Beach Tips from a Local

So, you have reserved a beach condo in Destin for the summer ~ yay! The Gulf Coast offers miles of beautiful beaches where you can relax on the sugar white sand, fish the bountiful waters, swim, ride jet skis, and more! We are sure you will have a wonderful vacation in Destin and want you to have fun and be safe. Here are a few Destin beach tips to make sure your vacation is awesome!

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! You have heard it before, but you really can’t hear it enough – wear sunscreen! It’s a good idea for everyone to put on a good layer of sunscreen before you leave your house. Once you are in the sun or on the beach, sweat, sand, and water can keep the sunscreen from sticking to the skin. Put on a layer before you leave and reapply later. Also, don’t forget to get the tops of your feet, ears, and if you part your hair be sure to hit that with some sunscreen!

Stay hydrated! We all like to enjoy a cocktail or a beer on the beach, but be sure to drink plenty of water too. It gets hot and you don’t want to ruin your trip by getting overheated. So, stock a cooler with beer and cocktails, but don’t forget plenty of water. Also, remember no glass on the beach, please 🙂

Check the flags. The beach has a flag system to warn you of the surf or any marine life in the water. Don’t ignore the flags and stay safe!

The most important tip: relax and have fun! If you are still looking for a condo or home in Destin, be sure to check out our incredible selection of vacation rentals!

Boating Safety Tips

Memorial day kicks off summer in style as we honor our veterans, celebrate America with our friends and family, and relax on the three day weekend. In Destin, it’s not surprising that many people’s weekend plans involve boating. With so many incredible places to cruise the shores, fish, snorkel, and just hang out, boating is the perfect way to spend the day on the Gulf Coast. If you are staying in a vacation rental in Destin and are renting a boat, here are a few safe boating tips to keep in mind. From everyone at Destin Palms, we hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Check the weather and then check it again. In Florida, the weather can change at the drop of a hat. Stay weather wise and make sure you don’t get stuck out in a storm.

Use common sense. A day on the boat should be fun, but be smart. Don’t do anything to jeopardize your safety.

Wear life jackets. Every boat is equipped with life jackets, use them, especially if you have children.

Avoid alcohol. Treat your boat just like a car and have a designated driver. Even if you aren’t driving – don’t overdo it!  




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* Source: National Safe Boating Council

Visiting Destin? Ya’ Gotta go to Big Kahuna’s!

If you are staying in a vacation home or condo in Destin this summer, then you are guaranteed to have a fun-filled time! Destin is full of family friendly activities and attractions, in addition to the obviously super awesome beaches and boardwalks. One of the main attraction you might notice as you are driving down 98 is the extra large and inviting water park – Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park!

Big Kahuna’s has over 40 rides and attractions, including a giant wave pool, lazy river, 5 story high slides, and more. You can also get in a game of mini golf, ride the skycoaster, or get shot into the air on the cyclone. If you are looking for an adventure, go to Big Kahuna’s!

Don’t want to wait in line? No problem! As a guest of Destin Palms, you can use our promocode to purchase your tickets ahead of time online at a discounted price! Pretty cool, huh?

Still planning your trip? Check out our Destin vacation condos and homes, call one of our vacation planners, or use our online chat to plan the trip you will never forget!

Summer Camps in Destin

Bring the kids to Destin this summer and enjoy one of the amazing summer camp opportunities! The kids can learn about art, science, nature, and more while the parents enjoy a cocktail on the beach! Here are a few of our favorite summer camps for 2017:

Mattie Kelly Presents Nature Rocks!

Dates: July 17 – 21 & July 24 – 28

This week long day camp includes hands-on drumming and songwriting classes with renowned percussionist Zig Wajler of “Hands on With Zig,” wildlife-themed art classes, and science activities—featuring live animal ambassadors!

Austin Magee Surf School in 30A

Dates:  March – August

Kids 5 and up can learn how to surf the waves from 9-5, while mom and dad relax on the sand. Private lessons are also available!

Destin jr Lifeguard

Dates: June 5th to August 3rd, Monday through Thursday, (no class: week of July 3rd to July 7th)

From 8am to 12pm kids 8-12 can learn how to be a lifeguard (how cool!) including first aid, CPR & AED training, marine life identification and water awareness, plus field trips to The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, Destin Fire Department and SCUBA diving with Emerald Coast Scuba! It’s first come, first serve!

Memorial Day in Destin!

If you’re going to be in Destin Florida for Memorial Day weekend, then you are in for a wonderful time! There are tons of super fun activities and attractions all year long, but Memorial Day in Destin kicks off the summer season in style! Here are a few of our favorite picks for 2017:

Boating, of course! If you are on the pristine shores of Destin, you need to spend some time on a boat. There are plenty of ways to do it too! As a guest of Destin Palms, you can enjoy a free dolphin cruise, so you can sit back and relax while someone else does the driving! There’s also sunset cruises, dinner cruises, snorkeling cruises, and more! If you are more adventurous, you can rent a pontoon boat of your own and cruise the harbor or post up at Crab Island! A local favorite, Crab Island is a sandbar where people toss an anchor and enjoy a good time on the water. There are even bars and restaurants that you can float up to! Local Tip: You can buy an all day wristband at the tiki bar for $10 for access to the restroom all day.

Fireworks! Watch the skies over Destin light up all weekend! Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at HarborWalk Village with live music all weekend long and fireworks over the Destin Harbor! You can also head down to Baytowne Wharf for live music on Saturday and Sunday, plus fireworks on Sunday night!

Need an awesome place to stay while you are here? We still have some amazing beach vacation condos and homes in Destin available for Memorial Day weekend, so give us a call and get ready for an incredible time!