Destin is known for more than just its sugar white beaches and emerald green waters. Many vacationers to the Gulf Coast are pleasantly surprised to find that Destin has become a world class shopping destination. With so many great stores and shopping locations it’s hard to know where to begin. We chose to start with the most exciting outdoor mall on the Gulf Coast, Destin Commons.
Destin Commons is located at the corner of Emerald Coast Parkway and Mid-bay Bridge road, and it’s anything but common! This award winning 470,000 square foot shopping complex sits on fifty-six acres and is the definition of the term Outdoor Lifestyle Center. Created to look like an Old World Village, it hints to the architecture of locations in Disney World with clock towers, fountains, plazas, and a pedestrian friendly, landscaped main thoroughfare. The mall is anchored by a huge Bass Pro Shop at one end, Belk's Department Store at the other and a state of the art Rave Motion Pictures Movie Theatre in the center. The Bass Pro Shop excursion is an adventure by itself complete with mounted fish and wildlife trophies, a giant Shark and live Fish tanks for plenty of photo opportunities. The Rave Cinema provides fourteen screens of theatre entertainment with Innovative Digital Sound and “Real D” for crisp 3D movies. Stadium Seating provides comfortable high-backed chairs which rise over a foot and a half above the row in front of you, with four feet of leg room to boot. Belk's is a full service, one stop Department Store with a diverse inventory. There are an additional 80 stores including everything you might like for Men's, Women's and Children Wear stores, Home Furnishings, Decorative Arts and Gifts, Electronics, Sporting Goods and Jewelry. There are 15 restaurants and eateries available for Burgers, Hotdogs, Pizza, Sandwiches, Sushi, Smoothies, Ice Cream, Cookies, and Gourmet Chocolates! This includes the hip, Hard Rock Café Destin as well as a nostalgic Johnny Rockets.
Besides the fashionistas, there is plenty to do with the kids including a colorful, Summer Carnival playground offering Bungee Jumps, Bubble Balls, Bumper Boats, Slides and Speedwheel 500. In the main plaza there are 49 separate fountain heads that pop up to provide a constantly changing array of cool, water sprays where kids are encouraged to play. The family will also enjoy the old fashioned “Choo Choo” train that takes kids from one end of the village to the next. It's no wonder that Destin Commons has consistently won multiple awards every year since 2004 from voters naming it the “Best Shopping Complex” and “The Best Place to Take Kids in Destin” according to Emerald Coast Magazine!
Start planning your Shopping Vacation to Destin today! With so many places to shop you can spend your entire vacation exploring the vast retail world of the Gulf Coast. For the serious shoppers be sure to check back soon for more featured stores and retail locations. Ocean Reef features many vacation rentals near the Destin Commons and along the Gulf Coast. Whether you are searching for a Condo or Beachfront Home consider booking your next Destin Vacation with Ocean Reef Resorts.