Posted on 12/6/2022
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.
Blue Water Escape
6 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Enjoy a wonderful escape from the real world when you book a stay at Blue Water Escape in Destin’s Crystal Beach community. This three-level home features six bedrooms, multiple balconies, convenient beach access, and a private pool. The home can accommodate up to 16 guests, and the open floorplan and well-appointed bedrooms ensures there is space enough for everyone. There are three king-size suites, a queen guest bedroom, and several bunk beds. The refreshing pool is surrounded by a sunny patio and lounge chairs, creating the perfect private oasis. After a cool pool plunge, take a four-minute stroll to the beach for a saltwater dip.
6 Bedrooms / 6 Bathrooms / 20 Guests
Experience the Emerald Coast’s white sugary sands to the fullest when you plan a vacation at Sugaree Sands in Seagrove Beach. This beach cottage-style home is surrounded by palms and is located three minutes from the beach by foot. With six bedrooms, it can host up to twenty guests, making it a great option for larger getaways. The inside is sunny and spacious, with an oversized wraparound couch in the living room and multiple tables in the dining area. Four of the six suites include king-size beds. The home also has its own private pool, complete with paver patio, lounge chairs, and a picnic table with umbrella.
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 / 4.5 Bathrooms / 24 Guests
Remember When is a Mediterranean-style vacation home located in Destin’s Crystal Beach. With five bedrooms and space for twenty-four guests, this rental is perfect for a large get together. The interior is sunny and open, creating a laidback atmosphere. Three of the five bedrooms boast king-size beds. Several furnished balconies allow guests to enjoy the idyllic Florida air, sunshine, and coastal breezes. The beach is less than a two-minute stroll from the property. After a stay in this paradise, you’ll find yourself fondly reminiscing with your family and friends, saying, “Do you remember when…?”
The Christmas season is upon us. Just this year alone, our team has helped over 200K guests have an excellent beach vacation! We pride ourselves on finding them the perfect vacation rentals on the beaches of the Emerald Coast.
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.
Destiny's Best Kept Secret
4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms / 12 Guests
Shhh…you’ll want to keep this beachy secret all to yourself! Destiny’s Best Kept Secret is a Mediterranean-styled beach home in the coveted community of Destiny in Destin. The home has four bedrooms and can accommodate up to twelve guests. Tucked among palms and curated landscaping, you’ll feel as though you’ve reached heaven upon arrival. The open floorplan encompasses the main living area, dining room, and kitchen, creating a welcoming gathering spot for guests. Pops of blue and woven wicker accents radiate a laidback, yet elegant beach vibe. Each bedroom is full of natural sunshine and well-appointed. Furnished balconies allow guests to spend a lot of time relaxing in the outdoors. The beach is only a short stroll away.
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.
3 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms / 8 Guests
Make a splash on your next 30A vacation. Splash is a beach-front rental home located in Dune Allen Beach. It has three bedrooms and can entertain up to eight vacationers. Shiplap walls, large water-facing windows, and beachy accents create a distinctly coastal flair. Glass doors lead from the living room to a Gulf-front balcony, which features a dining table and chairs perfect for enjoying all the best views while having a vacation meal. The expansive kitchen is a chef’s dream with sleek white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, chic tiled backsplash, and expansive countertops. Two bedrooms have king-size beds, and another includes two queen-size beds. Stairs lead directly to the sparkling sands of the coast.
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!