A Resort for All Seasons


Sandestin Marina at SunsetFrom the beach to the bay and all points in between, Sandestin offers something for everyone.

By Joe O’Donnell

 

The beauty of Sandestin lies in the smallest details—morning joggers, the orange sky at sunset, a fine glass of wine. For a place that offers an incredible number of hospitality options and amenities, this is a resort that gets even the small things exactly right.

That is no small feat to accomplish, especially when you take into consideration the sheer size of the resort. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is unique in that it offers active guests seven miles of beautiful beach and bay front; four championship golf courses; 15 world class tennis courts; watersports and a full-service marina; a village for shopping, dining, and playing; miles of bike and walking paths; and more than 1,250 accommodations from which to choose. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a beautifully designed 28-acre waterfront town center peppered with a collection of unique shops, charming eateries, lively nightclubs, and year-round special events.

Combine those features with a beautiful setting, lovely weather, regular events, and complimentary amenities, and you have a winning formula for a great summer getaway. At Sandestin, you can soak up the fun in the sun with beautiful beaches, YOLO Boarding, bicycling, kayaking, and more.

When you time your vacation with a major event, the whole experience is enhanced.  Here is a rundown of some of the biggest Sandestin events scheduled for this summer: The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic fishing tournament at Sandestin (June 18–22) is the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast’s premier marlin tournament. Red, White and Baytowne is the resort’s Fourth of July extravanganza. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a host of kids’ activities from 6–10 p.m., including kids’ crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting. Live music will be performed from 6–9 p.m., the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration starts at 9:15 p.m.

The 28th Annual Sandestin Triathlon (August 23) will lure more than 800 participants for a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a four-mile run through Sandestin’s beach and Bayside community. Baytowne Wharf Art Walk (August 29–31) features leading artists from across the Southeast in a three day festival.

Sandestin Village

Both events and amenities make Sandestin a great value for families on vacation. With any stay at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, guests receive complimentary bike rentals, tennis court time, use of kayaks and boogie boards, resort “tram” transportation, and  fitness center access.  In addition, the majority of Sandestin’s accommodations include a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and even a washer and dryer to provide lots of added convenience for fun-loving families.

Dining options are many at Sandestin from great wake-up breakfast spots to the most upscale of fine dining experiences. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is ground zero for great food; you can find great dining options throughout the resort.  Another Broken Egg Café  serves up exceptional breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily.  The Barefoot Beachside Bar & Grill offers stunning views of the sugar white sand beach and turquoise water while you dine al fresco in a sport-friendly environment  surrounded by flat-screen televisions. Marlin Grill is the perfect upscale spot. With seating both inside and out, this is the place to see and be seen. Save room for dessert at the Village’s  Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge & Ice Cream shop.

From beach to dinner, you can find it all at Sandestin, an amenity-filled resort that gets even the smallest details right.

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