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Townhouse Condos at Southbay by the Gulf

Destin, Florida

Restaurants - Our favorites

AJ's (2 mi west, on left) - $$ Good seafood, great view of harbor. Eat outside if weather permits.

Lucky Snapper (Next to harbor before crossing over Destin Bridge) - $$ Good seafood, great view of harbor while dining. Great sunset location outside.

Gugliomi's Italian Restaurant (1.2 mi west, on right) - $$$ Small, intimate Italian restaurant with excellent food.

Graffiti's (0.8 mi west, on right) - $$ Small, local restaurant. Excellent dinners and pizza.

Donut Hole (1 mi west, on right) - $ Excellent donuts, pastries. Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinner.

McGuires Irish Pub (2.5 mi west, on right just before Destin Bridge) - $$ Copy of original restaurant in Pensacola, FL.

Flamingo Café and Marina Café (1.4 mi west, on left) - $$$$ - Numerous restaurant awards. 2 for 1 sunset specials help minimize the dent in your wallet.

LaPaz (west to first stop light, turn left onto Holiday Isle, on left) - $$ Good TexMex food.

Back Porch (1 mi east, turn right at Hampton Inn) - $$$ Good seafood and view. Restaurant is on beach.

June's Dunes (next door to Back Porch).  $ Very casual breakfast on the beach.  You can walk along the beach from our condo to the restaurant in about 30 minutes. 

Fudpucker's (2 mi east on left) $$ Fun atmosphere. Good local bands at nite.

Harry T's (1.6 mi west on left) $$

 

Family Entertainment

Big Kahuna (across street) - Water slides, go-karts, miniature golf.

Golf - The Destin area is a golfer's paradise with green fees ranging from under $30 to over $100.  Numerous local courses include Indian Bayou, Regatta Bay (as you come over the Niceville Bay Bridge), Seascape (east 6.5 mi) and Sandestin (8.7 mi east).  Shalimar (on the other side of Ft. Walton Beach) has a nice reasonably priced course.  For the really budget-minded there are a couple of nice public courses in Ft. Walton Beach with green fees under $30.  Ft. Walton Beach also has a nice Par 3 and Pitch & Putt on the Bay.  It's located on the right just as you get into Ft. Walton Beach.

Fishing - Charter boats at Destin Harbor. Trolling and bottom fishing. Lake at Southbay is a good place for children to fish for brim. Supply your own tackle for Southbay lake.

Pontoon Boats - Rental at Destin Harbor. Drive boat under Destin Bridge and anchor in shallow water just over bridge. Water is less than 2 feet deep. Great swimming and lunch spot. To tour some of the bayous in the bay, rent a Pontoon Boat at Elrod's Fish Camp on Mac's Bayou (turn left past Sandestin onto Hwy 457. 1.3 mi on right.)

Jet Skis - Rental at Destin Harbor.

Bowling - Destin Lanes (1.5 mi east on right)

Movie Theaters (0.25 mi west on right)

Snorkeling - There are several dive shops in the area that take boats out for snorkeling. There are also snorkeling boats located at the Destin harbor docks. If you have your own gear and want to go out on your own there is a nice area on the east side of the jetties. Drive almost to the end of Holiday Isle. Just prior to coming to the last group of high rise condos on the left there is a public access to the beach. You can walk down to the jetties from this point. You'll see other people snorkeling and some of the snorkel boats go to this spot. Be sure to have a Divers Down flag. The coast guard has a pretty steep fine if they catch you snorkeling without one. You can buy them at the local dive shops. Check the tide tables for the best time to go. The water is usually the clearest just before and after high tide.

 

Cooking in

Sexton's Fresh Seafood (1.2 mi west on right)- Fresh local seafood market

Callahan's Market & Deli (west to first stop light, turn left onto Holiday Isle, on left) - Great fresh French bread baked by Niceville French Bakery. Nice quality steaks.

 

Shopping

Silver Sands Outlet Mall (just before Sandestin on left) - large outlet mall

Banana Barts (in Destin) - Accessories, souvenirs, T-shirts, fun Florida stuff

Today's (in Destin) - Clothing

Footprints Pottery - 8.2 mi west on left, just before Sandestin

 

Day Trips

Seaside (east 20 miles. Past Sandestin turn right at Scenic Route 30A sign. Follow signs) - Colorful seaside community. Featured in Southern Living Magazine. Where "The Truman Show" was filmed. Modica Market - colorful local food store, Shades Restaurant, open air markets, outdoor concerts (check schedules), bike rentals

Pensacola ( a couple of hours drive west) - Take scenic drive thru Navarre Beach on the way. Naval Air Station Air Museum and IMAX theater. Lunch at the original McGuire's Irish Pub.

 

Miscellaneous

Wal-Mart (1 1/2 mi east, on left)

Books-a-Million (1 1/2 mi east, on left)

Winn Dixie MarketPlace - across Highway 98 from  Southbay 

Publix - By turn-off to Niceville Bay Bridge 

Rite-Aid Drugs (west one block on Highway 98)

Post Office (west to 2nd traffic light, right onto Main Street, 1/2 mi on left)

Ace Hardware (Down from Post Office on left)

 

For additional information or to rent one of these townhomes please contact the owners, 

Don or Judy Parsons:

 205-527-7839 (cell)         Judy@destin4u.com

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