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We all know that searching for the perfect vacation rental for you and your family can be a bit overwhelming. From the many different booking sites out there, to finding the rental to fit exactly what you and your party needs, the possibilities are endless and sometimes confusing. Making the wrong decision could make hundreds of dollars of a difference.


Save Money

Did you know that third party sites such as Airbnb and VRBO charge YOU a booking fee for using their site? This fee can range anywhere from 6-20% of the total cost of the rental. With a percentage this high, this could cost you hundreds of dollars that you could save by simply calling and booking directly with the property manager. When looking for a home, the best thing you can do for your pocketbook is to go directly to the source! 


Knowledge Is Key

By booking directly with a rental company, you’d not only save hundreds of dollars, but you get the quality and care of a customer service representative that knows the area and can listen to your needs and help find the perfect home for you. The majority of property management companies are located in the area. They live and work here and know the area and their homes to help you find the perfect place for you and your family. 


Streamlined Communication

Third-party sites like VRBO and Airbnb require you to use their customer service representatives for questions regarding your booking. In most situations, these representatives act as a middle-man between you and the rental company. When you book direct, you speak to the property managers directly! All of your information is in one system so that we can help you from the start of your booking process, to the very end of your stay! 


Opportunities For Future Discounts

Repeat guests are a big deal for the vacation rental agencies. We truly appreciate your business and offer future incentives and discounts that you might not get through third-party OTA’s, saving you even more money on your next vacation! 


A Long-Lasting Relationship

Once you find a home fit for you and your family’s vacation, it’s very likely that you’ll rebook in the future for family trips to come. Building a relationship with a management company directly can keep you coming back to the same home year after year. Guests can opt to receive update emails on availability, deals, and new homes that may be perfect for them in the future making the search for next year’s rental as easy as that! 


There are so many reasons to book direct that directly affect you, the traveler. Need more statistics? Check out some of the data behind how booking directly can save you money on your next vacation!

The Origin of Destin

History of Destin

Florida Memory / Public Domain Image via The Destin Log

Starting out as a very small fishing village with little to no development, Destin has been an epicenter for anglers since the beginning of time. Captain Leonard Destin, where the Destin name originated from, settled here in 1852 to extend the fishing season. Over the next 40 years, the Destin name would be stamped on the fishing village after William Marler, a worked for Captain Leonard Destin, submitted a post office request with the single name “Destin”.

Since then, settlers have flocked to the beautiful area known for its abundance in fish and beautiful scenery. Over the next 2 centuries, Destin would become one of the United State’s most treasured vacation spots! As businesses develop and more people flock to the area to live, the city has grown with the hustle and bustle of life. While still being a great vacation spot, Destin has stayed true to “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” name by hosting angler events and providing fresh local seafood to restaurants along the coast and neighboring states.

White Sand and Emerald Waters

Destin beaches

Destin Beaches

We all know Destin for its beautiful white sand and emerald waters, but what is the cause of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast? If you’ve ever wondered, you’ve come to the right place. The unique white sand on the beaches of Destin, Miramar Beach, and 30A come from small quartz particles from the Appalachian Mountains over 20,000 years ago. The Apalachicola River carried water and these quartz particles to the Gulf of Mexico and still continues to do so today.

So, that gorgeous white sand that doesn’t burn your feet, and the crystal clear water that keeps you mesmerized is a beautiful gift from nature herself!


How To Make The Most Of  Your Trip

Whether you’re here for the fishing, golf, or just to spend some time on our gorgeous beaches, here are a few tips to make the most out of your trip to the beach:

  1. Book a luxury vacation home with Diamond Gulf Rentals – There’s nothing like making some amazing memories in the comfort of a home just for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for a home with a private pool, large enough for a special event, or want something Gulf Front to enjoy those beautiful views of the Gulf, we have exactly what you’re looking for!
  2. Head to the beach! – We know this seems like an obvious one, but did you know there are many ways to enjoy the beaches of Destin other than just taking a quick trip to the beach! Destin is riddled with fun family-friendly activities like jet skis, kayaking, charter fishing, and there’s even a pirate boat at AJ’s that the kids are sure to love! Switch it up every day with any of these fun activities to get the most out of your beach days!
  3. Enjoy fresh, local food – Help support local restaurants and eat locally owned and locally sourced locations. Harbor Docks, Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi, Louisiana Lagniappe, and Brotula’s are some great local places, just to name a few! Supporting local will not only help provide for our beautiful area, but you’re sure to get great, fresh food and the full Destin experience!