Posted on 11/4/2022
Many guests spend family vacations along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast to create wonderful memories during the spring and summer months. However, some of our guests like to spend special Thanksgivings in Destin by the shore. At this time of year, guests encounter expansive open beaches, fewer crowds, picture-perfect autumn days, low humidity, and cobalt-blue skies with puffs of cotton-like clouds.
Of course, the best news is that all Ocean Reef vacation rentals are at or near their very lowest rates, so you reap valuable significant savings for your family's stay!
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 such as fresh-caught gulf shrimp and oysters. Many of our properties also come with a pool, which can often be heated for comfortable use.
Christmas in DestinDestin is not only a relaxing place to spend your winter holiday, it also offers a wide variety of fun Christmas experiences. This comprehensive guide will help you make the most out of your Destin Christmas.
Three other occurrences add to the magic of the season here on the Emerald Coast. 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 and their colorful display happens at this time of year, before they continue migrating south. And finally, heavenly sunsets occur over the Gulf as the burnt orange golden orb sinks right into the dazzling water's surface, providing a majestic farewell to each day.
If this sounds like the way you'd like to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, you're not alone! And Ocean Reef has just the vacation rentals for your stay.
The following 10+ vacation home rentals are available to book for your special Thanksgiving stay at the beach in Destin and on 30A. These large hospitable homes can sleep anywhere between 10 and 20 guests. They have varying architectural styles, furnishings, and individual locations, but all will help you create lifelong memories with your family and friends.
Destin Vacation Homes Open for Thanksgiving
Blue Water Escape
6 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Located in Destin's Crystal Beach community, Blue Water Escape is a three-level vacation home with six bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate up to sixteen visitors. The house boasts multiple furnished balconies overlooking a private pool oasis and offering beach views. Lounge chairs, outdoor tables, a BBQ grill, and a palm-studded deck create the perfect laidback setting. Inside, the home radiates a chic yet casual coastal style. Cute coastal décor extends throughout the rental, and each bedroom is well-appointed. The property is less than a four-minute walk to the beach.
The house was nice. Everything was neat and clean. Pool was nice and the children enjoyed it. Everything was near and didn't have to travel so far. Beach was right across the street.
Shelisa B from Troy, AL
Paradise by the Beach
5 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 14 Guests
Paradise by the Beach is a five-bedroom vacation home nestled in Destin's community of Destiny West. Surrounded by palms and tropical flora, this vacation home feels like it's in a world of its own but still close to coastal conveniences and entertainment. The interior is warmly lit and features an open floor plan. The bedrooms are large and spacious, three of which have king-size beds. When you want to enjoy the mild weather, head to the backyard, where you will find a furnished patio, picnic table, and BBQ grill—perfect for sipping a refreshing cocktail and hanging out with family and friends. Guests have access to complimentary bikes, a community pool, and the beach.
This place was perfect for our family group of 10. And we had room to spare. We loved it that we had easy access to the pool and to the beach. It was the best location I’ve ever picked.
Marie A from St. George, Utah
5 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 14 Guests
Tucked in the cozy community of Frangista Beach in Destin, Sandy Cheeks is a five-bedroom vacation home that can entertain up to fourteen beachgoers. The open great room has the feel of a laidback beach cottage, with blonde wood flooring, large windows, and comfortable furnishings. Several glass-front doors lead to a wraparound balcony adorned with comfortable outdoor seating. Outside, a paver sundeck and palm trees surround a private pool, with string lights hanging above to create a peaceful evening atmosphere. The pristine white sand is only a two- to three-minute stroll from this lovely beach house.
Great Florida charm. Spent the week here on an adults getaway. Great location. Love the Frangista neighborhood. Short walk to beach access, coffee, restaurants, and bars.
Guest from Fort Wayne
4 Bedrooms / 5.5 Bathrooms / 17 Guests
Driftwood Dreamin is a three-story, four-bedroom rental home located in Miramar Beach. It can host up to 17 vacationers. The inside combines a coastal cottage style with nautical-inspired decor. Shiplap walls, sunny windows, hardwood floors, and beachy accents give the place a distinct paradise vibe. The kitchen is a chef's dream, featuring a range stove, stainless steel appliances, sleek countertops, spacious cabinetry, and a raised bar. The primary suite boasts a king-size bed and invites its guests to sleep in luxury during their stay. A private courtyard is complete with a pool and lounge chairs. The beach is a three-minute walk from the home.
There was room for everyone. The kitchen was nicely stocked. The beach was easy access and only a short walk. And the pool was the icing on the cake.
Catherine B from Corinth, MS
4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Miramar Beach is home to Paradise Villa, a four-bedroom rental that can sleep up to twenty visitors. This chic beach property includes three levels of comfortable accommodations, each with a covered balcony or patio. Inside, lightly toned furniture and décor add to the beachy feel. Two of the bedrooms include king-size beds, while the remaining guest rooms have full-size beds and full bunks. There is a private pool area that is perfect for a refreshing swim, soaking up the sun, and simply relaxing with your fellow vacationers. You only need to take a three-minute walk before you find yourself strolling along the glimmering sands of the Gulf Coast beach.
It was just wonderful! The location, the pool, the beach, shopping, restaurants, all within walking distance. We loved it!!
Michelle M from Alfred Station NY
This Thanksgiving, we still have some incredible beachfront homes available, ranging from the grand to the cozy, all promising a memorable experience. Let's dive into what each one offers!
30A Vacation Homes Open for Thanksgiving
4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Your beach vacation will really be on point when you stay at On Point in 30A's Blue Mountain Beach. With four spacious bedrooms, the house can comfortably entertain up to sixteen vacationers. Rustic hardwood floors, beach chic decor, and sleek modern furnishings come together to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. The primary suite and ensuite bath are a dream, complete with a king-size bed, marble-tiled walk-in shower, and a soaking tub. Outside, you will find a cozy oasis made up of a private pool, sundeck, firepit, and tiki bar with a gas grill. After a refreshing soak in the pool, head to the beach for a lovely stroll.
Nice getaway for our family, the pool was amazing after a day at the beach.
Debbie D from Albany KY
4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 10 Guests
Thirty Blue 6 is a large townhome in Blue Mountain Beach on 30A. It has four beds and can sleep up to ten travelers. Whites and neutrals give off a beachy ambiance, while pops of color add some coastal fun to the space. The main living room is cute and relaxed, featuring a sea-blue couch and white loveseat that face a flatscreen TV. An additional living area includes a sandy-colored wraparound couch, wet bar, and large TV. Of the four bedrooms, three have king-size beds. The crowning glory of this rental is the rooftop observation deck with 360-degree views. Guests also have access to a community pool and BBQ grill.
Thirty Blu 10 is also located in Blue Mountain Beach. With four bedrooms, the condo can easily accommodate up to ten visitors. Its neutral furnishings and décor radiate calming vibes, which is exactly what one needs for a relaxing beach vacation. Two separate living areas provide plenty of space for guests to relax. The rooftop deck is furnished with a table and chairs, perfect for an evening watching the sunset and sipping a refreshing cocktail. The beach is about a ten-minute walk from the property.
4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 10 Guests
Nestled among tropical flora in Seagrove Beach, you will find a two-level vacation home called Cinnamon Fern. This beach house includes four bedrooms and can host ten guests. The interior is bright and welcoming, with multiple large windows filtering in the Florida sunlight. Dark brown couches add a pretty contrast to the otherwise neutral tones of the open great room. A bonus den provides a dedicated workspace for those who need to get a little work done while on vacation. From here, there is direct access to a breezy balcony that is comfortably furnished
We loved Cinnamon Fern and being part of the Seagrove community. We will definitely be back to the coast for a future vacation and will look for a property in this area.
Nautica B from Hendersonville TN
4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 10 Guests
Rising Tide is a lovely vacation rental perched on the edge of Oyster Lake, one of 30A's rare coastal dune lakes, in South Walton's Dune Allen Beach. With four bedrooms, up to ten guests will feel right at home in this watery oasis. Not only is the home right next to the lake, it is also right across the street from the beach. The paver drive crosses over an enchanting bridge to access the house. The interiors are bright, with subtle pops of color and coastal accents. Its cottage vibes will make you feel relaxed and ready to enjoy every moment of your beach vacay. A private lakefront pool and hot tub create the perfect paradise retreat.
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!