By Sandy O'Neal
Destin
Florida
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Along the coastline of the panhandle in Northwest Florida, you will find endless miles of sugar white beaches and emerald green waters. One notable location within this paradise is Destin, Florida. It’s a perfect vacation destination for your next beach trip. 

Sometimes referred to as the “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin is a charming seaside resort area. Once a sleepy fishing village, Destin is now a popular tourist destination. The city is located on a peninsula which separates the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. You will find this destination spot easily accessible by air through the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). Escapewizard.com can help you with your flight arrangements. Just follow this link:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight arrangements to Destin with EscapeWizard.com. Then book your hotel with by following this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  

While there is plenty of sun, sand and surf, there are also lots of other activities that you will enjoy while in the area. If you are headed to the beaches along Destin Harbor, you will find a number of charter fishing vessels where you can go deep sea fishing, or just spend the afternoon on a leisurely boat trip watching dolphins swim and play in their natural habitat. If you would rather surf or paddle board, you will be able to rent the sporting materials at a local shop. If no experience, don’t worry, you will be able to take lessons either individually, or as a group. You can even rent a golf cart or low speed vehicle to cruise along the beach or use to go shopping.

While in the area, Escapewizard.com suggests a visit to the Destin History and Fishing Museum may be in order. Here you will see exhibits of the type of fish caught in Destin, along with a collection of antique fishing rods and reels including a rod and reel that belonged to Ernest Hemmingway.  You will be able to visualize life in Destin before they had electricity. Visitors will also see the oldest seine fishing boat still in existence. 

Just east of Destin you will find Topsail Hill Preserve State Park which includes 3.2 miles of secluded beaches. There are footpaths in the park where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery while hiking or bird watching. Vacationers may even want to fish or paddle board in one of the 3 dune lakes. 

Also nearby is Eden Gardens State Park. This site was once the home of a prominent Florida lumberman.   It is 161 acres of spectacular beauty is nestled on Choctawhatchee Bay. As soon as you arrive at the park, your eyes will be drawn to a stunning 2 story home with white columns, a wraparound porch with rocking chairs. The house holds one of the nation’s largest collections of Louis XVI furniture.  The grounds of the park are covered with flowering plants, and majestic oak trees dripping in moss.  Escapewizard.com suggests that you take a picnic lunch when you visit the park and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the shade of the old oak trees.   

If shopping is a must, Escapewizard.com is sure you will find Destin is a perfect place for that too.  It is home to the nation’s largest design outlet center as well as an open-air lifestyle center offering shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Let’s not forget about the golfer in the family.   Its tee time and golfing along the emerald coast of Florida is absolutely picturesque.  You will find golf courses tucked away in the woods and wetlands of the area.  Escapewizard.com recommends that you include Bluewater Bay Resort, Emerald Bay Golf Club, the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club, or the Kelly Plantation Golf Club as you consider your golf options.

When the sun goes down, the nightlife begins.  Whether you choose to dine in shorts and sandals, or dress to the nines, you can find it all in Destin.  There are plenty of places to enjoy the locally harvested seafood, and you will also find cuisines from Thai to Chinese, to a good old American steak.   Escapewizard.com suggests that a sunset cruise may be in order. 

There’s something for everyone in Destin!  Escapewizard.com assures you that you won’t be disappointed when your vacation destination includes Destin, Florida.
Hotels in Destin
By D. Gregory Perrin
Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
100 Grand Boulevard, Destin, FL
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While strolling across the white sand beaches of Destin, on the very best beach vacation, you want to know that you are staying at one of the very best hotels in the city: Courtyard® Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. There is complimentary parking available for guests who have a car or rental car. Check in at the hotel begins at 4 p.m. on the day you arrive in Destin. Guests who have valuables can store them in the safe deposit box the hotel has at the front desk. There is an ATM in the lobby for guests to get cash.

The hotel rooms come with option of one king or two queen sized beds. There is a color television available for watching your favorite shows. The Courtyard® offers complimentary high speed Wi-Fi service so you can search for attractions during your stay in Destin. There is a coffee maker for enjoying a cup of java, as well as mini chillers to keep your drinks cold. All hotel rooms are smoke free for the benefit of guests’ health.

The amenities of the hotel are plentiful. There is an outdoor pool for swimming that guests will just love. The hotel has a great fitness center that guests can work out in to maintain their normal workout regime. There is a continental breakfast each morning for a minimal fee. And lastly, one great feature is its access to the Sandestin beaches.

There is no rush at waking up as check out at the hotel lasts all morning up until 11 a.m. The Courtyard® Sandestin even offers express check out to make things even easier. EscapeWizard.com can assist with finding you the lowest price available at this hotel or others in the Destin area; just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search for low pricing.