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Arlington BowHunter 06-18-2018 10:05 AM

Gulf Shores, Perdido Key or Destin??
 
Looking for a beach vacation next month. Any reason to pick Destin over Gulf Shores or Perdido Key? Destin seems to be more expensive and the beaches look the same. Not wanting to drive any further than Destin from Arlington.
Thanks for the input.

hog_down 06-18-2018 10:06 AM

This topic comes up pretty frequently in the summer months; might want to do a quick search.

Personally, I like Gulf Shores, but that's just me.

Tubby 06-18-2018 10:10 AM

Depends on what you're looking to do.

Just relaxing on the beach, we prefer Orange Beach. More activities & people - Destin.

Arlington BowHunter 06-18-2018 10:13 AM

Relaxing on the beach and activities for my 14 yo son.

shark79 06-18-2018 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Arlington BowHunter (Post 13435827)
Relaxing on the beach and activities for my 14 yo son.

14 yo son probably going to enjoy the scenery at Destin.

Patton 06-18-2018 10:20 AM

Destin or Seaside

Breezy 06-18-2018 10:23 AM

my sister and her family had a friends house in Santa Rosa Beach the 30A last year for a month. we spent 4 days with them there and it was awesome !!! no big condos and no crazy kids partying. a truly awesome spot!!! we spent one day in Destin renting a boat and hanging out at crab island. that was really cool ! But it was nice to go back to the 30A for peace and quiet.

hog_down 06-18-2018 10:37 AM

Don't forget to load up on some royal red shrimp, too, trust me.

Grayson 06-18-2018 10:45 AM

Destin beach and water are generally nicer than Gulf Shores, but much more traffic and people. Depends on whether you’re willing to make that trade-off.

friscopaint 06-18-2018 12:16 PM

I can't stand the Destin crowds and traffic. I do enjoy the Destin docks though

LROSE 06-18-2018 12:28 PM

We usually go to Fort Morgan (just outside of Gulf Shores). Things are calmer and quieter in the Ft Morgan area but you are close enough to Gulf Shores to drive in (about 5 mins). There are plenty of houses and condos to rent in that area. A marina on the bay side & a gas station and couple eatery places.
Same beaches (emerald coast) and sugar sand.....

Codie 06-18-2018 12:31 PM

Gulf Shores if you just want to relax on a nice beach without being overcrowded. Destin if extra people watching opportunities is worth the extra drive (but only for that reason)

MnM 06-18-2018 12:33 PM

We are going to Gulf Shores next week. Never been before, found decent price for the location. Been to Destin 3-4 times.

Sparkles 06-18-2018 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by LROSE (Post 13436111)
We usually go to Fort Morgan (just outside of Gulf Shores). Things are calmer and quieter in the Ft Morgan area but you are close enough to Gulf Shores to drive in (about 5 mins). There are plenty of houses and condos to rent in that area. A marina on the bay side & a gas station and couple eatery places.
Same beaches (emerald coast) and sugar sand.....


Same with us.
Definitely more our style


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2Lazy2P 06-18-2018 12:37 PM

On down from Destin, but we really enjoy Rosemary/Alys Beach.

salth2o 06-18-2018 01:05 PM

The water is not as clear in Gulf Shores as it is eastward from Destin. However, my family loves GS. Destin is too crowded for me. I dont like to fight crowds when I am vacationing.

I would suggest Santa Rosa or Seaside. Just a bit past Destin, but definitely worth it.

drbonner 06-18-2018 01:08 PM

We like perdido key pretty well. Lots to do and plenty places to eat. Good golfing too.

RJK70 06-18-2018 01:10 PM

We rent condos in Destin that have a private beach and donít get very crowded. It is busy when you go out in town but we have little kids so donít go out that much. Beach is Destin is hard to beat.


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marshman 06-18-2018 01:18 PM

Back in the 90s we used to go to Port St Joe and Mexico beach a lot. Not crowded and not very built up. Of course it could be that way now though.

SB09 06-18-2018 01:20 PM

We always go to Orange Beach and will be leaving to head there Friday as a matter of fact. We enjoy visiting those other places during the day then returning to the laid back atmosphere of Orange Beach at night.

rockyraider 06-18-2018 01:48 PM

We stay in Ft. Walton beach. Destin is crowed, but so is Port A. I haven't been to OBA or GSMS, but I believe the general consensus is that the water in Destin is better than both the others. I've been to Destin when we hit it just right and the water was absolutely beautiful. Crab Island and the pass looked like you were in the Bahamas.

Part Timer 06-18-2018 01:55 PM

We just got back from orange beach. Water was crystal clear and beaches were "almost" as white and powdery as destin. But for the lack of crowds and traffic, i will take that over destin any day.

CaptainDave 06-18-2018 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by salth2o (Post 13436170)
The water is not as clear in Gulf Shores as it is eastward from Destin. However, my family loves GS. Destin is too crowded for me. I dont like to fight crowds when I am vacationing.

I would suggest Santa Rosa or Seaside. Just a bit past Destin, but definitely worth it.

This is what we have done in prior years. Stay down 30A a bit; albeit it's more crowded even out that way as compared to 10 years ago, it's still much less than Destin. However, you still are in decent proximity to Destin if you want to head there a few times for dinner or other activities. Not to mention, the harbor isn't too far away that you can't take an offshore trip or rent a pontoon and do the Crab Island thing one day.

Quackerbox 06-18-2018 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by shark79 (Post 13435834)
14 yo son probably going to enjoy the scenery at Destin.

:D:D

I see what you did there


Getting down to peridio key, orange beach or gulf shores from 10 is a kick square in the taint. Once you get there its as nice place and easy to get away from crowds if you want. We always stay near gulf shores either along fort morgan rd or off 182. As mentioned we go visit the busier places during the day and come back to the house for the evening.


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