July 18, 2007,
T.F. asks from Plano, TX on July 17, 2007
Tampa or Destin Florida and Where to Stay? UPDATE
We are planning a trip to FL soon. I'd like to find a nice condo on the beach. I am going though site after site online. I found some nice looking places in Tampa and I got a great airfare deal. Hubby says Destin is popular and I am not having as much luck with finding anything there. We will have our 12 yr old daughter with us.
I found a neat place online at Maderia Beach outside of Tampa. Any clues on that area? I am re-checking the Destin areas. Hubby thought Destin was about an hour drive from airport but that is wrong. I have a great air deal to Tampa.
I LOVE South Beach in Miami but it is not appropriate for my daughter. Any ideasare appreciated.
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for your responses and advice. This trip popped up very quickly and without adequate time to plan and make sure everything was in order we have decided to postpone until later fall or spring. I have checked the websites given to me and I appreciate them.
Just TOO much going on to get away for a whole week around here.
Have a great summer!
H.C. answers from Dallas on July 18, 2007
I am not real familiar with Destin, however, I did live in Tampa for 3 yrs. There are some really great places on the coast. My favorite beach near Tampa is Siesta Key. Its about an hour south in Sarasota. Its really nice there. You can also look into flights into Bradenton/Sarasota, I've flown back and forth from here on Air Tran to Bradenton as that is where my parents live. Let me know if you have further questions.
A. answers from Dallas on July 18, 2007
We love Seacrest/Rosemary Beach.
It isn't terribly far from Destin (maybe 45 minutes to an hour, traffic depending) but it is WAY LESS congested and has a wonderful "beachy" feel. The houses and such resemble Sea Side, if you are familiar with that area. Beautiful white sands and blue water as well as nice houses/condos by water. Both beaches (they butt up to one another) are about 20 minutes or so from Panama City Beach (Walmart, restaurants, etc.). I know that there is even a small airport in Panama City that has a major airline that goes in/out.
You can go to vrbo.com and check out some of the properties listed for this area.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me.
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M.H. answers from Dallas on July 18, 2007
My husband and I vacation in the Destin area 2-3 times a year. We love it and it is super family friendly. 2 of the doctors I work for vacation there also. We used to live in Miami and Orlando so we have done the south Florida thing and we much prefer the panhandle area. We used to live about 3 hours from Destin and we would go all of the time. Enough about that...where to stay and where to fly. Your husband is right...you can fly non-stop on American from DFW into Fort Walton Beach which is about 45 minutes from the beach. You can also fly into Mobile which is about a 2 hour drive. My husband, daughter, and I flew round trip from DFW for about $800 this past May. You will need a car while you are there. Try VRBO.com for places to stay. This is vacation rental by owner. We usually stay at a place called Rosemary Beach which is about 30 minutes east of Destin. We never stay in Destin because it tends to be more high rises, chain restaurants, outlet malls etc. We like more of a beach feel. You could try Watercolor, Seaside, Rosemary Beach....these tend to be a little pricey but well worth it. vrbo.com is a great way to go. I hope this helps.
T.T. answers from Dallas on July 17, 2007
We are going to Ft. Walton Beach which is right next to Destin. We got a great deal on a condo on the beach there (about 650 for a week). I've never been there before, but it comes highly reccommended by some friends who go every year with their kids.
C.B. answers from Dallas on July 17, 2007
I went last summer to Destin and Pensacola with my five children. Pensacola had seashells and things everywhere to look for. Destin was very very clean and a more high class crowd. I really don't know how else to put it. It was more quiet. No shells really. Resturants on the beach. Private beaches ect. Lots of gorgeous summer homes! Lots to do downtown! Ft. Walton is very close and very very cute.
C.P. answers from Dallas on July 17, 2007
We are goiing to ft. Walton, santa Rosa beach...SOOOO fun! Don't really have advice as to where to stay, as we go to a house, however there are tons of houses for rent, and condos in that area it seems.
C.D. answers from Dallas on July 17, 2007
My family has been going to Destin every summer for years (since I was 12). My favorite place (and my parents) was a place called Edgewater. It was a condo building that had 3 pools, right on the beach, a beach bar with good snacks, etc. It was a building that had condos that people owned and rented out. They were like apartments...full kitchen, laundry room, beds with linens, towels, etc. All the condos had a beachfront room with beach view. The master bedroom had a balcony and view of the water...beautiful!
I liked it as a teen because there were alot of other teens there to meet.
Now that our family has grown and we have had kids, etc. we rent a private house. It is great for us because our kids are so young...but I would suggest that you go with something that has more people around so that your daughter can possibly make a friend.
Edgewater is located by the outlets which is great shopping!!! It is very centrally located!!
Here is the website
Have a great time!!