Destin, FL / Can I stay forever?

After to going to Destin so many times – particularly over the last year – it seems silly that I’ve never posted about it. Since I have some fresh pictures and memories from about 3 weeks ago, I decided to share some of my favorite places from this last visit.

If you have never stayed at The Sandestin Resort  – correct this immediately. Whether you stay beachside or bayside, it’s a winner. I prefer bayside actually due to it’s close proximity to Baytowne Wharf. This is where you can eat, drink, and shop to your heart’s content. There are tons of separate buildings and condos to stay in at Sandestin (I mean TONS!) so do your research before booking. I prefer the Town Center on Bayside and The Grande on Bayside. Both are walking distance to the Wharf and reasonably priced; with The Grande being the more expensive of the two.

So on our last trip, we got the amazinggggg surprise of having our room at The Grande upgraded. This has never happened to me before and I’m still wondering what kind of good karma I fell into. Originally booked for a studio unit, we were upgraded to a full one bedroom unit that made the last apartment I lived in look like a Polly Pocket house.

Once we sat down our bags and got over the shock of our luck – we headed to Baytowne Wharf – about 3 minutes walk from The Grande. We had stayed at Sandestin Resort before but had never even known that Baytowne Wharf was a thing. When we got there… well, all bets were off. For the next three days I was made of crab legs, Fat Tuesday frozen lemonade, and had purchased a whole new wardrobe. This place is wonderful but please go knowing that you’ll come back with more weight and less money!

I wish I had taken more picture at Baytowne Wharf but the full description of shops, bars, and restaurants are listed in the link below so enjoy!:

The Village at Baytowne Wharf

If you’re into boats… *ahem*…. yachts… then you have to visit Baytowne Marina. While walking in Baytowne Wharf, you will see a sign leading down a pretty nondescript path in the woods. Don’t be fooled – this is a short cut to the Marina where they have bicycle rentals, a great water front casual dining spot, and yachts as far as the eye can see. Guys, I don’t use that word lightly.


Outside of the Sandestin Resort, we hit some of our usual favorites for food and fare on this trip.

If you like steamers (crab pots), then you definitely need to go to Harry T’s at Harborwalk. Good Lord… it’s so good it shouldn’t be legal! We never go to the PCB/30A/Destin area without making a trip here!

If you are looking for lunch with a view, we always recommend Surf Hut. The food is good but the view is better. Honestly, they could give me saltines and a tap water and I’d still sit there for hours!


Overall, what you need to know about Destin is that there are no bad choices. The people are always nice. The food is always wonderful. And the beaches are some of the prettiest in the country. If you can go, you definitely should. And if your suitcase is big enough, you should definitely take me with you.


Happy Travels!

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