We stayed on the San Destin resort and the beach was perfectly manicured and combed and left all of our feet as soft as a baby's bottom. The Florida water was perfectly blue and we had clear skies and sun the entire trip.
While bringing your three dependent children to the beach is a bit of work, it was totally worth the trouble, sweat and extra energy to hear the sound of the surf and watch your children marvel in the beauty and wonder that is the ocean. We spent our mornings at the beach, a little time resting and napping in our condo in the afternoon followed by some pool swimming and then out to eat each night.
To save money (and calories) we cooked breakfast in room and packed PB & J everyday for the beach (Bennett's dream come true). In the morning, Chris or I would take our chairs and umbrella out to the beach and stake claim on a spot. By the time we would get the troops sunscreened up and out there (8:00 AM most days) the beach was already filling up. Destin in July is a busy time, but the crowds weren't too bothersome. The traffic at dinner time... well, that is a different story.