By Heather Turk
Whether you’re searching for relaxation or recreation, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Boasting the most complete resort experience in all of North America, the 2,400-acre destination offers year-round fun on more than 7 miles of beaches and pristine bay front. Featuring a wide variety of hotel accommodations in addition to deluxe condominiums, villas and townhomes, guests will find every type of attraction they could want on property, from a fitness center and spa to four championship golf courses. There are also 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina and a unique pedestrian village—The Village of Baytowne Wharf—that’s home to 14 shops, 11 activity and entertainment establishments and 18 restaurants and nightclubs.
For those traveling with young ones, the resort offers a children’s activities program, Club KZ, as well as several recreational activities the whole family can enjoy together. In fact, resort guests receive a wide range of complimentary amenities during their stay that are sure to put a smile on kids’ faces, including bicycle rentals and seasonal water amenities like kayaks and boogie boards.
Guests can also enjoy several annual events on property, like the 16th Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic happening June 20 through 24 at Baytowne Marina. One of the richest sport-fishing tournaments in Northwest Florida, the free event features fishermen competing a variety of categories, including tuna and wahoo, as well as nightly entertainment and activities for spectators to enjoy.
A variety of seasonal events take place on property, too, like the Sandestin 4th of July BBQ. Happening at Baytowne Marina on July 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., the family-friendly affair not only features a selection lip-smackin’ barbecue favorites, but also live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house and a dazzling fireworks display over Choctawhatchee Bay. Although there is a nominal fee to attend the BBQ, the resort hosts a variety of free summertime events during its Summer in The Village of Baytowne Wharf festivities taking place now through Aug. 9, including live concerts every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and movies on the Events Plaza lawn every Sunday at 8 p.m. Upcoming films families won’t want to miss include Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” on June 17, “Paddington” on July 8 and “Cars 3” on Aug. 5.
Visitors can enjoy plenty of fall fun at the resort as well, including the return of the always popular with adults Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival. Known as the Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast, the festival takes over The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Oct. 12 and 13 and lets guests sample specialty, seasonal and not-yet-released beers from more than 40 on-site craft brewers. To truly get the most out of the experience, attendees are encouraged to stay just steps away from the event at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and enjoy discounted accommodations and tickets. For more information, visit baytownebeerfestival.com.
Families, meanwhile, are sure to enjoy Trick or Treating at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Halloween night (Oct. 31) from 6 to 8 p.m. and watching a spooktacular free Halloween fireworks show over the lagoon. Visitors can also get into the holiday spirit a little early on Nov. 17 when The Sandestin Wine Festival presents its Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights event. Happening from 4 to 6 p.m., guests can stroll through The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s twinkling-lit streets while sipping a variety of champagnes, tasting featured menu items from various restaurants and enjoying the sounds of live music and carolers.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is located between Pensacola and Panama City, just 8 miles east of Destin. For more information, visit sandestin.com.
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