Ready to Escape the In-Laws this Holiday?
There is plenty to do in Florida and so much of it offers warm, sunny skies during the Winter months! Vacationing has never been easier with vacation rentals, hotels, new resorts popping up on almost every corner for most of the Florida Coast. It’s even worth noting that Airlines flights are relatively inexpensive nowadays. Many traveling sites and traveling services offer apps where you can track flight prices and book at the exact time when you see a price you like. Talk about convenient! The holidays are right around the corner and if you’re looking to escape the cold weather and get your family into some sunshine there is no better place to look than Florida. Check out our 7 picks for Christmas or Holiday getaways below.
1. Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Located along a 26-mile stretch of Northwest Florida’s famed Emerald Coast, Santa Rosa Beach is one of the 16 distinct beach neighborhoods in South Walton County, each with its own traditions, charm and visual style.
The community of Santa Rosa Beach offers luxury beach houses, upscale dining, and the unique artist colony known as Gulf Place.
Santa Rosa Beach provides several entrances to Point Washington State Forest, a 15,000-acre preserve with more than 10 natural communities.
In fact, all of South Walton is renowned for natural scenic beauty, turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches, including one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Best Beaches on Earth” for families. Click here to browse Vacation Rentals and more!
Destin sits on the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico and is home to stunning white sandy beaches, emerald green water, and often referred to as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”.
This beach town is known for its plentiful fishing, challenging golf courses, mouth-watering seafood restaurants, and incredible Gulf views. Destin Florida offers a wide variety of activities including parasailing, watersports, dolphin cruises, aquariums, theme parks, and more.
Explore all this beautiful area has to offer. DestinFlorida.com has everything you need to book your next vacation. Browse vacation rentals and condos, view our list of world renowned restaurants, and book any adventure or activity to create the perfect visit to Destin.
3. Panama City Beach
Pensacola Beach is a place that you, your family and friends can experience all the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer. Pensacola Beach is world famous for its sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters.
Here you’ll find endless opportunities for fun and relaxation. Savor fresh gulf seafood or sip a Bushwacker at our many restaurants and hangouts, take a walk or catch a fish on the Pensacola Beach Pier, or simply relax in the sun and watch your worries float away.
Be sure to check out our Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail where you can learn the secrets of our beautiful white sand, the dangerous journey of sea turtles, learn to identify mysterious sea shells and so much more. Browse Vacation rentals and more!
Settle into a Panhandle Christmas in Pensacola. Elves dance merrily in falling snow at the Pensacola Winterfest, a massive, month-long festival. Take your little ones on a bright red trolley, climb into Santa’s sleigh, check out the Polar Express train, and don’t miss the hilarious Elf Parade. At the Pensacola Christmas Parade, look up to see an aerial show by the Blue Angels. The Pensacola Children’s Chorus sing traditional Christmas songs at Christmas on the Coast, and at Santa Drop, you can see Santa parachute out of a plane. For an only-in-Florida experience, watch costumed surfers ride the waves at the Surfing Santa Parade. Browse Vacation Rentals and More! Source: Facebook/Winterfest Pensacola
In Sarasota, you can have the best of both worlds: a sunny vacation and classic snowy Christmas activities. At Lakewood Ranch’s Snow Fest Sarasota, your little ones can play in the snow, tube down huge snow slides, and step into a giant snow globe. When you’ve had your fill of the white stuff, check out the Candy Cane Hula Hoopers, ride ponies, and visit with Santa. Historic Spanish Point hosts Holly Days and Mangrove Lights, where you can walk through twinkling forests, explore festively decorated homestead buildings, and enjoy outdoor caroling. Put bells on your shoes for the Annual Jingle and Jog, attend the Sarasota tree lighting, and head to Main Street to watch for Santa in the annual Holiday Parade. Source: Facebook/Visit Sarasota County
6. St. Augustine
The medieval city of St. Augustine turns up the charm during the holidays. As part of the Nights of Lights festival, the historic buildings glow with millions of tiny lights, turning every evening walk into a dream. Use the free park and ride the shuttle to streamline travel from your local vacation rental. The fun continues with the St. Augustine Christmas Parade, which runs through downtown and ends with a meet-and-greet with Santa in the Plaza de la Constitucion. On Luminary Night, explore the St. Augustine Lighthouse in the glow of thousands of luminaries, and check out the Victorian Christmas decorations. For a beachy holiday event, head to Surf Illumination at St. Augustine Beach, to visit Santa and see the pier light up for Christmas. Source: Facebook/St. Augustine, Florida Image source
7. Captiva Island
Put a tropical spin on your Christmas in Captiva Island. Get into the festive spirit at the Captiva Holiday Village, where you can watch a tree lighting and experience a fireworks show with a view of the ocean. Opera singers serenade the crowd during Sunset Arias, and the South Seas Island Resort Holiday Stroll features Christmas lights and family-friendly activities such as ornament-making stations. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Luminary Festival, the Christmas Carol Sing at the Chapel By the Sea or the lighted boat parade. For the full island experience, watch the charming Captiva Golf Cart Parade, where residents turn tiny carts into over-the-top Christmas masterpieces. Source: Facebook/Captiva Golf Cart Parade