5 Reasons All Louisiana Families Should Take a Destin Beach Vacation This Year
Disclosure: This post sponsored by Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.
Why a Beach Vacation?
The beach is a scenic backdrop to be active or do nothing at all. If you’re debating whether or not to take a beach vacation, here are five great reasons that Louisiana families should visit the beaches of South Walton or Destin, Florida this year.
1. To Start (or continue) an Annual Tradition
Making an annual pilgrimage to the beach has become a wonderful tradition for many families. It is a special time to be together to disconnect from the demands of life and the digital age and spend time together as a family in a beautiful setting. School age children anxiously anticipate their beach vacation each year and the memories made will last a lifetime. (Tip: Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort is renowned for timeless family traditions. Conveniently located near Sandestin in Miramar Beach, Hidden Dunes is between Destin and 30A.)
2. To Experience One of the New Restaurants at the Beach
While it’s fun to return to a favorite South Walton or Destin restaurant each year, it is also exciting to experience the Emerald Coast’s latest and greatest. The area’s new restaurants bring a fresh approach to their menu and offer amazing ambience. Here’s the latest “must try” new restaurants: Emeril’s Coastal Cuisine at Grand Boulevard, Shunk Gulley on 30A, Cuvee Kitchen & Wine Bar in Destin, and The Gulf and the Lobster Tail on Okaloosa Island. In addition, Jim Richard who owns Trenasse on Saint Charles Ave. opened Trebeache in Blue Mountain Beach last year. His recent addition, Red Fish Taco at Trebeache is open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. (Tip: Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach is a hidden gem. The quiet condominium resort overlooks Big Red Fish coastal dune lake and kids love the pontoon boat rides to the beach, complimentary kayaks, three pools and fire pit for s’mores.)
3. To Build a Sandcastle
What? You didn’t have building a sandcastle on your list this year? You should. Did you know that playing in the sand is a great opportunity for children to have unstructured play time. Whether shaped into castles, dug, dripped or sifted, sand play offers endless opportunities for fun and learning. Fine motor skills can be enhanced building sandcastles or creating animal sand sculptures. (Tip: Rick at Beach Sand Sculptures offers two-hour sandcastle lessons for families. Receive an $11 off coupon with Newman-Dailey vacation rentals.)
4. To Ride The new Thrill Ride at The Track
The Track in Destin, Florida opened an exciting new ride this year, Hurricane 360. Hurricane 360 shoots riders up about 40 feet in the air and around a full 360 degrees while spinning! Is this too thrilling for your crew? You can also fly like a bird on the Sky Flyer, play mini-golf or head over to the one of the Go Kart tracks, including the four story wooden track, The Wild Woody. Other active Destin adventures include Big Kahuna’s Waterpark, Rock Out Rock Climbing, Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone, Surge Trampoline Park and ziplining at HarborWalk Village or Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. (Tip: Jade East Condos is a Gulf-front, family-friendly condominium that is across from Big Kahuna’s and less than a mile from The Track.)
5. To Celebrate a Special Occasion
Do have a birthday to celebrate? A graduation? An anniversary? A promotion? If so, the beaches of South Walton and Destin are ideal for celebration vacations. Lodging options range from large vacation rental homes that can sleep up to 26 people to two-and three-bedroom condominiums, which makes gathering for a celebration under one roof a joy. And when you invite friends and relatives to join your celebration, they’ll happily say “yes” to time at the beach. Enhance the celebration with a sunset bonfire or chartered fishing excursion and make it a celebration to remember. (Tip: Hire a local portrait photographer to capture the moment, so you leave not only with memories but a beautiful new portrait for the mantle.)
This post was created on behalf of New Orleans City Moms partner Newman-Dailey Resort Properties in Miramar Beach, Florida. Visit their website, www.DestinVacation.com, to learn more about all of their resorts and vacation rentals and start planning your beach getaway.