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Top 10 Destin Beachfront Hotels
Close your eyes. Imagine a delicate ocean breeze caressing your face. Dig your toes into the soft, sugar white sand and look out onto the emerald green waters where dolphins swim and play. Above you, sea gulls soar and the radiant sun kisses your skin. It's a lovely picture, isn't it? What you just imagined seems like a far off dream. But this paradise is very real, and you'll find it in Destin, Florida, a coastal destination located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Destin is home to some of the country's most beautiful and sparkling beachfront resorts. We've compiled a comprehensive list of some of the best resorts in the area, where you'll find contemporary hotel rooms and luxurious vacation rentals. Discover your unique paradise on our list of Top 10 Destin Beachfront Hotels!
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What could be better than staying right on the world’s whitest beaches? How about staying in a luxurious villa, penthouse, or condominium? If you’re looking for the ultimate beach getaway, forget the cramped hotel rooms. Stay at our No. 1 choice, Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa!

At our last resort, we spent a lot of time talking about all the things you could do. At Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa, you can do almost all of those things. What makes Silver Shells outstanding is there accommodations, which are the most luxurious vacation rentals in Destin. In each of the four towers at the resort, you’ll find one, two, three, and four-bedroom condos and penthouses, all with direct access to the beach. Let us assure you that these accommodations are nothing sure of amazing. Every unit features an expansive tiled terrace, a Jacuzzi tub in the master bath, and a fully equipped kitchen. You’ll feel right at home among the luxury furnishings and fixtures. Plus, you’ll have incredible ocean views from the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Let the sights and sounds of the Gulf of Mexico sooth your senses and renew your spirit! Rent a fully furnished Poolside Cabana for the day or just plant yourself on the beach in one of Silver Shell’s complimentary beach chairs. If you’re looking for excitement, give parasailing or boogie boarding a try. Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa is a truly gorgeous Destin Beachfront location that’s full of wonderful amenities for you discover and enjoy!


15000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32541


The centerpiece of Silver Shells is a 7,500 square foot lagoon pool with waterfalls.

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We thought, why not kick of this list of Top 10 Destin Beachfront Hotels with a destination that has it all? Sugar white sand beaches, plenty of pools, four championship golf courses, a world-class spa…the list goes on and on. And that’s why our No. 2 choice is the only of its kind in Northwest Florida- none other than the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

It’s hard to know where to begin when describing a place that has everything. But since this Top 10 is all about the beach, let’s start there. You’ll find the Hilton Sandestin at its sparkling location on one of the world’s best beaches in Northwest Florida. Dig your toes into the sugar white sand and gaze out into the emerald green waters. We’re not sure you can get much closer to paradise. Play beach volleyball, go paddle boarding, take out a kayak, or discover marine wildlife through your snorkel. Every beach activity you could possibly think of is available for you at the Hilton Sandestin. So now that we’ve covered the beach, we’ll move onto what the hotel offers its guests. Let us warn you, the list is long! If you grow tired of the ocean, the hotel has two outdoor pools and one indoor heated pool. If that doesn’t keep your kids busy enough, take them to the Game Room or to Kids Krew, where they can enjoy tailor-made programs just for them. While the kids are off on an adventure of their own, parents can get in a round of golf at one of Sandestin’s four championship courses or maybe squeeze in a game of tennis. If you’d rather just spend your alone time relaxing, indulge at the world-class Serenity By the Sea Spa. And that's only a brief glimpse into everything you’ll find at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. To discover it all you’ll have to just book a trip, pack your suitcases, and go!


4000 Sandestin Blvd., South, Destin, Florida 32550


The hotel offers four different room types ranging from guest rooms to presidential suites.

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The hotel has a long list of Specials and Packages to choose from that will make your Florida vacation even better!

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We think that when you go on vacation, you should have choices. That's exactly what you'll find at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, which offers 1,300 accommodations in four unique resort areas.

These four resort areas are made up of rental condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of luxury beach hotel accommodations. With so many choices, you'll have no problem finding the lodging that fits your needs and budget. The most popular of these resort villages is undoubtedly the Beachside area, for obvious reasons. When you stay in this area, you will be just steps from seven miles of pristine white sand beaches that this area is known for! Though you will probably spend a lot of time on the beach, that isn't the only great amenity at Sandestin. Golfers, bring your clubs! This resort has four championship golf courses. For those looking to keep on top of their fitness routine, the resort has 15 world-class tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Too add to the splendor, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort also boasts 19 swimming pools and a marina. So in essence, you would never have to leave Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to have the vacation of a lifetime. But if you do, the excitement and thrills of the Emerald Coast are at your fingertips!


Sandestin Golf Beach Resort is rated the "Best Resort" in Destin by Destin Magazine, and the "Best Resort of the Emerald Coast" by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine.

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Your kids will have a blast at Club KZ, which provides a unique opportunity for children to learn valuable skills and make new friends through programs that are entertaining, educational and just plain fun!

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In need of relaxation? Visit the Sandestin Day Spa and Salon, where you can design your own beauty enhancement program. Relax and indulge in a variety of services at this Destin spa and salon that includes hairstyling, nail design, facials, therapeutic body treatments and massages.


Destin West

Okaloosa Island, Florida

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We’re all the way to No. 4 on our list of Top 10 Destin Beachfront Hotels. To kick off the last half of our list, we decided to wow you with a destination that’s located on magnificent Okaloosa Island– Destin West Beach & Bay Resort.

Enjoy resort living at its best while staying at Destin West Beach & Bay Resort. You have the choice of staying in an outstanding Bayside or Gulf-front condo. No matter which you choose, you’ll be awarded spectacular views of crystalline water. Each unit features a private tiled balcony, large master bath, and a well-equipped kitchen. If you’re looking for something a little more private, stay in Destin West’s Gulfside Villas, which offer studio condos and Penthouses with rooftop gardens and private hot tubs. Relax and enjoy this tropical paradise. Destin West has numerous swimming pools, all surrounded by lush landscaping. There’s also a 700-foot Lazy River Lagoon Pool, perfect for all ages. If you’re vacationing with kids, they’ll love the Children’s Activities, which include sandcastle building, story time, face painting, and pool games. Let the accommodating staff tailor your stay so it’s just what you imagined!


1320 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Completely relax in Destin West's three luxury whirlpool spas!

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The resort has a wide offering of Specials & Packages to enhance your stay.

Beach, beach, and more beach! Our No. 4 resort is unique, gorgeous, and luxurious. Bringing the a touch of the French Rivera to Florida is Edgewater Beach Condominium.

You won’t find any other resort in the area like Edgewater Beach Condominium. Its landmark architecture and distinctive landscaping will make you feel as though you’re visiting the French Rivera. Located right on one of Florida’s world-class beaches, Edgewater is a shimmering gem in an already sparkling destination. Stay in one of their one-bedroom beach condos, two-bedroom vacation rentals, or three-bedroom condo rentals. Each unit overlooks beautifully manicured gardens, two immaculate pools, and the Gulf of Mexico. Inside your rental you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen, entertainment features like DVD players, and a private balcony or terrace- the perfect place to watch a fiery Gulf sunset. Enjoy your days on the beach, accented by complimentary beach service. Edgewater also has an Aquatic Center with two huge pools on multiple levels, a poolside bar and grill, heated adult whirlpool spa, and toddler’s wading pool. Also onsite you’ll discover a putting course, basketball and shuffleboard courts, a children’s playground, and a fitness center and sauna. Come discover incomparable ocean vistas!


291 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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Pay for 3 or 4 nights and get the next night free when you book select 1 and 2-bedroom condos!

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Edgewater is near Silver Sands Outlet Mall!


Silver Beach Towers

Destin, Florida

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We wanted to wow you so for our No. 6 choice we picked Silver Beach Towers and their fabulous selection of luxurious beachfront condominiums and penthouses.

Immerse yourself in the warmth and pleasure you’ll discover while on a vacation at Silver Beach. You’ll appreciate Silver Beach Towers’ quiet accommodations. Your elevator will open to a common interior space with three private doors to the respective units. This ensures that all you’ll hear during your stay is the sounds of waves hitting the shore, not the ruckus of crowds of guests running up and down the corridor. Inside your condo, you’ll find a full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Each unit is uniquely furnished and decorated, giving you a sense of a home away from home, rather than the cookie cutter feel of a standard hotel room. Choose from a two, three, or four-bedroom condominium. If you’re looking for more spacious accommodations, stay in one of Silver Towers’ three breathtaking penthouses. There are two 5-bedroom penthouses and one 3-bedroom. Each one of the penthouses is luxuriously furnished and offers unbeatable views of the ocean. You’re sure to feel like a VIP when residing in one of these amazing units. All guests of Silver Beach Towers is granted full use of the facilities, which include two pools with waterfalls, two hot tubs, two large sundecks, and a workout room with indoor pool just down the beach at Silver Shells. And you can’t forget about the best amenity in the list- the beach!


1050 Hwy 98 E, Destin, Florida 32541


Each unit at Silver Beach Towers has a washer and dryer, an oven, dishwasher, and other kitchen appliances.

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While in Destin, be sure to visit the Gulfarium, a Marine Adventure Park!


Ramada Plaza Beach Resort

Ormond Beach, Florida

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Our No. 7 choice is a little down the road from Destin at Ft. Walton Beach, and it is the finest of all Ft. Walton Beach hotels. Rethink your idea of what a resort can be- and experience the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort.

The amenities offered at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort will blow your mind- from their amazing Polynesian Grotto Pool, to the just-for-kids Splash Garden, to their two onsite restaurants. This resort is a destination unto itself! And at the back of the hotel you’ll find just what you’re looking for- the sparkling sugar white sands and pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Do it all or do nothing at all! Whether you’re vacationing by yourself or with family, you’ll be sure to enjoy every minutes of your stay. The Ramada Plaza Beach Resort has 335 guest rooms and specialty suites, providing you with the best stay in Fort Walton Beach. Sink into the luxurious pillow-top bed and feel at home surrounded by the contemporary décor. Each room comes with amenities like a refrigerator, cable TV, work desk, and much more! So do your thing and leave the rest to the expert staff at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort.


1500 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548


Have your dream wedding at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, where they know what it takes to plan the perfect ceremony and reception.

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The resort has 15,000 square feet of flexible event space, perfect for a corporate meeting or conference.


The Islander

Daytona Beach, Florida

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We think you’ll find our No. 8 choice, The Islander, to be a super fun resort with a great atmosphere. Guests return year after year to enjoy The Islander’s ideal location, comfortable vacation rentals, and wonderful amenities.

The Islander has recently undergone a $3 million makeover and now has a new beach! This is another destination that is perfect for vacationing families. Guests rave about the resort’s immaculate two-bedroom condos that are clean, comfortable, and loaded with amenities. In your condo you can expect to find wonderful views of the Gulf of Mexico from your private balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, flat screen TVs with cable, and each condo has two full baths. Since The Islander is located next to Destin Harbor, you’ll have easy access to dolphin cruises, parasailing, and paddleboard and wave runner rentals. But you don’t need to leave the resort to have a blast. On the property you’ll discover two hot tubs, two swimming pools, two tennis courts and two shuffleboard courts. The Islander also offers a VIP Program, giving you unbeatable discounts to tons of local attractions, restaurants, and more!


502 Gulfshore Drive, Destin, Florida 32541

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The Islander offers fabulous Insider Specials that include TWO FREE nights when you stay for one week!


Emerald Towers

Destin, Florida

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Experience pure luxury at Emerald Towers, coming in at No. 9 on our list. This top quality luxury resort condominium is right on the beach in the heart of Destin.

You will be within walking distance of great shops, restaurants, and theme parks when you stay at Emerald Towers. Plus, the Destin Harbor and great golf courses are just a short drive away. But you’ll find there’s no need to leave the resort to have a wonderful experience. Take advantage of Emerald Towers’ private beach boardwalk, coed fitness center with sauna and steam room, two lighted tennis courts, and outdoor pool. After a day spent on the beach, at the resort, or touring the area, retreat to your luxurious accommodations. Emerald Towers has 82 two and three-bedroom luxury condominiums. There’s also a penthouse with a private steam room, sauna, and whirlpool. Each unit at the resort has a private balcony and is outfitted with all the best amenities and furnishings. Staying at this Destin destination is sure to leave you satisfied and coming back year after year!


1044 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL 32541

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The Destin airport is only 2 miles from Emerald Towers.

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For your convenience, there is a washer and dryer in every unit.



Kissimmee, Florida

When you’re looking for a vacation rental in the Destin area, you want to be sure you’re going to get what you pay for. Windancer resort is a perennial favorite among guests and offers wonderful amenities for a great value.

Windancer’s quaint, four-story low-rise building has 18 one and three-bedroom condominium units that are located right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Each unit has a private balcony with wonderful views of the white sand and emerald water. Windancer is a great family destination- it has direct access to the beach and isn’t over crowded. Plus, many of the condos have bunk beds, which your kids are sure to love. Each one-bedroom unit has a full kitchen, living area, and 1 ½ baths. You’ll find that most condos come equipped with modern amenities like DVD players, cable television, and whirlpool tubs. The three-bedroom units have the same features as the one-bedroom units, but have two full baths. All the condos at Windancer are uniquely furnished and extremely comfortable. It’s sure to feel like your home away from home. And when you stay at Windancer, you’ll have inclusive beach service, access to the outdoor pool, and the pleasure of a private boardwalk. Windancer is a destination your family is sure to love!


162 Windancer Lane, Destin, FL


The population of Destin, Florida is 12,641.

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Windancer is close to fine dining, fun activities, and great nightlife!