If you live anywhere near the Florida panhandle (and by near I mean within 12 hours) then go. Best case scenario is go in the off season, since it can get crowded. May, before school is out, is ideal. Trust me, if you go during the busy season this area won’t be nearly as enjoyable – long lines and lots of traffic.
My family has stayed at Tops’l resort for many years, and it’s my #1 recommendation for Destin. Even twenty years later this place is the best for the price, and is out of the high traffic part of town. I recommend the villas over the high rise, but they’re a little bit of a walk from the beach. Our second favorite hotel is the Hilton Sandestin right next door.
Where to eat:
The Donut Hole – you can’t go wrong for any meal. Great late night cheesecake and homemade pies too!
Grayton Seafood Company – Definitely have dinner here, the food is excellent and reasonably priced for the area.