Oh. My. Goodness.
Destin, Florida, is absolutely beautiful and I hope that you get to visit at least once in your life! It exceeded all expectations I had, and this is from the girl who spent a week in Hawaii last year. (I’m not saying that it’s better than Hawaii, but it’s definitely second to Hawaii beaches!)
On my road trip from Houston, Texas, to my new home in Jacksonville, Florida, my travel companion and I stayed the night in Destin, Florida. We were in a U-Haul with a max speed of 65 mph, so we had to split the trip into 2 days. Instead of hitting the road early in the morning, we decided to spend a few hours on the beach to relax before the final push to Jacksonville – and I’m so glad that we did.
We spent the night at the family timeshare, the Wyndham at Majestic Sun, which was nice and very pretty. If you get the chance to stay at a Wyndham timeshare, they’re a lovely place to stay for a week or so.
The night we arrived, we went to the nearby Cabana Cafe, which was open late and filled our hunger from spending the day on the road and only munching on road snacks. Florida probably has the most relaxed restrictions on preventing the COVID-19 virus, so sometimes you had to wear a mask (like if you were in a shop), but most of the time, you didn’t (I still wore my mask).
The real showstopper was the beach the next morning.
After sleeping in a bit and getting ready for the day after our previous 13-hr travel day, we searched for a nearby breakfast spot on the beach. We found the Whale’s Tail, a small restaurant literally RIGHT ON the beach and a short walk away. The food was pretty standard American breakfast fare and yummy, but the view was incredible. It was a little chilly that day, but we still decided to eat outside on the patio to fully appreciate the view. It was stunning.
Naturally, after breakfast, we went for a walk on the beach. It was chilly, as it was breezy and the water was cold, but still beautiful.
The water was so still, it was crazy. We even asked our waitress if the water was normally that still, and she said that it was abnormal.
There were all of these colorful beach homes along the coast that I think are absolutely adorable. In my dreams, I would love to rent out one of these homes and take my family there.
I even saw a real, live jellyfish, right in the water along the shore! I’ve never seen a wild jellyfish just out in the water, so I thought that it was very cool!
The walk along the beach was exactly I needed to get through another day of driving. I wish that I could’ve gone in the beautiful water, but it was very chilly and we didn’t have enough time (also, seeing the jellyfish kind of freaked me out. I’m a west coast girl, and I’m not used to seeing them…).
I can’t wait until I can go back to Destin and I’m already trying to plan a family trip there for next year. A few hours definitely wasn’t enough – I could spend a whole week, or even a month, there! If you get the chance to spend even a few hours in Destin, Florida, I would definitely take it! Oh – and take a walk along the beach for me!
Thank you for reading! Have you ever been to Destin, Florida? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!