What to Do with Your Toddler in Destin, FL

Many people ask: Should I bring my toddler to Destin? The answer is most definitely YES. There are plenty of fun activities for the whole family. Here are some of the best ideas: The Best Beaches to bring a Toddler What is it? The Beach! Build a sandcastle, put your little one's toes in the sand or take nap time to the sound of waves. This is an obvious Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Create Your Own Oktoberfest Along the Emerald Coast of Florida

Oktoberfest is a huge beer drinking festival that happens during the months of September and October in Germany. This festival has been adopted in the U.S. by many food and beverage establishments because, let's face it, who doesn’t love a festival geared around drinking beer. Unfortunately, 2020 has been the year for canceled beer festivals and Continue reading

Published on Saturday, October 10, 2020

5 Things You Must Do with the Family This Summer

Most of us remember looking forward to summer vacations when the whole family got to go to the beach. Why wouldn’t you look forward to fun in the sun with your toes in the sand? The beaches of Destin, Florida are scattered with happy families playing together all summer long. If you are planning a trip to the coast, here are some of our favorite things Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Things We Can’t Wait to Do When Social Distancing is Over

It’s been a weird year so far for sure. None of us were expecting a global pandemic and sheltering at home is new for many. That being said, home is a safe place and the more Covid-19 stops spreading around, the sooner we can get back to normal. Maybe you have a running list of the things you’re eager to do as soon as this is all over. Here are some Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

5 Ways to Boost to Your Mental Health

During these unprecedented times, we all might have times where we are overly anxious. Our go-to ways of boosting our moods may be off the table right now. Meeting up with friends, going to the gym, relaxing at the beach in Destin , shopping at the outlet mall – these are on hold until Covid-19 slows down. Does that mean we’re just stuck at home with Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 10, 2020

Fun Things to Do While You’re Stuck at Home

Whether you’re stuck at home this week or not, you can save this article for a rainy day. People are getting stir crazy and might be looking for new ideas to try at home. We’re thankful for the nice weather lately but there’s nowhere to go so here are some things you and your crew can try in the meantime. Plan your next vacation – Sure, we don’t know Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New Year, Healthy You in Destin Florida

Something about a new year makes people think they have more control over everything. A “clean slate” is helpful and lots of us make big plans or have new goals ahead of us. Any time we strive to be better or do better, it’s always encouraged and supported. If your 2020 goal is to be a healthier version of 2019 you, Destin is a great place to do that Continue reading

Published on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Best Spots for Photo Shoots on the Coast

This time of year, families are getting together for the holidays, vacations, and anything else while some have time off work. It’s also the time of year you get cards in the mail of those cute family photos with great backdrops. If you’re in Destin, Florida this holiday season, there are quite a few options with beautiful scenery for photos.  Continue reading

Published on Thursday, December 12, 2019

Enjoy the Arts in Destin, Florida

The beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast are sure to inspire creativity in our visitors. Miles of pristine beaches, stunning sunsets, and tropical landscaping resemble a true work of art. There are plenty of ways to get creative on your Destin vacation . Whether you are a skilled artist or just enjoy a nice creative outlet, there are plenty of options Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Get Outside This Summer in Destin

The beaches are filling up on warm, sunny days while people spend their summer having fun in Destin, Florida . Our beautiful Gulf Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the country which have people coming back year after year. We love soaking up the sun at the beach and floating out in the water just as much as the next guy but there is even more Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Have Some Destin Fun this Winter

It seems like this year just flew by. Warm weather may be gone but the fun events keep coming! The crowds are gone so you’ll have plenty of space to get out and play in the sand. Bring a jacket or blanket and look for days with higher temperatures to still enjoy your beach days! You’ll still spot the groups playing football or surfers in wetsuits or Continue reading

Published on Friday, November 30, 2018

Why We Love Destin in the Fall

With kids going back to school, the hustle and bustle of Destin, Florida slows down a little. But only a little. There are still plenty of fun events for the rest of the year which we can all enjoy in cooler temperatures. Fall festivals are some of the most popular of the year and attract visitors from all over the country. Here are some things we’re Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 30, 2018

5 Things You Need at the Beach This Summer

There’s not too much that can beat long summer days basking in the sun at the beach or playing in the waves. Once you finally get to Destin, Florida , it’s pretty much smooth sailing and time to relax. But now that summer is in full swing around here, there are a few suggestions we have to make your vacation even better.  Floats have always been Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Things to do this Summer in Destin

Summer is in full swing! Do you have big plans for Destin, Florida ? Miles of pristine beaches with gorgeous blue-green water are the main attraction but there is much more to do along the coast. Here are some of our favorite things to do around town that you can add to your itinerary.  Big Kahuna’s Water Park is hard to pass up on Highway 98 when Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018

5 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Destin

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. The next month could possibly decrease our beach days but there are lots of fun things to do around town on a rainy day. Here are some of our favorite things to do when we aren’t playing at the beach. Escape Rooms are popular around the country and our Destin location offers 3 escape rooms to Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 3, 2018

6 Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

The start of something new is always a good time to make improvement. Whether it’s a new month, year, job, or location, starting fresh just adds good vibes and it’s the perfect time to set some goals. Here are some ideas for the new year and ways we plan on having the best year yet in Destin, Florida .  Take it Easy: No, we don’t mean be lazy. We Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

5 Things You Can’t Miss in Destin This Fall

Every season on the Gulf Coast is amazing and brings its own excitement. The Fall season is coming up and the weather cooling down reminds us fun Destin, Florida festivals will be lined up. From great food and craft beer to unique art and live music, this year the big events will not disappoint. The Destin Seafood Festival will come to the Harbor for Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Destin – An Art-Lover’s Paradise

The gorgeous Destin, Florida area has much to offer: shopping, fine dining, golf, fishing, miles of pristine beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, and more. But what can it do for your creative outlet? Besides giving you tons of inspiration, there are plenty of fun activities throughout the year to satisfy your artistic cravings.  ArtsQuest Fine Arts Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Take Mom to the Beach!

Mothers should be celebrated every day. After all, they are known as “the glue that holds everything together”. Who would we be without these women raising us, teaching us, and guiding us? It’s due time we show them how special they are to us. No need to rack your brain with the perfect present that she may or may not like, we’ll tell you. Destin is Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Enjoy Your Favorite Hobbies on the Coast

The Emerald Coast has a place in hearts all over the world and for lots of different reasons. Some enjoy the warm, sunny weather and relaxing by the gorgeous beaches. Others come for the championship golf courses that are nestled in peaceful atmospheres around the coast. Most can appreciate the fresh seafood which can be found at a number of fine dining... Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Outside This Spring Season

How perfect is our weather? Aside from some recent storms, it feels amazing outside and there’s no reason to be stuck indoors. Of course, Destin has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country so it’s likely we’ll be planted in the sand most weekends. But when you’re looking to change it up, there’s a great variety of fun things to do along the Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Running on the Coast

These days, everyone is looking for ways to benefit their health. We are bombarded every day with hundreds of things we can do or get to improve our immune system, our appearance, our sleep, and our overall wellness. In Destin, Florida , the weather and scenery make it the perfect place for outdoor activities and there are plenty to take part in.  Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Visiting Destin with Kids

Spring Break isn’t all about the college kids. Many families will be traveling this spring season to take advantage of the school break. Destin has plenty to offer people of all ages and that includes our little ones. If you are headed to the coast, here are some pointers for bringing the kids.  No need to pack the car with ALL your baby essentials Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Madness in Destin

Temperatures are heating up and as spring breaks start, there will be plenty of fun events across the Emerald Coast. We don’t want you to miss anything! Here are some much anticipated activities to mark on your calendar: The 4th Annual Tequila and Taco Festival takes place this Saturday, March 11th. Join the fiesta on the Destin Harbor with an afternoon Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Beach Safety Reminders

With warmer temperatures and spring break right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time for some reminders on beach safety. The beaches in Destin, Florida are about to get busier and there are a few things to look over that may come in handy for you and your friends. The Beach Flag System provides general warnings about surf conditions Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Super Bowl Party Ideas

It’s a big weekend coming up for football fans and people are finalizing their Super Bowl party plans. For Destin, Florida , there are a number of great venues to watch the big game and hopefully, you got your reservations. Miller’s Ale House, O’Quigley’s Seafood Steamer, and Boshamp’s Oyster House are all popular spots with great food, drinks, and lots Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2017

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

February is coming up and that can be either exciting or disappointing. Whether you have a Valentine or not, there is plenty of fun to be had in Destin, Florida this Valentine’s Day.  Have you been to Escape Zone 60 ? You may have seen people posting photos from their “Which Way Out” excursions and this is our own local escape room. You have 1 hour Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Healthy Goals for 2017 on the Emerald Coast

It’s day 3 of 2017. Do you have your plan for the year of how you are going to meet your resolutions? It seems many people share the same goals of self-improvement each year. Here in Destin , everywhere you look people are taking advantage of the beautiful outdoors and doing what they can to improve their health. We are going to give you some ways you Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The 30A Songwriters Festival is Back with Top Musicians

The 8th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival will be filling the streets of South Walton in January. The much anticipated event will be held January 13th-16th and feature some of the country’s top singer/songwriters. Among the 175 on the schedule to perform are Emerson Hart of Tonic, Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, Shawn Mullins, and John Prine.  For Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Golf Specials on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Fall on Florida’s Gulf Coast is the best time of year. Temperatures are in the high 70’s during the day with humidity at a low. The crowds are few and snowbird specials are plenty. Pair a beachfront condo for a fraction of summer prices with discount green fees and you’ll have the perfect fall get-away on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Minutes away from Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 10, 2016

Kick Off the Fall Season with 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival

There’s more to the Emerald Coast then just perfect beaches and warm, sunny days. Music, food, wine and beer festivals are held year-round and attract many to our area. The fall season is when most of these occur and the weather is ideal. Gulf Place will host this year’s 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival (formerly known as Destin Beer Festival) on Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Simple Beach Hacks You Need to Know

The beaches of Destin , Florida attract people from all over year-round and that is no surprise to us. The soft white sand and clear blue-green water along with warm, sunny weather is exactly why we live here. And while we just can’t keep great tips to ourselves, we decided to share some beach hacks we’ve tried and love.  1 – Sand gets EVERYWHERE Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 25, 2016

38th Annual Seafood Festival Comes to the Harbor

One of the big attractions to the Emerald Coast is fresh seafood. With a number of great restaurants and seafood markets on Highway 98 and 30A , the beach area provides easy access to satisfy that craving. The Destin Seafood Festival is a much anticipated event held each year along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. For its 38th year, the big event will host Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beach Access in Destin

There are a number of beach access points across the miles of sugar white beaches in Destin . Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to have a family picnic, fishing, camping, or have lunch by the Gulf, you’ll find just the right place here. We have listed each beach access area and what they have available to help you select your spot for the day Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Free Fun for Families This Summer

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? We love outdoor movies and concerts around Destin . Baytowne Wharf has movies under the stars each summer on Sunday evenings. Guests find a spot at the Events Plaza Lawn for a free movie each week. July 24th, the featured movie is Brave and on the 31st will be The Incredibles. On Wednesday nights Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Summer Day in Destin

Looking for ideas on what to do this summer? Let us help you with our idea of an ideal summer day. After sleeping in and drinking coffee on the patio of your condo, you gather the crew and head to Another Broken Egg for breakfast. Try some delicious handmade biscuit beignets to start out and a gourmet omelette or eggs benedict for your meal. Enjoy a Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 8, 2016

Grayton Beach State Park Named in Top 10 Beaches

Coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, has released his annual Top 10 Beaches list and Grayton Beach has made the list. The Florida International University professor has developed 50 criteria to determine the best beaches including safety, amenities, and cleanliness. Dr. Leatherman is an internationally-known coastal scientist... Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 24, 2016

Locals Spy Cute Visitors in the Water

People from all over are flocking to our sunny area for summer and they aren’t the only ones coming through. Local Destin paddle boarders were happy to see a pod of manatees and a group of stingrays early one morning. Manatees are an endangered species and have been a real treat to spy out in the Gulf. National wildlife refuges and Florida state parks Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Concerts Begin at Gulf Place

Gulf Place is a quaint neighborhood plaza nestled on 30-A . The shopping center offers upscale boutiques, a pizza place, coffee and ice cream shop, and more. Farmers’ Markets, art displays, and outdoor concerts are all highlights around Gulf Place throughout the year. The Summer Sunday Concert Series will kick off on June 12th and take place each week Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 3, 2016

The Sandestin Wine Festival Celebrates 30 Years

One of the best things about Destin is the year-round festivals and events. The Sandestin Wine Festival never disappoints and this year is sure to be another great time. For its 30th year, the festival will feature four days of tastings, seminars, and dinners with celebrity chefs. Named “the Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” and Destin Magazine’s “Best Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Destin’s Float Spa

Brothers Chris & Trey Hearn recently opened Float Brothers Float Spa in Destin and it has been voted one of the top things to do in Destin in 2016. First of its kind on the Emerald Coast, the float spa offers a unique type of therapy that’s non-invasive but healing and relaxing.  Each session includes a 9x5 private pod with warm epsom salt water Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 4, 2016

Spring Break Across the Panhandle

Spring Break is one of the busiest times of the year for the beach. College students look forward to it while everyone else tries to avoid the wild crowds. College break schedules are out so we can fill you in on the busiest weeks and you can plan accordingly. This week is a slow one with only a handful of colleges letting out. It looks like a good Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Florida Hiking Trails Month

February has brought sunny days and ideal temperatures making it the best time to go hiking in Florida. You might not think of hiking trails when you think of Destin but there are some trails nearby to satisfy your outdoor interests. From hiking to biking to horseback riding, there are a variety of trails in South Walton ranging from an easy 1 mile Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 19, 2016

Outdoor Events Start up in Baytowne Wharf

Warmer weather is up ahead and that means more outdoor activities in Destin ! Starting March 2nd, the Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a Wednesday night concert series each week from 7-9pm. Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy the music under the stars. Among the lineup is Geoff McBride, Heritage, and Boukou Groove.   Sunday Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mardi Gras in Destin

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy Mardi Gras fun. Select locations around Destin, Florida will be celebrating the colorful event with a variety of activities for the whole family.   Beginning on Friday, February 5th, festivities will kick off at the Destin Harbor with a pub crawl along the Boardwalk. Over at the Destin Commons, a parade Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Year’s Eve on the Emerald Coast

As Christmas comes and goes, residents and visitors to Destin, Florida will be looking for a good spot to ring in the new year. HarborWalk Village will have three live bands performing as well as the 8th Annual Ball Drop over the Harbor. Live music starts at 6pm with Flash Flood, followed by 8 Second Ride and Phillip Lee Jr. There will be two firework Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top Songwriters Perform at 30A Festival

The 7th annual Songwriters Festival takes place January 15th-17th at over 25 venues along 30A as well as Grand Boulevard in Destin, Florida . 150 artists from around the country will come to the beaches of South Walton to perform a wide range of music from country, blues, folk, and soul. Jackson Browne will be headlining with an impressive lineup including Continue reading

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ice Skating in Baytowne

Ice skating in Florida? Thanks to Baytowne on Ice, we can all ice skate here in Destin, Florida . We may get to enjoy warmer temperatures but that doesn’t stop us from getting to participate in winter fun. The Apex Skating Pavilion is located in Baytowne Wharf and offers skating fun for all throughout the winter months. The rink opens at 11am with the Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Alaqua Hosts Annual Howloween Pet Parade

On October 23rd from 4pm-6pm, Alaqua Animal Refuge is carrying on their 30A tradition with an annual Howloween Pet Parade. Bring your family pups to Fonville Park and enjoy an afternoon of fun while benefiting our favorite shelter. A prize will go to the “Best Owner-Dog Duo” and a giant pumpkin will be dropped with treats for the kids. Fonville Park Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lip Sync Battle Comes to the Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will be hosting the first ever Lip Sync Battle on Thursday, October 29th. This inaugural event will be held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa with the battle beginning at 7pm.  Solo, duo and trio teams will compete on stage for prizes and the winning crown. A panel of judges will be looking... Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 9, 2015

First Day of Fall!

The Fall season brings football, cooler temperatures, and a full lineup of fun events. The Chili Vibrations Festival is back in Pier Park October 2nd-4th. The chili cookoff was a big hit last year with competing local restaurants and live reggae music. Spinnaker Beach Club is hosting a pre-party on Friday evening and the music will begin on Saturday Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Beer Week in Destin

This year in Destin Florida , those 21+ years of age can participate in the first ever “Beer Week”. Saturday, September 26th will be the 5th annual Beer Festival at Wine World in Paradise Key Shopping Center. This popular event will showcase over 100 beers and craft spirits. Culinary tents will provide food from Bonefish Grill and The Craft Bar. Live Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

End of Summer Plans

Tourist season is over! As kids go back to school and summer comes to an end, we can all appreciate the less crowded beaches and roads around Destin .  What are some fun things you can do as the fall season approaches? Book that family beach photo session you’ve been thinking about for months. The weather is ideal and the Emerald Coast makes for Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Help Save Our Sea Turtles

Marine life sightings can be the highlight of your beach vacation. Among the many exciting things you might come across are sea turtles. Nesting season began in May and continues through October so it’s a good time to go over some reminders. The South Walton Turtle Watch is a group of volunteers who locate endangered and threatened sea turtle nests Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Andi Scurto Wins MKAF Festival of the Arts Poster Contest

Destin, Florida resident Andrea Scurto ( AndiArt ) is the 2015 winner of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) festival poster contest. Each year, an art contest is held to promote the Festival of the Arts. The winning design is showcased on the official festival poster, festival guide, website, and more. Scurto’s quirky design of a colorful giraffe Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Where the Locals Go

It’s no secret that Destin beaches make the Emerald Coast a leading vacation destination. Award-winning shopping centers, championship golf courses, a seemingly endless selection of fine dining, and stunning scenery attract people year round to our area. If you live here, you know there are more than a few “must-see” spots. Some activities have become Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Digital Graffiti is Back With Highly Acclaimed Show

Art festivals can be enjoyed year round along the Emerald Coast from Destin to Seagrove Beach. Digital Graffiti, the only art show of its kind returns to Alys Beach on 30A during June 4-6, 2015. The highly acclaimed projection art festival lights up the walls of Alys Beach with original works using digital technology. Thousands of dollars in prizes Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Concerts in the Village Return on Thursdays

The only thing better than summer concerts is outdoor summer concerts. Each year, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents Concerts in the Village. The nine week series began May 7th in Destin, Florida and will continue each Thursday evening at the Dugas Pavilion and Village Green. The outdoor concerts have been a popular tradition with many attending Continue reading

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at ArtsQuest

The 27th Annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival will take place May 8th-10th in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin near  Destin, Florida . This Mother’s Day weekend tradition brings over 100 juried artists together to showcase their art with over a dozen different mediums. Artists from around the country will be competing for awards and cash prizes up to Continue reading

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Destin Dog Park Gets an Upgrade

After two years, the Destin Florida dog park has lights! This past Monday night was the official lighting for the park. Over 100 people were able to attend the community event with their pets in tow. The park is located in the heart of Destin and has been a treasured addition to the area. Many visit the free park regularly with their four-legged friends Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Take a Cruise on SunQuest’s SOLARIS Yacht

SunQuest Cruises is a locally-owned and operated company in Destin, Florida. SunQuest’s  SOLARIS yacht is one of the top places to be in Destin. The 125’ yacht features three decks with indoor and outdoor space for up to 150 people. Cruises are available year-round for weekly fine dining, dancing and sunset views. Located in Sandestin, the SOLARIS Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Outdoor Concert for President’s Day Weekend

Warmer weather means more outdoor activities! We have already had articles on Valentine’s Day in Destin and Mardi Gras events so if those don’t interest you, here is a nice change of pace. Saturday, February 14th in Seaside, Roman Street will be performing live in the Amphitheater. Brothers Noah and Josh Thompson are from Mobile, Alabama and play as Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 13, 2015

New Year’s Celebrations

Where will you be on New Year’s Eve? There are plenty of fun events to take part in from the Destin Harbor to Seagrove Beach . At HarborWalk Village, the Street Party Countdown begins at 7pm. This free event will include live music by Departure and a Journey Tribute Band. Fireworks will light up the sky in two shows at 8pm and the 7th annual Ball Drop Continue reading

Published on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Festival of Trees

One of the best parts about the holiday season is the decorations. Families love to decorate with twinkling lights, ribbons, garlands, ornaments, and everything else they’ve had in storage all year. In Grand Boulevard starting November 25th, there will be a Festival of Trees displayed at the Grand Park. 12 decorated trees from non-profit organizations Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

10 Signs You Belong in Destin

10 – you wear flip flops year-round  9 – your screensaver is of your last beach trip (hopefully from last month, not last year)  8 – you keep a swimsuit in your car at all times “just in case”  7 – you book your next vacation while you are still on your vacation  6 – your cooking skills are lacking because all you do on Pinterest is Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fishing Rodeo Kicks off with a Big Catch

When it comes to Destin recreation , there seem to be endless options in the area. We are two days into the Destin Fishing Rodeo and there has already been excitement. On opening day, the first shark was caught and it was no baby. A Destin charter boat brought in the beast and it weighed in at 188 lbs, 6 feet long. This naturally brought a crowd to Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014

36th Annual Seafood Festival

The fall season brings festivals along the coast from Seagrove Beach to the Destin Harbor. One of the biggest festivals of the year is the annual Seafood Festival. This year we are more excited than usual since the last festival was cancelled due to bad weather. Tropical storms better stay away so we can all enjoy the festival as we have for many years Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Help Our Animal Friends Beat the Heat

With record temperatures along the Emerald Coast lately, the last thing we want to do is go outside for extended lengths of time. Since our four-legged friends don’t always have the luxury of hanging out in the air condition, let’s not forget about them during our heat wave. We all know the danger of leaving them in our car even for a short amount Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shark Week

Jaws, Sharknado, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week – we can’t deny we love a good shark show. Living by the beach along the Gulf of Mexico could either enhance this or very well terrify us. How common are shark sightings in our area? What are the odds of a shark attack while you are on vacation? According to the International Shark Attack File website,... Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We Love the Nightlife

When your day at the beach ends and dinner is over, you might be anxious to check out some of the area’s nightlife you have heard about. Rather than go to the last place you remember seeing advertised in a banner across the sky, let us tell you the best places to be after hours. Club Bimini of AJ’s restaurant on the Harbor is a hot spot for live music... Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beach Fitness

Being a beach community, it’s no surprise that the Emerald Coast has quite a variety of fitness locations to choose from. Of course, there’s endless options to outdoor exercise including swimming, tennis, volleyball, surfing, and paddleboarding. Whether you prefer specialty classes such as Bikram Yoga, the dance favorite Zumba, or an intense Crossfit Continue reading

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014

Beat the Heat this Summer

We were so happy when the temperatures finally went up and the cold weather was over. While we love the beach, some days it just gets way too hot and we need somewhere to cool off. Where might that be? Big Kahuna’s water park is a crowd favorite. With rides and slides, a wave pool and adventure park, it’s no wonder it was voted one of the best waterparks... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Destin is Dog-Friendly!

Whether you are traveling with your furry best friend or live locally, sometimes we just hate to leave our little guys all day. So where are some places that will welcome our four-legged buddies? Most beaches do not allow dogs, unfortunately. South Walton County is the exception but only for property owners with beach permits for their pet. But if you Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Happiest 5K

Known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”, the Color Run has come a long way from its start in 2011. Now the bright festival is hosting 170 events in over 30 countries. The original paint race is all about having the time of your life. The race is untimed and runners get plastered with different colors at each kilometer of the race. This year only, the Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Night Fun With Outdoor Movies

The activities to choose from along the Emerald Coast are endless. Want to know one of our favorites? Outdoor movies! Grab the family and head to one of the select areas for movies and sit back and relax. Every Sunday at 8pm, family-friendly movies will play at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks to the Events Plaza and Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Saintsations in Sandestin

This week in Sandestin, the New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders will be visiting for their annual calendar photo shoot. The Saintsations are known for their performances at football games and their community outreach. Since many  travel to the area from Louisiana to vacation, it’s the perfect location to host the cheerleaders. There will be photo sessions Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Live Music on the Emerald Coast

First Note Music Hall opened two years ago in Blue Mountain Beach. Owner Tommy Jackson wanted to bring a distinctive live music experience to the area that was previous lacking. The Music Hall closed after a short run but Jackson has joined up with Seascape Resort and Vue on 30A to revive the First Note experience. There is now live entertainment every Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's Mud Run Time!

The Emerald Coast Mud Run is finally here! This Saturday, beginning with a 7:30am Elite Run and ending with a 7:30pm Glow Run, runners from near and far will compete in the dirtiest race around. The big competition will be at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville and has become an exciting event for Florida residents. This is not your average Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Jazz Festival is Around the Corner

This year is the sixteenth anniversary of Seabreeze Jazz Festivals. The popular festival started out in Seaside with only a few hundred in attendance. These days, the event attracts almost 25,000 jazz fans and is one of the fastest growing jazz festivals in the country. April 23-27 will be the dates of this year’s festival and is going to be held at Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Things to do in Destin: Couples Edition

So we have covered tons of activities for kids and teens in Destin, now let’s direct our attention to couples. Destin is full of fun and romantic places to explore with your significant other. Eden Gardens State Park is often overlooked and it has perfect spots for a picnic or stroll through the garden. It is a 161 acre park with moss-draped live oaks Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Things to do in Destin: Teen Edition

Last week, we talked about fun activities in our area for young kids. Now we will discuss ideas for the teenagers in town. Many of the options in our last post still apply, such as Fat Daddy’s arcade and The Track, but here are some more places to try.  Hurricane Lanes has a bowling alley, game room, and billiard room. It stays open late, has black Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Things to do in Destin: Kids Edition

Destin is full of great things to do for people of all ages. For those visiting, there are new and old favorite places to go that should be shared. This week, we will focus on things to do for kids. This will mainly be directed towards the 12 and under crowd. In the Destin Commons, there is a playground in the center where kids love to go. Next to Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Holiday Happenings on the Harbor

The holidays are quickly approaching, and Destin locals and visitors are looking forward to some of the long-held Destin traditions that take place on the Emerald Coast leading up to Christmas. Temperatures may be cooler, but with average temperatures in the mid-sixties in December, the weather in Destin still beats the weather in the majority of Continue reading

Published on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Labor Day on 30A

Many look forward to Labor Day as their last shot to a summer getaway! It's a three day weekend at the end of summer allowing families to have one last fling before the school season. The Beaches of South Walton entice families each year with powder white sand, emerald green waters, and exciting events throughout the weekend.... Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Seasonal Sprint in South Walton

Summer is wrapping up and before you know it a new season is here! Time flies when you're having fun so come back to fun this season. Come back to the Beaches of South Walton! November is a perfect time of year at the Beaches of South Walton. Crisp cool air through a bright sunny sky and powdery white sand feeling cold between your toes will give Continue reading

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013

HarborWalk in July

Imagine a colorful colossal structure with all the flair of Bourbon Street. New Orleans themed shops, restaurants, and bars align a boardwalk that stretches out over the Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to HarborWalk Village Destin, Florida! HarborWalk Village  is located right on the beautiful Destin Harbor so renting a boat or Jet Ski is a must! Popular Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Light Up the Sky in Destin, Florida

Nothing says summer like a 4th of July celebration in Destin, Florida. When is the best time to see fireworks? When they reflect colorfully over the Gulf of Mexico! With just a few weeks away, make your plans for the Emerald Coast during July 4th weekend and checkout the opportunities for an impressive celebration! Our first stop is  HarborWalk Continue reading

Published on Monday, June 17, 2013

The Catch of Summer

The month of June means only one thing to anglers in Destin and surrounding areas....The Blue Marlin Classic. What better way to reel one in knowing a cash prize is on the 'line'? The bigger the bite the bigger the pot waiting for you back at the dock! Ranked 5th Richest Tournament in the world by Marlin Magazine,  The Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 31, 2013

Gulfarium Marine Adventure: Sunset Camp

If your kids are looking for an aquatic adventure this summer than look no further than Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park! The opportunities for animal encounters are endless. Dolphin and sea lion shows are performed daily as well as educational exhibits to view. Gulfarium Marine Adventure  is now offering Sunset Camp, something new for children Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Summer Concerts Sound through the Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is home to many talented artists and musicians. It's no surprise then that at any time, any day, any month, and all year round there is a concert taking place. The Emerald Coast invites you to an outdoor concert this summer! Where is the venue? Well, that's up to you. HarborWalk Village invites you to  "Rock the Docks" every Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cajun Celebration in Pensacola

Let the good times roll in Pensacola for their 29th Annual Crawfish Festival! This is actually the largest crawfish boil in the state of Florida held at Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. Louisiana lovers will flock from all over for crawfish Cajun style. Imagine over 16,000 pounds of crawfish...and that's just in the boil. They'll be serving crawfish Continue reading

Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013

Smooth Jazz along the Emerald Coast

Award-winning jazz artists will rush the stage this April 17-21, for the Gulf Coast's Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival ! Music lovers from all over will converge on Panama City's Pier Park for 5 song-filled days of Jazz. Voted "Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA" by JazzIZ Magazine, over 20,000 fans will flock to Aaron Bessant Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Coyote Ugly Comes to Destin

Move over Hooter's, you're not the only nocturnal animal rocking Highway 98! Come Spring 2013, Coyote Ugly is set to open in Destin, Florida. Taking the place of the former Shed BBQ & Blues joint, Coyote Ugly will join the HarborWalk family in mid-April. Coyote Ugly  is one of the most famous bars in the United States. Far from its name, this Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Carmike's Boulevard Cinema 10

All residents and guest eagerly await the opening of Carmike's Boulevard 10 Cinema. Set to open spring of 2013, the long anticipated theater debut is now just around the corner. It will be Walton County's first movie theater and like Walton County it will be first class! Carmike's Cinemas  have over 232 theaters in over 35 states. Their theater at Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 8, 2013

Mardi Gras Madness in Northwest Florida: Pensacola & Pensacola Beach

The official day of Mardi Gras is February 12th 2013. Here in North West Florida, we don't like to limit our holidays to just one day. So if you're one that cannot get enough moon pies and baby cakes than you're in luck! Check out all the celebrations Pensacola and Pensacola Beach have to offer in 2013. Pensacola Beach starts the festivities early Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 14, 2013

Mardi Gras Madness in North West Florida: Destin

You don't have to head to New Orleans for an authentic Mardi Gras Celebration. North West Florida has not one, but six Mardi Gras parties and parades planned throughout the area! Let's take a look at two and see how Destin turns its laid-back, beach town atmosphere into a bead-throwing, moon pie tossing, good time! No one says "Laissez les bons temps Continue reading

Published on Saturday, January 5, 2013

Beach Ball Countdown Pier Park

Can you believe we are just a countdown away from 2013! New Year’s Eve celebration is an evening many plan and look forward to all year long. What once meant lipstick, heels, and plenty of hydration so I could party all night, has now turned into dog sitters, kid sitters, and a designated driver who can get my husband and I back before 10:00pm... Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

3 Days of Zen in Pensacola

Pensacola is hosting the first Mahabhuta Yoga Festival November 16-18th. Regional yoga teachers, artists, healers, and musicians will be sharing their talents at the beautiful waterfront Sanders Beach Community Center. The meaning of  Mahabhuta is the “Great Element”. This year’s festival is honoring the element of Water and will be featured Continue reading

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012

An Ocean of Art

Destin Festival of the Arts is approaching once again and judging from the previous 16 years it will not be a disappointment. On October 27th and 28th, Henderson State Park turns into an artist's paradise complete with a sugar-white sand beach and emerald-green ocean backdrop. The Destin Festival of the Arts  is an event I look forward Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 22, 2012

The Emerald Coast's Fall Festivals

Fall is my favorite time of year in Destin. Locals call it the ‘between season’, when the summer crowds have gone back home and it’s a little too early for the holiday surge. The weather is at a perfect 75-85 degrees and my favorite outdoor festivals make their yearly appearance once again. October is the month fo r Destin’s 34th Annual Seafood Festiv Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 10, 2012