1 . Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 367 - 1271

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If Northwest Florida is distinguished by its undeveloped forests, beaches and coastal dunes, then the Hilton Sandestin thrives on the beach part of the mix. So along with its adult-oriented aura it’s decidedly family-friendly, with children’s programs, a game room and three swimming pools.

It’s also decidedly golf, with four, yes, four, championship courses on site - together, they take you through all of the landscapes that comprise the unique Northwest Florida region. There’s also the Dunes par 51 putting course, if you need some practice or if you’ve brought the kids along. And no matter who you bring, the Hilton Sandestin will add plenty of luxury to your Sandestin getaway. It’s got the Serenity by the Sea Spa, with men’s and women’s spa areas, exercise equipment and even private massage suites. Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood is Northwest Florida’s first four-diamond restaurant. And a variety of suites in the Emerald and Spa Towers provide nothing but the finest features and amenities.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Hilton Sandestin features more than 32,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space including 20 breakout rooms, a theater and two ballrooms.

Related activities

For a taste of urban vibrancy - well, as urban as it gets in Northwest Florida, anyway - make the six-mile trip to Grand Boulevard in Sandestin with its gorgeous park, distinctive shopping and fine dining.

Getting there

From Northwest Florida Regional Airport, take Highway 85 to Highway 20. Take Highway 20 to 293 (Mid Bay Bridge), and proceed across bridge ($2.50 toll) to Highway 98. Turn left onto Highway 98 and proceed to Sandestin. Turn right onto Sandestin Boulevard South.

2 . Pirates' Bay Guest Chambers and Marina

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (850) 243 - 3154

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Experience a Fort Walton Beach vacation that is completely on your terms. At Pirates' Bay Guest Chambers and Marina, you can spend a sunny Florida getaway in your own spacious condominium and be just minutes away from the best area activities.

Choose from a wide range of luxury vacation condos along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay when you stay with Pirates' Bay Guest Chambers and Marina. Here, you will feel right at home with free wireless internet, cable television, equipped kitchenettes and cookware, plus daily housekeeping services. An onsite marina features 120 boat slips and you can rent one out for the duration of your getaway, making it easy to dock your boat without worry and hop aboard when you're ready to head out and explore the water. And exploring comes in many opportunities at Pirates' Bay! Swim deep into the ocean on a snorkeling or diving trip that lets you experience an incredible world down under, or keep your head above the water and your eyes open for a glimpse of a beautiful dolphin. Fishing enthusiasts will find plenty of charters that will take you to the best spots for mackerel, bluefish, marlin and more. When you're ready to dry off and enjoy something a little less strenuous, head to one of Fort Walton's golf courses for a day on the greens or take to the town for great shopping and dining. The possibilities are truly endless and Pirates' Bay puts you in the heart of all the action so all you have to worry about is what you want to do first!

Address

214 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SW Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

Highlights

Head to the shallows along the Santa Rosa Sound and Destin Harbor and keep your eyes open to catch dolphins as they swim through the water!

Related activities

For something a little romantic, enjoy a relaxing sunset wine cruise on the waters!

3 . Seascape Resort

Miramar Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 574 - 0928

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Northwest Florida is the least-developed part of the state. So a good expanse of it is exactly the opposite of what you might find in, say, Orlando. There’s plenty of wildlife and untouched natural scenery. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it from upscale accommodations - which is why there’s Seascape Resort.

And a deluxe condo isn’t all you can expect here. Start with 2,000 feet of beach, plus on-site golf, tennis, beach and bike rentals and several restaurants including the Whales Tail Beach Bar and Grill. If it sounds like a resort to you instead of a condo rental establishment, it’s actually both. And the best part is the value: as a guest of Seascape Resort, you get discounts to restaurants, fine dining cruises, golf, watersports, tennis and more. And about those deluxe Destin condos. You can choose from the one- to three-bedroom units at the beachfront Majestic Sun, Ariel Dunes I or Ariel Dunes II towers, or from a vast variety of low-rise lakefront, golf, tennis or boardwalk villas. If you can’t find your ideal Northwest Florida vacation here, you’re not looking!

Total area

Seascape Resort encompasses more than 300 acres of Beaches of South Walton landscapes.

Highlights

Seascape Resort puts its natural surroundings to great use with its par 71, 6,100-yard 18-hole championship golf course designed by the famed Joe Lee. You’ll find a grass driving range, two practice greens ,a restaurant and a pro shop. You can also play its Club 18-hole course at the nearby Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Fun facts

More than 40 percent of the Beaches of South Walton is preserved through state parks. The area’s 17 coastal dune lakes are only found here and in remote portions of Africa and Australia.

4 . Dunes of Panama

Panama City Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 874 - 2412

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Set on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, your tropical retreat is at Dunes of Panama. Whether you came to relax or explore, this is the perfect Florida vacation destination. Sugary white beaches, a sea of amenities, and nearby city attractions make this resort a Florida fun center!

Whether you're searching for a couple's getaway or a family vacation on the sandy shores, the tranquil yet activity-filled Dunes of Panama is your oceanfront oasis! This beach bummer's paradise features so many ways to relax, and the spacious rentals from Dunes of Panama will give you all the space you need to feel at home while in Panama City Beach. With one- to three-bedroom stays and up to 1,975 square feet of space, you'll have plenty of room to relax. In addition to feeling at home, the rentals from Dunes of Panama ensure that the beach is always within reach. Spend your days on the soft sand of the beach, dive in into the aquamarine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, or embark on a snorkeling adventure. If you'd prefer to stay on dry land, swing away on the surrounding tropical golf courses or head downtown for exceptional shopping and dining. There's as much fun as sun at Dunes of Panama!

Address

7205 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

Highlights

There are 20 golf courses within 40 miles of Panama City Beach, meaning that frequenters of the fairway won't have a problem booking a tee time.

Related Onsite Offerings

Outdoor barbeque grills, a private balcony, and a fitness room allow you to fully enjoy your Florida stay!

5 . Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Destin, Florida

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We can imagine that when you have 7.5 miles of beachfront property between Pensacola and Panama City Beach, a lot of things become possible. Actually we don’t even have to imagine, because the proof is right here at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

There are five resort areas here, grouped into villas, townhomes and condos for the vacation of your choice: beachfront, by the bustling marina, in the bayside village or by the links. There are lots of freebies that come along with it, too, including kid’s activities, bike and boat rentals, tennis and fitness center access. And here are some raw numbers for your ideal Destin area vacation: four championship golf courses on site, 15 tennis courts, a 98-slip marina, 17 swimming pools and dozens of shopping and dining venues. All the fun centers around the village of Baytowne Wharf, which combines its small-town wharf-side charm with a vibrant and eclectic Northwest Florida nightclub scene. Resorts seem to be fond of claiming that they have something for everyone. This one really does!

Related Onsite Offerings

A 70-member culinary crew supports Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Destin, Florida meeting facilities, which total 65,000 square feet on the Gulf and bay.

Highlights

You can literally be a card-carrying Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort vacationer - beach chair, umbrella and cabana rentals, complimentary hourly rentals of watersports equipment and much more are available by presenting the Resort Key Card you get at check-in.

Fun facts

Sandestin's evening beachfront activities are lit by environmentally friendly torches, and guests are encouraged to keep their balcony lights off during hatching season to protect the rare loggerhead and green sea turtles that live and nest on the beaches.

6 . Adagio Resort

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 622 - 2952

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If you’re the musical type - or even just Italian - you may recognize the meaning of “adagio.” In music it tells you to play fairly slowly; in Italian, it means “in a leisurely manner.” At Adagio Resort, it means relax and enjoy!

Even the development of Adagio went fairly slowly, it turns out. It was opened, closed and sold twice before it was reborn into a $58 million masterpiece with three buildings and an infinity-edge pool overlooking the Gulf. Even if you’re not overlooking the Gulf at Adagio, the view is still spectacular; four additional buildings surround a gorgeous 8,000-square-foot swimming pool with waterfalls and fountains. There’s also a private gym here, and plenty of small luxuries like marble floors, tall ceilings, underground parking and wireless Internet. This is a classic beach resort with a modern twist; it’s deceptively simple, and yet takes days to fully experience. It’s also convenient to Destin, Sandestin, Panama City Beach and the Beaches of South Walton.

Related Onsite Offerings

The accommodations at Adagio Resort aren’t your standard hotel rooms, either. Instead, they’re four-bedroom Gulf-front or three-bedroom pool-front units, available for three nights or longer.

Extra Stops

Visit the amazing Zooworld in Panama City Beach, shop at the Destin Commons or swim with the dolphins at the Florida Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach. All of them are nearby!

Getting there

Take US Highway 98 to the traffic light at the intersection of Hwy 98 and County Hwy 393, six miles east of Sandestin. Turn south towards the Gulf and continue until the road dead ends at a three-way stop sign. This is Highway 30-A. Turn left and Adagio is located two miles on your right on the Gulf side of the road.

7 . Boardwalk Beach Resort

Panama City Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 224 - 4853

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There’s nothing like a nice welcome, especially if you happen to be visiting the largest private beach on the Emerald Coast. That’s what you’ll find at the Boardwalk Beach Resort - a sparkling new welcome center at the heart of your Panama City Beach vacation. And wait until you see the rest!

By that we mean the new 22-story condominium building, complete with an exquisitely-designed outdoor pool deck and a Splash Zone for kids. There’s also an upper-floor sundeck, sauna and steam room. That’s not counting the hotel suites - yes, Boardwalk Beach Resort has those too. Each hotel has its own pool and it’s all connected by a spectacular boardwalk along the 1,100 feet of white sand beach. The Activities Center in the new condominium building is ground zero for Panama City Beach activities including tee times for golf, charter fishing, diving and tours of the nearby Shell Island. The combination of classic - the boardwalk, the beach and the sun - and the new makes a truly festive Panama City Beach getaway.

Extra Stops

Be sure to visit Under the Boardwalk, featuring fresh seafood, tropical cocktails and seasonal live entertainment.

Highlights

The B.W. McCaw’s Kid’s Club features hours of daily arts and crafts, movies and nonstop fun on the beach. There’s even a resort mascot!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Conference Center at the Boardwalk Beach Resort features more than 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space for events and groups of up to 2,500.

8 . Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

Okaloosa Island, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 947 - 0701

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It’s an agonizing decision to have to make: do you want to vacation on the beach, or the bay? Beach…or bay? Beach or bay…well, it doesn’t really matter. At Destin West, we can assure you that you’re going to be thrilled either way.

It’s on Okaloosa Island, first of all, a premiere locale in the Fort Walton Beach community. Here, the bay is the stunning Choctawhatchee Bay and the beach meets the vast Gulf of Mexico. And regardless of the accommodations you choose, you’re in for a treat. The condos range from one to three bedrooms, with features including marble tiled kitchens, washers and dryers, bunkrooms that the kids will love and décor that includes artwork and top-of-the-line furnishings. All of this is accented by a 700-foot River Lagoon pool with its own waterfall, plus three whirlpools and one of the finest fitness centers in the region. With its lush, green tropical landscaping, the entire resort is a work of art. Beach or bay, consider yourself lucky.

Related Onsite Offerings

At Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, the beach is never far away; an elevated pedestrian dune walkover makes for easy access from either property.

Getting there

From Okaloosa Regional Airport, take a left onto Hwy 85. Stay on Hwy 85 and it will become Eglin Pkwy. Follow Eglin all the way to Hwy 98. Take a left on Hwy 98. Destin West Beach and Bay Resort is located on Hwy 98 on Okaloosa Island.

Total area

Destin West Beach and Bay Resort rests on four miles of Okaloosa Island beaches.

9 . Grand Panama Beach Resort

Panama City Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 687 - 1244

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This is one of the advantages of choosing a resort that’s developed by the same people who have spent a lifetime creating master planned communities. Grand Panama Beach Resort is more than a resort - it’s an entire vacation destination.

You can think of these regal towers and their surroundings as your personal lifestyle community. It features 299 residential condominiums, with an emphasis on Northwest Florida beach living. There are two pools, two spas, two tiki bars and a complete shopping village. It’s like your vacation has suddenly been transformed into a new lifestyle. And the real highlight is the design of everything: tasteful, sweeping, elegant and, well, grand. It’s probably no coincidence that the developers of Grand Panama Beach are also known for incorporating structures into their natural surroundings. That’s important everywhere, but in Panama City Beach it’s simply spectacular. The gorgeous landscaping throughout the property completes your Northwest Florida beach vacation.

Related activities

Fishing charters, dolphin cruises and Shell Island boating tours and rentals abound in Panama City Beach. Grand Panama Beach Resort has preferred vendors for each!

Related Onsite Offerings

Grand Panama Beach Resort features everything you could want right on site, including the Indulgence Spa Salon and the Bone Fish Grill.

Highlights

Breathtakingly beautiful residential-style accommodations are encompassed within the Grand and the Grand Vista, each its own spectacular tower.

10 . Portofino Island Resort and Spa

Pensacola, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 849 - 0223

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It’s tough to compete with 450 years of history - the Pensacola Bay area is the site of the first European settlement in the United States - but when you see the five towers of Portofino Island Resort and Spa rising from the serene island of Pensacola Beach, you’ll be glad you’re here today.

The resort emphasizes luxury at the right price, and you’ll find all kinds of surprises here that make vacationing easy and completely enjoyable. If you’re not good at planning - which gets even harder when there’s so much to do - there’s a Lifestyle Center with concierge services to help you sort it out. You can also enjoy special perks including a free daily round of golf on the Emerald Coast Golf Trail and free water shuttle service; resort adventures for kids and parents are also here along with rentals for a huge variety of watersports. Your accommodations are one- to three-bedroom condominiums, or Sky Homes, with full gourmet kitchens, whirlpool baths and washers and dryers. Each of the towers has its own amenities, including pools and whirlpools. Don Tristan de Luna would be proud.

Getting there

From Pensacola Regional Airport, head southwest on Service Rd. Turn left to stay on Service Rd. Turn right at Airfield Rd/Service Rd, and turn right again at Summit Blvd. 5. Turn left at N 12th Ave. Turn left at Bayou Blvd, and make a slight right to stay on it. Turn right at E Cervantes St/US-90 and follow US-90. Turn left at N 17th Ave. Turn left at Bayfront Pkwy/SR-30/US-98 and follow SR-30/US-98. Exit onto Pensacola Beach Rd. (partial toll).Continue on Via de Luna Dr. Turn left at Portofino Drive.

Related Onsite Offerings

Portofino Island Resort and Spa offers five Hydro-grid clay tennis courts, all overlooking the scenic Santa Rosa Bay in Pensacola, Florida. A USTPA certified tennis instructor is available for private lessons!

Related activities

There’s enough ocean fishing here to fill an entire vacation, including inshore fishing, charter, guided fishing, fly fishing, deep sea bottom fishing, snorkeling and spear fishing. The Portofino Island Resort and Spa concierge can help you arrange every detail.

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