Back to the beach...
We spent six nights at our condo in Sandestin. I had been massively overwhelmed with the choices for vacation rentals on the Emerald Coast, but I eventually settled on Destin since it was known as the beach town with lots happening.
Once the Sandestin decision was made, I had to narrow it down further.
I finally settled on the Beachside II towers. I tend to think that if you are going to the beach for a vacation, you should actually be on the beach.
like this, so that I could sit on the balcony with wine/margaritas/tea and see the ocean. But once again, I remembered I have kids, so I booked a ground floor unit that opened to the pool.
I couldn't see much of the beach from our patio, but I could hear it. And the kids LOVED the pool. Not sure how/why I don't have pictures of them in the pool, because they swam in it 3-6 times a day. (You'd think they don't have their own pool the way they acted with this one. And it wasn't even a particularly attractive pool, either).
I loved being able to just dump all of our sand toys, beach chairs, and boogie boards right on our patio without carrying through the condo to get to the balcony.
And it was perfect for us since we had much more rain than I would have liked on this vacation. It made it easy to run to the beach for an hour and then back to the room for an hour, and then back to beach and then to the room and...
The beach was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful.
I'd heard that the water was a beautiful sea-green/aquamarine and that the sands were soft and white, but I'm often disappointed to arrive somewhere and find lots of seaweed gunking up the place, and the water is darker than expected.
Despite all there is to do in the Sandestin resort (golf, mini-golf, renting bicycles, fishing, and more), we stuck to our beach and to Baytowne Village.
We'd definitely go back to Beachside in Sandestin, although I *might* book a two bathroom condo next time. Let's just say there is a reason that little boys don't get to use my toilet at home, and I should have thought this out a bit more clearly before writing that check.
And in all fairness, I should add that most of these pictures were taken in the early morning one day. Most times we were at the beach, it was crowded. Very crowded.