No matter what time of year you need a break, Florida has plenty for you to do and see. Set your sites on the Gulf Coast and you’ll find a myriad of activities, attractions, sights to see, and more to fill your time. You’ll want to make sure your plans include some of the most popular activities, so you can get a full experience of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Here are some of our tips for planning a trip to Destin and 30A!


Part of the fun of vacation is stopping in at local shops and restaurants to get a taste of the local flavors. There are many establishments in Destin and the towns along Scenic Highway 30A to quench your thirst and tantalize your taste buds. Pizza and Italian to American, Mexican, seafood, and more, you’ll find a taste to please your palate. There are also several bars and night clubs where those over 21 can get a refreshing beverage.


It’s not just a fun scenic route, it’s also a great place for shopping. Not only is 30A a road packed with beach towns and fun, 30A is a brand. Apparel, drinkware, gifts, and more are available at their stores. Along the route, you’ll find other shopping opportunities, like Barefoot Princess/Island Clothier, Duckies Shop of Fun and others. Head into Destin for Destin Commons, Harborwalk Village, and the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. Local shops and national brands can be found throughout the shopping centers.

Scenic 30A

A visit to the Gulf Coast isn’t complete without a cruise down Scenic Highway 30A. With modern-day roots dating back to the early 1900s, you’ll be driving down a piece of history. The 24-mile highway takes you past 16 beach communities, each with their own special flair. Cruise the path in a car or take a casual tour by bike or on foot. However you get your taste of 30A, make sure it is high on the list.


They’re the main reason you packed your bags and headed to the Gulf Coast. Strolling along the shore, sitting out in the sun reading or watching the kids play, or enjoying another water activity. Swim, snorkel, SCUBA dive, go parasailing, or take part in another beach or water activity and make the most of your beach Gulf Coast vacation.


Places like the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Emerald Coast Science Center, and Big Hahuna’s Adventure Park, and just a few attractions to add to your Gulf Coast vacation plans. Many have tickets available in advance online.

When You Go

It’s a busy tourist destination in the spring and summer, prices are high, and crowds are large. Consider an off-season time, like fall or winter when the weather’s not so hot and the summer tourist scene has calmed. Beach and water activities may be few, but you’ll enjoy whatever you choose without crowds and long lines. It also means lower costs for things like airfare and rentals.

Planning a Gulf Coast Vacation

When you’re planning your Gulf Coast respite, make sure to include booking a vacation rental home provided by Five Star Gulf Rentals. Enjoy all the comforts of home, like comfortable furnishings, private outdoor spaces, and a fully equipped kitchen to make you favorite home-cooked meals. Book a three-bedroom unit all the way up to an 18-bedroom mansion near the beach. There’s something to fit everyone’s vacation needs and style. For a premium experience, book a unit with stainless steel appliances, flat-screen TVs, and even perks like a game room, theater room, or elevator. Call us today to start planning a fun-filled visit to the Gulf Coast!