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.


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!

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!

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!


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!

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!  

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.


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.