Most guests spend family vacations here along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast to create wonderful memories during the spring and summer months. However, some of our guests who are "in the know" also spend special Thanksgivings in Destin by the shore. At this time of the year, guests encounter expansive open beaches, and most restaurants are without a wait. The best news is that all Ocean Reef vacation rentals are at their very lowest rates, so you reap valuable significant savings for your family's stay here!
November weather here is picture-perfect with dry autumn days and cobalt blue skies adorned by puffs of cotton-like clouds. The temps range from the high '70s during the day to the '50s at night and with no humidity. This wonderful weather invigorates the soul and energizes the spirit since lovely days are followed by "sweater perfect" evenings. Usually, the gulf waters are still warm enough to enjoy a brisk swim, and many of our properties come with a pool that can be heated for comfortable use. Thanksgiving in Destin inspires fantastic family reunions with fun walks on the beach, captivating beach bonfires, golfing, bike rides, nature hikes, festive holiday kickoff celebrations, and bargain Christmas shopping at the famed Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Our properties feature full gourmet kitchens, so happy family feasts may be created along with appetizers like fresh-caught gulf shrimp and oysters since, after all, you are at the beach!
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Three wonderful coincidences also occur at this time of year for fortunate visitors. First of all, the colors on the maples, crepe myrtles, and wild oak trees peak at this time of year, gracing the area with a vibrant visual setting that arrives just in time for Thanksgiving. Secondly, the mass arrival of Monarch Butterflies occurs this time of year during their colorful stay here before migrating further south in advance of winter. Thirdly, magnificent heavenly sunsets occur over the gulf this time of year as the burnt orange golden orb sinks right into the dazzling water's surface, providing a stunning majestic farewell to each day.
The following ten vacation home rentals are still available to book for your special Thanksgiving stay at the beach in Destin. These large hospitable homes can sleep anywhere between ten and twenty-five fortunate beach-going guests. They all have different architectural styles, furnishings, and individual locations, so enjoy looking for the one that would best suit your family. Here is a brief description of each one, starting with accommodations from 10 to 25.
4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 10 Guests
Summer Breeze in Miramar Beach has four bedrooms, which sleeps ten - and all in beds. That classic Seals & Croft song once said, "summer breeze makes me feel fine," but this place will make you feel great! A wraparound veranda overlooks the bright sugary dunes leading over to the beautiful beach, which is just a minute away. A lovely lagoon-shaped swimming pool provides instant refreshment and comes with a bar and a flatscreen TV for entertainment or that "must see" game.
4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 10 Guests
Beach Castle accommodates ten fortunate guests in regal splendor with four bedrooms. It is located in the exclusively gated 'Destiny by the Sea' neighborhood, one of Destin's most prestigious residential coastal communities. The home blends a chic, comfortable contemporary style with a classic Mediterranean ambiance. The private beach and a clubhouse with a lush tropically landscaped pool area is a short stroll away; however, this house also features its own sunken pool right out front.
5 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 15 Guests
Always Summer is a spacious, gracious vacation home with five bedrooms and extra beds. It can accommodate fifteen lucky beachgoers. It is located near the gorgeous gulf in Destin's picturesque Crystal Beach neighborhood, which is close to everything the area has to offer. The home is absolutely charming with a white picket fence, gabled roof, double tier columned verandas front and back, along with a lovely lagoon-shaped swimming pool.
Lighthouse by the Sea
5 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Lighthouse by the Sea sleeps sixteen - it is a five-bedroom home in Crystal Beach, just a three-minute stroll away from the sugary shore. This Destin home features two separate living/dining areas with full kitchens for a perfect multifamily reunion setup. It also features a 27' x 13' pool with a courtyard patio, grilling area, along with a screened porch for poolside drinks and dining.
6 Bedrooms / 5.5 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Coastal Cabana is a cheerful, colorful six bedroom home in Miramar Beach - just an arrow's shot away from the jewel toned gulf and can accommodate sixteen carefree guests. Bring your furry family member too since this place is also Pet Friendly. The six beautifully appointed bedrooms are located on three levels with plenty of separate space for everyone. This home features a tropically landscaped courtyard patio with a swimming pool, tables, a grill as well as a Tiki Hut bar that inspires poolside drinks and dining.
6 Bedrooms / 6.5 Bathrooms / 18 Guests
Beach Basket is a recently completed home in Crystal Beach with six colorful bedrooms, all including luxury ensuite baths, and can accommodate eighteen pampered guests. The bright crystalline beach is only two blocks away, but this home has its own private pool out back. This beachy home features a living area, a nice den, and a Theater Media Room with a 120" screen while double-columned verandas provide extra seating outdoors.
Open Gulf Oasis
6 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms / 20 Guests
Open Gulf Oasis is a renovated 3,000 square foot six-bedroom home that can accommodate twenty happy gulf going guests in its own tropical setting, which features a furnished outdoor pavilion overlooking its private pool. This Miramar Beach location is a stone's throw away from the sugary shore. Bedrooms are on all three levels, and besides the living area, a Recreation Room comes with a Foosball Table and Video Arcade with fifty-eight games.
6 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms / 20 Guests
Dunes Too is another big house in Miramar Beach that has six bedrooms with accommodations for twenty lucky beachgoers. It, too, is only a stone's throw away from the shimmering shoreline. This rental has a swimming pool studded with tropical palms. A second story living space has gulf views while the dining area can seat twelve with four more at the adjacent open kitchen bar.
6 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms / 22 Guests
Shell Shack is actually a large three-story home with six bedrooms and has the ability to accommodate twenty-two guests with extra beds, bunks, and three sleeper sofas. This home is also Pet Friendly, so bring your beloved fur baby. Colorful, comfortably furnished guest quarters are on all three levels. The beautiful beach is close by, but this home features a tropically landscaped pool made for entertainment with multiple lounge chairs, two tables, a grill and a Tiki Hut with a built-in bar.
7 Bedrooms / 7 Bathrooms / 25 Guests
Gulf Star is a huge seven-bedroom rental home in the prestigious Frangista Beach portion of Miramar Beach. It serves as the ultimate family compound for twenty-five beach-going guests. The community beach access and a tropically landscaped privately gated neighborhood pool are each only a block away. This hospitable home provides complete separate living, dining, and full kitchens with guest quarters on two distinct levels. Almost every single bedroom includes an en suite luxury bath, and the five upper floor guest suites have their own direct balcony access.
Ocean Reef Resorts has been accommodating traditional beach reunions to generations of families for almost four decades, and it is our great pleasure to do so. Enjoy having a truly blessed Thanksgiving Holiday in Destin with your family and friends!