On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a vacation on the Emerald Coast! If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, the beaches of Destin and Scenic Highway 30A are just the place to visit during "the most wonderful time of the year." Of course, we're not talking about a cold, snowy white Christmas. Instead, we're talking about a mild, bright, and sugary white holiday, as the shimmering shores of this stretch of Florida's Gulf Coast are composed of pure white quartz crystals. White as snow, and soft as silk, the sands light up the Gulf, which glitters like precious jewels in the sunlight.
The moon shines soft and bright upon the beach in the winter, and the sand dunes look just like snow. At Ocean Reef Resorts, this special time coincides with the lowest rental rates all year. The temperatures are wonderful with lovely sunny days and perfect sweater weather nights. The golden sun sets right over the Gulf of Mexico in spectacular fashion during this time of the year and adds to the season's magic. There is also a lot to do because Destin's Christmas holiday is hallmarked with fun festivals and enchanting activities.
The charming Village of Baytowne Wharf at the impressive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort holds the "12 Nights of Lights," a festive light event held throughout December on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 6 pm, 7 pm, and 8 pm. The holiday concert series happens every Wednesday night until Christmas, with Santa in attendance. The village ice skating rink is also open for family fun, and many other amusements abound.
Harborwalk Village in Destin celebrates the joy of the season with Santa's arrival, and Santa visits on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas. The annual Christmas Boat Parade is a spectacular event, with each boat decorated to the hilt with sparkling lights. A musical salute accompanies a fantastic fireworks display.
If you haven't finished Christmas shopping when you arrive, be sure to explore one of the nation's largest designer discount malls known as the Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach. Over 100 world-class stores provide bargain buys with huge discounts on designer-named brands.
The scenic coastal towns of 30A also radiate with holiday cheer during the Christmas season. There's the annual holiday market in Rosemary Beach that features products from dozens of artists, crafters, and creators. The REP Theatre hosts their annual performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told in Seaside's amphitheater. You and the kids can enjoy brunch with Santa at Food for Thought Outreach in Santa Rosa Beach. And finally, check out the Hub 30A for the Holiday Cheers event that includes live music, wine tasting, and Santa visits.
All of these are just a glimpse of the holiday fun you can enjoy during a Destin Christmas vacation. Now, you only need to book a place to stay! Check out these twelve exciting 30A & Destin vacation homes that are available for the holidays. Here at Ocean Reef Resorts, we welcome you to create extraordinary Christmas memories with beloved family and friends.
Holiday Isle Serenity
7 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Holiday Isle Serenity really is the most serene spot to enjoy a beach holiday. With seven bedrooms, it can comfortably sleep up to sixteen guests. The home boasts soaring ceilings, large windows that let in all the natural sunlight, and chic furnishings and décor that show off coastal elegance. There is a private pool, a covered outdoor pavilion with a grill, and a game room for some extra vacation fun. The beach is less than a four-minute walk from the property.
5 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 18 Guests
Crawdaddy's Casa is a private, tropical oasis located in 30A's Dune Allen Beach. The two-level home features five bedrooms, sunlit and spacious living quarters, well-appointed bedrooms, and breezy balconies for enjoying the South Walton air. It can accommodate up to 18 vacationers. You'll likely spend much of your time outside in the lushly landscaped backyard and covered pool, which is perfect for a refreshing dip. When you're ready for some sun and sand, the beach is only a short walk away.
5 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 14 Guests
You'll find this Kokomo in Santa Rosa Beach, with a front-row view of the glittering coast and private access to the beach. This beachfront rental home has five bedrooms and a welcoming interior. It can host up to 14 visitors, perfect for a large holiday gathering with family or friends. The cozy living room, casual dining area, and furnished balconies provide plenty of room for making Christmas memories. When you're not hanging out at the house or on the beach, a heated community pool is available for use.
5 Bedrooms / 5.5 Bathrooms / 14 Guests
Barefoot is the way to go when you book a stay at Barefootin, a beachfront home on 30A with great vacation accommodations and even better views. With five bedrooms and ample living space, there is room enough for fifteen guests. The interior is colorfully decorated with bright walls, bold décor, and comfortable furnishings. A large kitchen with an angled bar is the perfect place to cook up a delicious holiday meal and share it with the group in the sunny dining area or on the Gulf-front balcony.
5 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 14 Guests
Emerald Haven is a vacation property that will have you feeling like you're in beach heaven! The Miramar Beach home features three levels of finely furnished bedrooms and an elegant living space that can accommodate up to 14 beachgoers. The private pool and surrounding paver sundeck create a secluded oasis made for relaxing and making memories. The shimmering beach shores are only a short distance away by foot.
5 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms / 11 Guests
You and your group will be saying "wahoo" when you book a vacation at 30A's Wahoo. Tucked among lush tropical fauna in the funky and artsy town of Grayton Beach, this two-level home is private and cozy. It has five bedrooms and can sleep up to eleven guests. Trees offer shade and privacy around a lovely sundeck and pool. Lounge chairs invite you to relax and soak up the sun. After a freshwater swim, enjoy a short, two-minute walk to the beach to stroll along the shore or take a seasonally chilly saltwater dip.
A Villa Lago
5 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 12 Guests
A Villa Lago is located in the serene community of Seagrove Beach in South Walton. The five bedrooms, open living quarters, and breezy balconies welcome up to twelve-holiday vacationers. This 30A home boasts a lakefront location and dock, as well as nearby beach access. Other amenities include a screened-in porch for casual, outside dining, as well as a private pool, sundeck, lounge chairs, and a grill.
5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Get your daily dose of vitamin D with a stay at Vitamin Sea. This stately home is located in Destin's Miramar Beach. Three levels of gorgeous living space include five bedrooms and an open great room for casual hangouts. It can host up to 16 visitors. The property features a curated lawn with palm trees and tropical fauna. Wraparound balconies ensure visitors can enjoy the coastal breezes and views from every direction.
4 Bedrooms / 4.5 Bathrooms / 20 Guests
Miramar Beach's Paradise Villa truly does put you into a paradise frame of mind. The three-level, four-bedroom home is located minutes from the snow-white sands of the beach - with no roads to cross! With multiple beds and an expansive bunkroom with three bunks, the home can accommodate up to 20 guests visiting for a Christmas vacation. The interior is cheerfully decorated with comfortable furniture, bold patterns, and colorful décor. Out back, a private pool and deck provide a fun place to hang out, sip refreshing drinks, and dine outdoors.
Green Reef 2
4 Bedrooms / 4.5 Bathrooms / 12 Guests
Green Reef 2 is a Gulf-front townhome located in Miramar Beach. In addition to panoramic views of sugary sand and glittery waves, the condo features four bedrooms, an open great room, and furnished balconies. Up to 12 guests can enjoy the comforts provided by the rental residence. Be sure to call dibs on the large and sunny master suite, which boasts a king-size bed, flatscreen TV mounted above a dormant fireplace, private bath, and access to a romantic balcony.
4 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 12 Guests
Located in Dune Allen Beach on Scenic Highway 30A, Goodnight Dune is a beachfront vacation home that gives off laidback beach vibes. There is room enough for 12 visitors. The home is raised on stilts above the sugary sand dune and includes direct access to the beach via a set of wooden stairs. Large sunny windows in every wall offer incredible views of the Gulf, while guests can enjoy the same vistas and coastal breezes from the wraparound balcony.
3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms / 8 Guests
Miramar Beach is home to a number of charming rentals, including Averitts Favorite. This three-bedroom beach home can host up to eight guests—perfect for smaller family getaways or a holiday escape with friends. The sunny interior is chic and modern, and the combined kitchen/dining area is great for serving up a homecooked meal. You will love the close proximity to the shore, which is less than a one-minute walk away.
Create a new tradition this year, and spend your holiday season on the Emerald Coast with Ocean Reef! And be sure to check out each of these Destin and 30A vacation homes that are available for the upcoming holiday. With our user-friendly website, you can view each property, which includes a full detailed description, multiple images, aerial location views, rental rates, and calendar dates still available. Get ready for a dazzling beach version of the magical white Christmas of your dreams!