The Emerald Coast has a beautiful ‘local’ feel and I have shared my top five places to visit in the Emerald Coast. When planning a trip to Florida, looking for accommodation can be overwhelming. Look no further that the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village. Let me show you why.
Five Reasons to Stay at The Emerald Grande With Your Family
The Harborwalk Village
I shared my top five places to visit on the Emerald Coast where I shared my love for the village with you. The hotel is literally part of the village. Walk downstairs and you are amidst the watersports, local cuisine, and quaint shops. Your family will love the nearby beach and the chance to get on the water via jet ski, the local fishing fleet or paddleboard. There is a zipline overhead for the adventure seekers.
The Spacious, Family Friendly Rooms
The rooms at the Emerald Grande vary. We had the opportunity to visit a number of different rooms, with different layouts. The resort hosts 120 suites of different sizes. Even the smallest room (with one bedroom and two bathrooms) holds 6 people. Some suites have bunk beds (perfect for my boys) and they all have beautiful full kitchens and laundry facilities. Cooking in our suite is always something we hope to do, in order to save money on costs of eating out. I thought the best way to show you the beautiful room would be to share this video with you.
You don’t come to the Emerald Coast if you don’t intend to visit the beach. To visit the beach, you take a quick shuttle across the bay and are delivered safely to the white sand beach of Destin. The beach is clean, large and the water is warm and enticing. Even on a cloudy day, beach time is fun. There are chairs and umbrellas. We enjoyed watching birds roam free and fish jump out of the water.
The Laidback Atmosphere
As part of our trip, we completed a scavenger hunt that involved running around the resort and village and talking to staff and visitors. Everywhere we turned were locals looking to give us a hand, a friendly smile and sometimes a little spunk. A large part of why it feels ‘local’ is that there are more condos nearby than hotels. Don’t get me wrong, I love tourists, but I would much rather be surrounded by people who make the Emerald Coast their home.
Location, Location, Location
The Emerald Grande is located in Destin, Florida. The area is called the Emerald Coast. There are stores and restaurants just down the road. The hotel hosts spectacular views of the Destin Harbor, Crab Island and the Gulf of Mexico. This resort is in one of the most desirable locations on the Emerald Coast. Fort Walton Beach is the nearest airport which is a quick hour long flight from Houston or Atlanta. It is 9 hours by car, or just over an hour flight from Miami.
We were hosted at The Emerald Grand at no cost. All thoughts are our own.
Have you been to Destin? Which of these highlights is the most important for your family?