Destin Vacation Rental Tips

Congrats! You’ve officially booked your beach vacation rental for Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast, one of the best beach destinations in the United States, hands down! As experienced vacation rental hosts for this area, we tend to get many of the same questions on a weekly basis. For that reason, we’ve put together some helpful tips and information to prep you for your upcoming stay!

Family arriving at beach vacation rental home.

What To Do After Booking Your Vacation Rental

If you booked a vacation stay online, you’ll want to check your confirmation messages to ensure you have all of the important details needed to access your rental.

Most hosts send an email sharing the following information after booking:

  • Complete address + directions on how to get there
  • Keyless entry codes (if self check-in)
  • Check-in/out times
  • Where to safely park
  • House rules

When you book your rental months in advance, you may not get this information until closer to your stay. To save on last-minute hassles, go ahead and message your host to check if you didn’t receive the above information.

Family with kids unpacking at beach vacation rental home.

Special Requests and Add Ons

If you didn’t already specify any extra needs in your original booking, make sure to communicate with the host to let them know right away, so they have time to accommodate your requests.

Things to communicate with the host:

  • If you will be traveling with pets.
  • If you’ll need a crib or high chair.
  • If you’ll want the pool or jacuzzi heated for your stay. (Depending on the property)

Travel Insurance

Now that your travel dates are set and your vacation rental is booked, consider purchasing travel insurance for any unforeseen circumstances. Here’s a great post comparing the top US travel insurance companies: Best Travel Insurance 2022

Rentals and Excursions

Now for the fun part! Book activities for your vacation! If there’s one thing Destin isn’t short of, it’s entertainment. Enjoy a Sunset Dolphin Cruise, check out Crab Island, or if you’re brave enough, go parasailing!

Dolphin jumping out of water in Destin Florida

If you’re traveling with kids, check out our blog post on Top Things To Do With Kids in the Miramar Beach/Destin area. You can also read our posts on fishing, golfing, bike riding, and trails & parks for additional recommendations.

Couple at Harbor Walk Marina on Destin Vacation.

OhanaDestin Guests

If you’ve booked your vacation rental with us at JNL Smart Realty, on our direct site: OhanaDestin, or on Airbnb, know that you’re in good hands! We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to our guests and we know you’ll have an amazing stay on the Emerald Coast.

Interior images of OhanaDestin vacation rentals in Destin and Miramar Beach Florida
One of our luxurious beach rentals (with heated pool)!

All of our Vacation Rentals in Miramar Beach and Destin, Florida offer:

  • Swimming pools (private or shared access- please contact us ahead of time for heating options)
  • Blazing fast wifi
  • Smart TVs with Roku for all of your streaming needs
  • Walkable distance to the beach
  • Beach cart, umbrella, and 2 beach chairs
  • Barbecue Grills and Utensils
  • Free onsite parking
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans and portable fans
  • Quiet time from 10pm – 8am

Most of our vacation properties have an in-house washer and dryer. The majority of our units are also dog-friendly for an additional fee ($150 for one dog, +$30 for a second).

Summer beach vacation packing list.

Additional Items to Pack For Your Beach Vacation

  • Extra beach towels
  • Large beach blanket
  • Beach bag
  • Water shoes (for excursions & hot sand!)
  • Sunblock
  • After-sun cream
  • SPF lip balm
  • Cooler
  • Beach toys & inflatables
  • Waterproof phone case/containers
  • Portable speaker
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Refillable water bottles

The Destin and Miramar Beach areas have plenty of grocery stores and shopping options in case you forget anything major. Just know that many of the items will cost more in a beach town, so if you can arrive prepared you’ll end up saving money.

Beautiful Destin coast line.

Still haven’t booked yet? Find your perfect vacation rental on the Emerald Coast of Florida, before it’s too late!

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