I love unique swimming pools so I thought it would be fun to write this post about my favorite pools in the area. I realize most people come to Destin for the beach, but it’s also great to have an awesome pool at your hotel or condo. It’s a safer and more fun place for kids to swim on days when the gulf is rough and a nice alternative to the beach on hot days for relaxing in the shade of a palm tree or umbrella steps from your room.
Below are what I would consider to be the 5 best pools in the Destin area. Some of them are located on Okaloosa Island (the beautiful stretch of beach between the Destin bridge and downtown Fort Walton Beach) which is technically in Fort Walton Beach however many people consider it more part of Destin. For the purpose of this article, I elected to include Oklaoosa Island since they have some of the most unique pools to our area.
1. Waterscape Resort
I gave the top spot to Waterscape Resort on Okaloosa Island. Waterscape Resort has a beautifully landscaped, multi-level courtyard with 3 pools, a lazy river, 2 hot tubs, barbecue grills, and a zero entry children’s play area. It is also located right on the beach.
2. Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
Also located on Okaloosa Island, Destin West Resort easily takes the number 2 spot for the best pool in the Destin area. Destin West is split by Highway 98 resulting in half the resort being on the bay and the other half on the beach.
On the bay side of the road, there is a zero-entry pool leading into a 700 foot tropically landscaped, lazy river. There is also 2 large hot tubs, a pool with a waterfall as well as charcoal grills, picnic tables, and plenty of grassy areas to play and relax. On the beach side of the resort, there is a 5000 square foot pool, a large hot tub, and a children’s play and splash area.
3. The Palms of Destin
The Palms Resort of Destin comes in as the third best pool. At 11,000 square feet this zero-entry pool is one of the largest in Destin and features beautiful tropical landscaping and walking bridges over the water. The Destin Palms pool area also has a separate heated pool as well as a hot tub and a children’s splash area. The Palms Resort is located across highway 98 from the beach, however they do have a free shuttle to take you there.
Destin West Resort is ideally located in the heart of Destin only a few miles east of Destin Harbor and a few miles West of Destin Commons (the main shopping area of Destin). This area is surrounded by restaurants and grocery stores so it will be a short drive to anything you need.
4. Ramada Plaza Beach Resort
Okaloosa Island clearly knows what a pool should be because the number four spot is also here. The Ramada Plaza Beach Resort takes makes this list due to the unique features of their Polynesian style grotto pool. It has a cascading waterfall with the only swim-up bar in our area which can be found hidden away in a cave under the rocks of the waterfall. The other awesome feature of this pool is that from some of the ground floor rooms, you can actually jump right into the pool from your room balcony.
The Ramada also has an additional heated pool and hot tub as well as a large kids splash and play area.
5. Silver Shells Resort and Spa
Silver Shells beach resort makes the last spot on the list with a 7500 square foot lagoon style pool ideally situated just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. Silver Shells also has a kids pool, a whirlpool hot tub, a waterfall, as well as an indoor/outdoor lap pool in their spa area. Between the pool and the beach is a beautifully landscaped public park area as well as a picture perfect tiki bar with cold drinks and beautiful beach views.
Silver Shells is ideally located right next to Henderson Beach State Park so it’s a great area for walks on the beach and exploring the most undeveloped beaches in Destin.
If a pool is at the top of your priority list on vacation, hopefully this list will help give you a few options to consider when booking your Destin vacation. What is your favorite pool in the Destin area?
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