Destin Florida in December

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Just a month ago we spent a week in Destin, Florida. There’s not much better than Florida in December. Ok…maybe Florida in February would be better. But still. You take what you can get.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

I’m not going to say a whole lot because I think the pictures speak for themselves. It was cold in Ohio. In Florida it was 75 and sunny. The weather was unbeatable. There were no crowds. At all. Which is such a huge benefit of homeschooling.

This was actually a work trip for my husband. He was kind enough to let the rest of us tag along and hang out at the beach while he sat in meetings all day. He’s the best. 🙂

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

We did get two days to sight-see with Matt. The first day we walked around Destin’s Harborwalk Village. We got there right when it opened. I’m pretty sure we were the only people walking through the village that day. Bar stools that I’m sure are normally full of people were empty. Perfect for this photographer.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Colorful reflections in the clear water. Blooming pink flowers.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

The benefit of having teenagers with phones? Candid photos of me and Matt. I’m rarely in pictures so this was a special find.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Fish & chips are a must when we are on vacation. We went to McGuire’s Irish Pub. It was a unique restaurant that had dollar bills hanging from the ceiling and plastering the walls. Give me just 3 to 5 minutes alone and a plastic grocery bag, I could make a good dent in those dollar bills and be set for life. The lighting was low and had a red tint which made it hard to get photos, but the food was delicious. We had deep fried mashed potato balls as an appetizer before the fried fish and fries. Oh my. Feasting, for sure. 

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

I wasn’t expecting the sand in Destin to be so gorgeous. It was white like snow. It was a trick of the eyes since we came from cold Ohio and had snow on the mind. We stopped at the beach after lunch and the kids didn’t have their swimsuits. Kins and Braden ended up soaked because they just cannot.stay.out.of.the.water. And I welcomed their splashes in the water. Wet, sandy jeans and all.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

We spent a few days swimming at Okaloosa Island beach. We were pretty much the only ones on the beach and literally the only ones in the water. Locals thought we were crazy, but we’re used to 50 degree Lake Huron water in June, so 70 degree ocean water felt like a warm bath to the kids.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Unique birds are always a treat!

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Up, up and away!

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

The last day we found our way to James Lee Park beach. We wish we had found this beach earlier in the week because it was absolutely perfect. It was shallow for quite a distance out so Braden and Kinslee swam their hearts out.  Jumping waves. Running along the shore. Laying in the sun.

Do we really have to go home?

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

The ideal day.

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

On our way out of Florida, we drove along the coast onto the National Gulf Seashore, through Navarre Beach, the national park and onto Pensacola. The homes through this area? Unbelievable. If any of you own one and want to let  my family borrow it for a week, just let me know. K? Thanks. 🙂

Vacationing in Destin, Florida in December

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Ocean Reef
3 years ago

You really captured it! December in Destin is surreal if you’ve ever been here during the summer. Glad you had a good time!

Michael R
4 years ago

We’re thinking of a family trip to Destin in December. When in December did you go?

Jennifer Pitcock
4 years ago

I am planning a trip to Destin for Christmas. My parents, my husband, three kids, my brother and his wife, and 2 kids are all going instead of buying a bunch of gifts this year. I am so glad to see you had a great time in December.

Liz Joseph
4 years ago

Thanks for this! We are planning a surprise trip to Destin as the kids Christmas gift this year. Can’t wait to check out the beaches you mentioned!

4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your Destin story. I was supposed to go last week but Hurricane Micheal cancelled those plans👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼.

5 years ago

I came across your blog while searching places to go over Christmas break. Our family loves DESTIN!! We usually stay in Seacrest and rent a house. I’m happy to hear it was warm in December. We are from Chicago and are usually down there for Spring Break but with all the kids activities, etc, it’s getting harder to get away for Spring Break and need to capitalize on their 2 weeks off of school. Love your pics and thanks for sharing!!

6 years ago

I also read your post on you anna Maria vaca. Which did you like better? Destin or ami?

7 years ago

I’ve never been to Destin, but we do hit the beach in Ft. Lauderdale where my grandparents live. It is crazy how different the sand is from our rocky New England beaches. It sounds like you had a great time! Looking back at the pictures is so fun, isn’t it?