Destin, Florida might not get the same acclaim as its southern neighbors for beachfront holidays, but there are plenty of good times to be had if you know where (and when) to stay.
TravelMag’s hotel team collected three of the best beachfront digs in Destin for your next vacation to the Gulf of Mexico. We’ve compared dozens of customer reviews to recommend accommodations with the best location, amenities, and price. Keep in mind: even though you’ll get a better deal during the winter months, we can’t guarantee it’ll always be balmy in the northwest corner of the Florida panhandle.
From $169/ night
The Hilton Sandestin Resort, perched at the top of Miramar beach, has something for everybody. Sporting types can hit the links at the hotel’s golf course or don their whites on one of 15 tennis courts. Three swimming pools offer guests a freshwater alternative to a dip in the Gulf, but the seafarers can get their fix, too: kayaks and paddleboards are available for daily rental. Organized children’s activities and a game room will keep the kids entertained, and there’s no shortage of dining options. The resort boasts five restaurants, including a steakhouse and a sushi bar. On-site laundry, free Wi-Fi, and shopping options ensure a comfortable stay where guests want for nothing.
From $100/ night
Affordable apartment-style suites make this beachfront resort a great option for weekend getaways. Every unit is outfitted with a full-service kitchen and living room, and each floor has coin-operated laundry facilities. There are two pools (one indoor, one out) and an on-site spa. Stick to your regimen in the fitness center or unleash your inner child at the hotel’s arcade. Don’t forget to get outside, though—a private strip of beach with plenty of chairs and umbrellas makes this resort an exclusive spot to soak up some sun.
From $230/ night
Located next to Henderson State Park, this five-star spot does it all. When you’re not working on your tan at the hotel’s private beach, you can enjoy a meal at one of five restaurants or take advantage of free bike rentals to explore the surrounding area. The hotel also offers paddleboard, kayak, and boogie board rentals, as well as snorkel and parasailing arrangements. A kids’ club allows the children to enjoy supervised scavenger hunts and beach games while the grownups relax seaside or by the pool. Other amenities include a spa, a hairdresser, and on-site car rental. Prices vary widely based on seasonal availability, but make your reservation far enough in advance and you could score a great deal.