Let’s be honest - traveling with family can be a challenge. Keeping kids entertained and parents happy, all while staying within a reasonable budget can be a delicate balance to find. Some destinations are more comfortable than others for enjoying a family trip, and Destin, Florida is one of the best. It’s the perfect place to rent a boat, book a parasailing trip, or enjoy a fishing charter, among many other activities. There's always something going on, with a wide range of things to do to fit any group's interests and budget.
Thankfully, the destructive “red tides” that hit Florida’s coast have mostly cleared, making 2019 the perfect time to take a vacation to this gem of the Emerald Coast. Allegiant Air has also recently announced new flight routes between major US cities and Destin, so it’s easier than ever to book a trip with your whole family.
Here are five reasons why you NEED to book a family vacation or getaway to Destin this year:
No one wants to come back from vacation with an empty wallet and stress over the cost of relaxation. Destin is the perfect place for families on a budget, where you can find beachfront condos and hotel rooms for less than $100 a night. For a family, that’s a great deal, especially when you consider most accommodation options have a pool or are right on the beach.
In addition to the value on price tags in Destin, the city is set up for visitors, with shuttles to and from the airport, and many restaurants and attractions are within walking distance or a short taxi ride. The public transportation isn't fantastic, but there are buses available if you don't want to rent a car. There are also RV parks and camping options, perfect for visiting on the cheap.
2. White Sandy Beaches & Clear Emerald Waters
You don’t need to book the charter flights or pay the high prices of island paradise in the Caribbean to enjoy stunning, tropical nature. Destin offers crystal clear waters, soft white sand, and plenty of palm trees to give you the all the vacation vibes you’ll need to refresh and recharge. It's also a great option because there's no need to make sure everyone has a valid passport, (assuming you're a US citizen).
You can spend hours with your kids building sand castles, splashing in the calm waters, and soaking up the sun. Beach days are the best because they are a free activity, and there’s no shortage of beautiful beaches in Destin. You also MUST plan on watching at least one sunset on the beach while you’re here - they are a stunning sight to see!
3. Exciting wildlife excursions.
Forget expensive entry fees and long lines that you encounter at theme parks like SeaWorld. Destin offers some incredible wildlife tours, including sunset dolphin cruises and dolphin snorkeling off nearby Crab Island. You can see these beautiful animals up-close, swimming happily in the wild around your boat. It’s a much more authentic experience and gives kids an appreciation for observing animals in their natural habitats. You can also enjoy special extras like a meal and drinks onboard, sunset sailing, and more, all while getting connected with nature in Destin.
Another fun way to see marine life in Destin is with a snorkeling tour. Jump on a boat for a relaxing cruise and then cool off from the heat of the sun by jumping in, exploring beneath the waves with a mask and snorkel.
4. Boating and watersports in Destin, Florida
With boat captains eager to rent you their watercraft or take you out for a day of cruising, you’ll find that Destin is the perfect place to live out your boat life dreams. Bring your camera onboard to snap photos and save the memories of your family trip. It’s a great half-day or full-day activity option for families with kids since boat captains will be prepared with inflatable rafts, snorkeling gear, and other supplies to keep them entertained while you cruise around the Emerald Coast of Florida.
If you’d prefer to zip around at high speeds, rent a jet ski while in Destin and fly through the waves for a few hours. It's the perfect relief for traveling with older kids or if you're in your 20's and need a good thrill while in Florida, without paying the entry fees at the amusement parks of Orlando.
Some watersports that are popular in Destin, Florida include kiteboarding, kayak rentals (perfect for families on a budget!) stand-up paddleboard rentals, and parasailing! The water in Destin is so clear, that with a bird’s eye view on a parasailing trip you can often see dolphins and stingrays from above.
5. Delicious seafood at beachfront restaurants
There are a ton of cheap eats and affordable dining options in Destin, Florida. If you’re a seafood lover, you’re in luck. With places like Boathouse Oyster Bar, Marina Cafe, Gilligan's Seafood and Ocean Club Restaurant, you won’t go hungry during your stay. Most restaurants offer kid-friendly menus as well, so no worries if you’re traveling with picky eaters.
Want help booking water experiences on your next trip to Destin? Make sure you’ve downloaded our mobile app and visited our website to search your options! It’s super easy to book a boat rental or other excursion with GetMyBoat, simply select listings that interest you and click the blue “Request to Book” button to make an inquiry. There’s no obligation to book when making an inquiry.