New Prominence North in 30A

Prominence North

Our partner Southern Vacation Rentals just added a new property to their vacation rental management program – Prominence North #106C . Located near Watersound and Camp Creek, this two bedroom, two bathroom townhome is in the Town of Prominence community near Deer Lake Park. It can accommodate up to four guests. If traveling with friends, Southern also offers other two and three bedroom rentals. Steal away for a week this winter or even just a weekend. With rates as low as $141 per night and with so much to do nearby, it is the perfect getaway!

In addition to being close to our white sandy beach and just 20 miles east of Destin, this community is new and on the north side of Scenic 30A. Guests enjoy an incredible community pool, cabanas, an outdoor dining pavilion, and a fitness center.

The community is also only a walk or bike ride away to the popular 30A hotspot “The Hub.” Here, you can enjoy live music, shops and great food, including an oyster roast, Game Day Grub events and more.

If you are looking for fun, while staying at beautiful accommodations, check them out!

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Young Dolphin Rescued After Hurricane Nate

A one-year-old bottlenose dolphin remains under care after being found stranded on the beach after Hurricane Nate. The female dolphin was transferred to the Gulf World Marine Institute for evaluation.

The institute posted this update: “The dolphin’s initial blood results are within normal ranges. While the animal was stranded on the beach, waves were crashing over its blowhole so we are monitoring for the possible develop of aspiration pneumonia. The dolphin is still swimming on its own. Additional tests have been sent off and results are pending. The animal is still under 24 hour care.”

Gulf World Marine Institute assisted Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in the rescue of the stranded bottlenose dolphin Sunday afternoon. The animal was found washed up on an Okaloosa Island beach by two beach goers who reported the sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency. The animal was immediately transported to Gulf World Marine Institute for rehabilitation. While the exact cause of stranding has not been determined, the young dolphin could have been separated from its mother during the storm. The Institute, located in Panama City, specializes in dolphin and sea turtle rescues.

The Gulf of Mexico is home many pods of dolphins. For more information on dolphins and opportunities to enjoy them in their natural habitat, dolphin cruises are one of the great things to do in Destin, FL. We recommend excursions by SunVenture, SeaBlaster, Southern Star, Olin Marler, and Crab Island Dolphin Tours.

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Happy Hour Specials on the Beach

For the wine lovers, check out Stop 3 in Watercolor.

Just east of Destin, Scenic Highway 30A in Walton County boasts equally beautiful beaches and some great local restaurants. A drive down this 18 mile strip of paradise will have you rolling down the windows, singing, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. What’s the happiest time of the day on the beach? Happy Hour, of course!

While you wont find any chain restaurants or fast food on 30A, you will find some of the best locally owned, craft eateries anywhere. Every place has its signature cocktails, and of course the best time to score a great deal.

Stop 1 – Blue Mountain Beach

Trebeache in Blue Mountain Beach offers bottomless mimosas until 3 p.m. Beyond the typical orange juice and champagne blend, choose from peach, grapefruit, or other seasonal juices. Sip them slowly as you sway to live jazz. Don’t forget to order the best blue crab omelet on the beach.

Stop 2 – Grayton Beach

The Red Bar in Grayton Beach is a must-see dining experience for anyone new to the area. You’ll plan next year’s vacation around being able to visit the Red Bar; it’s such a unique sensory experience. From the glow of red lights to the myriad of movie posters lining the walls, the house band to the bohemian garden out front, there’s nothing else like it. Plus, The Red Bar’s Bloody Mary was named one of the top Bloodies on the beach. One sip, and you’ll quickly understand why.

Stop 3 – Watercolor

Who doesn’t love a great glass of wine? Rose-yay, anyone? For the wine-lover, you can’t miss Wine World in Watercolor. Every day until 6 p.m., enjoy a karate for the price of a glass. We can’t recommend the Maraval Rose highly enough. Not to mention, Thursday evenings, Happy Hour extends until closing.

Stop 4- Seaside

If you find yourself in Seaside, that quaint new urban town,there’s only one choice for a craft cocktail: Great Southern. And at Great Southern, you have to order their specialty mojitos. From 4-6 p.m., mojitos are half-off. The strawberry mojito is utterly unbeatable, but you can also cool down with a pineapple, grapefruit, dragon fruit, coconut, or the original mint mojito.

Whether you are looking for a full meal or a quick drink, you’ll go home raving about any of these 30A hot spots. If you haven’t explored Destin’s neighboring coastal communities, plan your Destin vacation now!

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