Well, we are trying to get back into "real life" mode from our first trip to Destin. We had a blast! The weather was absolutely amazing last week. We stayed at the Bimini House from Ocean Reef Resorts. It was in Crystal Shores. It was a great location, and a good house. It is a great layout for multi-families, & clean but it is definitely a rental (floors were worn, walls marred, etc). The cleaning crew that was assigned to the house didn't show, and after 1 call to Ocean Reef, they had 3 other crews there within a half hour,and they fixed our issues as quick as they could. Kudos to them for that! The pool was smallish, but the kids didn't care, as they were in it everytime we were not at the beach. Not sure I would stay in this house again, but I had zero issues with Ocean Reef, and would definitely look in this neighborhood.
Saturday - Arrival Day
Got settled in, unpacked, etc. Walked down to the beach for a bit, and just relaxed after a long drive. Ordered some Pizza Hut, as we really didn't feel like messing with anything.....
Beach, beach, and more beach! Beautiful weather, calm waters. It was a great day! Had dinner at the house, and played in the pool in the PM.
Bluewater Bay - One of the "freebies" with Ocean Reef's. It was a decent course, nothing spectactuler, but with the free round, it was better than good. Ended up costing $45 after the 3 of us split the freebie. Played early, while the kids/wives were sleeping in, caught up with them for lunch, and headed to the beach with the kids. While we were at the beach, the wives made thier way to the Outlets. I guess we "saved" money, even though we didn't need the stuff they bought....But that's shopping I guess. We ended up a Fudpuckers that evening for dinner. Food was OK, nothing to write home about, a little on the pricey side for what you get. The kids had a ball at this place. Feeding & petting the gators, etc. Neat place, despite the so-so food. Great weather all day long!
Big Kahuna's Water Park - Despite some of the mixed reviews we read, we went anyway. Had some troubles getting into the gate, I think thier computers were down, but once inside we had a ball. Not a huge place, but it worked just fine for us. We stayed there most of the day, then did some shopping at the souvenier shops near by. Burgers on the grill that evening poolside. Great weather all day long!
Fort Walton Beach Golf Course - For a Municipal course, we were pretty impressed. They had some troubles with their sprinkler system, so the greens weren't in the best shape. Give this place another couple of weeks, and it will be in good shape. You can't beat it for the $40 fee's. Wednesday afternoon, back to the beach! Wednesday night we went to the Back Porch for dinner. Great location and pretty good food. Great weather all day long (seeing a pattern yet?)!
Indian Bayou Golf Course - This place was in great shape, and a very challenging course. Fee's ran about $80 I think, but it was well worth it. They had crews all over the place, fixing divots, racking traps, etc. If I come back, I will definitely play this track again. Thursday PM, gave the wives some quiet time again, and took the kids to The Track. The kid's really like this play. Played some putt-putt, go karts, bumper boats, video games, etc. Good stuff, just bring your wallet! (I gave myself a don't say no to reasonable requests law). Hot dogs at the house by the pool that evening. Once again, great weather all day long!
Beach, beach, and more beach. Ordered some pizza from Domino's that evening, mainly cause we had a REALLY good time at the beach. Great weather for our last day in Destin.
Finished packing up, and hit the road. :( It took us about 10 hours to get home, but we stopped to eat, fuel, etc. I am thinking you could make it in 9:15-9:30 if it was just adults eating on the fly.
Overall it was a good first trip. It was so good, I am trying to figure out how to finagle a business trip to Mobile the week of July 4th, and slide over for a Wednesday thru Sunday deal.....
Thanks to all who post here, you really gave us some good ideas!