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Long days lounging in the golden sand, splashing around in the clear water on the Emerald Coast, and enjoying the best dining. You need a beach vacation in Florida. Destin, Florida has resorts offering the best amenities, full services, and amazing beach access that truly can’t be beaten. With room for the whole fam, and activities for everyone to love, these beach resorts are ideal for your summer vacation plans.

By Ruth Peterkin

1. Sandestin Resort

This luxury Miramar Beach getaway is perfect for a relaxing couples holiday, a fun-filled family vacation or anything in between. The resort offers 2,400 acres of entertainment with over one-thousand vacation rentals for you to enjoy. Choose from village rooms, bayside, lakeside or beachside rooms. The Village of Baytowne Wharf villas offer visitors easy access to all the best of the resort’s amenities. Lakeside villas give you a quieter, more peaceful piece of the resort property, while still being close to all the best parts, including the green lakes, lush trees, and beautiful golf course. Bayside accommodations give you the best views of the Choctawhatchee Bay and the resort’s golf course. The beachside, as the name suggests, brings you as close as you can be to the deep blue sea’s edge. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, the beachside villas are the ultimate luxury at the Sandestin Resort.

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While at the resort, rent the bikes (for free!), go kayaking in the seas, or try out boogie boarding. With so much rental equipment available, there’s loads of adventure to be had in the Sandestin. Tennis courts, spas, beachside bonfires, four pools, a fitness center, beach access, and a world-class marina round out the list of amenities at the Sandestin. Don’t forget the 5-star dining options, either!

2. Seascape Resort, Miramar Beach

Escape into your own world at the Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. The resort is known for its family-friendly fun on the Gulf of Mexico. Kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and with thousands of acres of vibrant greens and powerful blues of the waters, Seascape is calling your name. Condos in the Seascape Resort come fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, dining space, and private balcony, sleeping a total maximum of six guests in each one. Cozy and homey, the condos and villas are perfect to rest after a long day of adventure.

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Shop til you drop at the nearby malls and outlets. Destin Commons, Silver Sands Outlet Mall, and Grand Boulevard are all just minutes away from your door, offering you exquisite products and great deals. If you’re into outdoor fun, Seascape Resort is perfect. With kayaks, paddle boards, and bikes available to rent, you can paddle or pedal away in search of the natural beauty. Sports fans will love the golf courses and tennis courts, and foodies will love the bars, restaurants, and cafes all around. Traveling with kids? Check out the Big Kahuna Water Park or say hi to some marine friends on the dolphin cruise.

3. Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa

Right on the white sand beaches sits the Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa. A premier vacation rental destination in Destin, the resort offers pristine rooms, suites, and mini apartments, capable of fitting the whole family. Check out the suites available with mesmerizing views of the sea. Each rental comes with two beach chairs to spend your days lounging around in the soft sand during the summer season. Need to relax? Booking a room here gives you access to the hot tubs, pools, spas, and massages in the resort.

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With kitchens in the suites, it can be easy to want to cook at home, but Silver Shells offers some world-class dining, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House — complete with world-class steaks and seafood worth salivating over. The Sandbar is a poolside tiki hut serving up drinks for your days basking in the sun. Check out their frozen cocktails for the 21+ crowd, or the delectable burgers for all ages. Go parasailing, rent some wave runners, or try out the kayaking and paddleboarding — all equipment is available to rent with your stay in the resort. Professional fitness centers, full tennis courts, and full basketball courts make up the health and fitness perks of the resort spot.

4. Palms of Destin Resort

One of Destin, Florida’s finest — The Palms of Destin Resort. The resort offers guests one, two, and three bedroom suites and entire, fully-equipped vacation villas. Rooms of all sizes come with a flat-screen TV, washer/dryer units, full kitchen, private bathrooms, and a private balcony with views of either the lagoon pool, the heart of Destin, or the Gulf of Mexico. The sleek, modern, yet cozy rooms are perfect for your days on the beach. If you’re looking for something more long-term, the Palms of Destin has long term rentals available too. The fully-equipped apartment comes ready for you to call it home.

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You can’t forget about the perks of staying in the Palms of Destin Resort. With professional sand castle building for the kids (and adults!), jet skiing, boat rentals, fishing and snorkeling trips, the fun never ends at the resort. Plus the pools, fitness centers, and spas make it easy to relax after long days in the sun.

5. Hidden Dunes

The Hidden Dunes Destin is the secret hideaway you’ve been craving. 27 acres of beachside beauty await you at the resort, alongside soft sand, refreshing pools, and three or four-bedroom villas. Choose from cottages, villas, and Gulfside rentals. The cozy cottages circle the resort’s tennis courts on shady tree-lined paths. Each cottage comes with screened-in porch space, kitchens, and more, all uniquely decorated with the guest in mind. The villas include a washer dryer and kitchen, and a wrap-around porch. Gulfside rentals are the apartment-style suites of your dreams, with stunning balcony views, a homey feel, and all the amenities.

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You’re own private, hidden section of beach. What could be better? Maybe the six tennis courts, or the basketball courts. How about the pools and grill areas? Tram service to take you around the property, clubhouse access, and beach bonfires complete the list of incredible amenities offered by the Hidden Dunes Resort.

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