Destination guide

Seaside escape at Sandestin vacation home rentals

Whether you come to Sandestin to hit a round of 18 over the manicured fairways of some of Florida's top courses, to laze on long and sandy beaches of pearly-white sand, to unwind in acclaimed spas, or party the night away in international clubs, you can rest assured this resort town has you covered. Packed with world-class restaurant districts and Sandestin vacation rentals with luxurious pools and palm-spotted gardens, it's a great place to vacation with the whole family on the edge of the lapping Gulf of Mexico.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Sandestin vacation rentals

There's no question about it: Sandestin's main draws are shared between the fairways and the sands. Sugary bunkers and verdant greens await the hole-in-one-seekers at Raven Golf Club, The Links, and the acclaimed Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort. Meanwhile, Sandestin vacation rentals right on the shoreline will let you wake up with views over the cotton-colored stretches of Miramar Beach or Seascape, while wilder and more secluded coastal spots are just a short drive away – check out Blue Mountain, Santa Rosa, and blustery Dune Allen.


What to do near Sandestin vacation homes

If you've been lucky enough to bag a Sandestin vacation rental close to the beach, then it’s likely the shimmering white sands and lapping waters will be your main playground. You could crack out the paddleboard and hit the swells, or charter a whole fishing boat and head out to the wider seas. Alternatively, oodles of public splash pools and parks pepper the shoreline here, too, while intriguing wetland habitats are just waiting for budding eco tourists to hit their boardwalks and birding spots. And then there are the summertime live music events that always erupt along the boulevards and wharfs.


Local weather for your trip to Sandestin vacation homes

Sandestin is bathed in sun for much of the year, despite the occasional downpours during the tropical storms season, which tends to peak around August and September. The best time of year to hit the beaches and swim in the sea is surely spring, in April and May, when there are still plenty of Sandestin vacation rentals available close to the sand, and temperatures aren't unbearable. Winter promises dry days too – just be ready for some cooler swimming conditions.

Natural features

Sandestin showcases the beauty of the Florida Panhandle

Sandestin has all the natural treats you would expect of the gorgeous Florida Panhandle. To the north, spots like Santa Rosa give way to the calm waters of Choctawhatchee Bay, where drooping willow hammocks lean over narrow stretches of sugar-palm sand. And to the south, there are wetland habitats spilling into the Mexican Gulf, awash with rare egrets and ospreys, and home to long, dune-backed coastlines that shimmer like magnesium with the Floridian sun. The marine life of the region is another draw, with dolphin pods and sharks awaiting beneath the warm swells.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Sandestin

Fly into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), the closest airport, located 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), which is 15.3 mi (24.7 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Sandestin vacation homes

Sandestin has an array of attractions for kids of all ages. Vacation rentals are available near places like Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, a water theme park with slides, pools, rides, and a lazy river, and Grayton Beach State Park, a huge park with ocean swimming, boat launches on a lake, hiking and biking trails, and campsites. Kids will also like the Destin History & Fishing Museum, a museum with displays of local aquatic life, antique fishing equipment, and nautical artifacts.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Sandestin

Sandestin has numerous romantic locations to explore on a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, a park with trails through old-growth pines and a bayou, and Point Washington State Forest, a forest with loop trails for hiking and biking. You'll also like the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, a bustling destination with bars, restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions.

Can I find a vacation rental around Sandestin?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,150 vacation rentals near Sandestin. From 200 Houses to 699 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sandestin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Sandestin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Sandestin:

  • Seaside: 942 vacation rentals
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For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses near Sandestin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 200 Houses near Sandestin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Sandestin include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 699 rentals available
  • Villas: 100 rentals available
  • Cottages: 15 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Sandestin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,107 rentals with pool available near Sandestin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Sandestin?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 1,150 vacation rentals to book directly online and 852 with instant booking available near Sandestin. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Sandestin! 

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