Stay on the Beach

As October and the Fishing Rodeo approach, start planning your weekend or weekly getaway. The weather is outstanding and Southern is running specials on beachfront homes in Destin.

This can be your backyard when choosing to stay in one of our beachfront properties.

Bring your family and friends because there is plenty of room. The larger properties can be booked at a fraction of the summer cost, making them ideal options this October. The views are stunning. Some homes also have private and community pools. All of our Destin Gulf front homes are within 10-15-minute drive to the Harbor activity. Get acquainted with one of Destin’s favorite pastimes. And, bring your fishing pole. October in Destin is all about the beach and, of course, fishing! We are, after all, “the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village!”

Maybe you want to be even closer to the Harbor, within walking distance to the weigh ins? Remember the Cottages by the Bay are perfect for that! With one to four bedrooms, they can accommodate almost any party size.

If you are bringing a smaller party, don’t worry, Southern has great fall deals on those, too. Start your search and book today.

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It’s Almost Rodeo Time!

October is a very special month in Destin. We celebrate the bounty of fish in the Gulf of Mexico with the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.

Held the entire month of October, hundreds of anglers will leave the harbor each day in hopes of bringing back a winner at the daily weigh-ins. This is the 69th year for the Destin area to celebrate this annual event. The fishing rodeo is free to anglers who fish aboard boats registered with the rodeo.

There are also several events just for the kids during the rodeo month. There will be a kid’s fallfest at Destin Harbor, a rodeo kid’s wagon boat parade, a rootin’ tootin’ rodeo round-up, and a very special Halloween on the harbor.

If you are planning to fish in the Destin fishing rodeo, we can help you line up a day trip with the experts.  We partner with the best charter boat captains to bring you a fishing trip of a lifetime. View our Destin fishing charters from iLoveDestin.com

Our lodging partner reports openings with special rates available for the fall months for vacation rentals in Destin, FL. Book as soon as possible to score the best availability!

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Three Seafood Spots You Can’t Miss

It's a Fat Tuesday Feast during Destin Mardi Gras

Seafood is a way of life on the Gulf Coast, especially during fall, when the annual Seafood Fest kicks off!

Every October, people flock to Destin to celebrate what the Emerald Coast is known for: seafood. The Destin Seafood Festival kicks off every year right around the same time as Destin’s annual fishing rodeo. So whether you are coming to Destin to enjoy the catch of the day or you plan to be the one reeling it in, you need to know about three of our favorite spots to grab a bite while you’re in town.

If you are looking for a a quick meal in between fishing sessions, or you’re ready to sti down with the whole crew, the Destin Ice Seafood Market (better known to locals as the Destin Ice House) has everything you need. From local seafood fresh off the boat to prepared dishes ready to take home, it’s hard to go wrong. For a quick lunch, their smoked tuna dip with crackers is a must-have item that every Destin local knows and loves.

Of course, if you are looking for a true Destin tradition there is nothing better than Dewey Destin’s on the Bay. Fried shrimp, peel and eat shrimp and the freshest catch of the day make up their simple chalkboard menu. When you get to Dewey’s, not only will you find some of the best seafood anywhere, you will also have one of the best views in Destin. Sit outside over the water, with expansive views of Crab Island and the Destin Bridge or cool out inside (closer to the sweet tea refills).

Harbor Docks is one of the best places in Destin for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a view of the harbor. Harbor Docks prides itself on serving the freshest local seafood and are the leaders in Gulf-to-table dining. From the extensive sushi menu featuring local seafood to creating and crafting meals with as much flavor as there are fish in the sea, Harbor Docks is the go-to for local Gulf seafood.  

The only question remains: which Destin hot-spot will you find yourself at this fall?

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