Charming Resort with Championship Golf Courses and Full-Service Spa
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort sprawls across more than 2,400 acres on Florida's panhandle. It packs in such a wealth of amenities and activities that Fodor's praised it as "everything you’d ever need in a resort—and more." There are tennis courts, more than 70 fishing ponds, and four award-winning golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Jackson, and Rees Jones. The Rees Jones-designed Burnt Pine Golf Club spans 7,001 yards and has received awards from Golfweek and Golf Digest.
The studio and one-bedroom condos in The Grand Complex are just steps from the village of Baytowne Wharf. This family-friendly area has street performers, concerts, and periodic festivals, as well as eclectic boutiques and eateries overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay. The amenities in the guest rooms vary; the studios have a kitchenette and the one bedrooms have a full kitchen and a separate living and dining area; complimentary WI-FI.
Thanks to its position between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, Sandestin is ideal for almost any watersport, from canoeing and kayaking to parasailing.
Florida's Emerald Coast: Deep-Sea Fishing and Soft White Sands on the Panhandle
Along the northwest Florida panhandle, the shimmering waters of the Emerald Coast wash onto white, powdery shores made from millions of quartz crystals. Less than 10 miles from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the popular resort town of Destin sits in the heart of this picture-perfect outdoor playground. Glass-bottom-boat tours showcase the Gulf Coast scenery and frequently offer glimpses of dolphins at play.
Deep-sea-fishing charters are popular, too. Even novice anglers might snag mahi-mahis or blue marlins. After all, the city has been unofficially dubbed the World's Luckiest Fishing Village. The Destin History & Fishing Museum provides a chance to learn more about the area via vintage photos, exhibits on marine ecosystems, and antique tackle such as Ernest Hemingway's fishing rod.