Everything You Need For Your Visit to Destin/30A: A Beginner’s Guide to Destin, Florida

You’ve decided to finally book a trip to Destin/30A. Now what? Beyond the fine white sand and dazzling Emerald beaches is a thriving community that you and your family will be itching to visit year after year. Destin/30A has niches and hidden gems that you’ll never get tired of exploring, but if you’re a beginner, we’re here to highlight all of the MUST sees to get your feet wet as a future Old 98 pro! Read all about it below!


photo courtesy: Destin Commons Instagram

What’s a vacation to Destin/30A without a visit to all of our greatest shopping spots? At the top of our must-see list is the popular Destin Commons Mall. Destin Commons boasts more than 95 stores and restaurants, locally-owned favorites, an AMC Movie Theater, and even an under-water themed bowling alley. Instagram or it didn’t happen! And Destin Commons has some of the perfect photo op spots with their newly-renovated play area, a mural walk, and seasonal events perfect for vlogging or for your Instagram stories. Best of all? Destin commons is PET FRIENDLY.

If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your shopping bug and you’re in the mood for a good deal, head on over to Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Silver Sands is home to more than 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores. Tory Burch, Coach, Kate Spade New York, and Saks OFF 5TH are a few notable brands. Expect to get all of your needs met from apparel to accessories to housewares and sporting goods. The outlet mall is located directly off of US Highway 98 and features covered sidewalks, lush landscaping and a children’s play area.

Looking for a more local vibe? Head on over to Scenic 30A’s Seagrove Plaza for locally-owned boutiques featuring home goods, beauty, clothes, jewelry, and more! After all, you’re an insider now, you’ll want in on living like a local while exploring our most precious gems!

Pontoons and Crab Island

photo courtesy: 30A Pontoon Rentals

One of the main attractions in the area is Crab Island, hands down. You’ve surely heard of the sandbar located just South of the Marler Bridge here in Destin. Boaters from all over the area anchor their boats to catch some rays and wade on the sandbar. You may be wondering … how do you get there? You can kayak, stand-up paddle board, or our favorite, by pontoon. Head over to scenic 30A and skip the traffic when you book with 30A Pontoon Rentals and tell them Old 98 Destin sent you! Expect to make memories to last a lifetime and add on a floating pad, a paddle board, or two person tubes while you lounge!

Zip Lining

photo courtesy: Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village

Harborwalk Village is home to shops, restaurants, water sports, and an overall good time for family and friends of all ages. But the MUST SEE is their zip lining over all of the vendors, food trucks, and harbor. It’s sure to excite you and give you an adrenaline rush like never before. he Dual Zipline offers two lucky participants to zip a total of 1,000 ft. roundtrip over the HarborWalk Village at the same time. Experience unforgettable sunset views of the gulf or catch a glimpse of the boats entering the harbor. The best part about it, there’s no reservations needed! Just show up ready to have a good time!

Luxury Beach Homes

photo courtesy: Five Star Properties

It’s clear that there’s plenty to do in the Destin/30A area, but you may be asking yourself … Where is the best place to stay? We’ve got you covered there to! Be sure to dive into luxury with Five Star Beach Properties or Bliss Beach Rentals. Whether you’re looking for a home for the whole family or a smaller condo for a quick getaway, the two brands have got you covered, respectively! And if you’re planning a wedding, family reunion, or work retreat, Five Star has the homes for you! Many include private beach access, allowing you to host your even right on the beach before going into the large luxury homes to entertain.

Check out the homes of your dreams and book your next trip to Destin/30A to live like a local! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our little emerald gem on the Gulf Coast!

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