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Want a Destin Beach Vacation Without the Crowds?


If you’re seeking a beach vacation sans the crowds, our best advice is to visit the beach during non-peak seasons. Avoid the spring break crowds by visiting the beach in May (now is a sweet spot!) or plan a visit to the beach during late summer. Not only is late summer the value season with lower rates, the crowds are a distant memory. Of course, fall and winter have the best rates with no crowds.  

For families planning a summer beach vacation, we suggest selecting a property that is off the beaten path with private beach access.  Here are some recommendations for secluded beach resorts and vacation rentals in South Walton and Destin, Florida.

Sanctuary at Redfish

Sanctuary at Redfish on Highway 30A in Blue Mountain Beach is a luxury condominium resort tucked away amid 14-acres of natural lands. Overlooking one South Walton's rare coastal dune lakes, Big Redfish Lake, each condominium includes a balcony offering breathtaking views of the lake or preserve with the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. Nestled within the natural vegetation, Sanctuary at Redfish features four pools, two Jacuzzis, large fire pit, two outside grills, and fitness center. Guests can head down to the lake to enjoy complimentary kayaks or enjoy a relaxing pontoon boat ride to the beach where two chairs and an umbrella (offered seasonally) are set up and waiting. Learn more at SanctuaryRedfish.com  

Villa Burago

If you have a large group or several generations gathering at the beach, Villa Burago is a wonderful new option! This BRAND NEW, five-story condominium is located directly on the Gulf of the Mexico and you’ll have an entire floor for your family and friends. Featuring five bedrooms and five baths, this beautifully decorated, luxury condominium sleeps up to 16. Step out back to enjoy the swimming pool or walk down the private beach access to the beach. This property is located in Miramar Beach off Scenic 98 near shopping, dining and activities, yet tucked away on the beach. Learn more at  www.destinvacation.com/destin-rentals/villa-burago-1  

Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort

The name says it all! Hidden Dunes is a hidden treasure. Located in Miramar Beach just west of Sandestin, guests enter Hidden Dunes guard gates and get happily lost within the 27-acre resort. With winding foot paths, lush gardens and relaxing fountains, the secluded resort invites guests to enjoy time together. The Gulf-front property features three pools, hot tubs, grilling stations, horseshoes, basketball, and a world-class tennis center. Recognized as one of the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Resorts Online, Hidden Dunes Tennis Center features six championship Rubico tennis courts and expert tennis instruction. Take the private boardwalk to the beach where the team at White Diamond will welcome you and personally escort you to your two beach chairs and an umbrella (offered seasonally), which are set up exclusively for you.  Learn more at hiddendunesdestin.com 


Located in Miramar Beach off Scenic Gulf Drive, Mediterranea condominiums surround a lush, landscaped courtyard with large pool and spa that overlooks the beach with 500 feet of unobstructed views. With a gated beach access, guests of Mediterranea enjoy a dedicated beach access with covered gazebo that leads to the sugar white sand beaches where beach service (two chairs and an umbrella offered seasonally) is set up and waiting. Other resort amenities include underground parking, tennis court, and a clubhouse. Learn more at destinmediterranea.com 

Jade East Towers

For those who want to be near the Destin Harbor, attractions and activities, Jade East Towers is a great option. The upscale Gulf-front condominium resort features spacious two-bedroom units with large balconies overlooking the beach. Guests enjoy amenities including a Gulf-front pool, lighted tennis court, and grilling station. A dedicated beach access leads guests to the beach where Mike with Barefoot Beach Service is ready with seasonal beach service (two chairs and umbrella) from March through October. Each Newman-Dailey stay comes with a virtual gift card good toward family activities, including Big Kahuna's Waterpark (across the street), a sunset dolphin cruise, parasailing, and more. Learn more at jadeeastcondos.com 

Start Planning Your Beach Getaway

Ready to book your next beach vacation? View our collection of vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652.

See you @ the beach!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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