Looking for warm water and sandy beaches? Florida’s Gulf Coast and Miramar Beach offer the perfect location for an extended weekend or week-long vacation. Miramar Beach sits on a barrier island on the Florida Panhandle. The Gulf of Mexico’s coastline spans the panhandle and continues all the way down the western edge of the state. Along with this coastline, beach towns and quaint communities feature different attractions and amenities to ensure an unforgettable getaway. Stay at a luxury condo on the beach with a waterfront balcony, or a more modest home tucked away from the shore. Book your Miramar Beach vacation rental today. Check out the numerous points of interest in and around Miramar Beach.

1. Miramar Beach

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Enjoy upscale accommodations in the town of Miramar Beach. High-rise condos line the beach, each with amenities such as swimming pools and exercise rooms. Several local services provide a beach umbrella and chair set-up on the beach each day for a reasonable fee. If you feel the need to trade your flip flops in for tennis shoes, take the kids to The Track Destin for go-kart rides and a few rounds of mini golf.

2. Sandestin Area

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Just east of Miramar is the community of Sandestin that offers everything you need for a holiday with your family. This resort community offers condos and family homes as vacation rentals and a tram system to help you get from amenity to amenity. Tee off at one of the four championship golf courses, or practice your swing at the putting green. You can take the kids to the mini golf course for some family fun.

3. Grayton Beach

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Slow down, and enjoy time with your family in the charming coastal community of Grayton Beach. Spend your days walking on the beach, biking, playing in the surf, and snorkeling. Make your way out on the Gulf to fish or look for dolphins when you book a charter with Family Tradition Charters. At Grayton Beach State Park, you can enjoy a day of hiking or biking on the trails that make their way through this 2,000-acre park.

4. Destin

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West of Miramar Beach sits the bustling town of Destin with its busy harbor and sandy beaches. In the evening, take the family over to Destin Harbor Boardwalk for a stroll. The boardwalk extends through the sand dunes on a raised walkway to protect the dunes. Enjoy some thrills and squeals at the Big Kahuna’s water park, and spend the day on the lazy river or tearing down one of the tall water slides that the park is known for.

5. Fort Walton Beach

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Also west of Miramar Beach, Fort Walton Beach offers you a choice of beach life or city life. Spend your days on the beach, soaking in the sun and swimming in the water, or meander through downtown stopping at the museums and unique boutiques. For an exciting day, take the family to the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park to see live shows featuring stingrays, sharks, and dolphins. Stay for a personal dolphin experience that your kids will talk about all year long.

6. Seaside

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Discover the convenience of staying in a planned community when you select a vacation rental in Seaside. This upscale community offers beaches, community pools, tennis courts, and tree-lined streets for an evening stroll after dinner. At the end of the day, stop by Bud and Alley’s for a fresh seafood dinner and stunning views when you have a drink on the rooftop bar. You can visit the Eden Gardens State Park to wander through the gardens and stop by the mansion that dates back to 1895.

7. Seacrest and Seacrest Beach

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Close to Deer Park State Park sits the planned beach community of Seacrest and Seacrest Beach. Visit the state park for some fishing, hiking, and bird watching. You can take the catch of the day back to your vacation rental and grill it up for dinner. In this community, it’s all about the pool. The Flippers Dolphin Tours and Boat Rentals offers you the chance to spend a day out on the Gulf either fishing or dolphin watching.

8. Rosemary Beach

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Need some help building your ideal sandcastle? Well, the charming beach community of Rosemary Beach has a local business that offers lessons in sandcastle building. While away the days fishing, biking, soaking up the sun and kayaking on the Gulf. At the end of the day, stop by Cowgirl Kitchen for some Tex-Mex in a laid-back setting. Walk around the town center, and duck in and out of the local shops and art galleries.

9. Alys Beach

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Look for a vacation rental in the upscale planned community of Alys Beach, and enjoy a vacation filled with luxury and the finer things. In this area, it’s all about the Pool, the Caliza Pool to be exact. When you walk into the Caliza Pool area, the first thing you notice is the infinity pool filled with saltwater in the center of the space. Private cabanas dot the area around the pool. Off to the sides of the main pool are lap pools and kid’s pools.

10. Panama City Beach

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It’s time to take a look at the beach that’s in the middle of it all, Panama City Beach. During spring break, this area is a haven for college students, but during the summer, families fill up the numerous vacation rentals. Spend your days on the beach or shopping at Pier Place with its extensive offerings of high-end retail stores and outlet stores that save you money. Check out the oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in a building shaped like a ship.