1 . Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 622 - 1038

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers the Emerald Coast at its most magnificent and fun! The beachfront is packed with entertainment: restaurants, shops, cabana rentals, kayaking, boogie boards. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort boasts the Florida Tennis Resort Center and a variety of world-class golf courses to bring out your inner Tiger Woods.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the Emerald Coast’s largest luxury beach resort and offers the perfect vacation destination for those seeking family fun or the couples retreat you’ll never forget. Comprised of four vacation rental options, everyone is sure to find exactly what they desire in a Florida vacation. The most popular rentals are the beachfront villas and townhomes nestles on the paradise-perfect, sugar-sand beaches where you and your family can enjoy cabana rentals, kayaking, luaus, waterfront restaurants, shops, miniature golf, and even a day spa and salon so you can look your best while having the time of your life! A piná colada awaits you! Another rental option includes the condos nestled in the old-world village of Baytowne Wharf. Walk hand in hand while you explore the coffee houses, cafés, restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. Festivals and concerts are regularly held here. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort also features lakefront and bayside rentals; home to the Florida Tennis Resort Center as well as challenging and fun world-class golf courses. Sandestin Golf and Beach resort offers something for everybody, from exciting, action-packed adventures to relaxing sessions of sun worship.

Address

9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Number of resorts

There are four resort options available: beachside villas and townhomes, village condos, lakeside rentals, and bayfront rentals.

Highlights

Swimming, sunning, cabanas, kayaking, boogie-boarding, seafood feasts, beachfront luaus, world-class golf, tennis, shopping, on-site spa-salon, daily activities for kids and teens, annual wine festivals, fishing tournaments, vibrant nightlife all located in paradise, otherwise known as Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Silver Shells Beach Resort combines luxury and elegance to bring their guests a slice of paradise on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida. Silver Shells is located on the beachfront of the immaculate white sand beaches of Destin, Florida and boasts a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool system complete with a waterfall.

Silver Shells Beach Resort is comprised of elegant condos and penthouses located in five different towers named after Caribbean Islands: St. Barth, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and St. Lucia. Enjoy breathtaking views as you relax and enjoy a glass of wine in the privacy of your new roost. Master suites are equipped with Jacuzzi whirlpools and condos and penthouses have fully functional kitchens with all the amenities including dishwashers, washers and dryers. Silver Shells is home to one of the most beautiful indoor/outdoor pool systems in Florida featuring 7,500 square feet of aquatic sanctuary with a cascading waterfall: Silver Shells' lagoon pool the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with a cocktail or a fresh glass of orange juice from The Sandbar. Also included in this water-paradise are a kiddie pool and hot tub. Silver Shells offers complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas for those looking to take it easy, but also offers parasailing, sail-boating, and kayaking for those seeking adventure. After a day of soaking up the sun, check out Ruth Chris Steakhouse for a "melts in your mouth" filet mignon, or fresh from the sea, lemon kissed, buttery lobster. Silver Shells Beach resort is the ideal combination of elegance, adventure, and relaxation for those that live in the hectic real world and want to escape to their own slice of emerald-green heaven.

Address

15000 Emerald Coast Parkway Destin, Florida 32541

Getting there

From Northwest Florida Regional Airport: Head north on Hwy 85/SR-85. Turn left at E. John Sims Pkwy/SR-20. Continue approx 6 mi. Turn right at SR-293. Cross Mid-Bay bridge ($3 toll). Turn right at US-98 W (signs for Destin). Continue 1.8 mi. Turn left into Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa. From the North: Follow Hwy 331 S to US-98 W. Turn right at US-98 W (signs for Destin). Continue for approx 16 mi. Turn left into Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa.

Average temperature

Average temperatures range from the 40s to the 90s, with average temperature in the mid-70s.

3 . Seascape Resort & Conference Center

Miramar Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 574 - 0928

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If you are looking for a "home away from home" experience when traveling to the gorgeous Emerald Coast, The Seascape Resort and Conference Center is the perfect place to bring your family for memories that will last a lifetime.

The Seascape Resort and Conference Center offers a plethora of amenities, whether you seek excitement and adventure, rest and relaxation, or a comfortable place for business-related engagements. The Seascape Resort is an all inclusive Destin experience located on the scenic Emerald Coast. With 3,000 acres of gardens, pools, tennis courts, restaurants, and even a top-notch water park, The Seascape is a bona-fide paradise for pleasure seekers. The Seascape is pet-friendly and family friendly destination with affordable packages for those who seek value in paradise. With The Seascape, a family can save upwards of $285 per day while enjoying luxury amenities and entertainment. The eight, lighted tennis courts are top of the line and on-site lessons with a pro shop are available. With gourmet dining cruises, dolphin cruises, lakes, 2,000 feet of spectacular white sand beaches, and even penthouses that offer the highest point of view in the area, The Seascape is absolutely your “home away from home” on the Emerald Coast. Just relax, The Seascape will take care of the rest.

Number of resorts

Five different condo and vacation rental areas are available: Majestic Sun, Ariel Dunes, Lakefront Villas, Boardwalk Villas, and Tennis Village.

Address

100 Seascape Drive Destin, Florida 32550

Fun facts

The on site restaurant The Whales Tail Beach Bar and Grill has been a destination for locals for over 30 years. Immerse yourself in Emerald Coast culture without leaving the comfort of The Seascape!

4 . Sterling Sands Condominiums

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (850) 837 - 9444

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Sterling Beach Towers Resort is surrounded by lush palm trees, sapphire blue skies and, of course, those emerald waters for which this part of Florida is famous for. Bring your entire family or bring your significant other. Either way you'll be sure to find the perfect vacation experience.

The Sterling Beach Tower Resort is a beautiful Miami-style Tower with an incredible ocean view, private balconies, a 4,000 square foot pool, Gulf-front hot tub, fitness center, and 48 seat private theater. Whether you are looking for the tropical destination to take your family away for some quality time, or are looking for a romantic getaway for the two of you, The Sterling Beach Tower delivers. This is a fantastic destination for business conferences, conventions, and engagements as well with fully equipped conference rooms available. Kids will stay occupied with water activities, DVD rentals, swimming pools and organized children's activities.

Address

6627 Thomas Drive Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

Dates and Prices

STARTING RATES: Mar 1 - Mar 16$109/nt Mar 17 - Apr 20$129/nt Apr 21 - May 18$109/nt May 19 - Jun 22$139/nt Jun 23 - Jul 20$159/nt Jul 21 - Aug 17$139/nt Aug 18 - Oct 31$99/nt Nov 1 - Feb 28$89/nt

Related activities

Don't forget to take the family into Panama City, Florida. Famous for it's beach-paradise appeal and tropical beauty, Panama city has shopping, beach arcades, and incredible dining in Pier Park. A must see for the wanderluster in us all!

5 . Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 367 - 1271

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At The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa, you'll find all you need to suit every vacation desire. Located on the gorgeous Emerald Coast of Florida, renowned for white sand beaches, surreal green waters, and temperatures to soothe the winter blues. Doesn't a brightly colored drink by the sea sound good right about now?

Everything the vacationer can dream up can be found at The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. With 15 tennis courts, four state-of-the-art golf courses, and a huge variety of water activities, the active adventurer within all of us has options. Go snorkeling in those pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, take SCUBA lessons and explore the world unseen, relax your mind as you experience the zen of a trip on a sailboat. Kayaking, beach volleyball, and even stand-up paddle-boards are available at Hilton Sandestin. Eat fresh seafood and aged steak to your heart's content. Enjoy a pore-cleansing facial or full body massage at the Serenity by the Sea Spa and feel the relaxation and rejuvenation of a Hilton vacation first hand. With various swimming pools, lushly furnished rooms, and even a kids activity program, this is a vacation for everybody.

Address

4000 Sandestin Blvd. South Destin, Florida 32550

Fun facts

Explore Sandestin with your family on a bicycle outing. Babes Tunnel allows an automobile traffic-free zone to explore the beauty of a true paradise on earth safely and affordably.

Dates and Prices

Rates start at: $119/night for a Hilton Hotel Package $163/night for Bed and Breakfast packages $459/night for a Golfer's Dream Vacation Package

6 . Windancer Resort

Kissimmee, Florida

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At Windancer Resort in scenic Destin, Florida, the views will absolutely take your breath away. Those gorgeous emerald green waters will make you wonder if it's all real or just a dream. Here, you'll discover paradise on earth has white, sandy beaches and warm trade winds to blow your mind away.

Windancer Resort is a beautiful and relaxing destination for a couples retreat or a family getaway. Enjoy the ocean-side pool, clean, nicely furnished condos, and an out of the way location that makes for a peaceful day soaking up the rays instead of competing with loud traffic to "hear yourself think." That's why your on vacation isn't it? Located on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, The Windancer Resort is a value-based vacation destination with every desirable amenity nearby. From fishing to biking, sailing to golf, there's is something for everyone's tastes.

Address

162 Windancer Lane Destin, Florida 32541

Highlights

The ocean-side swimming pool is spectacular... watch the time fly as you relax in the Florida sunshine.

Average temperature

Temperatures range from the 40s to 90s but maintain an average of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

7 . Emerald Grande

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 676 - 0091

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The Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village provides everything a vacation on Florida's gorgeous Emerald Coast should: immaculate sugar sand beaches, turquoise, sparkling waters, and elaborate furnishings. Combining sophistication with comfort is what the Emerald grande does best. Go ahead, live a little!

Relish in the lavish beauty of your Emerald Grande condo. Take a hot bubble bath, watch the sunset, enjoy the world-class spa amenities including massage, facials, skin treatments, and hand and foot treatments. Rejuvenate you mind. body, and spirit with a yoga class complete with quiet meditation as you contemplate the surreal green water of the Gulf. Find every attraction you could desire nearby: golf, tennis, restaurants, shopping, extensive fitness center, personal training services, and of course water activities. Go ahead, relax totally. You deserve it!

Address

10 Harbor Boulevard Destin, FL 32541

Number of resorts

Ten beautiful and scenic resorts to choose from.

Fun facts

The Emerald Grande was voted "Best Wedding Venue" in 2009 and has extensive wedding and vow renewal packages.

8 . The Palms of Destin

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (850) 351 - 0500

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What's better than the gorgeous crystalline waters of the Emerald Coast? Nothing...and that's why The Palms of Destin awaits you. Come and enjoy a vacation where the sunsets are among the most spectacular in the world! Located on 15 beautiful acres, The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center offers an unbeatable, upscale experience in the heart of Destin, Florida at an affordable price.

The Palms of Destin is centrally located within walking distance of Destin, Florida’s vacation paradise located on the gorgeous emerald waters and white sand beaches of northern Florida. Check out premier shops, nightlife, events, family and fine dining. Our resort offers a complimentary seasonal shuttle service to Destin’s world famous beaches that boast sugar white sand and emerald colored water. With an average temperature of 75 degrees, it is no wonder Destin, Florida is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world. Escape to the Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center for an experience that will last in your memories for a lifetime. Your season in the sun awaits you!

Address

4201 Indian Bayou Trail Destin, Florida 32541

Season

Call and book early for Spring Break for extra savings.

Average temperature

Temperatures range from the 40s to 90s, but 75 degrees is the annual average temperature.

9 . Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort

Destin, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 824 - 6335

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Hidden Dunes offers all the beauty the Emerald Coast has to offer: scenic overlooking blaconies, more private beach per unit than any other resort in the area, 6 clay tennis courts under the shade of natural oak trees, and that sugar white sand and green surreal water.

Locate don 267 acres of tucked away beachfront property, Hidden Dunes has every luxury amenity an Emerald Coast Vacationer could ask for. With choices between beach villas, beach condos, and Carolina-style cottages, there is something for everybody's taste.

Address

9815 US Highway 98 West Destin, Florida 32550

Highlights

A fun option for those serious about the game of tennis: The Tennis Fantasy Weekend! Take lessons from a USPTA certified pro and immerse yourself in the tennis lifestyle.

Season

During the late summer season, guests can get rates 30% less than standard summer rates. (Check for restrictions and availability.)

10 . Oceania

Panama City Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (850) 230 - 6110

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Oceania, one of Sterling Resorts premier Emerald Coast getaways, has every amenity that a snowbird could desire for their winter getaway vacation. Oceania overlooks the crystalline, emerald waters and sugar white beaches on the Gulf of Mexico that make Destin, Florida among the most scenic areas in the world. Discover the charm and serenity of an Emerald Coast vacation!

At Oceania, every condo is equipped with a full kitchen, washer, dryer, 60 foot wall of glass overlook, 40 foot long balconies,free cable television, high-speed internet, seasonal complimentary beach service, grills, a fitness center, and unlimited DVD rentals. Enjoy the local sights and flavors in nearby Destin with shopping, restaurants, water activities, and of course, golf courses to impress even the most avid pro. The Emerald Coast is golf country at its most spectacular. Oceania is located on 6.5 acres of lush Florida fauna and overlooks its own private 574 feet of Gulf property. This specific area is known for being the most scenic and crowd protected area in and around Destin.

Address

720 Gulf Shore Drive Destin, Florida 32541

Dates and Prices

Snowbirds get fantastic deals when booking a stay of more than 28 days! During the colder months enjoy luxury accommodations at only $33 per night. Check restrictions for details.

Highlights

Oceania is the place for SNOWBIRDS with great rates and a quiet atmosphere just for those who escape the arctic bluster for a taste of Florida sea and sun.

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