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Once you’ve decided to vacation along our beautiful coast, it’s time to choose a place to stay in Destin (or nearby Fort Walton Beach).
Explore Destin’s many hotel, resort, and vacation home or condo rental options, and choose the best place for you.
The Henderson Resort, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort located in the Crystal Beach community, provides a refined setting for your Destin vacation. The four-story resort offers 170 rooms and suites to choose from.
Great food, from small bites to dessert, is a highlight of The Henderson Resort. Make a reservation at Primrose for fine dining with signature plates from land and sea. Enjoy cocktails and oysters at Horizons, a casual bar that took inspiration from Hemingway’s Florida. For dessert, Sprinkles serves sweet treats to be enjoyed in the nostalgic, 1950s style ice cream shoppe.
Kids will enjoy Henderson Resort’s outdoor green and the family pool with its own lazy river. There’s even a Poppy’s Kids Club and a Kid’s Night Out program for families traveling with little ones.
The pinnacle of a vacation can be the tranquility of a world-class spa. Within the Henderson Resort is the Salamander Spa, which offers the most luxurious and expansive spa facilities and amenities in Destin. It has 11 private treatment rooms, a full-service salon, whirlpools, and relaxation rooms that overlook the scenery of Henderson State Park. Colorful glass works and artwork by local artisans are featured throughout.
If you prefer to stay in the middle of the action, then The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village is the resort for you. Each room has its own private balcony, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy fresh, salt air ― some rooms even have an unforgettable view of the Destin Harbor. Or, head out onto the Grande Vista sky deck where you are able to see the excitement of HarborWalk Village, a pirate ship complete with cannon, or the boats coming back to the harbor.
The Henderson Park Inn, an adults-only bed and breakfast, is the “most romantic in Northwest Florida” according to luxury guide Condė Nast Johansens. Perched on the edge of the dunes, this large bed and breakfast is consistently ranked a top destination for couples by Tripadvisor, earning the Inn a Certificate of Excellence in 2017. Whirlpool bathtubs, sumptuous food and unspoiled beach views will have you wishing you never have to leave.
For a more casual, kid and dog friendly bed and breakfast, the Destin Beachside Inn is a great choice. Plus, it’s just across the street from the Crystal Beach community, so fun on the water is never far away.
Renting a lovely home or condo is one of the best ways to enjoy a Destin vacation with a group of friends or extended family. Cooking up freshly caught fish in the kitchen and catching up with old friends by your private pool can make for a relaxing, intimate vacation to remember.
Five Star Properties rents out the most luxurious homes in Destin with concierge service and VIP Rewards program. Also consider Southern Vacation Rentals with its wide array of luxury homes and condo rentals. Their Southern Perks program offers discounts to popular attractions and restaurants.
For more options, Newman Dailey has an excellent rating with Tripadvisor and is known for their customer service and offers a “Be Free Bundles” discount program. To see the largest selection of Destin vacation rentals, check out ResortQuest. They have a vast array of accommodations from private homes and condos to golf and tennis resorts.
Consider additional places to stay in nearby Fort Walton Beach or on Okaloosa Island, and explore the full listings for places to stay in Destin, below.