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It’s finally summertime, which means one thing: time at the beach! Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Destin is a great place to spend a day (or week) by the water. With the most beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters in North America, it’s hard not to love it here. In this blog post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know for a perfect beach day in Destin. From what to bring to safety tips, we’ve got you covered!

What To Bring To The Beach

A Perfect Day At the Beach

For beach-goers, the idea of “what to bring” is often tricky. Whether heading to the beach for a day or a week, having the right supplies can make all the difference. Here are just a few beach essentials that we have gathered for you:

Food And Drinks

Food and drinks are the first things to consider when packing for the beach. Bringing your snacks and drinks can save you money while also giving you more control over what you’re putting into your body. Another great option is to try out a local snack shack (Rick’s Sand Trap); it may not always be healthy, but it’s almost always delicious! 

Skin Protection

Sunscreen is essential for protecting skin from harmful UV light, so don’t forget this important item!

You’ll also want to pack any necessary items like baby powder (to avoid sand sticking to your skin), aloe vera (for sunburns), beach towels, long sleeves beach shirt, and a lovely beach hat to protect you from the sun.  

Some beaches have insects that like to bite in the sand. Consider bringing some bug spray to protect you from getting bitten.

A good pair of flip-flops will help protect your feet from the hot sand.

Another item that will protect you during your bach time is an umbrella. This will keep all of the harmful UV light off of your skin.

Lounge Chairs and Sand Toys

Don’t forget your beach toys! Buckets, shovels, frisbees, and boogie boards are always suitable. Stop by the local dollar store for most of these items!

Bringing your beach chairs and umbrellas is a perfect way to save money. However, bringing chairs and umbrellas can be a hassle lugging them across the sand. Call in advance to see if your condo includes a beach service at an additional cost.

Do you want beach chairs and an umbrella set up for you on the beach? This will save you time and the headache of lugging these items to that perfect spot on the beach.

If you are staying at Sandpiper Cove Condominiums, you can get beach service by calling (850) 585-1577

If you are staying at another property, don’t hesitate to contact the property rental manager to see if they provide beach services.

Beach Safety

A Perfect Day At the Beach

Now that you know what to bring, let’s talk safety. One of the most important things to remember when swimming at the beach is never to swim alone. Ensure there is always someone else with you in an emergency.

It’s also important to be aware of rip currents. These can occur even on calm days and quickly pull swimmers out to sea. The most important safety tip is: DO NOT PANIC. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current. Then, you can swim back to shore.

Another safety tip is to be aware of your surroundings and what’s happening in the water around you. This means keeping an eye out for other swimmers, waves, and marine life. If you see something suspicious or dangerous, make sure to tell a lifeguard right away.

Consider putting life jackets on younger children. Also, advise older kids of the deep water and rip currents.

Beach Flags

Make sure that you pay attention to the warning flags. Here is the meaning of the warning flags:

Green – Conditions are favorable for swimming. LOW HAZARD

Yellow- MEDIUM HAZARD

Red- HIGH HAZARD

Double Red- DANGER! WATER CLOSED!!!

Purple- Marine Pests Present

Here is an article from the City Of Destin that explains the flags in detail.  

Marine Life

A Perfect Day At the Beach

Beach time is much more than just soaking up some sun and swimming in the ocean; there is an entirely different world to explore regarding marine life at the beach. 

The best time to witness this exotic environment is during low tide when all its inhabitants are visible. This is a prime opportunity for first time visitors who may not have seen such species. While much attention can be placed on bigger animals like dolphins or whales that frequent these waters, smaller creatures like crabs, starfish, and sea urchins can also be observed up close.

It is important to remember that we are visitors in their home when we go to the beach. Be respectful of all creatures, big and small! This includes not touching or disturbing them in any way.

If you’re lucky enough to see a turtle nesting on the beach, make sure to keep your distance and give them space.

Beach Games

A Perfect Day At the Beach

Now that you know all the necessary tips for a perfect day at the beach, all that’s left to do is have fun! There are many great beach games to play, whether by yourself, with friends, or with family. Our favorites include volleyball, frisbee, football, paddleball, and building sandcastles. Whatever you do, make sure to take some time to relax and enjoy the incredible views.

After an exciting day at the beach in Destin, you’ve genuinely experienced all the area has to offer. From family-friendly fun in the sun to more thrilling and adventurous activities—there’s something for everyone here. While at the beach, tourists can discover hidden gems such as the much-photographed Crab Island (celebrities’ popular spot) and delicious seafood restaurants with local favorites. 

Make sure you also leave some time for shopping and live music on the famous Destin Harbor Boardwalk to make this a perfect day! If you’re looking for a memorable experience, try booking an unforgettable sunset cruise – it’s an experience of a lifetime that’ll be worth every penny! From swimming, fishing, and snorkeling to lounging and watching dolphins swim by, this trip won’t soon be forgotten. So, if you’re searching for a great getaway spot filled with excitement or just a place to relax and unwind—you can find it all at the beach in Destin, Florida.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and that it helped you plan a perfect beach trip to Destin. If you have any questions or want more information on anything we discussed, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help! Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon. Happy adventuring!

Are you looking for more things to do in Destin? Check out our blog post on the top must-dos in Destin, FL! Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on these fun activities.

Are you looking to buy or sell a property in the Destin area? Contact the Real Estate Professionals at Sandpiper Cove Realty today! We would be happy to help you through every step, from start to finish. Give us a call at 850-654-2357 today.

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