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.

Visit Crab Island on Your Next Vacation to Destin Beach

If you and your family are looking for something new to do or explore, then we highly recommend Crab Island. And if you happen to have a boat that you’d like to bring with you on your vacation to sail the Emerald Coast, then staying in a Boat Dock vacation rentals will have you close to the water. Destin Beach has so much to offer during the summer months that you won’t want to miss out on seeing what Crab Island is about. Let’s look at why you must visit below on your next vacation to Destin Beach. 

All About Crab Island

Visit Crab Island on Your Next Vacation to Destin Beach

Many of the locals love to head to Crab Island during the year, but it’s more popular during the summer months. This island is a sandbar located just south of the Marier Bridge that is in Destin, Florida. It is well known to many who own a boat as it’s only accessible via a boat. If you pass over the bridge, then you may find hundreds of boats out there with their anchors in the water, just soaking up rays and having a good time. With the island being only minutes away from Destin Harbor, it’s definitely a must-visit on your next trip to the area.

Why is it called Crab Island?

For those who have never been to Crab Island, you will think there is an island here. But we can tell you that there is no land here. What was once a tiny island in the waters of Destin is now just a sandbar for many to visit. It’s called Crab Island because it was a small plot of land that used to be in a shape resembling a crab. You will also find many tiny crabs on the floor of the sandbar and it then can be easily seen as to why it’s called Crab Island. Besides seeing crabs in the water, you may get to see a few other sea life animals in the water with you such as dolphins and fish.

A Perfect Day on the Water

While Crab Island has to be one of the best-known secrets to Destin, it’s also one of the most popular spots for the locals for years. Like many of the lakes around the country that seem to be the best spot for everyone to hang out on their boats, this too is very popular for even the visitors to our area. Why not spend a day or two on the water with your family and friends and soak up the sun? If you don’t have a boat of your own, there are several boat rental places that you can rent from for a day or two. Think of the fun you and your family can have by floating on the water together and swimming.

How to Prepare for a Day at Crab Island

Visit Crab Island on Your Next Vacation to Destin Beach

Since Crab Island is very popular especially during the warmer months, we suggest that you arrive before noon. It will take you around 10-25 minutes to get to Crab Island from the Harbor. If you forgot something back in your vacation rental or even left it at home, then don’t worry because there are several mini-store that you will find on the water that sells everything in the sun from sunscreen to food. We do suggest bringing cash to the island and there may be some vendors who offer inflatables for you and the family to enjoy. If you are looking for something a little more exciting to try while out there, then don’t worry because there are normally paddle boards and jet skis that are available to rent on the water. Just go out and have fun with everyone on the water.

While there are so many other things that you and your family can enjoy on your vacation to Destin Beach, Crab Island is just one of the fun places you can visit. If you are still looking for a Destin vacation rental for your next vacation, then give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and explore Crab Island this summer!  

Book Direct Today & Save Money

Book Direct Today & Save Money

Are you planning on booking a vacation home this year? If so, then we suggest you book directly with us and not with a third-party vacation rental website. Many of the third-party vacation rental sites can add an additional booking fee onto your reservation which can be range for 5%-20% depending on the vendor. We understand that your vacations are important and that your trips may be limited every year. Holiday Isle wants to make sure that you are getting the most out of your money when you visit Destin and the only way that you can is by Booking Direct today!

What You Need to Know About Booking Direct

February 6, 2019 is the 2nd Annual Book Direct Day which was created to help educate vacation rental guests on the benefits of booking directly through an owner or Property Management Company vs using a Third-Party agency such as VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway and TripAdvisor. While these big-name companies may seem like they will help save you money at first, you will soon learn that they will charge you a fee for using their website. Some of the fees can range from 5% to 20% of the total cost of your vacation rental which can be a lot of money depending on which vacation rental you choose.

You may be asking yourself, “What does this other vendor do special if they charge me say an extra $400 for the rental?” Absolutely nothing. It’s just another way for them to get you just for using their website to book your vacation rental. The other third-party vendors don’t know about each property individually to be able to answer specific questions you may have. They can’t send our maintenance workers when you have an issue with the rental, and they can’t give you a recommendation on a local restaurant to eat at for dinner or what there is to do on a rainy day. But we at Holiday Isle do and we like to make sure that all our guests are happy with their stay for their vacation.

Why Book Direct with Us

When you book directly with us at Holiday Isle, you will speak with one of our vacation specialists who are very knowledgeable, local, one who lives, works and enjoys Destin, Florida. We know all of the details on each property because we have personally been in each one of them. We are able to give you our personal recommendations on where to dine, play, shop and visit businesses in the area. Our office is conveniently located in Destin so should any problems should arise, we can handle them quickly!

How to Book Direct with Holiday Isle

Booking directly with us is simple as can be! We encourage all of our guests to book their vacations directly through our safe and secure website, www.holidayisle.net, or by calling us at 800-837-5102. We can assure you that we will never charge you a hidden fee and we will always provide you with the best available rate on our professional managed vacation rentals. We don’t want you to have to pay anything extra just for using our site to book your vacation. We understand that your money is very valuable, and we can help you see that your vacation to our area is the best one it can be each year!

Are you ready to plan your vacation today? Make sure you Book Direct with Holiday Isle today to have the best planned vacation year after year!

Destin is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Destin is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Valentine’s Day will be here in just a few short weeks and now is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway to Destin, Florida. With the hustle and bustle that can happen after the holidays, it’s the ideal time to reconnect with your partner for a little getaways. This year instead of planning a dinner and movie night at home, make your Valentine’s Day getaway a romantic one that your partner will never forget. We have come up with a few easy steps for you to plan your perfect Valentine’s Day getaway. 

Find the Perfect Vacation Rental

The first step that you can’t leave out would be to find and book the perfect romantic vacation rental. Destin offers visitors a variety of beautiful and well-appointed vacation homes that you can choose from. If you are a little concerned that you won’t find the perfect locations, don’t be. We have vacation rental homes close to the area’s best attractions or if you’d like to be more secluded, we have those as well. Don’t forget that you are spending the week away from the busy life back homes, so find a rental that will help the two of you escape for some relaxation.

Plan a Surprise

Destin is the Perfect Valentine's Day Destination

There is a way that you can inject some passion into your getaway by planning a surprise for you both. It doesn’t have to be extravagant but make it simple and yet sweet such as having a bottle of champagne and strawberries ready or having flowers delivered to your vacation rental. Another sweet surprise you can do is schedule a day at the spa. Think about what your partner likes and plan that surprise around that. No matter what you decide to plan, they will be surprised either way.

Take an Adventure

Destin holds an endless amount of exciting and fun things to do with your loved one. When you are planning our a day of romantic adventures, make sure to pick the things you’d like to do as a couple. A few suggestions that you can enjoy while you are here would be take a walk along the beach, go to the Track in Destin or head over to the Largest Water Park on the Emerald Coast. There are many different things that you can do and spend time together to help make this trip feel more special.

Romantic Dinner

Destin is the Perfect Valentine's Day Destination

Your Valentine’s Day getaway has to include a romantic dinner or two. Here in Destin you will be able to find several restaurants you may want to give a try. If you would like to give something different a little try, then we suggest taking a SunQuest Cruise where it’s a dinner dance yacht and perfect for a romantic dinner for two. For something more upscale you can head over to the Ocean Club or Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant. No matter what you are in the mood for to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is something for you and your loved one here at the beach.

Now that you have everything you need to plan your next romantic getaway to Destin this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to book your trip. If you would like to learn more about what Destin vacation rentals are available, please check our inventory or give us a call. We hope that you and your loved one will enjoy taking this romantic trip from the busy life at home and enjoy each other!

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

When you come to Florida even during the winter months, it’s sunny but there are a few days where it may rain. Even though it may be raining while you are on vacation to beautiful Destin, we know of 6 things you can do when it rains. And staying in one of our Water Views vacation rentals, will keep you close to where the fun begins. Let’s look at what you and your family can enjoy while it may be raining when you vacation.

Let’s Get Wild

If you and your family love to have fun outdoors when on vacation, then have no fear because we have the perfect location but some of it is indoors. Head over to Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone where you can enjoy a 16,000 sq. foot indoor arcade along with two mini golf courses, 60-foot ropes course and more. Here you are also able to enjoy some Laser Tag and don’t forget about the 4D movie experience! What an amazing day you and the family can have over at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone on a rainy day while on vacation!

That’s Science

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

If getting wild isn’t your thing, then take the kids over to the Emerald Coast Science Center where they can learn all about science. Located in downtown Fort Walton Beach, the Emerald Coast Science Center features many things including hands-on learning, exhibits and guided programs. During the holidays they have some amazing Winter Workshops that your kids can get involved in while you vacation here. No child will be saying “I’m bored” when they come visit the science center. Make this a must do when you vacation in Destin whether it’s raining or not.

Bowling

When you vacation in Destin there happen to be two great options for bowling when it rains. Head over to either Hurricane Lanes or Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill for some family fun and perhaps a little competition between each other. At Hurricane Lanes they feature 26 bowling lanes, pool tables, an arcade, and free ping-pong. What more could a kid ask for when it comes to bowling and playing ping-pong? Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill is a little cool as it has 16 different underwater themed lanes that any member of the family will want to bowl at. Both of these are in Destin and you will want to head here if you like a little family competition.

Be Artistic

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

Do you have someone in the family who enjoys making their own art? If so, then we suggest heading over to South Walton – Fired Up Paint Your Own Potter Studio. Here you and your family can show your creativity among each other as you paint your own pottery piece that start at just $14. Remember your family vacation to Destin by coming home with a one of a kind pieces of artwork made by you. There are no reservations required to head here for a few hours while it’s pouring rain outside.

Destin History & Fishing Museum

We know that many families who visit Destin have someone in the family who loves to fish while they vacation. What a better way to spend the day when it rains by heading to the Destin History & Fishing Museum to learn a little more about the fish you may find in the Gulf of Mexico. With a 100 ft of wall space displaying what sea creatures you may find there is something for everyone. And enjoy some of the vintage photos and antique fishing rods that you will see including the original reel that belonged to Earnest Hemmingway. What a wonderful way to learn about the history of fishing in Destin and to get out of the rain.

Enjoy your Vacation Rental

Sometimes when you go on vacation you’d like to spend some time in your vacation rental. Many of our guests tell us that their #1 thing to do when it rains in Destin is to stay in their vacation rental and relax. Bring books, watch movies or play some board games while you wait for the rain to stop. Bake cookies or just allow the kids to make something fun for dinner. No matter what you and the family may do in Destin when it rains, relaxing in your rental can be wonderful as well.

No matter whatever you decide to do whether it’s relaxing or finding a new adventure while it rains in Destin, they are memories you will have forever. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to Destin, then please check out our Destin vacation rentals today. We hope that we will be able to see you and your family on your next vacation making magical memories.

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. If your family loves to skate, why not take a fun evening and spend it skating at the ice rink? Ice skating has become a tradition for many families in Destin and your family can make it your new tradition when you go on vacation. Head over to Baytowne Village Wharf from now until Saturday, February 2nd and skate your hearts content away. 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.

Fun Events Happening in November

Fun Events Happening in November

November is a fun and exciting month to come visit. Not only do you have Thanksgiving to celebrate with friends and family, but there are fun events happening as well. Staying in one of our Beach homes you will be near where the fun begins. Let’s look at what some of the events you and your family can enjoy while you vacation in November.

20th Annual Pin Fish Classic

Fun Events Happening in November

If your children enjoy fishing, then this is the perfect event for them to enjoy. The City of Destin is holding its 20th Annual Pin Fish Classic on Saturday, November 3, 2018 behind AJ’s Restaurant. This event is a catch and release only and is open to all children 14 and under. Make sure you bring your own rod and the bait will be provided. You can register your child at the pier beginning at 8:30 am and awards will be given at 9:45 am. What a great way to allow your children to experience this fun event just for them!

11th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ

If you enjoy some good BBQ then, we suggest going to the 11th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ this year. Held on Saturday, November 3rd from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Harborwalk Village. Here you will be able to sample BBQ styles, enjoy live music and enjoy some brews too. You can purchase advance tickets for $25, tickets the day of the event will be $30 and get a VIP experience for $50. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, food and entertainment this year.

Destin’s Annual Holiday Craft Show

Fun Events Happening in November

If you are looking for some quality handcrafted gifts this year, then come to Destin’s 12th Annual Holiday Craft Show. The craft show will be held at Destin’s Community Center on Friday, November 17th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Saturday, November 18th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Here you will be able to find handmade jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings and so much more. With over 50 vendors who will be attending this event, you will be sure to find that perfect gift for Christmas. Admission to this event is free of charge. Don’t miss this amazing event to start shopping early for those gifts this year!

Destin’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Join the City of Destin as they celebrate the 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Destin Community Center on Thursday, November 29th at 6:00 pm. Here you and your family will spend the evening outside for some live entertainment, musical groups and refreshments being served after the lighting of the tree. Plus, you and your family will get a visit from the jolly man himself, Santa Claus. Bring canned food as they are collecting it for families in need in the area. What a great way to enjoy a fun evening outside to get ready for the holiday season.

There are many other events happening in the area during the month of November, but there are just a few that we thought you and your family would enjoy. If you are still looking for a Beach Home, we have plenty for you to choose from. We hope to see you in November and we hope that you can enjoy some of these events with us.

4 Reasons Why You Must Spend Thanksgiving in Destin This Year

4 Reasons Why You Must Spend Thanksgiving in Destin This Year

Are you looking for a new place to come celebrate Thanksgiving this year? How about trying something different this year and come vacation in Destin, Florida. We are located on the Emerald Coast and Destin is the perfect location to take your family vacation in late November. And to help you decide if staying in a Beach Front vacation rental is what you need, we have 4 amazing reasons why you must spend Thanksgiving in Destin this year.

Perfect Weather

If you live in an area where it may be cold during Thanksgiving, then coming to Destin is the best remedy. The highs during the day are usually around 70 degrees with the lows around the 50’s. This can be perfect if you want to go for a bike ride, walking on the beach or maybe even going to play a round or two of golf. We feel that taking a Holiday vacation to the beach is better than spending it in the cold with your winter coat and gloves.

Thanksgiving Day Meal

4 Reasons Why You Must Spend Thanksgiving in Destin This Year

When you are at home, preparing the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner can take all day long to get ready. But when you vacation in one of our vacation rentals, you can either prepare the meal yourself or why not take advantage of someone else cooking for you. In the morning you can watch the Thanksgiving Parade on the television, take a nap, go eat your Thanksgiving Day meal and come back to your vacation rental and take another nap! You need to be well rested if you want to go shopping the next morning. Some of the great restaurants that you can take advantage of getting a meal from would be Cafe Thirty-A, Harbor Docks and Dockside Cafe. If you still want to have your Thanksgiving meal at your rental but don’t want to cook, then try out Publix.  You will be able to order a fully-cooked turkey and all the classic side dishes to go along with it.

Black Friday Shopping

4 Reasons Why You Must Spend Thanksgiving in Destin This Year

Even when on vacation, many people still like to get a jump on Christmas shopping. You and your family will be able to find some pretty good deals during Black Friday in Destin. From Destin Commons to the Silver Sands Outlets, you can find what everyone is looking for. And if you are looking for something special for that one person who loves the outdoors, we suggest heading over to Bass Pro Shops which have some great deals during Black Friday! Be sure to check out what other shops you and your family can enjoy while in Destin.

Enjoy the Beach

4 Reasons Why You Must Spend Thanksgiving in Destin This Year

While you are on your holiday vacation, why not take advantage of enjoying a few days at the beach. The weather will be the perfect temperature to spend the day at the beach. Bring a beach chair, umbrella and a book to read while sitting seaside. Take a walk on the beach with your family as the kids collect seashells. But remember the water may be a little chilly for you to go swimming in but wading your feet in the water should feel good to you. Watch the sunset and just enjoy what time you have while spending your Thanksgiving this year at the beach.

While there are many other reasons to vacation in Destin for Thanksgiving this year, we thought you would appreciate these 4 reasons. If you are still on the fence about booking a long weekend to Destin this year, we hope that you will find our specials to be just right for you and your family. We hope that this Thanksgiving, you and your family will be able to make new memories to share for a lifetime!