Wander Guide: Destin, Florida Travel Guide
We just got back from our Babymoon in Destin, Florida! It was a really wonderful, relaxing trip. I’m so glad that we decided to take one last vacay before baby Bubp arrives next month. We rented a beach house, took the dogs, and road tripped to the beach. Most of our time was spent relaxing on the beach, enjoying the ocean, and eating great food. Destin is the perfect place for a relaxing beach vacation. I wanted to create a Destin, Florida Travel Guide to help you all plan your trip to Destin!
Destin, Florida Travel Guide
The reason we decided on Destin, Florida for our Babymoon was that it is within driving distance from Knoxville (I really didn’t want to fly at 33 weeks pregnant!) and because the beaches are gorgeous. I visited Destin last year to visit my bestie, Hannah, and knew I wanted to go back with Kyle because it was such a nice getaway. (You can read more about my other trip to Destin over here: Florida Panhandle Travel Guide.)
Where To Stay
We rented this beachfront townhome and it was perfect for our stay. It was a little small, but not bad for two people and two dogs. I really liked that it was beachfront and that we had a portion of the beach that was “private” – aka sectioned off for the townhomes. This would be a great property to rent for two people.
Another option would be to rent a hotel room. There are a TON of options on or near the beach. (Definitely recommend paying a little more to stay right on the beach… it’s worth it!)
It really depends on what kind of trip you want and what amenities are important to you. A hotel has the benefit of having a pool, someone to set up beach chairs for you, etc. A beachfront rental would be better for families or larger groups, or if you are bringing your dogs with you to the beach.
Where To Eat
Eating good food is what vacation is all about, am I right? I’ve made the mistake plenty of times of not researching where to eat before we took a vacation and so I tried to pick out some highly rated restaurants for this trip. I’m so glad that I did. We had some really fantastic meals.
McGuire’s Irish Pub – Hands down my favorite restaurant in Destin. It’s somehow classy and trashy at the same time. Just my style! (Haha!) The drink menu is great, with options to please everyone. The food menu is also excellent with a good variety- everything from bar food to fantastic steaks. I ordered the meat and mushroom pot pie and Kyle ordered a steak and they were both really, really good. The atmosphere is definitely unique, too. You don’t want to miss this restaurant on your trip to Destin.
Pompano Joe’s – Perfect beachfront seafood restaurant! We walked here for lunch one day (our rental was a super short walk away). I had coconut shrimp and Kyle had a salad with fresh salmon and they were both delicious. It was a little pricey, so if you are budget-conscious then I’d definitely suggest going for lunch instead of dinner. On the flip side, it was hot as hell in there. There was no AC as it is a beachfront restaurant and open to the ocean winds. Which would be nice at night. So, I guess it just depends on your preference.
Shrimp Basket – We ate lunch here one day and it was fantastic. Really good seafood at great prices. The restaurant itself was pretty basic but the food makes up for it. I would definitely eat here again.
Shakes – We stopped here for concrete mixers after lunch at Shrimp Basket. I’ve only had a concrete mixer once before at Culver’s and it was comparable. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but there wasn’t much of a difference between Shakes and Culver’s, in my opinion.
Donut Hole – Donut Hole really lived up to the hype. I picked up a few doughnuts as we were heading back home and they were so. good. They have other baked goods as well as a sit down restaurant. I’ll have to try a few of the baked goods nice time I’m in Destin. There was a pretty long line of people waiting for tables to sit down for breakfast, so if you want to go that route, I’d suggest going early.
Merlin’s Pizza – Pizza is always a good choice. We ordered delivery from Merlin’s Pizza on our last night and it was really good pizza. Not the best I’ve ever had, but above average for sure. A solid choice if you want to be lazy in your room and not go out to eat one night.
What To Do
Go to the beach. Obviously, hanging out on the beach is the #1 thing to do in Destin. We technically stayed on Miramar Beach, right next to Destin, and it was perfect. I love the beaches in this area. The water is warm and clear and the sand is soft and clean. (You don’t have to worry about stepping on a beach of seashells, which is nice!)
Go shopping! We didn’t do much shopping on this trip, but there are plenty of options if that’s your thing. You could hit up the Destin Commons (think outdoor shopping mall) for some well known stores. If you are looking for a deal, then you could go to the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall. There are plenty of other stores in the Destin area as well.
Visit Crab Island. I’d love to visit Crab Island on another trip, when I am not pregnant and can enjoy a few adult beverages again. Crab Island is a sandbar that you can rent a boat to go out to and chill in the water.
Walk the boardwalk. The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is a little touristy, but, ya know, sometimes it’s fun to do touristy things. There are a bunch of shops and restaurants along the boardwalk.
So, I have convinced you to visit Destin, Florida yet? It should definitely be on your radar for a perfect beach getaway destination! I’m looking forward to heading back to Destin next year for a wedding, this time with Baby Bubp in tow.