Have spring showers got you down? Break free from grey skies and head south, where umbrellas are for shade not rain.
Make the Emerald Coast in Northwest Florida your destination for sunshine rehabilitation where five ResortQuest beach resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals await. Each is as unique as the beach town it's located in and all are sure to brighten any sun-starved traveller’s outlook.
1. SunDestin Beach Resort
ResortQuestAdmire famous emerald green waters and sugar-fine sand beaches when you stay at SunDestin Beach Resort. Located in the heart of Destin, guests will experience an exciting variety of outdoor activities.
Head over to Henderson Beach State Park to stroll the boardwalk. Pack a picnic lunch or explore this protected stretch of the coast on a hike. Swimming in the shallows, you may encounter a turtle or even a dolphin.
Back on property, enjoy SunDestin’s beachfront aquatic activities. Slap on a snorkel mask and flippers to skim through the crystalline waters as a variety of marine life swims past you. Hitch a ride on a kayak for an above-water perspective or take a paddleboard and strengthen your core. Maybe a bird’s eye view suits your adventurous style? Float on a Gulf breeze while parasailing to feed your thrill-seeking urge.
Children can take a break from the beach and enjoy SunDestin’s thrilling splash pad. Parents can start or end their day relaxing on the beach, experiencing a Sea Massage which is available through to the end of October.
After a fun-filled day, head back to your spacious sanctuary that's complete with a fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy a glass of wine on your private balcony as you sit mesmerized by a sinking sun.
2. Waterscape Resort
Wake up to incredible Gulf views when you stay at Waterscape Resort on Okaloosa Island.
Each unit is perfectly angled so all guests can take in the gorgeous scenery. The floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows that surround your room act like a looking glass to the plentiful amenities the resort has to offer.ResortQuestHit the boardwalk for a leisurely walk under the shady canopy of the palm trees, eventually leading you to a white-sand beach with postcard-worthy turquoise waters.
Want to chill and relax? Grab an inner tube and float down the lazy river, a unique feature of this beach resort. Let the kids frolic in the pool while you lay back, finally getting into that book you packed, but only half-expected to read. (Win!)
Once you've earned a goddess glow, it is time to wade through the waters of the pool and dunk yourself under the refreshing waterfall. Having cooled down, head to the hot tub to ascend into a peaceful state of mind.
ResortQuestAfter a long day of leisure, head to the BBQ area to grill up some culinary creations. With a full belly, retire to your suite which is decorated in a tropical motif and soothing shades of blue and green.
Waterscape Resort offers a variety of suites to choose from that sleep anywhere from six to ten guests - perfect for an entourage of family or friends.
3. TOPS’L Beach and Racquet Resort
Choose your level of play when you hide away in Miramar Beach's gated community at TOPS’L Beach and Racquet Resort. Experience the best of both worlds: a peaceful sanctuary located close enough to the action of nearby shopping and dining.
Paging all active guests: TOPS’L Resort speaks the language of sport.
Fire up your inner athlete by hitting the basketball or racquetball courts. Next, perfect your backhand at the award-winning tennis center. Place a friendly wager and take your friends or pint-size family members for a round of mini golf.
TOPS’L Resort is bordered by Gulf shores and a nature reserve which creates the perfect backdrop for travellers to engage in activities like hiking, kayaking or paddle boarding. After an exhilarating day, head to the sauna for a final sweat and to loosen your muscles.
Tip: If you love wine and gourmet food, consider planning visit for late April. The award-winning South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival which is conveniently located near TOPS’L and runs April 25-28, 2019.
4. Tidewater Beach Resort
Panama City Beach
Tidewater Beach Resort is situated on one of the largest stretches of private beaches in Panama City, equal to the size of two football fields. You will have more than enough beach real estate to pick your perfect sun-tanning spot.
In addition to the sun-soaked beach, you will enjoy access to some great resort perks. Wade through your choice of two lagoon pools and should the tropical breeze encourage you, take a dip in the heated pool. (The littles will love it!)
Make sure to pack your runners to take advantage of the 4,300-sq. ft. fitness centre. Post-workout, hit the Roma Spa to soak those overworked muscles. After your day of adventure, take in a movie at the resort's very own media centre.ResortQuest
If you want to venture off the property for some nightlife, you're just minutes away from Pier Park. Peruse the many shops and activities like Emerald Coast Mirror Maze or take part in a game of laser tag in the Pirate's Quest Laser Tag arena. Get a fresh perspective of Panama City by catching a ride on the sky wheel. If you are hungry, Pier Park offers a variety of culinary treats from seafood to authentic Bavarian food, and BBQ. Cap it off with some toe-tapping honky-tonk music.
5. The Pointe | 30A
Looking for a luxurious accommodation in beautiful Inlet Beach? Book your stay at The Pointe, a boutique-style resort located in the Scenic Highway 30A’s distinguished east end.
Park yourself on a beach lounger and let stress of life melt away. Equally lovely vantage points are gained from stretching out in one of the Bali-bed cabanas that dot The Pointe's 61,000-plus gallon pool, located at the heart of the resort.
Head up to the swish rooftop for sunset and to take in breathtaking views of the Gulf and Scenic Highway 30A. Catch the game on big screen TVs and if you're cool, nestle up next to an outdoor fireplace.ResortQuestResortQuest
Once you've acquainted yourself with The Pointe, why not discover other areas in your new hood? The resort offers a fleet of complimentary bicycles to pedal to nearby beaches.
If you’re an architecture enthusiast, you will love exploring Alys Beach, a neighbourhood development with design roots from Bermuda. Don’t miss the unique boutiques selling curated collections of coastal fashions and jewelry.
Rosemary Beach offers hip coffee shops, restaurants and public green spaces. When you walk up down the quaint streets of this town, you'll notice that style is reminiscent of New Orleans' French Quarter and European Colonial influences in the West Indies and the Caribbean.