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1st beach trip with our kids ~ advice please

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1st beach trip with our kids ~ advice please

We have a 2 and 3 year old. Looking for the best US beach to take them to for their first trip to the ocean! Initially thought Naples, but now considering Destin. Anyone have any insight? Where would you suggest staying - wanting really nice upscale place!

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1. Re: 1st beach trip with our kids ~ advice please

Destin would be perfect and it's not far from Panama City Beach either for a nice day trip there. Destin is a really nice upscale place and the condos are across the street from the beach in some areas.

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Destin is gorgeous! The beaches are beautiful, and there are lots of really good restaurants. I think it would be the perfect beach for their first trip to the ocean. We stay in a beautiful condo at Destin Gulfgate which is right on the beach. All condos are 2 bedroom with very large balconies overlooking the beach. The complex is not huge, but is very nice. You can go to destingulfgate.com and actually take of tour of each condo to select the one you would like to stay in. They are all individually owned and decorated differentlly. The ones on the ends all have windows down the side with even more views.

We've been going for 7 years and have stayed in the same condo every year. Destin is a classy place with lots of fun stuff to do in addition to the ocean. I don't think you can go wrong!!

Let me know if you need any more info. I'll be glad to help you in any way that I can.

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Destin is definitely the best choice. There are so many great places to stay that it is hard to choose one. Look at Vacation Rentals by Owner (vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/florida/panhan…). Silver Beach and Silver Shells are nice in Mid Destin, Villa Coyaba and The Inn at Crystal Beach are nice on Scenic Hwy 98 and Westwinds and Beachside II are nice in Sandestin. For Sandestin rentals, go to gibsonbeachrentals.com. Be sure to take your kids to Big Kahunas, Gulfarium, The Track and on the Seablaster sunset cruise http://www.seablasterdestin.com/. Y'all will have a great time!

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Destin is very kid friendly and the Gulf is the perfect body of water to start them out with -vrbo.com is the best option for rentals. I would try and locate one on the beach rather than across -easier w/ little ones and all that you must carry.

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5. Re: 1st beach trip with our kids ~ advice please

Well, the most beautiful beach in the US (IMHO), is on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but that would be quite a haul for you in OK.

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The Villa Coyaba is a low-rise condo that is brand new in the Crystal Beach area. The units look to be very upscale and the condo is directly on the water. We've been watching the construction for the last two years and they look really nice.

They can be found on VRBO under Villa Coyaba or there might be some others listed under Crystal Beach. Destin is wonder, you will love it!


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