31 Jan 2021
Flowers and chocolate are great, but how about treating your loved one to a beach trip this Valentine’s Day? Enjoy sunset strolls on the sand, dinner at romantic restaurants and cozy accommodations with Gulf views. When it comes to planning the perfect getaway, there are several aspects to consider such as the location, type of vacation rental and preferred activities. Here are a few tips to make sure you have a spectacular holiday along the Emerald Coast.
Pick a Beach Community
First of all, decide on which location is best for you and your significant other. The Emerald Coast offers a variety of beach communities, all with unique characteristics. Do you want to be within walking distance to 30A restaurants? Situated on a resort with numerous amenities? There are several factors to keep in mind, but these areas are guaranteed to set the scene for a romantic vacation.
Destin. Originally just a small fishing village, Destin now boasts a variety of activities and attractions. Rent a pontoon boat and spend the afternoon at Crab Island, order the catch of the day at one of the delicious seafood restaurants, or take a dolphin cruise from the harbor to the Gulf. Whether you’re an adventurous couple or prefer to relax by the beach, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Sandestin. Spanning from the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort boasts four golf courses, beautiful beaches, multiple pools, annual events, delicious dining options and more resort amenities. With a variety of accommodations, it’s easy to find the perfect place to stay. Plus, there’s always something exciting happening at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Take the resort tram there for shopping, dining, live music and family-friendly activities. You’ll never need to leave this pristine property!
30A. Along Scenic Highway 30A, you’ll discover charming neighborhoods, stunning beaches, local eateries, boutique shops and a plethora of outdoor activities. An eclectic mix of “Old Florida” and upscale establishments, this picturesque part of the Gulf Coast is ideal for a romantic getaway.
Pick a Place to Stay
Now that you’ve picked a neighborhood, let’s narrow it down! When it comes to vacation rentals along the Emerald Coast, you’ll find everything from beachfront condos and quaint cottages to large houses and spacious townhomes. My Vacation Haven can help you find a place to stay for Valentine’s Day that will give you both butterflies!
If you want to stay in the heart of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, you’ll fall in love with Observation Point. These elegant condos are just steps away from the dining, shopping and entertainment options that this vibrant lifestyle center has to offer. When it’s time for date night, just head downstairs where you’ll find numerous eateries!
Want to escape from the hustle and bustle? The boutique-style condos at Bahia are nestled near the Choctawhatchee Bay, offering beautiful vistas and secluded accommodations. However, the resort amenities aren’t far away. Relax by the community pool or take the complimentary tram to the white-sand beaches.
For a scenic escape, you and your loved one will fall head over heels for San Remo. This beachfront property off of 30A boasts an expansive swimming pool, serene pond with dock and fountain, and private beach access. The low-density, quiet community is just a short distance away from the restaurants, nature trails and rare coastal dune lakes that South Walton has to offer.
Book Your Activities and Tours
Not all activities require reservations, but it’s a good idea to research tours and rentals before you arrive. This allows you to book them in advance if necessary. You don’t want to get excited about a sunset dolphin cruise only to discover that tickets are sold out! To save money on your date night or daytime activities, check out our Added Fun Partners. We’ve partnered with local businesses to offer exclusive discounts to My Vacation Haven guests.
Need some ideas for memorable Valentine’s Day activities? Here are some date ideas that you and your sweetheart are guaranteed to enjoy:
Have a spa day and enjoy a couple’s massage
Take your love to new heights with a parasailing adventure
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Dolphin Cruise with a glass of wine, assorted cheeses and sunset views
Make your day date a hole in one with a round of golf
Rent bikes and explore the charming beach towns along 30A
Take in the beauty of Florida as you try stand up paddle boarding
Snuggle up and make s’mores with a beach bonfire
Beach photo shoot with a professional photographer
Make Dinner Reservations
Holiday weekends can bring quite a crowd, so it’s helpful to make Valentine’s Day dinner reservations in advance. Some restaurants may offer festive prix fixe menus or special dishes to celebrate the holiday. These romantic restaurants are sure to make for a memorable evening:
Ready to flock down to Florida for Valentine’s Day? There’s no better place for lovebirds to celebrate the romantic holiday than Destin or 30A. My Vacation Haven boasts a variety of vacation rentals along the Emerald Coast and would love to help you find the perfect match! Check out our properties online or give us a call at 850-608-6078 to plan your next getaway.