An August 2004 trip
to Destin by Travlgrrl
Quote: Destin, Florida is MY personal Margaritaville!! Everything about it evokes that "Jimmy Buffett" lifestyle -- its laid-back attitude, friendly, fun, fantastic beaches, water sports and more! Two thumbs up from this travel girl!
* If this will be your fist time to Destin, please be aware that if it is cloudy out or early morning, the emerald water will NOT be as abundant in color as a sunny day or early/mid afternoon. The sunlight does affect the color. It seems to me, the more sunny it is out--the greener the water appears. The color is at its most intense during early/mid-afternoon.
* Be sure to pick up free coupon booklets such as SEE, Emerald Coast Restaurant & Activities Guide, and Beaches of South Walton and Scenic 30-A Guide. They are usually available at most hotels, beach shops and welcome centers. You can find discount coupons on boat rentals, jet-skis, restaurants, shopping and helpful maps!
* Please pay attention to the area's colored flag system! A green flag means calm conditions, a yellow flag means light surf and/or currents, a purple flag means jellyfish, stingrays and dangerous fish are present, a red flag means rough conditions, such as strong surf and/or currents, and TWO red flags mean water is closed to the public.
Hotel | "Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort"
I stayed at their BEACHTOWER II location and it was FANTASTIC! The studio had a full kitchen, washer/dryer, TV/VCR, patio and a beachfront location. It was so amazing waking up and falling asleep to the sound of the waves. There is nothing like seeing the sun rise outside your window or gazing at the emerald glow from your patio. I found this property to be an excellent value for what you get. It was very comfortable and convenient. Also, the resort offers free transportation to their village (The Village of Baystown Wharf). The village is chock full of fun things to do and is a great place to spend an evening. I recommend Jim-N-Nicks BBQ and Poppy's for a BEAUTIFUL SUNSET and live acoustic music!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2004
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West
2237 Old Highway 98 East
Destin, Florida 32550
1/4 Mile Of The Destin Bridge
Restaurant | "Fudpucker's"
Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill
20001 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, Florida 32541
One of the most unique features of McGuire’s is the $300,000 + one-dollar bills hanging from the ceiling, walls, posts and pretty much everywhere else. These dollar bills have been signed from people all over the world since opening in 1977!! This place has such a great atmosphere and the steaks are, from what I have heard, OUT OF THIS WORLD! It can be a bit pricey, but I would budget it in to your trip cost and make a special night of it. They are open seven days a week at 11am! Mmm...mmm...goooood!
McGuire's Irish Pub
33 Highway 98
Seaside is like a DREAM! Seaside is the town "The Truman Show" with Jim Carrey was filmed. It is a small, quaint seaside (pun intended) village with a small town square, a handful of shops and restaurants, beautiful beach houses and one spectacular, dreamlike beach! It is worth the drive on SCENIC 30-A! It makes a great day trip and if you are a beach lover like me, you can daydream about living in a place like this. The smell of coconut oil and BBQ grills filled the air. People get around on bikes and flip-flops seem to be a requirement! Check this town out (and the surrounding beach towns of Santa Rosa Beach, Seagrove, Grayton Beach and Rosemary Beach--among others)! You'll love it!
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