Getaway to Destin’s Sandy Beaches

Destin Beach

Living in Georgia had its perks, we were right on the border with Alabama and only hours from Florida-Georgia line. This led to many visits to Panama city in the past. And our most recent, a trip Destin, Florida. We planned all the details of this trip about two weeks prior to traveling. As a birthday celebration for our oldest.

Let me tell you, it was a great trip. So, keep reading to check on my all recommendations…


I will admit that because we stayed with the Destin Army Recreation Area; I am not familiar with the service or quality of other hotels in the area. But if you are a military family, I recommend that you check them out. The room was spacious, there was ample parking, lots of recreational options and great location – right off the water and close to other Destin amenities.


If you are in Destin or near, you have got to check out the Donut hole. It’s a diner style restaurant which I could compare to IHOP; but better.

They have freshly baked goodies and an entire menu of breakfast options.


You can’t go to Florida and not visit a beach right? So, we spent two days at the beach and the birthday girl loved it.

The first time we set up off the East Pass which we found by using a small access road off US HWY 98. It is right before going over the bridge to the right hand side. You can’t miss it, because it’s right after the large Destin billboard.

I promise if I had an address, I’d drop it right in for you to search on maps. 😉

The second day we went to Eglin Beach Park, the waves here were a little stronger but we still had a great time just hanging out by the water.

Destin Beach

Destin Beach

Destin Beach


No matter where we go, I always like to search for food options that are highly rated or recommended. Dewey Destin’s Seafood was one of these finds. But there are two, and I am saddened to say that the first one we went to was not a great experience. Thus, I do not recommend or will return to it.

The second one – take note of this – on Calhoun Ave is the one that you want to check out. They had a killer key lime pie, the atmosphere is casual and laid back, it’s definitely family friendly and the food prices are affordable.

Margaritaville is more of your mainstream dining experience but I had wanted to visit one for years. So I took advantage to go while on this trip. The food was good and the drinks too. The location, I think was the best part. It’s right on Destin’s Harborwalk Village and you get to enjoy the view while eating.

Destin Harborwalk Village

Next trip

As it happens many times, we left Florida wanting to do a handful of things. On our list for a future visit are Big Kahuna’s waterpark and Crab Island Water Park.

Have you been to Destin? What are your favorite places?

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