from it all. Start your search now.


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Tropical Storm = Double Red Flags

Here’s the update from Destin Fire & Rescue:

“The beaches are closed until further notice. This is a very dangerous time, not only to be in the water, but to be on the beach as well. Roads and bridges are also very dangerous at this time with flooding and power outages, so please, only travel when necessary. The tropical storm has the water line close to the dunes and the rip currents will be especially dangerous for the next few days.

It is DOUBLE RED FLAG water conditions and the water, until further notice, are CLOSED! Two red flags means that the water is CLOSED to swimming, as conditions are too dangerous for even the strongest of swimmers. If visiting the beach today – remember that it is ILLEGAL to swim. Thunderstorms and possible flooding are forecast for this evening and tomorrow morning.”


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Little Known Foodie Secrets in Destin

Lunch Crepe at O Crepe du Soleil.

The salmon and veggie lunch crepe at O Crepe du Soleil.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of phenomenal places to eat in Destin. All along the coast are seafood restaurants, steak houses, and cafes.

Sometimes, you think you know them all; especially the “can’t miss” spots. But even on Destin’s main thoroughfare, U.S. Highway 98, there are great eateries you can easily overlook. Take O Crepe Du Soleil, for example.

Located between Tropical Smoothie and our favorite lodging partner, Southern Rentals & Real Estate, on Highway 98, O Crepe du Soleil  is tucked away in a strip mall just East of Destin Commons. The main sign just reads “Crepes” and if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it altogether.

Once inside, it’s a surprisingly intimate atmosphere bursting with Parisian flare. Dim lighting, large French murals, and a dessert counter of eclairs and macaroons set the tone. The menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner crepes.

For breakfast, you can’t really go wrong with a fruit-filled crepe, topped with fresh berries. Or, if you’re ready to fuel up with protein, try the veggie crepe with added salmon.

Another Destin hot-spot presents itself as a simple wine store. Wine World on Commons Drive also rests in a strip mall. From the exterior, you wouldn’t know Wine World, locally referred to as Chan’s or The Wine Bar,  has one of the best menus in Destin. Serving lunch and dinner, Chan’s offers gourmet meats, cheeses, breads and more. Try the Grand Cru board—charcuterie and accoutrements of smoked and cured meats, fruits, olives, and five gourmet cheeses.

Or indulge in the smoked salmon deviled eggs, topped with lemon, capers, dill and tomato bacon marmalade. And if you love cheese, try the ultimate grilled cheese, made with triple cream brie, raclette, gouda, with tomato bacon marmalade and parmesan butter on sourdough.

Dinner entrees include hand cut tenderloins, rack of lamb, and the Gulf fresh catch of the day, all paired with a wine from one of Destin’s premier wine list. (We recommend the Miraval Rose).

Find your favorite places to eat in Destin during your next stay, and explore some more of our favorites here.




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Start a July 4th Tradition in Destin

If you haven’t already booked your July 4th vacation to Destin, it’s time! Of course, our white sand beaches and family attractions make Destin a top summer destination.

But did you know nearly every branch of the military is represented in Northwest Florida? That’s just one more reason Destin gears up for a patriotic Independence Day celebration every year!

Grand Beach Villa This year, start your own July 4th tradition with a stay at Grand Beach Villa.

With seven bedrooms, seven baths, and room to sleep 21, this is the perfect Destin vacation home for a large, family getaway.

What’s more, Grand Beach Villa offers a main house and a carriage house, making it a great choice for groups who value added privacy.

Grand Beach Villa PoolNot only that, Grand Beach Villa boasts wrap-around balconies and a private pool. Plus, it’s near all of your favorite Destin attractions.

Located in the Crystal Beach community, Grand Beach Villa is just steps from the Gulf of Mexico, and within walking (or biking) distance of local hot spots like Camille’s at Crystal Beach and 790 on the Gulf.

Just across Highway 98 is Destin Commons—a hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Retailers include Lush, Sephora, J. Crew, and Williams-Sonoma. Swing by AMC Destin Commons for Hollywood’s latest blockbuster. Or, see if you can beat your high score at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl.

A few miles West, you’ll find HarborWalk Village, where they honor military service members every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Live music and a presentation of colors start at 7, followed by fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m. Of course, for July 4th, the festivities get even more patriotic!

So stop reading about it and come experience it for yourself! Search more Destin vacation rentals now and start your 4th of July tradition.

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Travel Tips for Your Destin Vacation

There’s nothing better than arriving in Destin, Florida and the vacation immediately begins. To help you get started, here are some of our top Destin travel tips:

  1. Pack a vacation prep kit.  If you have ever been to the Destin Publix or Walmart on a summer weekend, you know those stores are madhouses. To avoid the long lines, take everything you will need, at least for the first few days, in your vacation prep kit. I keep a beach tote in my pantry filled with the basic necessities. Some examples: laundry soap, toilet paper, garbage bags, bath soap, napkins, paper plates,  salt & pepper, cooking spices, reusable last storage containers, chip clips, coffee, tea, sugar, & coffee filters. Some of these items are provided by rental companies, but if you are staying for a week and/or traveling with a larger group, extras are always needed.  
  2. Create a vacation master list so you don’t forget anything from home. Thankfully, there are now apps that can help you with packing list reminders. You can also go old-school and create a reusable list which reminds you to pack the sunglasses, sunscreen, chargers, etc. Don’t forget to bring a beach towel for each person on the trip. I also always pack a sharpie and sticky notes – perfect for leaving notes during the week.
  3. Plan breakfast & lunch for the first few days. Freeze lunch meat, cheese, and milk, then throw in a cooler just before you leave home. If your journey is more than eight hours, I would recommend grabbing these items at a grocery store before you get into town. Add some boxes of cereal, bread, and snacks and you can get through the first few days without facing the long grocery store lines.
  4. Even better, arrange to have your groceries delivered. It’s well worth it to subscribe to Shipt, an app-based service that began serving the gulf coast in last year. Through the Shipt app, members create grocery lists, choose a one-hour delivery window, and pay for the order via credit card. A Shipt delivery person then picks up the order at the nearest Publix and delivers the groceries to the address submitted. If you are a subscriber in your hometown, you can switch your location to your vacation address. For a detailed map of the coverage area visit shipt.com/gulf-coast.
  5. Two local companies, Be My Shopper and Beach Butler, are also great options and can also shop for you and have everything delivered on your date of arrival.
  6. Schedule dinner early or late. If you can avoid the 6:00-8:00 p.m. main dinner hour, this can help shorten your restaurant wait times. Several Destin restaurants are now accepting reservations through the OpenTable app.
  7. Seek out restaurants in Destin, Fl that truly serve fresh Gulf seafood. Destin is the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village with beautiful catches coming in daily to our docks. A list of restaurants that serve fresh seafood is now available from our iLoveDestin partner, Harbor Docks.

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Scale New Heights at Destin’s First Rock Climbing Gym

Local climber, Alyssa Jesmain, at Rock Out’s grand opening.

Husband and wife climbers Ken and Sam Sheyka have opened a rock climbing gym in Destin. Rock Out Climbing Gym offers 3,315 square feet of “top quality bouldering terrain” for a challenge previously unavailable on the Emerald Coast. The pair spent years driving back and forth to other climbing facilities. After countless day trips and hours in the car, they decided to conquer their biggest uphill battle: the absence of a climbing gym in Destin. Thus, they laid the groundwork for Rock Out.

Having hosted its “bould” opening June 10, the gym is now open to the public. Located on Palms Boulevard,  Rock Out welcomes climbers of all ages. In fact, their website boasts, “if you can walk, you can climb!” Kids under 13 need adult supervision, so the experts at Rock Out offer a training session for all adults who plan to supervise.

Of course, adults, you’ll want to get in on the fun too. This isn’t just a kids’ activity. Rock Out’s walls are 16 feet tall, with 12 inches of padding beneath. If you fall, there’s a way to do that. The experts even teach you how to fall and downward climb. Acrophobes, fear not, Rock Out Climbing Gym offers challenging routes without climbing to nerve-wracking heights.

Climbing has taken the spotlight in recent years, especially with the success of shows like Ninja Warrior. Isaac Caldiero, Ninja Warrior Champion, is a successful climber who attributes his success in great part to his rock climbing background. And when Caldiero won Ninja Warrior, what did he say he wanted to do? “I just want to go rock climbing. I want to go to all the amazing places I’ve never been.”

If you’ve never been to a climbing gym, it’s time to check it off your list. Adult day passes are $16, and kids’ day passes are $10. Punch cards are available, and the prices include your climbing orientation, fall class, rental shoes, and chalk bag.

To learn more about what’s going on in Destin, keep up with our Destin Events.




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We’re Giving Away a Free Trip To Destin

Win a three night stay in Destin with iLoveDestin's June Giveaway! Do you want a free trip to Destin? A free three-night stay on the Emerald Coast? You can bask on the white sand beaches and splash in the surf with iLoveDestin’s June giveaway. Not only will you receive three nights of accommodations from Southern Rentals & Real Estate, you’ll also get $100 to dine at the Surf Hut.

Who doesn’t need a Destin vacation? After all, Destin was named a top destination in the United States by TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, and U.S. News. For the families who keep coming back year after year, and the ones who call this place home, we already know why Destin has gained so much attention.

In addition to the sugar white sand and emerald water, the beaches offer a chance to pick up a new water sport. Try paddle boarding, snorkeling, or rent a pontoon boat and float around Crab Island. Hundreds of boats drop anchor at Crab Island near the Destin pass. The water is so clear and shallow, you can hop out and wade over to the inflatable obstacle course or floating snack bar. Just South of Crab Island is the Destin Harbor. There, you can explore HarborWalk Village. It’s locals’ favorite place to catch live music, watch the boats come into harbor, or watch a game on the jumbo screen. Nearby, you’ll find bowling, an arcade, live music, even helicopter tours!

Over at Destin Commons, shop premier retailers including Lush, Sephora, Williams-Sonoma, Bass Pro and dozens of others. Adjacent to the shops, AMC Cinema 14 offers international blockbusters as well as independent films, just in case you need a place to sit all those shopping bags for an hour or two.

Whether you like the bay or the beach, the pool or the waterpark, Destin has it all. Your next couple’s escape, friends getaway, or family vacation could be on us. Enter to win today!

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Beach Fun & Games at the Surf Hut

The Surf Hut is a perfect place to take the family during your vacation in Destin, Fl. With picnic tables directly on our beautiful white sands, the Surf Hut combines great food, a fun happy hour, and activities for the kids for a true beach dining experience.

  • Some of the most popular items on the menu are the taco trio (shrimp, fish, and pulled pork ), the endless summer seafood salad, shish kabobs, and shrimp & grits.
  • The Surf Hut is stocked with beach toys (hula hoops, frisbees, and corn hole) providing fun before or after your meal.
  • Kid’s meals are also served on a frisbee and they can take it with them after eating all those fish sticks.
  • Specialty drinks include the blonde bombshell, the Floridian, hang ten tea, the wave maker, and the boogie board.
  • The open air restaurant is located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico at 551 Scenic Gulf Drive.
  • The Surf Hut is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Surf Hut is one of our featured partners for the first iLoveDestin giveaway of the summer. Enter to win a $100 Surf Hut gift card plus three nights at a Southern Vacation Rental resort. Go to the “giveaway” tab at the top of this iLoveDestin web page or here to enter and WIN!

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Three of the Best Bunk-Rooms in Destin

If you’re taking a family vacation to Destin, kids’ amenities are bound to be near the top of your must-have list. Ideal sleeping arrangements are a key factor in any peaceful family getaway. Bunkrooms, with ample bedding, flat screen TVS, and free Wi-Fi equal happy kids. And the happier the kids are, the more relaxed you are. Hence, we give you the best bunkrooms in Destin.

Casa Oceana

Casa Oceana is located in Destiny by the Sea, and is a luxury vacation home that sleeps 26. On the first floor, you’ll find the twin bunk room. Three complete bunks provide room for six kids to stay up late, swapping stories. Translation: you’ll get to sleep in the next day.

Each bunk has its own built-in shelves for phones, tablets, or books (free Wi-Fi is provided). Plus, there is an individual light for each bunk, so bookworms can stay up late devouring one more chapter.

The upstairs bunkroom has two full bunks and one twin bunk.  This room sleeps ten kids and also features built in shelves and individual bunk lights. Plus, it connects to a bathroom with a standing shower.

Casa Oceana has two bunk rooms that are perfect for sleeping large groups of kids.

Frangista Villa

Located in the Frangista Beach community right on Scenic Hwy. 98, Frangista Villa’s rates were just reduced! This seven bedroom, eight bath home, sleeps 22.

The bunkrooms at Frangista Villa feature two twin beds, over three full beds.  Eight kids can sleep in each bunkroom, but be forewarned, the battle is on for the second floor bunkroom. It just so happens to be adjacent to the game room, with an air hockey table, foosball table, and a giant flat-screen TV. We’re sure a reasonable compromise can be reached. Will it be seniority? Boys versus girls? Best behaved? Find out during your stay at Frangista Villa.

Frangista Villa Bunk Room

Fun in the Sun

A quaint home in Miramar Beach, Fun in the Sun sleeps 11. While Fun in the Sun doesn’t have the typical bunk room, its amenities make up for it. Two full beds and a twin trundle sleep five kids, plus, the room has its own bathroom.

Directly adjacent is the loft and game room area. A foosball table and giant flat screen TV make this the perfect place to hang out. Downstairs, kids will find an arcade-style setup for Homecourt hoops.

Fun in the Sun kids room features a trundle.

Whether you’re traveling in a small group with a couple of kids, or a multi-family party that needs space, these Destin vacation homes have bunk rooms that will have your whole family asking, When can we go back?


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Destin Vacation Homes Are $1,000 Off in June

Right now is the best time to book your multi-family getaway to Destin. You can save $1,000 on some of the most gorgeous vacation homes in Destin this June. Our favorite vacation rentals partner, Southern Rentals & Real Estate, is offering summer specials on Destin beach homes.

What better way to kick start the summer than at a luxurious Mediterranean style home with a private pool and beach access?

Sandcastle Dreams and Crystal Palace are two stunning Destin vacation homes. Both accommodate large groups, and each boasts unique features that make it perfect for your vacation.

Crystal Palace has partial views of the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to a stunning saltwater pool (which can be heated) and a hot tub.

Crystal Palace is on sale! $1,000 off in June.

Inside, the open floor plan combines the living, dining, and kitchen areas. Crystal Palace has nine bedrooms, two of which are master suites, eleven bathrooms, and sleeps 32 people.

After beach-filled days, curl up in the home’s theater room with a 70 inch flat screen for movie nights. Or host a friendly competition over a pool match in the game room; loser buys tomorrow’s sunscreen.

Over at Sandcastle Dreams,  you’ll enjoy the same degree of luxury, with the added bonus of a carriage house.

Sandcastle Dreams also has partial views of the beach, and a gorgeous private pool. Not to mention, it offers an outdoor kitchen for the at-home chef who’s ready to grill outside in the Florida sunshine. Plus, when you stay at Sandcastle Dreams, you’ll have access to the amenities at the Destiny West Clubhouse, including a community pool, fitness facility, and tennis courts.

Sandcastle Dreams is $1,000 off this June.

And for June stays only, each of these homes is $1,000 off the normal rate. Find your Destin vacation rental today, and we’ll see you in Destin this June!

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