Avoiding the Crowds while vacationing in Destin

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Don’t you just want that beautiful beach all to yourselves?  Unfortunately, the nicer they are, the more people fight to be on them. Why do you think they build those sky-rise condo’s right on the beach? We learned a long time ago what beach life is like out front of the big condo building.  Somehow, I got an offer for 4 nights free at one of those new condos. All I had to do was listen to a 3-hour sales pitch on buying a condo. No obligations, so I made my wife give it a go with me.  Sat through the 3 hours, passed on it, and then we had the rest of the 4 days.
So, we all filed out of that conference room down to the beach. As we got there, it became painfully obvious that this paradise beach wasn’t going to be as special as we had hoped. Largely because there were over a thousand people spilling out into a dedicated section in front of the condos.  Yuk! We ended up walking down the beach quite a ways and throwing our towels out in a more isolated section.  This was much better until some local explained to me how this was a private beach for the owners only, and that the public beaches are down a bit.


Therefore, we walked back to where we belonged and tried to enjoy the congested beach.  Surely there is a way of Avoiding the Beach Crowds while at our Destin Vacation Rental.  After a short while, I thought, let’s drive down and check out those public beaches. It was about 2pm at this point, and parking gets tricky. While the public beaches do have parking, the parking is limited. Therefore, by mid-day, every spot has already been claimed.  Not a great start to my little paradise vacation.

Okay, we’ll get one of those spots tomorrow by going early.  Sure enough that worked and we got a nice spot on the beautiful emerald coast.  Guess what our nice little spot was like come noon time.  That’s right, all the parking spots filled up quickly, and the public beach was packed like sardines.  I learned some valuable lessons that day that over the years helped me figure out how to beat the crowds.  Bear with me and I’ll show you how you can see for yourself where the crowds are.


Some people don’t mind the crowds. Conversely, for my wife if people are within 10 feet of you front, back, side by side, all talking, playing different music, kids yelling, it becomes more like slumming than paradise.  I get what she feels, for me it’s like going to a game and sitting in the nose bleed area. Having  tasted what it’s like behind the catchers plate, or on the 50 yard line.  At some point, just being there isn’t good enough. So the quest was to find a little seclusion on the emerald coast.

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The quick fix was to stay away from the city areas of Panama City and Destin.  Same mentality as the work commute.  People usually work in the hub of a city, but due to economics, live in the metro or rural area to have more space.  So we did the Vacation Beach House Rental thing for many years in the Seagrove 30A area.  The crowds at the public beaches there are acceptable, while only 20-30 minutes to all the activities of Destin Florida.


After the economic recession and a hurricane or two, I noticed pricing of the homes in the area had taken a beating.  I found myself in a position to actually get a place on the Emerald Coast.  For us, we had some requirements.  It had to be our own private house, walking distance to the private beach with your stuff. Additionally, the private beach had to be beautiful and sparsely populated.  So we started the hunt.  Each time we would visit, I would rent in a different area so we could verify the quality of the walking distance and the quality of the beach.  As we moved around those initial lessons really came into play.

  • Anywhere you have a huge condo unit beach front; all those people are going to swarm onto that section of the beach.
  • Public beaches are open to anyone, so they are pretty much always going to be crowded.
  • Private beaches have the best chance of finding a secluded paradise, but they can vary based on circumstance.
    • There are private areas like those used by Emerald Shores. While private, there are just so many homes and they share it with their sister condo establishment. Too many people per sq. feet of beach.
    • Some private beach areas are right next either a public area, or a monster condo area and the masses of people spill over into the private beach area making it not so private.

Let me show you what I speak of.  I found that Google has a nice satellite view of all the beaches.  You can actually zoom in and see for yourself how populated they are on the day the satellite took the pictures.  What you see is very revealing and basically backs up everything I’ve been telling you in this blog.  Here is the Google Earth Link. https://earth.app.goo.gl/17owwN I've noticed recently they take their beach pics when people aren't on the beach, so reference the pic below.


I’ll use my Destin beach house rental, Doctors Orders as an example.  Once Google Earth comes up from the link, you can pinch in or pinch out to zoom.  If you zoom out a bit, you will see turquoise roofs to the left, those are the Crystal Sands condos in Crystal Beach.  To the right you will see red roofs, those are the Crab Trap with James Lee Public Beach.  You will notice lots of blue dots in those areas.

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Those are the umbrellas setup early one off season morning.  Between those areas is our private area with just a few dots.  This is indicative of the difference you get with a private beach!

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What we found was that the Doctors Orders private beach usually has about 1 person to 10 people on the other beach! The private beach access is deeded to the Kokomo Kove neighborhood, which is small, but as most do they share with the beach front units. In our case it’s the Sea Oats motel which is only 2 stories.

So compared to the monster condos like Crystal Sands down the way, there simply aren’t that many people to spill out onto the beach.  In addition, you will see one area that is almost nearly vacant. This vacant area is for the multi-million dollar beach front homes, and serves as a buffer between our private beach and the public beach by the Crab Trap. Those houses are so exclusive that there is rarely anybody on that beach.

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So I’ve found Beach Nirvana right in the heart of Crystal Beach Destin! If you are looking for less crowded beaches near Destin, Florida, DoctorsOrdersDestin has the beach house rentals you are looking for.  This vacation beach house rental is literally minutes from all the dining, shopping, activities of Destin Florida, and a short walk to the private beach.

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Here are some other reasons from the main website as to why you will love renting the Doctors Orders Destin Vacation Rental.

Isn’t it easy to get sick of work, sick of stress and sick of a fast-paced life these days! The cure? A quiet getaway at your Vacation Beach House Rental in Destin Florida should be Doctors Orders in Kokomo Cove! This Destin Florida vacation rental sits just enough off the beaten path to offer real peace and tranquility. Most of all, there are no parking lots, cement jungles or noisy neighbors here! It’s wooded surroundings encompass views of two inlets. The Destiny West lake speckled with charming wildlife that call it home.

Another pleasant side effect of Doctors Orders is its location near Destin’s most powerful medicine- the soothing Gulf of Mexico. Head two blocks from the front porch and see the sun sparkling on the emerald water like diamonds, feel the powder-soft sand between your toes and listen to the rustle of sea oats in the Gulf Breeze. Therefore, this powerful combination is sure to heal whatever ails you! Also Noteworthy is how Kokomo Cove’s entry also crosses a newly paved walking path that stretches the length of the beach road. Furthermore, restaurants, shops and even golf courses dot this scenic route and provide entertaining way-points for a sunny bike ride.


In addition to the natural beauty all around, be sure to view the full photo gallery and a Virtual Tour is here. Quotes can be found here.

Doctors Orders beach house rentals are just one block from the sugar white sands of Crystal Beach. The clear waters of the Emerald Coast will leave you awe struck.  During the season the water is warm, and Crystal Beach is shallow enough to walk out for quite a way.  See the live cam feed of Crystal Beach, Florida Fl, just a few hundred feet from our private beach access. You will be amazed when you look down through the clear waters.  Then you will see your feet at the bottom with fish swimming around your ankles.

The white sands of the shore are so pristine you will enjoy walking in it. Sea creatures are all around for the observant eye to muse at. Of course, the main part of the day is why most people come, to enjoy the warmth beneath their toes, and feel the sun on your skin.  However, if you're staying right by the beach, one must take in a walk with friends and loved ones during sunrise.

The tranquility is just what the Doctor Ordered! Since you’re in no hurry to get back, be sure to stay through dusk. Just when you thought the sights of the day were better than you’ve seen in years. You can look up and enjoy the sunset on Crystal Beach with nothing to obscure your view for miles.