We just returned from a week at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort and we had a blast. We staid on the beach side and had a great view of the pool and ocean. It was just myself and my girlfriend and the resort was mostly families which we preferred. Main area of Destin is only a 10 minute drive away. The pool area was great and never too crowded and the beach was the same. There was plenty of things to do for kids. Every night you would see families going up and down the beach with flash lights hunting for crabs. There was a lazy river on the bayside for kids, and the fishing peer was great as well for photographs. The sand was white and soft and the weather was near perfect everyday. Two things we did that I loved was renting a pontoon boat and hitting crab island and cruising the bay. You have to watch your timing on this one because it can be a party area but the week we went June 22nd - 29th it wasn't and was well worth the money. The water is crystal clear and waste deep or lower (I'm 6'2) with soft white sand. Little crabs for kids to find and we even seen some wild Dolphins in the distant water playing around.
The bad: The pool area closed down at 11pm and It would have been nice to have some adult time at the pool, also we were bummed there were no swim up bars. We had access to the Ramada next door which had a swim up bar, but we didn't like their pool area. The #1 worst thing about our trip was humans. I would get up at 5am everyday to shoot photographs as I'm a photographer on the side and I was horrified by the amount of trash that people would leave behind daily on the beaches. Most would never see it because they would come out and clean the beaches early in the morning but it just blew my mind that people had such little respect for mother nature and our planet. I spent a lot of time walking the beaches picking up trash. Please if you visit the beach clean up after yourself and teach your children the importance of keep out planet beautiful.
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