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We get asked a lot about our beaches from questions on how our sand is so perfectly white, what that purple beach flag means, and how to prevent being burnt to a crisp during our sunny days.  We hope you find the following answers any of your questions and we’ll be sure to keep updating over time!

Destin & Miramar Beach FAQ's

We get asked a lot about our beaches from questions on how our sand is so perfectly white, what that purple beach flag means, and how to prevent being burnt to a crisp during our sunny days. We hope you find the following answers any of your questions and we’ll be sure to keep updating over time!

It is fine quartz, so fine that it squeaks under your feet!  We can thank the Appalachian Mountains and the Apalachicola River for making these beautiful beaches for us way, way, way back in the day.

Yes. It is advised to set up canopy tents behind the rows of beach service-designated chairs and umbrellas.

 

No – this includes glass bottles and cups. Glass items are lawfully prohibited. It is suggested to only bring plastic or cans, just remember to take your trash with you!

 

The beach is a first-come, first-choice basis. However, if you are setting up a canopy tent, it is advised to set up canopy tents behind the rows of beach service-designated chairs and umbrellas.

 

No. South Walton has a Leave No Trace policy that deploys a group to pick up left-behind items from our beaches every night and every morning – these items are discarded. For more information about the Leave No Trace policy, click here.

 

All beach services have a small hut or kiosk that you can approach in-person to reserve chairs and umbrellas. Gibson Beach Rentals also provides two lightweight, foldable beach chairs and a beach umbrella stored in every unit, free for our guests’ use.

 

Refer to South Walton’s Beach Safety Tips here for more information about County Beach Rules, staying safe by knowing the beach flag warnings, what happens during sea turtle season, and avoiding tickets and fines. beyond the normal renting, marketing, and accounting…

South Walton's Beach Safety Tips

KNOW AND FOLLOW ALL BEACH FLAGS

They’re here to keep you safe and sound during your vacation! CURRENT FLAG CONDITIONS

HOW TO DEAL WITH BOTHERSOME SEA CRITTERS

Sometimes we get jellyfish visitors in our waters, but don’t freak! If you are ever stung, use warm water to rinse the sting. It is advised to not use ice as it will aggravate the pain of the sting and release venom from the stinging cells. For more information, refer to this very informative article on How to Treat Jellyfish Stings.

WEAR SUNSCREEN AT ALL TIMES

It only takes less than a half hour with our sun to get a burn going, stay unburnt and especially out of pain.

THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DAY IS NOON

If you’d like to avoid being burnt to a crisp or not enduring the worse of our heat, try our beaches in the early morning or later in the afternoon.

WRITE DOWN YOUR DOOR CODE

If you don’t bring your phone to access your door code while you’re out on the beach, remember to write it down somewhere!

South Walton's Beach Safety Tips​

ARE YOU STAYING ON THE SANDESTIN® BEACH AND GOLF RESORT?

Don’t want to worry about driving to dinner or out for a night of fun? Use the tram service! It will take you to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, to the beach, to pools, and back. Be sure to double check Sandestin map & tram information as the tram runs on seasonal hours.

MIND YOUR NEIGHBORS

Everyone likes a little space, be mindful when shaking out your beach towels, and running past any sunbathers. The sand is nice, but only when it’s welcomed!

GET A FREE BEACH PEDICURE

Our sand is so fine that it’s a great natural exfoliate so, go barefooted and have nice, smooth feet after a day at the beach!

IF YOU’RE NOT SURE WHAT TO PACK

Feel free to download this handy checklist to give you some ideas.