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The Staycation: It’s the Destination, Not the Journey

The Staycation: It’s the Destination, Not the Journey

When you live in a highly sought-after vacation destination, it’s easy to overlook the areas typically labeled as tourist destinations or simply avoid them bEGecause of the crowds. However, a staycation is not only a pause from the daily grind of work and life, but also a refreshing reminder of you live where others vacation

Traditionally, staycations are within the confines of one’s own home, but when you live along miles of sugar sand and emerald green waters, it is practically a prerequisite to stay where the views are unobscured, and the water stretches into the horizon. Good food is essential to any traditional vacation, so this is a must have on any respectable staycation. Mix in some traditional activities our area offers, dolphin tours, deep-sea fishing, shopping, and something for the kids, centrally located in case the baby needs a nap, but relaxing with good amenities.  Planning can seem overwhelming, and you may be ready to call it quits, stay home and watch Netflix. But remember, waking up in a hotel or bed-and-breakfast is a tried-and-true way to set the mood for exploring.

This is where the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village solves all your problems. Offering well-appointed condos and unprecedented views of the harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, this Destin Florida resort offers everything needed for an instant vacation. Within the resort you will enjoy countless amenities including a 2,500 square foot outdoor heated pool sitting atop 6 stories and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Destin Harbor. Have lunch prepared at the Grande Vista Bar and Grill by Chef Jimmy, without even leaving the building. Enjoy free beach chair service and boat shuttle to your own secluded beach where all that matters are how quickly you can put your toes in the sand. Enjoy the Captains Deck at Sunset, offering the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post.

Step off the elevator, onto the Village thoroughfare filled with merchants, activities and restaurants.  Harborwalk Village is truly a one of a kind location along the Emerald Coast. After all, your staycation would not be complete without a little snorkeling, fishing, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon, parasailing, pirate ship excursions, dolphin cruises, just to name a few.  And depending when you book your stay: free concerts, fireworks, parades all without getting into your car one time.  Walk down and see the local catch being cleaned after a day at sea or enjoy drinks and live music at one of six Village restaurants. Looking for a thrill? Try HarborWalk Adventures very own zip line with stunning views of Destin Harbor.  Rainy days don’t mean a thing when there is a Laser Maze, The Escape Room or boutiques to explore.

If enjoying one’s home region as a tourist is the essence of “staycation,” then HarborWalk Village and the Emerald Grande are an essential part of your repertoire. The best place to stay in Destin has been there all along, at the base of the bridge.  Dive in and make memories that will last a lifetime.



Author: Emerald Grande Staff

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