Sand Dialed In: Destin and South Walton, Florida

By Christine Hinz, October 22, 2018

Other properties in the region include Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, with more than 60,000 square feet of function space, including three ballrooms, a 106-seat tiered theater, a boardroom and expansive outdoor space for receptions, poolside galas and fully catered nighttime fire pit gatherings. The property also includes junior suites fitted with bunk beds for group gatherings that encourage delegates to bring the whole family.

For smaller meetings, Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach is within walking distance of the beach and includes a 5,600-sq.-ft. ballroom and two boardrooms, while Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, with its boutique feel, has four meeting rooms and is adjacent to some of the area’s best shopping and dining options.

Recent property openings include The Pointe, a swank boutique hotel-style resort with rooftop and poolside function space in Rosemary Beach. In October, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard will open, offering 1,600 square feet of meeting space. The singular Emerald Coast Convention Center recently completed interior and technology upgrades to the 35,000-sq.-ft. facility.

Waterful Fun

While Destin are dubbed the “luckiest fishing village in the world,” it’s not just the fish that are jumping. At HarborWalk Village, groups can gather for boat and fishing excursions, or check out the day’s catch as boats come into the Destin Marina. At Baytowne Wharf, boutique shops and waterside restaurants dot a small harbor village with zip lines, a ropes course, a trampoline and other challenges.

For a one-of-a-kind teambuilding experience, Beach Sand Sculptures offers groups of up to 60 inside tips on building a better sandcastle. The company also creates sand-sculpted corporate logos for special events. Another teambuilding option is an educational meet and greet with dolphins at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

In addition to water sport activities such as paddleboarding and kayaking, adventurous and art-minded scuba and free divers will enjoy the Underwater Museum of Art that opened this summer. Located off the shores of Grayton Beach State Park, this is the first institution of its kind and is dedicated to preserving local marine life through the placement of underwater sculptures.

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