5 Free Things You Can Do on your Next Vacation to Destin

4 Free Things You Can Do on your Next Vacation to Destin

Anytime you go on vacation doing fun things with the family can be fun yet a little pricey. We fully understand that, and we thought that we would share with you a few free things that you can do while on vacation. Staying in one of our Beach Front vacation rentals can help you save money as you can fix meals at the house and take advantage of the free things to do around town. Let’s look at our top 5 things you can do for free while on vacation to Destin, Florida.

 Jolee Island Nature Park

Jolee Island Nature Park is a hidden gem within Destin and has some fun things that your family can enjoy. This park is 5 acres located on an island and to enter the park you will have to go over a wooden bridge. As you cross over the bridge you will be able to see a scenic salt marsh and even get to see nature at it’s best. You may see different animals in the marsh and take beautiful pictures too of the sunset. The park does offer the children a pirate ship playground and it is surrounded by porch swings for the adults to sit back and relax. And best of all it’s free to enjoy! Jolee Island Nature Park has a picnic area for you and your family to enjoy a lunch among nature. Don’t miss this amazing place next time you are on your vacation!

Boardwalk Time

4 Free Things You Can Do on your Next Vacation to Destin

If you have ever been to the beach during the summer months as a child, then you may remember going to the boardwalk often. Going to Destin Harbor Boardwalk is like any other boardwalk out there, but you get to enjoy several different things going on these during the week. Here you can walk along the boardwalk all while you can enjoy the white sand and the Emerald Coast waterfront. This is something that not many other beach towns can talk about! Soak in the sun, fun, smells and adventure that you can enjoy on your next vacation to Destin and going to spend a few hours at the boardwalk.

Day at the Beach

A fun free activity that you can do while on vacation is to head to the beach right outside of your Beach Front vacation rental. Here you and your family can enjoy a day or all week sitting on the beach in the white sand soaking up the rays. Plus, you can save money by being able to head back into your rental and have a nice lunch and then head back out onto the beach for more fun. Let the kids build sandcastles as you sit in a beach chair reading a nice book. The options are endless when you visit the beach in Destin, Florida.

Henderson Beach State Park

4 Free Things You Can Do on your Next Vacation to Destin

Another amazing park that you and your family can go explore is Henderson Beach State Park. Located along the Emerald Coast Parkway is where you will find this amazing park that has pristine white sand and gorgeous water views. One thing that you may be able to spot while you are taking a dip in the water are dolphins in the distance. There are plenty of things that you can do at the park like hiking along the shoreline on a nature trail or standing on top of the high dunes. This can be a fun day to spend at the park and it’s free of charge to enjoy there too.

Destin Commons

Destin Commons is another great mention that we have to tell you all about. Located in the heart of Destin is where you’ll find this amazing shopping area but there is more to do than just shop. We understand that shopping isn’t a free thing to do, walking around and enjoying a few of the activities are free for you to do. Let the kids play in the splash pad that is there, walk into Bass Pro Shops to check out the giant fish tank or allow the kids to enjoy the playground. Parking is free and it’s a great way to get some shopping done before heading home while letting the kids enjoy the free activities too!

While there are many other things that you and your family can do in Destin for free, these are the few that we thought you’d like. If you haven’t made your reservations to come to Destin on vacation this year, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next adventure to the beautiful Emerald Coast this year!

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

Do you have a family vacation planned to Destin this year? If the answer is yes, then we understand that spending the week sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our Beachfront vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach but having the right things in your beach bag will allow you to enjoy your vacation. Let’s look at what we recommend you pack in your beach bag so you can have a fun family vacation to Destin.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help keep track of whose towel is who’s. This can not only help keep you organized but it can also help keep those meltdowns with the kids under control with another sibling having their towel.

Sunscreen

The sun in Florida is hot alone, so making sure sunscreen is in your beach bag is a must. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists suggests that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. Be sure to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little more sun than you expected be sure to pack a bottle of Aloe Vera. To help cool the sunburn a little more, place the bottle of Aloe in the fridge and it will help soothe the burn a little better.

Mesh Bag for the Sand Toys

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch or Plastic Bag

Between the water, sun and sand, the beach is filled with many things that can damage your phone. Bringing a water-resistant pouch to the beach can be a lifesaver for many. If you come on vacation and realize you don’t have one, a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag will do the same as the phone pouch. They will keep your phone protected from the elements at the beach and you can even use it while it’s in the bag or pouch.

Sand-Free Hack

What to Pack in your Beach Bag

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids.

Hats, Sunglasses & SPF Shirts

Anytime you head down to the beach you will want to make sure you have your sunglasses, hat & an SPF shirt inside your beach bag. Protecting your eyes from the Ultraviolet rays is very important. Since you’re vacationing here in Destin you are closer to the equator meaning the sun is a lot hotter. Sunglasses and hat will keep your eyes safe and a hat will keep your face safe too. Be sure to pack one for everyone in the family. Another key item that you may want to have is an SPF shirt for your little ones. These are great for when you feel your kids are getting too much sun on their shoulders. They normally are about 50 SPF and are safe to wear in the sun, sand and the water. Be sure to pick one up before you get your vacation started!

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your reservations for your next vacation, then check out our Beachfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

Spend Christmas Vacation in Destin this Year

Spend Christmas Vacation in Destin this Year

Are you looking for a good Christmas gift to give you family? Why not book an Beach Front vacation rental to spend Christmas week in? Christmas in Destin is a wonderful time to come visit with the family. While many others are dealing with the snow and cold weather, here in Destin you will be loving the warmer weather. Many other families love to come to Florida during the holiday season because of the warmth and fun you can have. Let’s look at why you should spend Christmas vacation in Destin this year.

Beautiful Weather

If you live in the north where the streets are covered in snow, you will find the weather here in Destin to be perfect. Here you can trade in the white snow for the white sands of the Emerald Coast to get your Christmas vacation started. With the temperatures in the low 60’s and not much humidity, your family will want to vacation in Destin for years to come. Spend the day in shorts and a t-shirt and the evening in a pair of jeans while you walk on the beach.

New Adventures

Spend Christmas Vacation in Destin this Year

When you are thinking of going on a vacation to Florida, you may think that headed to the beach is the best. But there are many other fun things for your family to enjoy and take part in for the holidays. This year the City of Destin is hosting their Tree lighting a drive-thru on Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm CST. Visit with Santa at Holiday at the Harbor on December 5th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This can be a fun activity for the whole family to get involved in while you are on your Christmas vacation.

Water Fun

While there are a few water parks that are shut down for the season, there are many other ways you and your family can enjoy the water. Many of our vacation rentals have pools that you can take advantage of. And you may be able to enjoy putting your feet into the water on the beach for the day. Of course, the water may not be as warm as it is in the summertime, but it will be refreshing to enjoy a day on the beach.

Relax

Spend Christmas Vacation in Destin this Year

Since the holidays are upon us now, it’s time to take a vacation and just relax. Don’t worry about decorating your home, or about having to clean it before your guests arrive for the day. Spend your time with your family and just relax on your vacation. While the beaches are less crowded, it’s the time to think of you and your family. Just sit back, breathe in the fresh air and relax while you are sitting on the beach soaking up the sun. Enjoy your vacation to Destin this year with the family for Christmas.

There are many other reasons as of why you should surprise the family with a vacation to Destin this Christmas, we thought that these might help you make your decision a little easier. This year we want you and your family to be able to spend the week together in a beautiful Beach Front vacation rental and relax. We hope to see you this December and this Christmas season.

Spend Thanksgiving Day in Destin Florida this Year

Spend Thanksgiving Day in Destin Florida this Year

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and now is the time to book your next vacation. Spending the holidays here in Destin is what everyone in the family is looking forward to after the year we’ve all had. Staying in one of our Destin Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy your break from life at home. Let’s look below at what you and your family can do this Thanksgiving here in Destin, Florida.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Spend Thanksgiving Day in Destin Florida this Year

One of the best things about vacationing to Destin Beach this Thanksgiving is not having to cook dinner. Instead of worrying about who will clean the kitchen after making dinner or dealing with the madness at the grocery store, you can eat out. A few of the restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner this year are Harbor Docks, Honey Baked Ham, Brotula’s Seafood House, and AJ’s on the Bayou. If you’d like to eat dinner while staying in one of our vacation rentals, check out Sarah K’s Gourmet as they can provide a fantastic meal. No matter where you decide to eat Thanksgiving Dinner this year, there are plenty of great options to enjoy.

Shopping Fun

Spend Thanksgiving Day in Destin, Florida this Year

Another great option that you and your family can do together saves on some deals this year on Black Friday. While there may be several closed stores on Thanksgiving Day, the deals come out the day after. Some of the locations you can head to while on vacation would be the Shoreline Village Mall, Destin Commons, and Baytowne Wharf. Grab what the kids want, grab some excellent deals, and just enjoy the day out together this year on Black Friday!

While there are many other things that you can do in the area, these are the few things we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to spend Thanksgiving Day here in Destin Beach, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you this year for a holiday making new memories together as a family!

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events Happening in Destin Beach

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events Happening in Destin Beach

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to visit Destin Beach on this 4th of July? If the answer is yes, then we need to tell you all about the fun events happening in the area. Staying in one of our Destin Beach vacation rentals will keep you close to the fun. This year has already been a little different compared to previous years, but Destin Beach is still going to continue its traditions. Let’s look below at what your family can do while you are here for the 4th of July!

Fireworks

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events Happening in Destin Beach

While many other towns around the country have canceled their annual fireworks, the city of Destin has not. This year you will be able to see the fireworks over the East Pass around 9:00 pm CDT. This happens to be the City of Destin’s 34th Annual Independence Day Fireworks and is one night that you don’t want to miss. If there happens to be any inclement weather, then the fireworks will be on Sunday, July 5th, at the same time. Bring the family and enjoy the show in the sky this year!

Get a Little Crabby

While this isn’t an event, but it’s a fun day out with the family. Head on over to Crab Island located here in Destin. Crab Island is one of the area’s best-known fun things to do on the water that the locals love to visit, and so do our guests. Over at Crab Island is where you and the family can float the day away or a few hours away while having fun on the inflatables. This 4th of July vacation, make it a fun-filled day trip to the island and soak up the rays. Grab a drink or a little snack, all while you are enjoying seeing the kids have the time of their lives!

Camp for the Kids

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events Happening in Destin Beach

If you are looking for something the kids can do while on vacation and still have a great time, then allow them to enjoy the Half-Day Summer Camp. Happening over at the Destin Community Center from 9 am to 12 pm Monday – Friday is where the camp will be at. Every morning there will be fun activities, crafts, swim time, and more. Get some things done at your vacation rental, or just sit back and enjoy a little beach time alone. Think of the fun things the kids will get to do, and some of their crafts will make great souvenirs.

While many other fun events are happening in the area, we wanted to share these. If you haven’t booked your family’s 4th of July vacation yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories this 4th of July in Destin Beach!

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over and before you know it spring will be here. Destin is a great place to take a mini vacation to this spring to help relax and let the kids recharge on a getaway. Spending time in one of our Destin vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun and action is at. Let’s look below at a few things that you family can enjoy while on your getaway to Destin this spring.

Surf & the Sand

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

One of the benefits of vacationing on the Emerald coast is getting to enjoy the warm sand and waters year-round. Let the kids play in the white sand with their beach toys and allow them to enjoy digging holes. Set up the umbrella, your beach chairs and bringing plenty of snacks to munch on as you soak up the sun. Be sure though to bring with you to the beach plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. The sun is much warmer when you are visiting Destin Beach compared to other parts on the East Coast. Think of the memories that could be made here while you’re vacationing with your family.

Go Kart Racing

One memory that your family will be able to enjoy is heading over to The Track in Destin for the day. Have you ever wanted to race your kids or the kids wanting to show their parents how well they can drive? If you can answer yes to that question, then this is the perfect activity for your family. The Track is the perfect location where your family can enjoy different rides, action packed adventures and more. Not only will your family get a chance to race each other on the go kart tracks but there are rides and even more fun. Enjoy a day of fun at The Track with the family and make new memories together!

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

Do you have someone in the family who loves animals and learning more about them? If the answer is yes, then visiting the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is just for you. Your family will be able to visit exhibits, shows, see training demonstrations and so much more. They are open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and just think of the fun you will have. Some of the things that you will be able to do is enjoy a Dolphin Show or a Sea Lion Show, learn about otters and penguins and enjoy a few other fun animals. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is located in nearby Fort Walton Beach and is easy to get to. Don’t miss doing this on your next vacation to Destin this spring.

While there are many other things your family can do this spring, these are the few things we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your Destin vacation rentals for this spring, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy what Destin has to offer this spring!

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

Are you and your family coming to Destin Beach this February with your family? If the answer is yes, then we can tell you about a few things that you can do together. Staying with us at Holiday Isle in one of our vacation rentals will allow your family to enjoy your family time more. Let’s look below at a few of the things that you can do in the area while you’re on vacation to Destin Beach.

Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

Do you and your family want something fun to do during Valentine’s Day weekend? Come to the Sandestin Gumbo Festival on February 14th and February 15, 2020. Happening at the Village of Baytowne Wharf happens to be one of the largest events in the area. This year will be the 31st year it has been going on and is one to not miss. You and the family can enjoy some excellent gumbo from several different Gulf Coast Restaurants during this event. And there will be other activities that the kids can take part in too.

Harborwalk Village Mardi Gras

February in Destin Beach is one of the best times to visit because of the Mardi Gras events happening around town. On Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm is where your family can come and enjoy the Mardi Gras Parade & Pawdi Gras. This may not be New Orleans, but it will be just as fun as if you were watching the parade on Bourbon Street, but more family friendly. There will be other fun events going on through the day that you won’t want to miss either!

1st Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

What is vacationing to the Gulf Coast then to  head to the 1st Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. Happening at Destin’s Harbor is the newest family-friendly event that will come with some pretty amazing food and drinks on the coast. There will be many local restaurants as they will be competing for having the best shrimp and grits on the harbor. There will be live entertainment, delicious food, and even a zone just for the kids to enjoy. The event is happening on Saturday, February 29th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and is one you may want to check out with the family.

There are many other fun events happening on the Emerald Coast in February, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come stay with us in one of our Destin Beach Vacation Rentals, now is the time. We hope that you and your family will be able to enjoy some of these fun events on the coast!

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

Are you and your family taking your vacation to Destin this fall? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about the fun things going on. Staying in one of our Destin vacation homes will keep you and your family to where the fun is at. Escape the busy life at home for a week-long vacation to Destin this fall and enjoy one of these events. Let’s look below at what is happening at Destin this October.

41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

What’s a vacation to the beach without having some amazing seafood? On October 4th to October 6th, your family can come and enjoy the 41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival. This festival is what many guests and locals look forward to every fall. There will be a ton of different things for everyone in the family to enjoy at the festival. Not only will you get to enjoy some of the seafood, but you will also get to enjoy some live entertainment and shopping. This year the festival is going to be held on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk where you can catch a glimpse of the sunset in the background. Don’t miss this fun event as you get to spend time with the family, eating amazing food and enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival!

9th Annual Duck Regatta

Join in the fun of the 9th Annual Duck Regatta on Saturday, October 19th. This is happening over at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm CDT. The duck regatta is perfect for everyone of all ages and is where you can adopt a duck for a chance to win. The first-place winner will receive $5000. This is a family-friendly event where you can participate in a scavenger hunt, face-painting, free carousel rides and much more. And the main reason for the fun event is the duck race at 1:00 pm. What a wonderful event that everyone in the family will love going to!

Pumpkinpalooza

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

Have you ever celebrated Halloween here in Destin before? If not, then we have to tell you all about this amazing and fun celebration happening in Destin. Your family will have a Spooktacular time as you celebrate the fun holiday on Sunday, October 27th. Happening over at HarborWalk Village from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm is where your family can join in on the fun activities. Some of the activities that will be there is a fun scavenger hunt, fun goodies and free kid’s activities. Plus, the family can visit all the shops and restaurants where they will receive a special treat. Don’t miss this fun event that is perfect for everyone in the family!

While there are several events in Destin during October, these are the few we wanted to share. If you still haven’t booked your fall vacation or getaway staying in one of our Destin vacation homes, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and enjoy these fun events!

Family Fun Adventures to Try on your Next Vacation to Destin

Family Fun Adventures to Try on your Next Vacation to Destin

Do you and your family have a fun filled vacation planned soon in Destin Florida? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the fun adventures that you can experience while you are on vacation. Staying with us in one of our Beach Homes can keep you and your family close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at a few of the fun filled adventures that you can do while you are on vacation to sunny Destin Florida.

Flipper’s Adventures

Family Fun Adventures to Try on your Next Vacation to Destin

Heading to the Gulf Coast is something that many families love to do year-round, but have you ever considered doing a little snorkeling? Many don’t know that the Gulf of Mexico is a great place to start learning how to snorkel. Anyone in the family can join in on this adventure and it will take roughly 2 ½ hours. Your family will be able to do something that many want to do while in the Caribbean, but you get a chance to do it while on vacation. Not only will you see many different fish, but you will also get to see other fun things including unique seashells and some beautiful sea glass. Don’t miss this fun opportunity on the next time you are on vacation in Destin.

Dolphin Cruises

Another fun adventure that everyone in the family can enjoy is to go on a dolphin cruise or a sunset cruise. From viewing several homes that belong to the rich and the famous to having the best seat in town during our sunset cruise. Who wouldn’t want to see the beautiful colors of the sunset than seeing it from the water? Not only will you get to be adventurous and enjoy time out on the water with the family, but soda’s and waters are included on every trip. Sit back and enjoy the ride on the water with the family in a new adventure that you’ve ever done!

On the Pontoon

Family Fun Adventures to Try on your Next Vacation to Destin

Have you ever wanted to be the captain of your own ship or boat? If so, then this is the adventure for you. Renting a pontoon boat will keep you and your family together and you will be able to enjoy the crystal-clear water and the snow-white sand below your feet. You can either rent the boat for half the day or a full day. Be sure to bring with your sunscreen, food for lunch, water toys for the kids, life jackets for small children, towels and more. Make this fun adventure something that you will remember for years to come!

There are many other fun things that you and your family can do while on vacation to Destin Florida, but these are the few we wanted to mention. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to Destin, then now is the time. We still have plenty of availability for your family to stay in a Beach Home today. We hope to see you and the family as you go on your next fun adventure in the area!

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Are you and your family coming to Destin Beach for your next vacation? We at Holiday Isle can tell you about some beach activities that are family-friendly. When staying with us in one of our Destin Beach vacation Rentals, you will be close to where the fun can happen. Let’s look below at some of the beach activities that are family-friendly.

Scavenger Hunt

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Destin Beach is a wonderful place where you and your family can do a scavenger hunt together. Before leaving your vacation rental for the day, you will want to take a piece of paper and put together a list that the family can look for. Then it will be time to head to the beach and hunt for your treasure. The kids can look for different color shells, something blue, sea glass, driftwood and more. One the map, have a list of the items that they can find and mark them off as you find them. This is a fun activity to do and something that everyone in the family will love doing!

Look at that Sandcastle

One thing that many families have done in the past is build a sandcastle. But just because you aren’t a kid anymore, doesn’t mean that you as the parent have to stop building one. This is a great activity that anyone in the family can do while you are on vacation and is good for all ages. To help build their sandcastles you are going to make sure that everyone has a bucket, shovel and shells to build their dream sandcastle. Take a family picture of everyone’s castle and frame it when you get back home to remember that great day you had on your vacation.

Soccer Time

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Playing soccer on the beach is one of the best games you can play as a family. Make sure that you bring a soccer ball with you on your vacation so that you can see who the best team is. Either split up into teams or kick the ball back and forth for a while just to get in some exercise. No matter who wins the game or who can play the longest, everyone in the family are winners!

Beach Ball Bounce

Another great game that the whole family can get in on, is beach ball bounce. You can play this game by having two players on each side while they are holding a beach towel. Then use the beach towel as your “racket” to catch and toss the beach ball back and forth to the other team. What a great way to get your exercise because we can promise you that the ball won’t go the way you want it to get each time. Just have fun and learn to work together on this activity!

There are several other activities that can be played on the beach, but these are just a few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to Destin Beach, now is the time to. School will be back soon, and we hope that you and your family can enjoy your vacation before the busy season begins.