Saturday, August 11, 2012

Roadtrip Houston To Destin with a 1 year old, 4 year old, and 8 year old

GPS told us it would take 9 or so hours. We stopped twice every 3.5 hrs  for the kids to get out and walk around. Total time for us was 12 hours to get to the Luau II in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. We did not book directly from the resort-used Destin Getaways.  Our first stop was at a Target in Lafayette Louisiana. Specifically this address :  3225 Louisiana Avenue.  Our second stop was in Gulfport at the Gulfport Outlet 10000 Factory Shop Boulevard  Gulfport, MS 39503. There was a play area with slides, etc. 


Here are some photos of the gorgeous water of Destin!


Beach right at the Sandestin Resort

Miramar Beach Area


We went jet skiing and dolphin watching from Harbor Walk Village. (Booked through tripshock.com around $75.00 per hour Luther's Pontoon & Destin Pontoon and Jet Ski) The dolphin cruise was through Olin Marler's.


Below are photos of the Luau pool. 





Photos of the  Luau  and resort area. 




There is a marina at the resort grounds. But the kids have to be 6 years old to jet ski. 

Shopping:

There is a Kilwin's ice cream/dessert shop. I liked the Publix grocery store too. 

We also went to  Winn Dixie for groceries. 


Eating:
There is a Panera nearby

The view from Pompano Joes


Getting There

We had to use overhead storage for the luggages. 

The overhead pack fit one large luggage, 2 carry-on rolling luggages, and a child's rolling backpack. We bought the Yakima storage bag from Academy. Hubby says it was easy to pack and tie. We were equipped with every imagineable electronic devices. At our Target stop we decided to buy a dual USB car charger. We made 2 fill ups to get there! Great place for a family with small kids! 

Recommendations:
Waterproof Digital Camera (it's what we used the most)