For Nature Lovers, Ultimate Beach Vacation is a Walk in the Woods

While beach vacationers flock to the always bright sun, beautiful surf and sugar white sands of northwest Florida’s glorious Emerald Coast, for nature lovers the area’s true paradise is found in the woods.

Miramar Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 15, 2006 — One of the most engaging experiences of any vacation is the time spent exploring local natural features and wildlife habitats. None are more impressionable than the scenic step back into the Old South at Eden Gardens State Park, located just east of Destin, one of Florida’s most popular beach destinations.

According to Suzanne Harris, general manager of Edgewater Beach Condominium, one of Destin’s leading vacation condo rental providers, the park is one of the favorite excursions of resort guests.

Rimming the eastern shore of beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay, Eden Gardens could not be more appropriately named. The first glimpse of the immaculate grounds is much as you would imagine in the Garden of Eden: Towering, Spanish moss-draped Live Oaks, some more than 600 years old, frame a lush kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, featuring a breathtaking array of azaleas, camellias and gorgeous wild flowers.

Sun bathers, readers and picnickers enjoy the serenity of the park’s expansive and well-manicured lawns and rose gardens, which rival the estates of the finest mansions. Not to be outdone, Eden Gardens has one of those, too.

The centerpiece of the park is its magnificent, turn-of-the-century Southern mansion. Behind the broad porches and soaring columns of this stately architectural treasure, tours provide a historical perspective of “Old Florida,” and a close-up view of the second-largest collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States.

Wildlife enthusiasts and youngsters won’t be disappointed, as many species of birds, squirrels and reptiles are abundant along the winding scenic walking trails.

Although Eden Gardens provides a welcome respite from the typically bustling beachfront during summer months, fall and winter also are wonderful times to visit. “Our vacation rental guests always love visiting from October through December, when Destin abounds with great events and fun festivals,” Harris said. “Lower condo rental rates and our private beach provide a great value.”

While Harris always advises visitors to book their Destin vacation rental as early as possible, she says that last-minute reservations often can be accommodated. “Many of our guests make last-minute reservations for a romantic getaway or a long weekend during school breaks, either driving in or taking advantage of lower airfares available during the early fall months,” Harris said.

Destin, located midway between Pensacola and Panama City in Florida’s panhandle, boasts the nation’s largest privately-owned charter fishing boat fleet, many of Florida’s top-rated golf courses and restaurants, expansive shopping offerings and a broad array of recreational options.

Edgewater Beach Condominium sits majestically on Miramar Beach, between Destin and Sandestin. Featuring a touch of the French Riviera, its unique architecture is among Florida’s most recognizable landmarks. The resort offers distinctively appointed one, two, and three bedroom condominiums, each with a private balcony overlooking lushly landscaped gardens, three sparkling swimming pools and the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information about Destin, Florida vacation accommodations, contact Edgewater Beach Condominium at (800) 822-4929 or visit

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