I have been going to Destin for many years. This is a great place for singles, couples, or families. The beach is pure white, like snow or sugar. The water is clear, blue-green, and warm in the summer. Snorkeling is great, swimming is great. People are very friendly. Shopping is great with a huge top scale outlet mall nearby. Food is fantastic. Recommend staying on the beach, many condos to rent from....don't stay across the street, crossing the highway is very dangerous, especially with kids. You will need a car....May, June or September are great months to go. Gets very crowded during spring break. Most beaches with condos have lifeguards. There can be dangerous rip tides, so listen to the lifeguard and don't get lulled out too far, never go close to the sand bar (there are dangerous creatures on the other side and it drops off very deep, but you will see this, just don't be tempted). But if you stay reasonably close, you will have a wonderful swim. Sometimes water is so smooth you can just lay on a raft for hours. I recommend Silver Dunes to stay...but there are many others.....Silver Dunes is not a high rise, and actually has grass that leads into the beach, great for the kids after a day at the beach...with nice balconies. If you are looking for a beach, Destin is your place.....I would go there over Bermuda, Bahamas, etc.....Fly into Eglin Air Force Base. If you like seafood, get the amberjack. Kids will love this place, amusement parks right across the street, miniature golf....and bars for the twenty somethings. I don't recommend Fort Walton or Panama City....Destin is by far the best.....I have visited over a 100 times.....enjoy!