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Discover Your New Favorite Vacation Condo in Destin, Florida!

Searching for the perfect vacation condo in Destin, Florida for this year’s family summer getaway? Look no further than Mainsail in Destin! The kids in your party will love the resort amenities featured at this Destin, Florida vacation condo and the adults will love the quick walk to the beach – minutes away from relaxation!

Mainsail is a 15-acre beachfront family resort in the Miramar Beach community. Each of the condos at Mainsail provides a home away from home for every guest. Resort amenities include Gulf views, two community pools, tennis courts, fitness facility, shuffleboard court, and so much more! There are so many opportunities for family fun at Mainsail in Destin. We have to say, our favorite amenity is the miles of private beach access. Spend your days soaking up the sun and splashing around in the emerald green waters of the Gulf.

Mainsail is also just a short drive away from area attractions. To be more specific, when you stay at Mainsail, you are 8 miles away from the heart of Destin, and less than a mile from Sandestin. This allows easy access to great dining and shopping in both locations. Shop till you drop at the Destin Commons, or visit the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an exciting event or live music. Click here to find a list of family-friendly activities in Destin!

Mainsail in Destin

The condos at Mainsail offer two-bedroom to four-bedroom accommodations and are all uniquely furnished. Each rental also has a private balcony for your enjoyment! Enjoy every sunrise and sunset with the family overlooking the water. Spacious floorplans allow plenty of space for the whole family!

There are so many family-friendly resorts along the Gulf Coast. Mainsail is one vacation condo in Destin, Florida that is sure to become your family’s favorite beach accommodation. To book your condo at Mainsail, click here!

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It’s Tiki Time!

How about a little different adventure the next time you vacation in Destin, FLGrab five friends and head out to Destin Harbor for a tiki cruise excursion!

Cruisin Tikis Destin offers a variety of tiki cruise options:

  • Sunset cruise (1.5 hours)
  • Harbor lights cruise
  • Crab Island sandbar cruise (3 hours)
  • Thursday night fireworks cruise (summer season only)

The cruise prices range from $59 to $79 per person. Each cruise is BYOB (cooler & ice provided) and you also can bring your own snacks. You can book your tiki cruise online here.

Six passengers are allowed per tiki vessel. If your group is larger, you can do a tandem cruise where the boats will anchor next to each other on Crab Island.

Departures are from 302 Harbor Blvd, directly in front of the Harbor Tavern. Check the Cruisin’ Tikis Destin website for parking instructions.

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Discover Your Next Favorite Place to Stay in Destin!

Find the perfect condo in Destin, Fl for Your Next Vacation

When it comes to condos in Destin, FL the options are endless. Each one offers different amenities which makes for unique experiences. We are here to help you discover your next favorite place to stay in Destin based on what amenities are important to you and your family! To see more condos in Destin, FL, and book your next vacation to the beach, click here!

Also, read below for a list of some of our favorite family-friendly activities in Destin that will ensure your vacation to the beach is one your kids will never forget!

Edgewater in Destin, FL

Sandprints 6A

Sandprints 6A in Destin is the perfect place to relax and unwind with your family. With space for six and just a short walk to the beach (5 minutes to be exact), this condo in Destin is sure to be your next favorite place to vacation! We always recommend staying close to the beach when you are traveling with kids. Having just a short walk to b

each access makes it so easy to spend your days laying in the sand! Sandprints #6A also has other incredible amenities including:

  • Washer and Dryer
  • Community Pool
  • Smart Tv(s)
  • Private Balcony

Edgewater 1400

This condo in Destin, FL has one of the most sought-after ame

nities of them all: a spectacular view! It is also in a desirable location meaning activities in Destin are just a short drive away. Edgewater 1400 can accommodate up to 4 guests making it perfect for a weekend getaway to the beach. On top of the spacious condo and beautiful view, you will also experience resort amenities such as:

  • Large Beachfront Pool and Poolside Bar
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Center
  • Shuffleboard, Basketball Courts, and a Playground
  • Washer and Dryer

Mainsail 236

This cozy condo in Destin can sleep up to 6 guests and features a wealth of community amenities. Sit out on your private balcony and enjoy the incredible view of the Gulf! You will find that Mainsail 236 has everything you will need to make relaxation a priority during your vacation to the beach! You will also find the following amenities at this condo in Destin, FL:

  • Community Pool
  • Complimentary Beach Service in Season
  • Smart TV(s)
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Fitness Center

Activities in Destin

Plan the ultimate trip to the beach by including exciting activities the whole family will love! From dolphin cruises to shopping centers, Destin has it all! Below you will find a list of family-friendly activities in Destin that offers a little something for everyone!

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Delicious Dining in Destin

Family Friendly Restaurants in Destin

Destin is known for its sugar-white sand, variety of activities, and delicious seafood! If you are taking a family vacation to the beach this spring or summer, it is always good to prepare and find the local spots to eat that your children will love. We have listed our favorite family friendly restaurants in Destin that not only have delicious cuisine for the whole family, but also fun games and activities for the kids as they wait for their food! From breakfast to dessert, we have got you covered!

Planning Your Vacation to Destin

Breakfast & Brunch

Lunch & Dinner


All of these family friendly restaurants in Destin offer a little something different. From beach access to playgrounds to yard games, there is sure to be something your kids will love. Check out our Dining – Finest Foods page for even more restaurants in Destin!

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Free Dolphin Tours for Locals to Benefit Harvest House

Calling all locals! How would you like to take a free dolphin tour this weekend and also help out a worthy cause? All you have to do is give Destin Snorkel a call to make a tour reservation and bring along your non-perishable item for the needy. The tours are this weekend, April 16-18. (Locals = Florida resident or military serving locally)

It’s all designed to give back to the community. The good folks at Destin Snorkel realize our local neighbors work hard and rarely get a chance to get out on the water. Organizers say it’s a wonderful way to also help out our community food bank at Harvest House.

 “We are excited that Destin Snorkel is supporting The Harvest House in their second annual ‘Locals First Weekend’.  Their collection efforts are needed now more than ever.  We hope the community will come out and support our efforts,” said Lori Joyner, executive director of The Harvest House.

This drive also helps get the word out to people in need in our local Destin and Miramar Beach communities.

Last year, Destin Snorkel was able to donate over 5,000 pounds of food to The Harvest House. more than 1,600 locals participated in the weekend event.

Each cruise is limited to 49 guests and will fill up quickly. To participate in the “Local’s First Weekend,” please call Destin Snorkel at 850-269-2329 to reserve your spot.

All locals are asked to present a valid Florida ID or military ID at check-in. Tour duration is one-and-a-half hours and subject to change pending weather conditions. Destin Snorkel is at the top of the list of our favorite things to do in Destin, FL.

Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for Harvest House. Here’s a listing of the most needed items:

• Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)

• Canned vegetables and fruit

• Canned and boxed meals (hamburger helper, soups, macaroni and cheese, etc.)

• Peanut butter, other nut butters and jelly

• Cereals

• Muffin, pancake and cornbread mix and syrup 😉

• Full sized toiletries – toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap

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Graduation Celebration in Destin

Congrats Grad! Celebrate Your Graduation in Destin, FL

Celebrating an exciting milestone? Congratulations! We would love to help you celebrate by planning a graduation trip to the beach. We have laid out everything you may need to celebrate your graduation in Destin. From the perfect accommodation to where to buy the best cupcakes in town, we have got you covered!

Where to Stay

Southern Vacation Rentals has a variety of condos and homes that can accommodate your party. For the larger group, check out Changes in Latitude! With space for eleven, a fully equipped kitchen, and being located just a short drive away from area attractions, this vacation rental in Destin, FL is perfect for the family celebration.

If you are looking for a condo in Destin, FL for just your immediate family, Sandprints #A6 is perfect for a family getaway. With space for 6 and a 5-minute walk to the beach, you are sure to feel at home in this vacation rental in Destin.

Where to Eat

What better way to commemorate your graduation weekend than by enjoying delicious food! The dining options in Destin are endless, but we have listed some of our favorites below.

Celebration Necessities

In order to truly celebrate this incredible life achievement, you are going to need some themed decorations and desserts! For all of your dessert needs, check out Smallcakes of Destin. From delicious cupcakes to custom cakes, they can do it all! Pro Tip: Their red velvet cupcake is our personal favorite!

For decorations, everyone loves a celebratory sign or balloon wall! Mingle is a boutique balloon service in Destin, FL that prepares gorgeous bouquets of balloons for any occasion! They are able to give you that “Pinterest” look you are after!

Spend your graduation in Destin, FL, and enjoy time on the beach with your closest friends and family. The celebration options are endless! Check out these things to do in Destin for an extensive list of activities that will help add some extra excitement to your weekend!

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Crab Cruncher & Cobia World Championships

Excitement is at fever pitch as cobia season is underway in Destin! One of our premier tournaments, the Cobia World Championships, began with the first catch of cobia and ends on May 9. This is aboard the boat, Full Pull, with the first boat-caught cobia of the season.

One of the divisions of the tournament, the Crab Cruncher Classic is this weekend, beginning tomorrow, April 8 and ending on Sunday, April 11. The Crab Cruncher kick-off party will be Thursday night, at 7:00 p.m., with BBQ on the docks.

  • Harbor Docks is the host for the Cobia World Championships. Proceeds benefit the annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day and Destin Harvest.
  • Anglers won more than $300,000 in prize money last year.
  • Our partner charter boat captains in Destin, Fl would love to take you fishing for cobia or any of the other bounty available in gulf waters. You can find direct links to First Light Fishing and Phoenix Charter Fishing. You can schedule deep sea fishing or light tackle sport fishing for you, your family, or a group.
  • Even if you’re not fishing any of the tournaments, it’s a great time to visit Harbor Docks each afternoon to watch the boats arrive to weigh-in their catches of the day, then you can enjoy a delicious meal right there at Harbor Docks.

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Find Your Perfect Beach in Destin, FL

A Guide to Public Beach Access Points in Destin

If you are staying in a Destin, FL vacation rental that is not located directly on the beach, it is important for you to know where to access the beach! We have listed below the beach access points in Destin to help you discover your favorite beach on the Gulf Coast!

Beach Access Points in Destin

Norriego Point

Norriego Points is a very popular beach access because of its proximity to restaurants in Destin and activities available for the kids. If you would rather boat to the beach, Norriego Point is a great place to dock for the day!

Gulf Shore Drive (Holiday Isle)

Destin, FL 32541

O’Steen Beach Access

O’Steen Beach Access is another location off of Gulf Shore Drive (Holiday Isle).

Pompano Street Beach Access

Scenic Hwy 98 at Pompano Street in Crystal Beach

Destin, FL 32541

Shirah Street Beach Access

Another Crystal Beach option.


Shirah Street & Hwy 98 (Crystal Beach)

Destin, FL 32541

Shores at Crystal Beach Access and Park (Gulf Front)

Here you will find a limited parking area, pavilion, picnic tables, showers, and public restrooms.


2966 Scenic Hwy 98 (Crystal Beach)

Destin, FL 32541

Silver Shells Beach Access

This beach access features ample parking, bike racks, and public restrooms. Located on what is known as “Restaurant Row.”

7th Street & Scenic 98

Destin, FL 32541

Calhoun Beach Access

Calhoun Beach Access features ample parking and public restrooms.

Scenic Hwy 98

Destin, FL 32541

Tarpon Street Beach Access

This beach access in Destin tends to not get overcrowded but does have limited parking available.


Scenic Hwy 98 & Tarpon Street (Crystal Beach)

Destin, FL 32541

Barracuda Street Beach Access

There is limited parking available at Barracuda Street Beach Access.

Barracuda $ Hwy 98 (Crystal Beach)

Destin, FL 32541

Henderson Beach State Park

There is a fee required to enter Henderson Beach State Park, however, when you arrive you will discover tons of things to do on the beach in Destin! Henderson features ample parking, multiple pavilions, and picnic tables, a playground, boardwalk, nature trail, and so much more.

Visit their website to see up-to-date pricing of entry.


17000 Emerald Coast Parkway

Destin, FL 32541

James Lee Park

This is another beach access with tons of parking, pavilions, picnic tables, playgrounds, and more!


3510 Scenic Hwy 98

Destin, FL 32541

June White Decker Beach Park

Here you will find bike racks, parking, and public restrooms.

1950 Scenic Hwy 98

Destin, FL 32541

We hope you find this guide to the many different beach access points in Destin helpful! Before going to the beach, make sure you are caught up on all things beach safety! Visit our blog, Destin Beach Safety – What Do the Flags Mean, for more information.

Click here to find the perfect vacation rental in Destin for your vacation to the Gulf Coast!

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Destin Beach Safety – What Do the Flags Mean?

As beach season kicks off with spring break and Easter vacationers, we have some important information to help you make it a safe and wonderful experience. We want you to enjoy your time riding the emerald waves and splashing in the saltwater while on vacation in Destin, Florida.

We recommend you begin each beach trip by checking the flag color for the day. The local flag warning system is universal across all of our beaches. In addition, Destin’s lifeguards, the Destin Beach Safety team, post the flag alerts on their Facebook page.

Double Red Flag: Water is closed to public due to dangerous water conditions. Do NOT go in the water.

Red Flag: High hazard due to surf and/or strong currents

Yellow Flag: Medium surf and/or current hazard

Green Flag: Low hazard and calm conditions, remain vigilant

Purple Flag: Marine pests present, such as jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish

Rip currents, powerful currents of water moving away from shore, are also something you should heed while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. These currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.

How to Survive a Rip Current:

  • Don’t fight the current. It’s a natural treadmill that travels an average speed of 1-2 feet per second, but has been measured as fast as 8 feet per second—faster than an Olympic swimmer.
  • Relax and float to conserve energy. Staying calm may save your life.
  • Do NOT try to swim directly into to shore. Swim parallel to the shoreline until you escape the current’s pull. When free from the pull of the current, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
  • If you feel you can’t reach shore, relax, face the shore, and call or wave for help. Remember: Wave, yell & swim parallel!

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Last-Minute Trip To The Beach!

Book Your Last-Minute Vacation Rental in Destin

Whether you are searching for the perfect last-minute trip to the beach, or you are wanting to work remotely and experience a change in scenery, we have the perfect vacation rental in Destin for you! Mainsail is a beautiful resort right on the beach, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful views of the Gulf.

Mainsail in Destin, FLYour condo at Mainsail includes a private balcony, and we are sure this will be your favorite spot to unwind from your day on the beach. Not only does your condo have spectacular Gulf views, but it also comes with a fully equipped kitchen. You can spend your day soaking up the sun, then spend your evening cooking a homemade meal with your family.

This vacation rental in Destin has everything necessary to make your stay memorable, but the resort also features amenities you won’t find anywhere else. From tennis courts to a community pool, Mainsail truly has it all.

  • Community Pool and Hot Tub
  • Kiddie Pool
  • On-Site Fitness Facility
  • Shuffleboard Deck
  • Tennis Courts

Staying at Mainsail means being just a short drive away from all that Destin, FL has to offer. We included some of our favorite activities in Destin, but for an extensive list, visit our Things To Do In Destin page!

  • Shopping at The Destin Commons
  • Dining at Camille’s at Crystal Beach
  • Catching waves with Ride on Surf School
  • Searching for dolphins with Olin Marler Dolphin Cruises

Don’t miss your chance to book your vacation rental in Destin for late spring! Click here to learn more about Mainsail in Destin, FL!

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