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Located on Florida’s Panhandle and pristine Emerald Coast, Destin is a beautiful area with an abundance of family-friendly activities on offer. Once considered a sleepy fishing village, soaking in the breathtaking views of Destin’s sugar-white beaches and turquoise waters is a top priority. Visitors can also enjoy thrills at the action-packed Big Kahuna’s water park and the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, and appreciate the historical significance of Fort Pickens. Nature lovers will find a range of opportunities to explore some of Florida’s pristine natural beauty at Henderson State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, and along the Gulf Islands National Seashore. To truly appreciate Destin’s charm, discover some of the best beachfront hotels in Destin and nearby areas where visitors can relax and unwind in this postcard-worthy vacation destination.
Henderson Park Inn (Prices & Photos)
Consistently ranking as one of the most romantic hotels in Florida, Henderson Park Inn has an impressive reputation and an even more impressive list of all-inclusive luxury amenities. A charming adults-only inn, guests will find an unbeatable beachfront location and stunning views of the Emerald Coast. Boasting spacious suites with oceanfront terraces, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs, Henderson Park provides an idyllic and peaceful stay with easy access to all that Destin has to offer, including the oasis that is Henderson State Park, which boasts one of the best beaches in Florida. Greeted with fresh fruit, wine, and chocolates upon check-in, visitors looking for a romantic private getaway will be in heaven.
Hilton Sandestin Beach, Golf Resort & Spa (Prices & Photos)
Located on one of Destin’s most breathtaking stretches of sand, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the area’s biggest full-service beachfront resort and perfect for a family getaway. Here guests can enjoy a long list of amenities that include multiple restaurants (including a steakhouse and sushi bar), three pools, 4 championship golf courses as well as a chic lounge area and luxury day spa. Traveling with the family? There’s also a Kids Krew program for the little ones. Those who want to do a little retail shopping will find the hotel to be in a prime spot near the Village of Baytowne Wharf with its collection of charming boutique shops.
WaterColor Inn (Prices & Photos)
Previously Voted #1 By Conde Nast Traveler as the “Best Resort in Florida,” WaterColor Inn is a fantastic getaway for all types of travelers. Combining luxury with a cozy ambiance, the Watercolor Inn is a visually appealing resort with elegant rooms facing a private stretch of the sugary white beach. You are spoiled for choice in daily activities, with opportunities to kayak the coastal dune lakes or bike the trails in the lush pine forest, then kick back on the sand, indulge in locally sourced Southern cuisine at the on-site restaurant or visit the WaterColor InnSpa. With emerald-green water views on private terraces and spacious rooms, the WaterColor Inn is the ultimate beach retreat.
Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort (Prices & Photos)
Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico and the sugar-white shores, Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort provides a spacious private beach for guests to enjoy. Active travelers can whack tennis balls in one of the six clay courts or unwind at the sparkling pool or relaxing hot tub. Other amenities include gas grills, a basketball court, and a seasonal complimentary tram service. The family-friendly rooms are equipped with full kitchens, washer and dryers, and range from cozy one-bedroom cottages to two-bedroom condominiums and four-bedroom villas. Offering easy access to top restaurants attractions on the main road, it still maintains a sense of peace and quiet that is suitable for all types of travelers.
Four Points by Sheraton Destin – Fort Walton Beach (Prices & Photos)
Just steps from the picturesque beaches of the Emerald Coast, Four Points by Sheraton offers easy access to a pristine piece of Fort Walton Beach. Other alluring amenities include a Kid’s Club, refreshing beachfront pools and a splash pad for little ones. The ocean-inspired rooms are spacious with flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, while upgraded rooms and suites add private balconies with stunning ocean views. Start your day with American favorites at Paradise Cove Cafe before enjoying a day out at the beach or at nearby Okaloosa Island, then enjoy ocean views and tropical cocktails at Upper Deck Beachside Bar & Grill.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin – Miramar Beach (Prices & Photos)
An all-suite hotel with a beautifully designed interior, Embassy Suites by Hilton is an ideal accommodation choice to soak in the Gulf’s pristine white Miramar beach. Guests can enjoy private beach access and boardwalk in addition to spacious and modern furnished suites. Activities are in abundance near the hotel, as guests will find world-class golf courses, deep sea fishing, and a range of other attractions for travelers, such as Big Kahuna’s Water Park and the Silver Sands Shopping Outlet. The hotel also has an award-winning chef in its health-conscious Calypso Cafe and a made-to-order breakfast service.
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach (Prices & Photos)
Unwind under the swaying palm trees as you soak in the breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Emerald Coast at the Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach. An affordable accommodation choice that is perfect for families, couples, and business travelers, the hotel offers a long list of amenities to provide guests with a comfortable stay. Here guests will find perks such as 2 outdoor pools, a hot tub, poolside bar and grill, children’s activities and complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas. Enjoy easy access to water activities like parasailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, sign up for paddle board lessons or kick back and watch poolside movies.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Destin (Prices & Photos)
Less than five minutes from the gorgeous shoreline Henderson Beach State Park, Fairfield Inn & Suites Destin is a budget-friendly hotel with spacious and modern rooms that are colorfully decorated in a tropical Florida-style. Family-friendly with attentive customer service, guests will find both indoor and outdoor pools, access to a 24-hour convenience store market, and hot breakfast choices in addition to a convenient location to many of Destin’s popular restaurants, bars, water attractions, and deep-sea fishing charters.