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Old 06-18-2018, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default 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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:10 AM   #3
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Depends on what you're looking to do.

Just relaxing on the beach, we prefer Orange Beach. More activities & people - Destin.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:13 AM   #4
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Relaxing on the beach and activities for my 14 yo son.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:15 AM   #5
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Relaxing on the beach and activities for my 14 yo son.
14 yo son probably going to enjoy the scenery at Destin.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:20 AM   #6
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Destin or Seaside
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:23 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:37 AM   #8
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Don't forget to load up on some royal red shrimp, too, trust me.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:45 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:16 PM   #10
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I can't stand the Destin crowds and traffic. I do enjoy the Destin docks though
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:28 PM   #11
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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.....
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:31 PM   #12
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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)
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:33 PM   #13
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We are going to Gulf Shores next week. Never been before, found decent price for the location. Been to Destin 3-4 times.
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:35 PM   #14
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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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Old 06-18-2018, 12:37 PM   #15
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On down from Destin, but we really enjoy Rosemary/Alys Beach.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:05 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:08 PM   #17
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We like perdido key pretty well. Lots to do and plenty places to eat. Good golfing too.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:10 PM   #18
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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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Old 06-18-2018, 01:18 PM   #19
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:20 PM   #20
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:48 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:55 PM   #22
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:40 PM   #23
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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.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:13 PM   #24
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14 yo son probably going to enjoy the scenery at Destin.


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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