If you’re looking for a perfect getaway that is family friendly but also great for couples look no further than Sandestin, Florida and the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Sandestin is located on the “Emerald Coast” of northwest Florida, just a stone’s throw from Alabama.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a “resort community” rather than a single resort. You’ll find yourself immersed in 2400 acres with options for accommodation to fit your family’s needs. Much of the property looks residential and not “hotelish” so you’ll feel at home. You can actually get lost pretty easily while you are driving around the property. There are more than 30 different lodgings options that are available at various price points, including suites with kitchens, and townhomes. We stayed in the condo community in “Beachside 2”.
Our 2 bedroom 2 bathroom beach-view condo had a full-size kitchen with every utensil you’d have in your own kitchen, a living room, dining room, 3 flat screen TVs in total, balcony comes with table and chairs, walk in closet in master bedroom and even a stacking washer and dryer which was great to have before heading home.
Reasons To Visit Sandestin Resort:
- 7 Miles of white sand, on the beach side of this giant resort
- On the bay side – marina, sailing, fishing, kayaking
- Picture-perfect Village of Baytowne Wharf for shopping, dining, events and entertainment
- Four championship golf courses
- 15 championship tennis courts
- 19 swimming pools
- Miles of biking and walking trails
- 30 charming neighborhoods on 2,400 acres
- Four golf courses, Junior Golf Academy
- Free tram to get around
- Complimentary use of bikes, canoes, kayaks, boogie boards, fitness center access, tennis court time, and other extras
You’ll find two distinct sides of the property: the beach side on the Gulf of Mexico, and the bay side on the Choctawhatchee Bay. For getting around, bikes can be rented at several locations although we never found a single location to do so. Four hours per day are complimentary, but you can pay to have more time with them. Also, free “on-call” trams run frequently but you can also all a minibus that can pick you up if you don’t want to wait for a tram.
The beach is amazing – truly. The shore is perfect for small kids, and it stretches on and on. Beach chairs can be rented (classy, but very pricey), but plenty of people bring their own gear. Boogie boards and kayaks are complimentary for guests.
Sandestin is its own little world — with shopping, charter fishing, spas, salons, tennis, water sports, golf, and special events—so it’s no wonder newlyweds, conventioneers, and families all find something to do so you never actually have to leave the resort at all.
The “Bayside” includes the Grand Sandestin, the Conference Center, and Baytowne Wharf. If you’re in the mood for fun, shopping, and eating – Baytowne Wharf is where you want to be. My kids had a blast riding the carousel, and riding the zip-line that stretches across the entire plaza!
All in all, we had a great visit to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort and I would highly recommend a stay at this resort. Because everything is so spread out the community is extremely quiet which makes for the perfect vacation getaway.
Address: 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W, Destin, FL 32550-7268
Location: Destin, Florida