Have any of my readers been to Destin, Florida? If not, you are in for a treat! I love Destin. It is located close to Pensacola and Ft. Walton Beach in Florida. Those are the two closest airports as well if you have to fly in. I flew into Pensacola and rented a car to make the easy 90 minute drive to the SanDestin Beach and Golf Resort. If I had flown into Ft. Walton Beach, the drive would have been less than 45 minutes. The main factor in regards to my decision to fly into Pensacola was my travel schedule.
As you arrive into SanDestin Beach and Golf Resort, you notice that the grounds are impeccable and the area is gated. I had booked a one bedroom condo at Beachside I. The resort is immense, and it consists of various accommodations depending on the needs of the guest(s). Since I was staying with children and other adults (my parents and siblings), the Beachside condo fit our bill. The one bedroom condo ended up actually being two bedrooms–there was a king size bed, another room with a bunk bed and a sleeper sofa in the living area. There was a full size kitchen and a full bathroom. The view from our balcony was of the lovely clean beach and ocean.
There is a complomentary shuttle that takes guests to various aspects of the resort including the village where there are lovely restaurants and a great coffee shop (the coffee shop was my stop every morning for my latte)!
The beach has umbrellas and chairs that guests can rent, but there is plenty of space to simply lay out a towel and enjoy your space. The beach does get crowded later in the afternoon, but it is kept very clean. The water was full of fun waves for the kids and , and the water was also warm at the time (in early June). There is a pool at the base of the Beachside condo tower, but there are no lifeguards. The amenities include bike rentals, kayak rentals at the bayside (there is a bay on the opposite side of the resort from the beach), bike trails, gorgeous tennis courts and a golf course. There is also a fitness center, but be sure to check out the website for the hours.
All in all, this is a fantastic resort, especially for families. The resort would also be perfect for conferences as well since the conference center is very spacious and well equipped. The rates of the condos are reasonable, and guests can bring groceries and cook for themselves in the condo if they wanted to save money (and calories!) on dining out. Outside of the resort are a bevy of convenience stores and restaurants, so any guest won’t be lacking in wants. I do recommend renting a car.