Sunset at the Sandestin resort hotel

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast reaches from a 7-mile strand of white sand beach to tranquil Choctawhatchee Bay. Webcams are positioned around the property if you want to preview the resort.

It Takes a Village

The conference sessions will take place adjacent to the Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with retail shops, entertainment venues and award winning restaurants and clubs. We’ll also be right next door to the Tennis Center, Marina , Baytowne Adventure Zone and Jolee Island Park.

Hotel or Condo?

Accommodations will be in the vacation condominiums arrayed around the Grand Complex, Conference Center and Village.

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW at the special conference rate of $150 per night plus tax. A deposit of one night’s room rate is required to secure rooms. Deposit is refundable in the event of room cancellation, provided notice is received by Sandestin seven days prior to scheduled arrival date.

When making reservations online, select “All Properties” for the system to show you the NSSR condos.

To request a king or queen bed specifically, please call the hotel directly. To make reservations by phone, call 800-320-8115 and reference the National Symposium on Student Retention, group code 23M14B.

These rooms and special rate are available through Friday, October 13th  OR until the block is filled, whichever comes first.  After that date, rooms may be reserved at the same rate if space is available.

ALERT: If you are contacted by any agency offering you a lower room rate than the one listed above, or offering to make your reservations for you, it may be a scam. Please note that NSSR has not authorized any such offers. Hotel reservations should only be made using the link or phone number provided above.

Getting There

The beach at the Sandestin Resort

Three airports serve the area:

For the best fares, please arrange airport transportation in advance and share rides where possible. More information on airport transportation from the Destin and Panama City airports is included in this Transportation PDF. The document also includes valuable information on resort check-in.

* Please consider the additional ground transportation costs to & from these airports before booking

When You Arrive

The front desk of the Grand Sandestin will be open:

  • Saturday through Tuesday, 7 am – 9 pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 7 am – 7 pm

If you arrive at the resort during those hours, tell the security guard at the gate you are checking in at the Grand Sandestin. You will be given a pass and directions to the Grand Sandestin.

If you arrive outside these hours, you can check in at the Welcome Center at the resort entrance. Have your taxi driver wait and drive you to your building after you check in.

More information on resort check-in and airport transportation is included in this Transportation PDF.

Getting Around

Once you check in, you may decide you don’t need traditional transportation. You’ll be steps away from the pedestrian village, with its retail shops, entertainment venues and award winning restaurants and clubs. Baytowne Wharf was recently voted Best Place to Be Seen on the Emerald Coast and Best Local Attraction.

You can get around the resort using the complimentary tram, which runs from 10 am to 10 pm. Feeling more adventurous? You may also choose to use free time on the resort bicycles, kayaks or boogie boards!

Want to stock your kitchenette and dine in? We’ll be less than 10 minutes by bike or car from the Publix grocery store at Grand Boulevard Shopping Center. For a walk on the wild side, check out nearby Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.