Southern hospitality makes Destin the Panhandle’s best-kept secret Destin is the deep south’s best-kept secret, tucked quietly under Alabama. TripAdvisor and Good Morning America single out this panhandle place for its natural beauty. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Chocktawhatchee Bay, Destin is the…
Southern hospitality makes Destin the Panhandle’s best-kept secret
Destin is the deep south’s best-kept secret, tucked quietly under Alabama. TripAdvisor and Good Morning America single out this panhandle place for its natural beauty. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Chocktawhatchee Bay, Destin is the jewel of Florida’s Emerald Coast. It’s known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village,” so charter a boat and catch a big one!
Anglers aren’t the only ones who feel lucky to be here. Savvy landlubbers soak up more than sun in this special spot. Golf tops the list of must-do’s, so set a tee time at nearby Kelly Plantation golf course, Indian Bayou Golf Club, or Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club. Experience where the dolphins play with a cruise and fill your camera. Or slow down, slow way down and dig your toes into impossibly white sand that somehow, amazingly, remains cool even in the heat of the day!
Different from the east coast pomp, Destin enjoys a slower pace and a howdy y’all hospitality. Take advantage of the freshest seafood along the coast, and make it real with a side order of fried green tomatoes. Eat outdoors in the balmy air at day’s end and watch the waves roll in as the sun slips into the Gulf creating unbelievable sunsets. This is Florida at its finest!
Things to do in Destin
Here’s a selection of the area’s local treasures that you may wish to discover on your holiday.
NAVAL AIR MUSEUM, PENSACOLA: The world’s largest Naval Aviation museum boasts 150 restored aircraft (including Hellcats and Skyhawks) and thrilling flight simulators.
DANIEL WEBSTER CLEMENTS: Set sail on this luxurious 74 foot custom built schooner for dolphin watching, snorkelling, sightseeing or a spectacular sunset photo opportunity.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS: Settled in 1880, this postcard perfect town reminds one of “Old Florida” with Victorian architecture, a fabulous library and a stunning natural lake.
MATTIE KELLY ARTS CENTER: Home to the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the center also hosts Broadway shows, operas and dance performances.
HARBORWALK VILLAGE: A vibrant hub of shops, restaurants and local entertainment. Take in a concert (like Banjorama, with high energy Snowbird musicians and dancing) or cruise on a pirate ship!
PIER PARK, PANAMA CITY BEACH: Indulge in some retail therapy at this 900,000 square foot shopping centre.
DESTIN HISTORY AND FISHING MUSEUM: Learn the story of “the world’s luckiest fishing village” at this hidden gem.
How to get there
The map below shows the pickup points and route for our Destin vacations. Our Express Motorcoach (see below) travels westbound on Highway 401 crossing the border in Sarnia. For a detailed list of pickup locations click here. If you live outside of this routing area, you may wish to take advantage of our Connections Program to meet the coach.
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Why is it called Express?
Our coaches travelling to Florida are equipped with a comfortable bunk enabling two drivers to alternately drive and sleep. This eliminates an overnight stay however, we do stop for comfort breaks every 3-4 hours en route. Our drivers are thoughtful and kind and will help guide the group through border crossings and restaurants stops.
Day 1: Morning departure
Day 2: Arrive at destination in afternoon
Day 1: Afternoon departure
Day 2: Arrive at home in evening
Pelican Beach Resort, Florida
Offering guests a serene tropical oasis, the Pelican Beach Resort is a fabulous way to escape the Canadian winter. With spectacular coastal views, pristine sandy beaches and refined Southern charm, this private resort community is a favourite of DeNureTours guests who are looking to relax and live far from Canada’s snow and ice.
Accommodation options include the choice of a one or two-bedroom condominium unit. The generous one-bedroom units feature an oceanfront view, with a king bed plus built-in bunk beds, and a sleeper sofa in the living room. The spacious two-bedroom condominiums overlook the pool, and feature an angle view of the beach. These units also have a sleeper sofa, as well as a washer/dryer.
All condominiums feature a kitchen complete with full-size stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and kitchenware. There are also two full bathrooms (one ensuite), cable television, and a full stock of linens
Things to do at the Pelican Beach Resort
A DeNureTours representative is always watchful for local shows, cultural events, and special attractions that might be of interest, in addition to helping organize on-site social activities. We offer regular complimentary excursions, using our own shuttle bus and driver, to take guests to shopping, dinner and local attractions. Charges may apply for other daytrips or special events.
Resort amenities are second-to-none and include three pools, a whirlpool, fitness centre, pool/beach bar, deli, tennis courts and game centre. The Pelican Beach Resort offers snowbirds flocking to Destin’s warmer climate many activities to enjoy during their stay. Guests are encouraged to get involved with the activities and events held by the on-site Snowbird Club.
Snowbird activities may include: water aerobics, low and high impact aerobics, tennis, ballroom dance classes, card games, watercolour painting, magic class, knitting, swedish weaving, tai chi, shuffleboard tournaments, bingo and yoga. Check with your DeNure representative for a schedule of activities and events.
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1-Bedroom Condo (873 sq. ft.)
2-Bedroom Condo (955 sq. ft.)
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Other durations and room types are available.
• Express motorcoach transportation (ﬂights are available for an additional charge)
• 1 or 2 bedroom condo
• Resort amenities
• Shuttles to shopping, dinner and local attractions
• In-house activities and social events
• Snowbird Club activities
• Onsite DeNure representative
• Connections Program
• HST does not apply
Prices are in Canadian dollars and are per person. Rates for triple and quad occupancy available.
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