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Adventure Out: Dive Into Destin


By Courtney Murray

Destin is the land of the sand. Tourists and locals flock to the shores to spend their days relaxing on the beaches and dipping their toes in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With a vast emerald green ocean spread out like a blanket before you as far as the eye can see, it’s hard to imagine anything better than this. If you are on vacation or living in Destin and looking for a change of scenery, there are many luxurious pools to explore in the area. Sometimes you just crave some salt and sand-free swimming; so, look no further than the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. With one indoor pool, two outdoor pools, two whirlpools, and a toddler pool there are options for swimmers of all ages to choose from. After swimming, when you’ve worked up an appetite, you can grab a bite to eat at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill. If lounging in the shade is more your speed, you can relax in one of their swanky poolside cabanas.

The Palms of Destin Resort is not only stunning but also record breaking. Their 11,000 square foot pool is filled with an astonishing 259,000 gallons of water. The impressive water oasis features five flowing waterfalls, walking bridges, and of course, tons of palm trees making it Destin’s largest lagoon pool. If that isn’t enough for you, The Palms also boasts a 21,000 gallon heated pool, a children’s splash area, and a whirlpool spa.

If you want an unparalleled view, head over to the 2,500 square foot outdoor heated rooftop pool at the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village. With breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Destin Harbor sprawled out beneath you, you’ll never want to leave this little piece of paradise. If it’s raining, you can splash around in the deluxe indoor pool as well. The Emerald Grande offers it all; you can enjoy poolside snacks, sip on tropical cocktails, and relax in the large whirlpools under the Florida sunshine.

Steps away from the bustling Village of Baytowne Wharf are the luxury vacation rentals of the Grand Complex; including the Grand Sandestin, Lasata, Bahia, Elation, Observation Point North and South, Market Street Inn, Pilot House, and Le Jardin. In addition to the surrounding entertainment, activities, restaurants, and shops, this unique luxury resort offers four swimming pools amongst lush gardens to wash away your worries.

Stunning ocean views, nestled amongst 200-acres of pristine nature preserve is The Henderson. This is a resort unlike any other. From sunup until sundown there is unlimited fun for the whole family, especially at their opulent pool options. This family friendly resort features a family pool with a splash pad and a lazy river where kids can happily splash the afternoon away. The Henderson is also an extremely romantic resort, popular for honeymoons and couples getaways. Those looking to relax in tranquility can visit the adult only pool and indulge in poolside beverage service under the shade of a beautiful cabana. Next time you’re looking to escape the Destin heat, check in for a vacation or staycation at one of their top resorts and pool hop your way through the summer.


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