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Too many people for accommodations. Go east. I tried to contact Jason, Director of Activities three times, hours apart. His phone never picked up. The operator could not help find another person to help as she tells me there Have Been changes. On the rental side, the owner was completely unresponsive when i called two to the deplorable state of a mattress. We ended up buying a air mattress and two to the terrible congestion at the resort's beach, sitting by the ocean at the state park. Do not go to Destin for vacation.
BEACH WAS WAY OVER crowed
I THINK THEIR WAS A THOUSAND PEOPLE ON THE BEACH. THEY HAD 6 ROWS OF BEACH CHAIRS SET UP ON THE BEACH ALL THE WAY TO THE WATER LINE. YOU CAN NOT EVEN SEE THE WATER TO GET IT MUCH LESS. THE NEW OWNER OF THE RESORT IS REALY MESSING THINGS UP. IT HAS GOTEN WORSE EVERY YEAR. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Condo had super nice view
We really enjoyed our stay at Beachside Towers of Sandestin. We chose to rent through a private owner, Marcella, instead of going Directly through the resort and had a huge savings. We tend to travel in the off-peak times and we Find That private owners can give a much better deal than the resort can. Sandestin is wonderful in the Spring and fall times, a word of caution though That in the Spring the water will be cold! If you want warm water go in the fall, but check for hurricanes in the gulf before you go! We had several nice days sitting by the pool and strolling down the empty beach. I Know That with the arrival of March Spring Break will start and the beach will be full but at then end of February the beach was absolutely deserted. We only saw a few people on a several hundred yard walk up and down the beach When the sun was shining and it was mid 70's a great beach day. At Sandestin our favorite breakfast place is the Donut Hole located about 5 minutes east of the resort on hwy 98. For lunch we enjoy Grand Blvd with several options including Mitchell's Fish Market. For a nice dinner just outside the Ocean Club Sandestin's gate can not be beat. If you go early they have a 2 for 1 That is fabulous I think almost all year. We avoid the Trams and most of what is at Sandestin, Although if you want a good place Within walking distance Barefoots at the Hilton is great for a beach bar and Also Seagar's is fine dining $ $ $ $ at its best. All in all, going to Sandestin does not have to be as expensive as some of the other posters have said, going with a private owner like Marcella or one of the other owners saves a bunch and going off the resort saves a bunch on meals . You will probably have a car, I know That there is so much traffic does everyone else, I use it!
, 5/30/11 By A Yahoo! Contributor, 5/30/11
We thought by staying at the "Luau" it would be somewhat nicer than the "Hilton" ... NOT!! It was VERY overcrowded! If you do not plan on renting a chair at the crack of dawn, you can forget about getting a good spot on the beach. Looked like a bunch of colored skittle umberallas everywhere all the way up to the water. When I went on this vacation I wanted it to be relaxing and somewhat PRIVATE .... it was by far that. On top of everything, at our arrival our room was not ready by 4 pm. Their was "kids" waving us down on the side of the road inside the resort to take them to Baytowne .... really?!?!?!?! Do yourself a favor .... Unless you want to stay out and drink or party with an overcrowded beach, do not go here!! The only plus was the pool and our meal at Seagars.
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Two families -- one vacation spot in Florida?2004-02-17 12:40:46 by annualspringfling
Two families with kids 10-14 looking for suggestions where to stay for our annual memorial day getaway... near beach preferred, does not have to be directly on it. Some suggestions we received so far are Destin and Sanibel Island, but i/we have no clue. Other family is coming from Chicago, so we are trying to keep travel limited, so we are thinking the Keys will not work. Have been to Miami and like it, but not sure if it is the ticket for this trip. Locations with One Villa to share would be optimal.
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