July 2013

Found 11 blog entries for July 2013.

classroom_001_250Moving your family is stressful enough without having to worry about the type of school your children will attend. When you move to a new area, the school your children attend matters. Choosing a neighborhood served by one of the top schools will make a big difference in how well you and your children transition. Here are the top schools throughout Destin.

Elementary Schools

The top elementary school is Destin Elementary. This school serves PK through 5th grade and was given a rating of 9/10 from greatschools.org. Even the community reviews gave this school a five-star rating.

Destin Christian Academy is another area elementary school with a five-star rating from the community. This is a private school serving PK through 8th grade.

Middle Schools

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Living in Lynn Haven, Florida provides a great home with plenty to offer. This area is about 60 miles from Destin and just north of Panama City. One of the most attractive features of the Lynn Haven area is the sports complex located at 2201 Recreation Drive. Whether you're looking for a place your kids can play sports or you want to join a league, this is the place to find all the best leagues, camps and sports programs.

The complex is a total of 60 acres and provide the focal point for sports and activities within the community. Many programs cater to children, while others cater to adults and some programs are specifically for senior citizens.

As a part of the Panhandle Florida Birding Trail, this areas provides excellent bird watching. You can

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Destin, Florida is one of the top travel destinations in the country. Many families visit and don't want to leave. This leads to families relocating to the area every year and one of the main reasons they come here is the state parks.

With plenty of parks to choose from, most providing beach access, you can spend the day at one of the parks and the beach. Here are the top state parks found throughout the area.

Henderson Beach State Park

By far the most popular and one of the best beaches throughout the area, this is a great place for families. Over 6,000 feet of beaches make up the shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico and plenty of natural features, including scrub oaks, sand pines and dune rosemary provide beautiful views. Walk along the boardwalk,

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Relocating to Destin provides opportunities for beach trips, golfing, fishing and so much more. However, if you don't choose the right neighborhood for your family, the things you're hoping to enjoy might not be as convenient at you'd like. Here are some tips to help you find the right place for your next home.

Visit Destin First

The best way to figure out where you want to live is to visit the area. However, you can't show up expecting to treat your visit as a vacation. It's better if you travel to the area and look at the different neighborhoods, rank them in order from your favorite to your least favorite and you actually talk to locals about the area.

Research the Area

Forums, blogs and websites provide plenty of information about

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Sandestin is the area for activities and sports. With plenty of golf found throughout the entire Destin area, excellent tennis facilities and all kinds of marinas, the best are found on the Sandestin Resort. This is known as one of the best golf resorts in the entire state and it provides 7.5 miles of beaches, as well.

Residents can enjoy excellent golf course, amazing tennis, a 113-slip marina, plenty of water sports, a top quality fitness center and so much more. Sports are big in Destin and the resort provides all kinds of options for residents to enjoy.

Golf Courses in Destin

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Golf is a huge activity in Destin and all throughout Florida. Golfers can choose from top courses, such as:

  • Kelly Plantation Golf Course
  • Sandestin Golf and Beach
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Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2nd_June_2012_Lamb_Steak_1.jpgDestin offers plenty of great places for dining. Whether you're taking the whole family or you're looking for a great place for a date, you can choose from a variety of excellent restaurants including:

McGuire's Irish Pub

Featuring 18-cent bean soup, steaks, pasta and so much more, this is a great restaurant for everybody. It was featured on the Food Network because of the 12" tall garbage burger and the 22 ice cream toppings.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

A great place for hibachi and one of the best sushi choices in the area. Enjoy sashimi, steaks, chicken, vegetables and more.

Callahan's

Dining as a family at Callahan's will provide you with plenty of fresh food, perfectly prepared. The reasonable prices make it perfect for

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relax01_250We all burn out at some point and need a day to relax. If you're looking to get away from the normal and relax, the Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa is the right place for you.

Spend a day here or a weekend in perfect relaxation with one of the best spas in the area. Thirty acres filled with beautiful beaches, excellent vacation rentals and all the amenities you need for relaxation, Silver Shells is perfect for your next stay-cation.

The Resort Amenities

Finding the best amenities will allow for full relaxation and fun. Take the entire family and escape for the weekend with amenities including:

  • Beachfront access
  • Plenty of swimming Pools
  • Dining at Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Full menu of Spa Services
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts
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If you're moving to Destin, it's important to know the right places to visit once you settle into your new home. Many attractions bring visitors to the area every year and as a new resident, you won't be limited to just a few of these top attractions. Here are the best places to go in Destin, Florida.

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Henderson Beach State Recreation Area


With over 200 acres of coastal and woodland area, this state park is perfect for locals. It's known as one of the best places for beachgoers and swimmers. Whether you want to head out to the 6,000 feet of coastline or you prefer spending time on the hiking trails, you'll love this park.

Harborwalk Marina


Spending time at the Harborwalk Marina will allow you to enjoy the best yachts in the area. You can catch a cruise here…
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Whether you're moving because of a job, family or any other reason, it can be challenging. Finding the right home for your family isn't always easy, especially when you don't know the area at all. However, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little easier.

Receive a Pre-Approval

If you plan to take out a mortgage for your new home, get pre-approved before you start shopping. This will help to set the budget for your house. It's a horrible situation when a buyer find the perfect home only to find out they can't get a mortgage large enough to buy it. Don't allow this to happen to you. Instead, start with the pre-approval.

Hire a Realtor

Since you're not familiar with the area, the services of a realtor are necessary. A

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Camping is very popular in Destin and finding the right place to enjoy a cabin, tent camping, RV camping or any other type of camping will provide you and your family all kinds of fun. With a beach community, you gain many unique options to camp on or near the beach. Here are some of the best choices for your camping needs in Destin.

Tent Camping

When it comes to tent camping, the best options are the state parks in the area. These include:

  • Henderson State Park
  • South Walton State Park
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
  • Grayton Beach State Park

All four are great choices and Henderson State Park is right on the beach. Grayton State Park is very popular and has been named to the top ten beaches in North America more than once. The best

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