Finding Your Perfect Beach Retreat
There is something therapeutic about a beach vacation. It could be the soothing sounds of the surf that helps promote rest and relaxation or the coastal breezes that refresh the mind and body. No matter what the reason, it is never too soon to start planning your next beach vacation. To make planning the perfect beach retreat easier, the team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, located in Miramar Beach in Northwest Florida, recently shared some of their top tips and recommendations for beach vacation planning.
“We ask a lot of questions,” said Newman-Dailey Reservations Manager Kate Weathers. “Are you seeking an active beach vacation near activities and attractions? Do you desire a location that is tucked away and off the beaten path? How many people will be joining you? What are their ages? What type of activities does your group enjoy? There are dozens of beach neighborhoods along Florida’s Emerald Coast and the answers to each question help us narrow the options. Based on each guests’ needs, here are some of our suggestions in Destin and South Walton and why.”
Off the Beaten Path on 30A: Sanctuary at Redfish
Some guests love the charm of Scenic Highway 30A, which meanders along the coast through quaint beach neighborhoods. For those looking to get away from it all, we recommend Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach. This luxury condominium resort is located on approximately 14-acres overlooking one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes, Big Redfish Lake. Each condo includes a balcony offering breathtaking lake, preserve and/or Gulf views. Sanctuary at Redfish features three separate pools, two Jacuzzis, a large fire pit, two outside grills, and private pool cabanas. Resort canoes allow guests to paddle the lake and commune with nature. As an added bonus from March through October, Captain Bob ferries guests to the beach on a five-minute pontoon boat ride through the lake, where two chairs and an umbrella are set up on each full day of the stay. www.SanctuaryRedfish.com.
Secluded Oasis near the Action: Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort
For travelers who want serenity and the convenience of nearby restaurants, shopping and attractions, Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort in Miramar Beach is a popular destination. With winding foot paths, lush gardens and relaxing fountains, the secluded resort features three types of accommodation options—Gulf-front condominiums, lake front villas and cozy Carolina-style cottages. The Gulf-front resort overlooks miles of white sand beaches and features three pools, hot tubs, grilling stations, horseshoe pits, basketball court and tennis center. Recognized as one of the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Resorts Online, Hidden Dunes Tennis Center features six championship Rubico tennis courts, expert instruction and like-level game matching. While Hidden Dunes feels tucked away from it all, it is only a mile from outlet shopping, restaurants, activities and more. www.HiddenDunesDestin.com
Classic Florida Motel: Beachside Inn
When couples are looking to a getaway for a week or just a long weekend, Beachside Inn in Crystal Beach is a top recommendation. This cozy motel features 20 colorful, coastal rooms with either a king or two queen beds along with a kitchenette complete with a mini-fridge, microwave, daily coffee service and fresh-baked breakfast bread. Property amenities include a two-tier pool and hot tub, on-site sidewalk café, bike rentals and Camille’s restaurant. A select number of rooms are pet-friendly for guests who wish to bring the furriest member of their family on their trip. www.destinbeachsideinn.com
For Large Groups & Reunions: A Private Beach House
For travelers with groups of six or more, a private beach house is the best bet. Like vacation rental condominiums, vacation rental homes feature a full kitchen, washer and dryer and plenty of space to gather. Many homes also feature private pools and incredible outdoor living spaces ideal for a backyard barbecue. Whether it’s a family reunion, gathering of old friends or a girls getaway weekend, private homes can sleep groups from six to 26, providing the perfect home away from home for celebrations of all sizes. www.DestinVacation.com/homes
Close to the Action: Jade East
For families who want to be near the Destin Harbor and close to the attractions and activities, Jade East Towers is a great choice. The spacious two- and three-bedroom condominiums all feature large balconies overlooking the beach. Families enjoy the resort amenities, including a Gulf-front pool, lighted tennis court, and seasonal beach service as well as nearby attractions including Big Kahuna’s Waterpark and The Track. As an added bonus, each Newman-Dailey stay includes a daily adult pass to Big Kahuna’s as well as other activities such as parasailing, snorkeling, dolphin cruises and more. www.JadeEastCondos.com
Whether planning a beach vacation to Northwest Florida or another coastal community, starting the planning process answering questions related to group size, interests and location is a critical step to finding your perfect personalized beach retreat. To talk to a vacation specialist at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, call 1-800-225-7652.