This really is one of the best forums on Trip Advisor. Everyone is so helpful and, sometimes, opinionated! Bottom line for those of us who don't live there is being anywhere in the Destin or Ft. Walton Beach area is a better vacation than what we are experiencing right now. Just being near the gulf and white sands is fabulous-even if the place you stay isn't 100% perfect or, as in my case, scheduled for demolition. Thanks to all the locals and frequent visitors for putting yourself out there and letting us know what you think.