Our Sea Smoke Video Goes Viral

We’ve had a great time watching our little video of “sea smoke” go viral, including a share by ABC News. The ABC News posting on the network’s Facebook page has now been viewed ONE MILLION times, liked/loved/wowed 34K times, AND shared 13K times! WOW!

That was all followed with airing again on Good Morning America and during a live Facebook post by meteorologist Ginger Zee!

The video was shot Wednesday morning from the 8th floor balcony of Sterling Shores condominiums.

Sea smoke or sea fog is caused by cold air flowing over comparatively warm water with the vapor condensing in small convective columns near the water’s surface, giving the appearance of smoke or steam. The air was about 22 degrees, flowing over gulf waters at 64 degrees.

We first posted the video to our iLoveDestin Facebook page. By mid-day, it had been viewed and shared multiple times. The social news agency Storyful then contacted us to verify the video and ask permission to share with news partners.

'Sea smoke' spotted off Florida beach

It's so cold in Florida's Panhandle that "sea smoke" can be seen floating above the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Destin. http://abcn.ws/2Dnfdbb

Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The video was also re-tweeted by the meteorologist James Spann, and received more than 6k views on Twitter. All in all, a fun day for us here at iLoveDestin.com!

The best news – the forecast calls for sunshine & mid-60’s this weekend!

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Destin Mardi Gras Parade

Destin Mardi Gras Parade

Come book a vacation home in Destin with Southern and get a taste of how we celebrate Mardi Gras on the harbor!mardi gras

HarborWalk Village is home to Destin’s biggest Mardi Gras celebration, and the party happens every Tuesday with Fat Tuesday Parades. Parade floats will follow the entire path of the harbor, providing you with many opportunities to catch as many beads as you can! If you prefer to throw the beads instead of catch them, there is also a way to reserve your spot on a float. The party starts at 7 PM and continues until around 8:30 PM. After the parade ends there will be live music on the main stage for you to enjoy. This summer long celebration is one you will not want to miss!

The fun never stops at HarborWalk Village. There are tons of seafood restaurants such as, AJ’s Seafood and Oyster House and Margaritaville. There are also stores including Aloha Surf Company and Del Sol for you and your family to enjoy. There is a kid zone that offers a rock wall and zip line over the harbor. Your kids can spend time taking advantage of these fun activities before the parade starts. Jet Ski and boat rentals are also located up and down the harbor for you to use during your vacation. HarborWalk Village is a great way to spend a day with your kids, and what better way to complete your day than with a Mardi Gras Parade?

Book your stay with Southern today!

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Destin Ranked #1 in Beach Travel Research

With the beginning of a new year, it’s the most popular time to plan your vacation travel for 2018. The travel website Tripping.com says Destin tops the list of popular U.S. beaches based on search data for beach vacation rentals.

Other local beaches mentioned include Panama City Beach at #4 and Pensacola Beach at #13. According to the report, the average daily rental price in Destin is $267. The cost is $195 in Panama City Beach and $229 in Pensacola Beach.

While the website saw an increase in searches for urban markets such as New York City, beaches are the most popular vacation destination, the report said. While Destin was ranked at the top, beaches in Delaware (Rehoboth Beach), Maryland (Ocean City), Texas (Galveston and South Padre Island) and Virginia (Virginia Beach) were in the top 20.

Destin, Panama City Beach and Pensacola Beach were also named in the top 25 most popular U.S. destinations overall. Destin came in at No. 2 following New York City. Panama City Beach was at No. 5 and Pensacola Beach was No. 20.

“As the population of southern cities like Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte and Nashville continue to grow … the destinations will continue to thrive,” the report said. Are you planning a visit in 2018? We can help get you started with planning for your rental in Destin, Fl.

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