Love is in the air! And we’re not just talking about a love for the beach. Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and what better way to celebrate with your other half than a romantic getaway (or staycation) in Destin? With its gorgeous beaches and magnificent sunsets, the Emerald Coast provides an enchanting background to rekindle the fire in your relationship. Who wouldn’t love a cozy snuggle on the beach at dusk with a good drink and an even better sunset? So, do yourself a favor and celebrate the season of love on the coast. Whether your romance is just starting out or you’re celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, it’s sure to be your best Valentine’s Day yet!
Another thing we love about Valentine’s Day in Destin and on 30A. It happens during the off-season. This means that beach rental rates are low, and the beaches are exclusively yours to enjoy. Ocean Reef Resorts offers a variety of romantic beach accommodations for you and your sweetheart. Vacation rentals range from charming cottages in picture-perfect coastal neighborhoods to contemporary condos and luxury homes right on the beach. Whether you are planning a quick three-day weekend or a full week of alone time away from the kids, you’ll be able to find the rental that works for you.
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In addition to a great place to stay, you will also find a range of romantic activities for you and your love. From fancy restaurants and dinner cruises to a moonlit walk on the beach, one day of Valentine’s fun just won’t be enough!
Check out some of our favorite Valentine’s Day experiences right here in Destin and on 30A in South Walton.
If you didn’t treat your hunk of burnin’ love to a romantic dinner, did you really celebrate Valentine’s Day? After all, romantic dinners are a big part of what Valentine’s Day is all about! For a chance to dress up and feel fancy for an evening, there are a number of restaurants to choose from on the Emerald Coast. The Marina Café in downtown Destin offers incredible harbor views, sensational entrees, seafood specialties, and a selection of delectable wines that will have your taste buds traveling the world all while you enjoy the company of your honey in a romantic setting. Recognized as one of the best restaurants for both food and customer service on the Emerald Coast, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Destin creates a magical atmosphere, where your heart falls more in love with your date, and your tummy falls in love with your plate! Down the road on Scenic Highway 30A, you may want to make a reservation at Cuvee 30A, which hosts a special Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two and features a gift for couples, chef specials, award-winning cuisine, and tasty drinks. Whether you choose to dine at one of these amazing restaurants or another in the area, it is sure to be a night of memories and romance.
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If a fancy dinner isn’t enough pizzazz for your Valentine’s Day tastes, try a dinner cruise instead! Nothing says love and devotion quite like a night on the open water, accompanied by the stars, good food, and your special someone. A number of Destin companies provide a variety of dinner cruises, all of which are very popular, so be sure to do your research and reserve your excursion ahead of time. Set out for a memorable, three-hour evening aboard the SOLARIS yacht. Dubbed the Sandestin Fine Dining Dinner and Dancing Cruise on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Miramar Beach, it comes complete with fine dining, live entertainment, and a full bar! For a cozier and more intimate experience, surprise your honey with a private charter on a schooner. Although you will need to bring your own dinner and drinks, this is a surefire way to have the best Valentine’s Day ever! Finally, if you’re looking for a more laid-back option, take a chance on the Destin Harbor Sunset Tiki Cruise, where you and your partner-in-crime can bring your own snacks and beverages, relax, watch the sunset, and soak up each other’s company.
When tension and stress have become a part of everyday life, it’s nice to take a step back from the chaos and remember that it’s okay to treat yourself sometimes. Luckily, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for this! There is no better way to feel closer to your love than with a relaxing couple’s massage. A couple’s massage allows you to take advantage of a little quality time together, reconnect, encourage intimacy, and embrace increased feelings of affection. Seriously, what’s not to love? Destin and 30A provide a variety of amazing spas and massage packages tailored just for you. Book your couple’s massage at the Spa at Emerald Grande, Vivo Spa in Rosemary Beach, Serenity by the Sea Spa, or any of the other wonderful spas in the area. Follow your message with a romantic dinner or dinner cruise, and you’ve got yourself a dream Valentine’s Day!
A Day of Adventure
For some couples, Valentine’s Day is more about reconnecting through fun experiences than enjoying a simple evening of romance. Well, the Emerald Coast has got your back in that endeavor. Destin and 30A provide unique opportunities for you and your lifetime adventure buddy to try something new and create memories together. Head to The Track Family Fun Park in Destin to race go-karts, challenge your partner to a mini-golf tournament, or blast each other with water cannons from blaster boats. Other adventure activities you may not have tried include: kayaking on the Gulf, paddleboard yoga, cruising the 30A trails on a beach bike, deep-sea fishing, and parasailing. Of course, after all that adventuring and reconnecting, you may feel a little tired. Be sure to book your Valentine’s Day dinner reservation early so you can refuel after your day of fun!
Picnic on the Beach
We can’t talk about Valentine’s Day on the coast without mentioning the beach. Smooth, crystalline sands, jewel-toned water, and the perfect February weather in Florida create the most magical, enchanting, and romantic atmosphere in the world. Okay, we might be biased, but it’s true! Pack a picnic for two and take it down to the beach, where you and your love can bask in each other’s company on a nearly deserted beach, listening to the waves and taking in the view. If you decide to have a picnic around dinner time, don’t forget to take a sunset or moonlit stroll on the beach afterward. It’s even more romantic than in the movies, we promise!
Hopefully, this list has inspired you to start planning an epic Valentine’s Day on the coast. No matter how you decide to spend the day of love with your special someone, remember to enjoy every moment. Memories with your loved ones are precious. In the years to come, your Valentine’s Day in Destin and along 30A may be a special memory that you both cherish and hold near and dear to your hearts. Wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to all our beach-loving locals and visitors!