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14 Sep 2020
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Craving a beach vacation after being quarantined at home for so long? You can still enjoy your Destin or 30A vacation while keeping a safe distance from others. With spacious beaches, numerous water activities, takeout options at local restaurants and new social distance procedures being put into place, you and your loved ones can safely visit your favorite beach towns and here’s how: 

Find a Quiet Spot on the Sand and Stay Six Feet Away From Other Beachgoers 

With beaches stretching from Destin to 30A, there is plenty of space for everyone to relax on the pristine white sand while still remaining socially distant. State parks such as Henderson State Park and Grayton Beach State Park are great options as capacity is limited and the beaches are spacious. Most importantly, just remember to set up your beach chairs at least six feet away from other beachgoers. 

Go For a Bike Ride Along 30A 

If you’re looking to explore the beach towns along 30A, going for a bike ride is a fun socially distant activity. Also known as the Timpoochee Trail, the 19-mile paved bike path parallels Scenic Highway 30A and will take you from Dune Allen in the west to Rosemary Beach in the east. Along the way you’ll discover beautiful beaches, rare coastal dune lakes, local shops and a variety of restaurants. There are numerous bike rental companies that offer everything from classic cruisers to electric bikes. For more information, check out our  outdoor rental guide .

Watersports 

It’s easy to social distance when you’re out on the water! Whether you want to look for dolphins as you stand up paddleboard or observe the unique marine life while snorkeling, you can get a close-up look of the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico with these popular watersports. 

  • Kayaking is a great way to enjoy some time on the water. Explore the Choctawhatchee Bay, crystal clear water of the Gulf or make your way to Crab Island in Destin.   

  • Pontoon boats are ideal for families looking to have a fun day in the sun. Pack a cooler with drinks and food, plenty of sunscreen and any other boat day necessities. You can cruise around and see the sights or anchor and swim around until it is time to head back to your vacation rental .   

  • Stand up paddle boarding allows you to get some exercise while exploring the natural beauty along the Gulf Coast. There are several spots for paddle boarding including the Gulf on calm days, Choctawhatchee Bay and the coastal dune lakes along 30A. 

  • Jet Skis offer an exciting way to get around on the water. Some companies offer Jet Ski dolphin tours, which is a fun activity that lets you see them up close and personal. 

  • Snorkeling or scuba diving can give you a much-needed change of perspective! Enjoy the underwater view as you watch the marine life swim around in their natural habitat. The Destin Jetties are ideal for snorkeling and the Underwater Museum of Art is a must-see for scuba divers visiting 30A.    

Enjoy Takeout From Your Favorite Restaurants  

If you don’t feel comfortable dining at restaurants, many of your favorite eateries offer takeout or curbside pick-up. Bring your meal to a park or beach for a picnic or enjoy it back at your vacation rental. Just because you’re being socially distant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the delicious seafood you’ve been craving all year! 

Have a Beach Bonfire 

If the beach is a little too crowded for you during the day, make your way to the sugar-white sand in the evening for a beach bonfire. There are several companies, such as Beach Brothers Beach Service , that offer bonfire setup, chairs and the fixings for s’mores. It’s the perfect place to social distance as you watch the sunset and spend quality time with your loved ones! 

Spend Quality Time at Your Vacation Rental 

When you have a beachfront vacation rental, there’s no need to leave the property! Whether you’re looking for a contemporary condo or large, luxurious home, you can wake up to views of the Gulf of Mexico and easily make your way to the water. Here are a few options we know you’ll love:

  • Leeward II #3 is a beachfront condo in Seagrove Beach that offers direct access to the sugar-white sand. No need to wind your way through crowded streets or parking lots when the Gulf of Mexico is right in your backyard! 

  • White Starlight is another 30A vacation rental that is situated right on the beach. The beautiful back deck offers stunning views and stairs leading directly to the coastline. 

  • Majestic Sun in Destin is located right across the street from the beach, so you can enjoy Gulf views from your private balcony or take a quick walk when you want to go for a swim. 

  • You’ll never want to leave  Wave on Wave ! This luxurious beachfront home offers private beach access, 5 bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, expansive decks and elevator to access all three floors. It’s easy to social distance when you stay at this sunning vacation rental.  

Ready for some coastal distancing? Here at My Vacation Haven , your safety is important to us and we want you to be able to enjoy your vacation now more than ever. We know you need a time to truly relax and unwind knowing that your family is staying in a home that has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, which is why we have further enhanced our cleanliness and safety procedures . We look forward to helping you plan a relaxing, socially distant beach vacation!