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How to Plan a Romantic Getaway in Destin

February 2, 2024

Romantic couple feeding each other while eating at the beach

There’s nothing quite like the allure of Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida, to ignite the flames of romance. With their stunning beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and a wealth of romantic activities and dining options, these coastal destinations offer the perfect backdrop for couples looking to create lasting memories.

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll share tips and recommendations to help you plan the ultimate romantic escape in Destin and Miramar Beach, from intimate dining experiences to sunset cruises and creating a romantic atmosphere in your vacation rental.

Beachfront Dining
Many restaurants in the area offer beachfront seating, allowing you to savor a delectable meal with your toes in the sand while the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. We highly recommend Destin’s Henderson Park Inn’s Beach Walk Café where you can dine in their eatery or upgrade to a VIP Toes in the Sand dinner with a private setup just for you on the beach. For those in Walton County, we’d suggest making reservations at Vue on 30A or at Pescado’s rooftop bar.

Silhouetted couple kissing as the waves roll in on the beach at sunset

Fine Dining
For a more formal experience, indulge in fine dining at one of the upscale restaurants in the area. Look for establishments with a focus on gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list. Rosemary’s Gallion’s requires reservations and is absolutely fantastic while Restaurant Paradis is an experience like none other. Miramar Beach’s Vin’tij is a top favorite of ours while Destin’s Marina Cafe comes in as another great local recommendation. 

Private Chefs
An alternative to going out for dinner is to dress up and stay in your own vacation rental! Call in one of the amazing local chefs to come cook for you so you don’t have to lift a finger! Our top picks are Marrow Private Chefs, The Blue Magnolia, or Artistic Catering.

Sunset Cruises
Set sail on a sunset cruise, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the setting sun painting the sky with vibrant hues. Captain Pam runs the Smile N’ Wave sailboat tours where she also offers weddings and vow renewals. 

Beach Strolls
Hand in hand, take a leisurely stroll along the pristine beaches of Destin or Miramar Beach. The tranquil sound of the waves and the soft glow of the moonlight make for an idyllic romantic experience. Grab a large blanket and just relax, remembering to take in the gorgeous, natural scenery surrounding you.

Water Adventures
For couples seeking adventure, consider renting a tandem kayak or paddleboarding together. Exploring the emerald waters of the Gulf side by side can be an exhilarating and romantic experience.

Romantic couple's dinner overlooking a beach at sunset

Enhance the romantic ambiance during your stay by adding thoughtful touches to your vacation rental:

Candlelit Dinners
Start your romantic getaway out right with a custom charcuterie board, delivered right to your vacation rental! Later on, prepare a romantic dinner for two with candles, flowers, and a delicious bottle of wine (we highly recommend Caymus which can be found at nearly any liquor/wine or grocery store). 

In-Room Spa
Arrange for a private couples’ massage or bring along aromatic oils and their favorite reads to create a serene, spa-like atmosphere in your rental.

Love Notes
Leave love notes for each other to discover throughout your stay, adding a personal and heartfelt touch to your romantic getaway. P.S. You can do this at home, too, with sticky notes!

“I would go everywhere and anywhere with you.”

Above all, it’s important to remember to take the time to relax and reconnect. When you’re on vacation, it’s the perfect time to leave behind the stresses of daily life and immerse yourselves in the beauty of the Florida Panhandle. Enjoy unhurried moments, savor each other’s company, and let the magic of these coastal havens work its romantic charm. Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida, have so much to offer, and we’re excited to host you on your next romantic getaway!

With love from Breathe Easy Rentals

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