Destin, in Northwest Florida (also known as the Panhandle) is a different kind of Sunshine State escape. Distinctly different from Florida’s Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, the vibe here mixes Southern hospitality, a general gratitude for the area’s natural beauty, and some of Florida’s most spectacular beaches for lounging—all along one powdery, perfect stretch of the state.
Staying in a vacation rental right on the beach with my family makes the experience all the more special. I rise early, before the kids start stirring, to enjoy coffee on the balcony with ocean views. After, I might stroll down to the sand to watch sandpipers stalking the shallows for their morning meal.
The heat of the day is best spent running between the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, where the kids stay busy building sandcastles near the shoreline, and dipping into our private pool. If you ask me, a day spent enjoying the simple things from a comfortable place that feels like your beach home away from home is pretty much as good as life gets. So, here are my favorite Destin vacation rentals that you can find out there: