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10 Ways to Reduce Stress When Planning Your Destin Beach Vacation

While taking a beach vacation is great fun, the planning may not be.  Since we’ve been helping families plan beach vacations to Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast for more than 30 years, our team compiled some of our best recommendations to help guests make the planning process stress free. 


1. Book in advance

We know you have been meaning to plan your beach vacation and the year is getting away from you. For the best OHHMYYGAAHHD spot, book now. It will give you the peace of mind that you have the perfect rental for your group and your party will have time to plan and save. For a limited time, we have relaxed our deposit requirements. Read more here.


2. Have our team make recommendations

We know finding time to research options is a challenge. Let us do the leg work for you. Our team of local hosts are experts at finding the perfect vacation rental where you’d rather be. Just call us at 1-800-225-7652.


3. Determine your preferred dates and back up dates

When you call or book online, the first thing you’re going to be asked is your preferred dates of stay to determine what is available. We recommend getting with your group in advance to determine your preferred dates as well as a Plan B.  There is nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect spot and it is not available.

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4. When booking online use the advanced search

When you visit our vacation rentals page, the “MORE OPTIONS” tab to the right of the trip dates will allow you to narrow your search by accommodation type (home, condo, villa, etc.), location, view and more. Use the Search tool and filters to get to a short list of 10-15. Expand from there.

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5. Book direct.

When you make your reservation directly with Newman-Dailey, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your vacation is booked through a reputable, local property management company with 24-hour customer service and support during your stay. In addition, those that call to book direct enjoy the expertise of our friendly vacation specialists who can answer questions about your vacation rental, ranging from the type of coffee pot to the nearest grocery store. You’ll also rest assured you received the best rate and no added fees from third party vacation rental websites.

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6. Take local advice planning your beach vacation.

We love to share insider tips on where to stay, what to bring, what to do and where to eat in the Destin and South Walton area. Read our Planning Your Beach Vacation blog for our tips and tricks. 


7. Know what to pack.

Reduce your packing time by using our recommended pack list.Click here for our recommended list of what to bring for your stay in a beach vacation rental home or condominium. 


8. Relax: It’s science.

Did you know a beach vacation is good for your health? There are a variety of health benefits of taking a beach vacation. Read a recent report on "What the beach does to your brain" NBC News. 


9. Save time and money.

When you allow our team to assist you, you’ll save time and hear about all the free activities you’ll enjoy as part of the Be Free Bundle. Each stay includes a virtual gift card good toward one adult pass per day for activities ranging from Dolphin Cruises and Segway Tours to parasailing and Big Kahuna’s Waterpark.

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10. Peace of mind knowing your beach chair is waiting

The stress will disappear once you know your beach vacation is booked, and most of Newman-Dailey’s vacation rental homes and condominiums include seasonal beach service. If you’ve booked a participating property, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that two chairs and an umbrella will be awaiting your arrival each day at the beach. 

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Ready for stress-free vacation planning?

Search our collection of Destin and South Walton vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652.


See you @ the beach!