Destin vs. Sandestin

Asked by Bob Petty, Thu Jan 22, 2009

Why would I pick one over the other?

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Myke Atwater, Agent, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Thu Jan 22, 2009
To expand a little on Mike's answer, Sandestin sit just to the east of Destin and is actually a planned resort community connected with bike paths to amenities and the beach. You can stay in Sandestin, eat at restaurants, go to the beach, go on bike rides, play golf, take a boat taxi from one point to another all without ever getting in your vehicle. There also is a shuttle to take you from one place to another. There is a mixture of architecture here as well, to include "condohotel", patio homes, townhomes, and detached single family homes. It is also a gated community. Because of the availability of of amenities (it stretches all the way from the bay to the Gulf of Mexico), your homeowner/condo association fees are higher than many other places in the area.

Destin, on the other hand, is a full community of residents and vacationers with a world class assortment of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and all the businesses that would make up a normal community. There are many different "communities" that make up Destin, such as Emerald Bay, Emerald Lakes, Crystal Beach, Indian Bayou, Frangista Beach,etc. Each community might have its own association, association dues, beach area, etc.

So, Bob, it depends on what you are looking for which one you would choose. If you are looking for gulf front property, Destin or Miramar Beach would be the place to look, but if you want a gated resort area, Sandestin would be the choice for you.

If I can be of further assistance or if you would like some more materials, please feel free to contact me at 850-305-6256 anytime, or you can find me at You can also visit for more information on the area as well.

Myke Triebold, GRI, CNAS
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Niki Noblin, Agent, Destin, FL
Tue Sep 22, 2009
To answer your question you really have to answer a question yourself; what are YOU looking for. Sandestin is a resort, but it also has a lot of full time residents who love it. There is an element of tourism to the resort which you as a homeowner might enjoy such as on-site golf, baytown wharf, a marina and gulf front beach club. The down side amenities cost money so you pay higher association dues and you have to deal with more traffic than most neighborhoods. In Destin, you have plenty of neighborhoods that feature golf and have water access, but you have an added level of privacy that you might not find in Sandestin Resort. Like I said it all depends on what fits you best.

Niki Noblin
Remax Southern Realty
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Brad Smith, Agent, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Fri Jan 23, 2009
Bob, In my 22 years of successfully helping people buy & sell Real Estate along the Emerald Coast I've helped thousands of people make that same decision of choosing between Sandestin and Destin. It is not that difficult of one to make once I know what you’re looking for in your home. You see it is truly a individualized choice, there is no wrong answer here. The great news is that NOW is the best time to buy that I've ever seen. I'd be happy to help you with your search & weigh in with some more specifics once I know what you were looking for from a lifestyle standpoint as well as the typical price range, Br/Ba's, prefer condo or home, rental capable, or non rental, view preference, etc... You can reach me at and also feel free to use my website to help answer your questions: Best of luck with your search and congratulations on your great timing in being a buyer in today’s market!
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Michael Hend…, Agent, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Thu Jan 22, 2009
Sandestin is a full Golf and Beach resort with many amenities and great lifestyle
homes cost are generally higher per square foot and higher owner dues

Destin more house for the money and you can drive short distance to do the same things

If you want high amenties and easy access(bike , golf cart or shuttle) golfing tennis beach shopping
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