Sunny Destin is exploding in popularity. Traditionally this quaint Northwest Florida beach town has been a much-cherished destination for families throughout the Southeast. Now that the word is out, this beachy community is hotspot among travelers all across the U.S. and internationally. As you may have guessed, this has caused prices to creep up a little. Not too worry; I have a few tips that are sure to save you money on your next Destin Vacation!
Tip #1 – Visit During the “Shoulder Seasons”
Unlike other parts of the Sunshine State, the busiest time of the year in Destin is the summer. As a family destination, it makes sense; the kids are out of school. What you may not know is that Destin is simply BEAUTIFUL in the spring and fall. The weather is great and the beaches are less packed. And most importantly, the rates are as much as 50% lower then they are in the summer. That’s a win in my book!
Tip #2 – Opt for “Beach View” over “Beachfront
Everyone, I mean everyone, wants to stay right on the beach in Destin. Who can blame them – have you seen the photos? However, staying in a beach view property is a great way to save a few dollars. So what’s the difference? Beachfront means you are right on the sand, no roads to cross. Well, Destin’s Miramar Beach has a quaint beach road that splits many great buildings from shore. It’s easy to cross, doesn’t impede your view, and saves you money! Pro-tip: Check out the Majestic Sun, it’s one of the most popular beach view buildings.
Tip # 3 – Split the Cost with Family & Friends
If you’ve never stayed in a vacation rental, you are going to find out condos and homes cost more than hotels. So why bother looking for a vacation rental? You get so much more for your money! Nearly all vacation rentals have kitchens, which means you can dine in a few nights. Also, they are generally larger with enough rooms to bring family and friends. In fact, some of the vacation homes in Destin feature up to 10 bedrooms. And, if you dived the cost by bedrooms, it actually comes out to less money than it would be to stay in a tiny, weeny, hotel room.
Bonus Tip – Stay with Ocean Reef
These tips are guaranteed to save you money on a Destin vacation! So how do you get started? Ocean Reef is a reputable vacation rental company in Destin that’s been in business since 1982. They offer a range of homes and condos for all budgets. Best of all, they have something they call “Reef Rewards.” These are freebies and discounts throughout Destin, including a totally free round of golf every day. Plan your trip to Destin now at oceanreefresorts.com and be sure to use these tips to save money!