Trying to decide between visiting Clearwater or Destin for Spring Break this year, which will be begin April 22nd. We will be staying for 5 nights. It will be my 8 year old son, my husband and myself (we are in our early 30s).
Last year we visited the Destin area, and we truly loved it! My husband is a Hilton Honors member so we used his points to stay at the Hilton Sandestin Resort. This resort was top notch! We are seasoned travelers, therefore our expectations are a little on the higher side. The only bad thing I can say about the Hilton Sandestin is it is a little remote from the "actual" Destin area. We took a cab to dinner one night (we were going to be having a few drinks and didn't want to drive back with our son in the car), and we ended up paying $80 in cab fares for a 5-mile trip!!! Nevertheless, we loved the area and would return in a heartbeat.
This year we plan to put my husband's Hilton Honor points to use again. My son loves the Dolphin Tale movie, and he has been asking to go see "Winter" (the dolphin). So, I have been looking at Clearwater. I am a little nervous about the HIlton Clearwater Beach property. There are quite a few mixed reviews. What I do like about it is the location and walking to nearby restaurants, attractions, etc. would be so easy.
So, I am faced with the decision of making the choice of returning to Destin- where I know the resort will be wonderful, and I know we will enjoy it despite being a little out from the "middle of it all." OR go to Clearwater- somewhere new (a different expierence), stay at a location that IS in the "middle of it all", but take the chance of our accomodations not being as up to par as last year. Any advice or insight that would help me in my decision would be very much welcomed!!!