5 Reasons to Book an Extended Stay Vacation in Destin or 30A

November 24, 2021

We love a quick getaway, but it can be challenging when trying to pack everything you want to see in a short trip, particularly to Destin or 30A. With tons of family-friendly attractions, excellent shopping and dining, and miles of beach to explore, a weekend trip can sometimes leave you begging for more. Why not stay longer and really sink your feet into the sand and culture of Destin and 30A?

No matter the reason for your visit, be it the kids are on an extended break from school, remote work has provided the opportunity for prolonged travel, or your vacay is a mix of work and play, take comfort in knowing we’ve got you covered. While your kids curl up on the couch with their laptops, retreat to a separate room for work-related privacy, then hit the beach or spend the day exploring, it’s totally your call. 

Whether your extended stay lasts for two weeks or two months, you’ll appreciate the additional time to unwind, settle in, and enjoy a more authentic experience as you dive deeper into the local lifestyle. Do all the things you love, and do them for longer, as you destress, recharge, and catch up on some much-needed rest along the beautiful Emerald Coast! 

What To Expect During Your Extended Stay

Enhanced Accommodations

No matter where you plan to stay in the area, Scenic Stays has the perfect accommodation for your every need. Each with a charm of its own, you’ll find our vacation rental properties are cozy, welcoming retreats with all the comforts of home (and then some). Beautifully appointed and ideally situated, you’ll appreciate their proximity to local entertainment and outdoor activities. Spacious living and dining areas with comfortable furnishings ensure everyone has plenty of room to spread out and relax after days spent exploring. Eating out can add up during a lengthy stay, but fully loaded kitchens present a welcome opportunity to prepare meals in your home away from home occasionally. 

Designated study/work areas for adults and kids, washers and dryers, and furnished porches are just a few of the amenities you’ll find in many of our long-term properties. Additional perks, including golf carts, pools, and bikes, are also available to enhance your stay and offer easy access to all the things you love about Destin and 30A. 

Local Experiences

Getting to know the local scene in just a few days can be challenging, but the longer you stay, the more comfortable you’ll become with your surroundings. Familiarity with the area will encourage you to venture out and explore the neighboring communities for a truly unique experience. Find hidden gems off the beaten path and gain a deeper understanding of the local culture, including insider tips on where to eat and shop and which beaches might best suit your particular needs. With so many places to dine in Destin and a host of excellent restaurants along 30A, you’ll appreciate the additional time to explore them all. Shop for days at outlet malls, boutique shops, and quaint stores along the harbor, and do it at your own pace. Discover the best Destin beach access points and uncover beach parking in Walton County to get the most out of your beach experience, no matter which one you decide to hit. Better yet, hit them all because now you’ll have the time during your extended stay vacay!

Increased Flexibility

Given a few days to explore an area, you tend to concentrate on the well-known attractions and activities first. Come rain or shine, you’ll be there because of the limited time to see it all. Prolonged stays provide more flexibility, which ultimately leads to better experiences. Gone is the need to rush through the local sights, cram activities into an afternoon, or feel the pressure that you have to be somewhere on a particular day, particularly if you’re mixing work with play. Cozy environments make even the longest stays enjoyable and offer the peace and solitude needed to complete work-related tasks. Then the day is yours. If the sun is shining, which it typically is, and the Gulf is calling, which it usually does, and it’s turning out to be a fantastic beach day, then to the beach, you must go! Hit that attraction on another day, see the sights during the optimal time for you, and don’t give it a second thought because longer stays mean more days, and tomorrow just beckons for another adventure!

Unlimited Exploration

The gorgeous climate all year long offers endless opportunities for outdoor expeditions, and lengthier stays enable you to enjoy the magnificent weather just a little bit longer. There’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Destin, and with 16 coastal communities along 30A, the area packs a punch with activities the whole family will enjoy. What if you could take it a bit slower and enjoy it all at a leisurely pace? Rent a paddleboard, explore the area’s coastal dunes, and embark on a bike adventure along the Timpoochee Trail to see the sites up close and personal. Stop along the way at one of the many outdoor cafes for delicious local fare, tasty libations, and friendly conversation with the locals. After all, there’s no hurry to get back, and with time on your side, you’ll find countless opportunities to forge new friendships!

Unexpected Indulgences

During short-term trips, the emphasis tends to lean towards activities that the whole group will enjoy, which is understandable. Given a limited time frame, you want to ensure everyone gets to see the sights. One of the benefits of being a long-term guest is the opportunity to venture out individually or in smaller groups to take in new experiences that may not appeal to everyone. Dad may gravitate toward a full day of deep-sea fishing or a round of golf, while Mom might have her sights set on some pampering at the spa or an afternoon of shopping. You might even be inclined to check into other activities that you wouldn’t otherwise indulge in, like surf lessonsart class with the kiddos, or sandcastle lessons. An extended vacay allows you to do it all and more and still find time to hit the beach or even a local festival before an afternoon catnap! 

Scenic Stays Your Way 

Vacay your way, whether that means remaining productive during an extended visit, staying connected with colleagues remotely, or disengaging altogether. We’re confident you’ll find plenty to see and do in the area, no matter when you decide to come or how long you plan to stay. Be it a quick jaunt to Destin or an extended getaway on 30A, Scenic Stays has the perfect property just waiting for your next excursion.

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