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Spring Break in Destin

Looking for ways to have fun for Spring Break in Destin?

Spring Break in Destin

We’ve got you covered! If there’s anything we know about Destin, it’s that beaches and fishing are two of the most popular attraction. When it comes to fishing, no one knows the waters like Destin Premium Charters. Local captains Matt and Mike Jozwiak have been fishing the Destin waters for years, and are now bringing their talents to a new level. When you sail on the Triton it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Whether you choose to embark on a fishing charter, a happy hour cruise, or your own personal charter cruise, you’ll learn fun facts about local fisheries and ecosystems and capture breathtaking views of the waters.

At night, you won’t want to miss the chance to have a beach bonfire. 30A Beachside Bonfires makes it easier than ever to have fun this summer with their bonfire packages. Their crew takes care of everything, down to getting the permit and tending to the bonfire. You won’t have to lift a finger! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the serenity of a bonfire on the beach. Choose from one of two packages, whether you want 10 or 20 chairs and three or four hours of bonfire fun.

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It’s not too late to book Spring Break accommodations! Check out these beautiful Destin vacation homes and condos for beachfront fun!

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St. Patrick’s Day in Destin

St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza at McGuire’s

The most popular spot in Destin for St. Patrick’s Day will, undoubtedly, be McGuire’s Irish Pub. The Pub celebrates all things green throughout the year, but will also celebrate the special day with a St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. Special entertainment is scheduled for throughout the day.

Irish Grogg March at HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village is celebrating with an Irish Grogg March. Think pub crawl with specialty drinks. HarborWalk Village’s bars and restaurants in Destin, FL will feature lucky drink specials beginning at 6 p.m., March 17. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com or on the day of the event. The ticket fees will benefit one of our favorite charities, the Gulfarium Care Center.  Grogg stops include:

  • 6pm-8pm: FishHeads & Margaritaville
  • 8pm-10pm: Jackacudas and Harry T’s
  • 10pm-12am: Jester’s Mardi Gras & Crab Island Cantina
  • 12am-Until: Coyote Ugly

St. Patty’s Day Delight at the Village of Baytowne Wharf

Celebrate the luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf a little Irish dancing. The Drake School of Irish Dance will be performing along with live jazz and blues music. All the fun begins at 6:00 p.m., also this Saturday.

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere in Destin!

Ready to embark on your dream vacation?

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

We guarantee you won’t be checking the time when you stay at this lavish Destin vacation home. 5 O’Clock Somewhere in Destin is our favorite choice for your summer getaway. This opulent Destin home has eight bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms and sleeps up to 26 people! If you’re traveling with a large group of friends or family, this home is ideal for you. When you stay here, use your own private boardwalk for direct beach access or watch the waves roll in from the pool, located on the second-floor balcony. You’re sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated in no time.

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Head up to the second floor of the house to find four of the eight bedrooms. Each bedroom on this floor holds a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom for complete privacy. Two of the bedrooms open up to the private pool, allowing for a relaxing dip at any time of day. Meanwhile, the remaining two bedrooms open up to private patios on the front of the property. On the third floor, guests will find dining and living room areas. A semi-open floor plan allows for enough room for everyone to comfortably pass between rooms. The beautiful master bedroom and bathroom are located on the third floor as well. With stunning design and architecture, these rooms will truly exceed your expectations of luxury.

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

The fourth floor of 5 O’Clock Somewhere features the remaining bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms. Additionally, the fourth floor offers views of the sugar white beaches and crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When you’re ready to venture out of your Destin vacation home, check out Southern Perks for a never-ending list of things to do in Destin.

Book 5 O’Clock Somewhere with Southern Rentals & Real Estate to make your vacation dreams come true!

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‘Tis the Season for Sea Turtles!

Here on the Gulf Coast, we love to see sea turtles!

Destin Premium Charters - Sea Turtle

They love the warm water as much as you do, and it’s always a treat to spot a few swimming in our emerald green waters. Like many Gulf Coast natives, sea turtles return to the spot they were born every season. This is as much their home as it is yours!

Right now is the prime time to see these beautiful creatures laying their eggs on the shore, but please don’t touch! Sea turtles are protected by the endangered species act, so it is very important to admire from afar. The South Walton Turtle Watch helps protect sea turtle nests during nesting season, which lasts all the way through late October. Some tips on keeping turtles safe this nesting season:

  • Hands off! Please don’t try to handle the hatchlings or a sea turtle – oftentimes it can do more harm than good.
  • Turn out the lights, save a life. Sea turtles get confused when they see a light and will head toward land instead of the water where they belong. For outdoor lighting, opt for turtle-friendly incandescent or fluorescent lights with low wattage. And turn out your lights when you aren’t using them!
  • Clear the way. Keeping the beach clear of umbrellas, chairs, and other items will help sea turtles and hatchlings easily return to their nests.
  • Choose turtle-friendly activities. Driving or lighting bonfires on the beach can be hazardous to sea turtles and their nests.

If you’re interested in seeing the turtles from the Gulf Coast waters, we recommend Destin’s premier charter company, Destin Premium Charters! New to the area, this team of talented professionals offers many different ways to spot a sea turtle, but their sunset and dolphin cruise is the perfect way to spot dolphins and other marine life. Those who embark on this trip will take a two-hour journey around the Destin Harbor and through the gulf or bay. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Getting a glimpse of the turtles or other marine life in their natural habitat is an experience we guarantee you’ll never forget.

“Sea” the turtles and other amazing sea life this spring! Schedule your next outing with Destin’s newest charter, Destin Premium Charters. For close-by accommodations, check out these beautiful beachfront homes or condos in Destin!

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Just Dreaming of the Beach!

It is about that time of year when all you can do is dream about the warm sun on your skin, gentle sea breezes, and soft sand beneath your feet. The beach simply lifts your spirits and transports you to a simpler life.  Now, all you need is the perfect place to stay on your next vacation. Esencia just may be the dream vacation home you are looking for. Large families or multiple families traveling together will love this property.  This is a five bedroom, five and a half bathroom house in Destin that accommodates up to twenty guests.

The first floor of the spacious home features a bunk room. And not just any bunk room, but one that contains three queen bunk beds. You can just imagine the laughter that will fill the air as the children tell stories and play in their own hideaway! Right up the stairs, you will find the master suite complete with a king-sized bed. You can enjoy a glass of wine on your private balcony- the perfect retreat to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Two other bedrooms are located on the second story of Esencia where one features a king-sized bed and the other a queen. A second master bedroom is privately located on the third level of this gracious home.

Get ready to fulfill your culinary aspirations in this upscale kitchen including a gas range, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. Whether you are simply preparing a snack for your day at the beach or whipping up a delectable masterpiece you will be able to channel your inner Barefoot Contessa!

A private pool is right in your backyard. Lounge in the sun or splash around with the kids. Destin is a great location for various activities for the whole family. Check out everything from dolphin cruises to parasailing on Southern Perks. Meanwhile, don’t forget to try some of the best local eats. We love Vin’tij Wine Boutique and Camille’s!

If you need a little retail therapy during your stay then just head over to Destin Commons or Grande Boulevard where you will find stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Vineyard Vines.

Book Esencia now with Southern Rentals & Real Estate and start planning the vacation of your dreams!

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Spring Break Schedule 2018

This is a spring break listing through March 23. Spring breaks will continue through April 6 this year. Easter is April 1. Still some limited availability for families looking for vacation rentals in Destin, FL here.

March 5 – March 9

University of Florida
Georgia Southern
University of Southern Indiana
Ball State University, Indiana
Eastern Tennessee State University
Tennessee Tech University
University of Memphis
Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
Middle Tennessee State University
Davidson College, North Carolina

March 5 – March 12

University of Central Michigan, Missouri

March 9- March 16

University of Alabama

March 12 – March 16

Montgomery County Public Schools, Alabama
Auburn University, Alabama
Samford University, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama
Hillsborough County Schools, Florida
University of Miami, Florida
University of West Florida, Florida
Emory University, Georgia
Georgia State, Georgia
University of Georgia, Georgia
Eastern Illinois University, Illinois
Illinois State University, Illinois
Northern Illinois State University, Illinois
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois
Indiana State University, Indiana
University of Kentucky, Kentucky
U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland
Jackson Public Schools, Mississippi
Mississippi State University, Mississippi
University of Mississippi, Mississippi
Mississippi Southern, Mississippi
Missouri State University, Missouri
New York University, New York
Ohio State University, Ohio
Ohio University, Ohio
Knoxville County Schools, Tennessee
University of Tennessee, Tennessee
Fort Worth Independent Schools, Texas
Houston Independent Schools, Texas
Southern Methodist University, Texas
University of Texas- Austin, Texas
Texas A & M University, Texas
Rice University, Texas
University of North Texas, Texas
Florida State University

March 12 – March 17

University of Central Florida, Florida
University of South Florida, Florida
Leon County, Tallahassee, Florida

March 12 – March 19

Leon County, Tallahassee, Florida

March 16 – March 23

Okaloosa County (Destin), Florida
Walton County, Florida

March 19 – March 23

Little Rock School District, Arkansas
Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida
Orange County, Orlando, Florida
University of North Florida, Florida
Bay County, Panama City, Florida
University of West Georgia, Georgia
Columbus State University, Georgia
University of Chicago, Illinois
University of Maryland, Maryland
Towson University, Maryland

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All You Need is Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust

Pablo Picasso once said, “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” while Albert Einstein said that “creativity is intelligence having fun.” Truer words were never more spoken. Art by its simplest definition is a creative form of communication, a way of communicating ideas, feelings, thoughts, and observations. And here on the Gulf Coast, we are invited to participate in two great theatrical performances of art this week.

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company is performing Sylvia, a romantic comedy about a marriage and dog. A middle-aged New York couple’s world is turned upside down when the husband brings home a fetching dog found in Central Park. Tickets are still available for shows on March 1st-March 4th. Do not miss this opportunity to see the area’s best performers!

Next up, the Northwest Florida Ballet is performing Peter Pan as its final main stage production of the 2017-2018 season. This production, complete with breathtaking sets, dazzling costumes, international guest artists and company members, takes flight on Friday, March 3rd at 7:30 and on Saturday, March 4th at 2:30 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Peter Pan is presented by Emerald Coast Magazine and Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

Peter Pan is the story about a mischievous boy who refuses to grow up. He takes Wendy, John, and Michael on a spectacular journey to Neverland where they encounter the terrifying Captain Hook, pirates, mermaids and one feisty little fairy named Tinker Bell.

So, let your imagination take flight and make sure you do not miss these artistic performances by the Emerald Coast Theatre Company and the Northwest Florida Ballet. As Peter Pan said, “So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of the happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever in Never, Never Land!”

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A Beach Home Fit for Royalty!

“Don’t let it be forgot, that there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” This famous line from the Lerner and Loewe musical is beyond applicable when you vacation at the exquisite beach home of Camelot in Destin. This luxurious home features five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms and will comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests.

Step outside, take in the Gulf views and breathe in the fresh sea air and you will realize at once that you are in paradise! The mystique of the emerald waters and sugar white sands will draw you in and hold your heart captive.

Once you are inside Camelot, you will feel like royalty. There is plenty of seating in the living room that overlooks the Gulf, so after a day of sand and surf, grab some snacks and pop in a movie for a night of family fun.

The kitchen is where culinary dreams are made! Whip up some scrumptious seafood meals or beach snacks in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen complete with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. If you need a little inspiration just check out recipes from the Southern Scoop such as the West Indies Crab Salad. Yum!

The master bedroom is an oasis for rest and relaxation. Start your morning with a cup of coffee and sea breeze on the balcony leading from the master bedroom. Two other bedrooms host king-sized beds while another features a queen-sized bed. The children will love the bunk room where it is a slumber party every night!

Cool off in the private saltwater pool. There is not a more perfect way to end the day.

If you need a little retail therapy, then Destin is the place to be. Destin Commons and Grande Boulevard are just down the road. While you are there be sure to check out Emeril’s Coastal Italian restaurant or enjoy some delicious cocktails and fresh guacamole at Cantina Laredo.

Reserve this fantastic home in Destin with Southern Rentals and Real Estate today.

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Favorite Breakfast Restaurant in Destin

We are often asked – “where do the locals go?”

Easy answer on this one – the Local Market currently tops our list for one of our favorite restaurants in Destin, FL for breakfast or lunch.

On a recent visit for breakfast, avocado toast with a fried egg and side of bacon was the highlight of the morning. Add a splash of chipotle hot sauce and – yum! The Local Market sells a variety of hot sauces and all are available to sample with your breakfast or lunch. Add a good cup of strong coffee and the day starts off just right. The chalk menu board displays numerous delicious dishes. Other favorites are corned beef hash, breakfast burrito, and Carla’s granola. Don’t forget to order a homemade donut for dessert!

We also tried a smoothie from the smoothie menu. The peanut butter cup smoothie containing almond milk, banana, cocoa, peanut butter, and honey was smoothie heaven. In addition, the juices are also popular featuring unique flavors. You can choose from daily detox, heart beet, tropical paradise, citrus cooler, or green goddess.

Ready for lunch? The Local Market touts their Cubano as the best Cuban sandwich in town. Featuring roast pork, ham, dill pickles, mustard, and swiss on a Cuban roll, it is a delight. Another favorite is the grilled pimento cheese sandwich served with five pepper jelly.

Another feature we love about Local Market is the availability of an array of jams, jellies, sauces, and pickles on the market side. There’s also a good variety of wine. Grab a bottle of “Hot Shot Bloody Mary mix” and a jar of hot pickled okra and you will be a crowd favorite at your next gathering. The Local Market, open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  is located at 950 Gulf Shore Dr., Destin, Fl, next to La Paz.

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Bright Colors Never Looked So Good

lilly pulitzer bathing suitBright Colors Never Looked So Good!

The time is quickly approaching for your Gulf Coast getaway! You have been dreaming of those lazy days in the warm Florida sun, the mystique of the emerald green waters and the soft feel of the sugar white sand beneath your feet. The only thing missing- that cute and flattering swimsuit. Well, Lilly Pulitzer is here to make finding that perfect beach swimsuit a breeze.

Lilly Pulitzer, the resort brand that is behind the colorful printed clothing and accessories, just introduced its first ever swimwear collection. This stunning 30-piece collection includes an array of one and two-piece options so there is something for everyone. You can even get matching swimsuit for your daughter! “Lilly Pulitzer embodies the ultimate resort lifestyle and we consider ourselves experts in what our customer needs for every part of her getaway,” Mira Fain, Executive Vice President of Product Design & Development, said in a statement. “Our signature printed, great-fitting swimsuit is exactly what she was wanting from us to complete her packing.” And do not forget to complete your tropical look with a sassy coverup, some adorable accessories like a straw hat or beach tote, and a bright and lively beach towel.

Shop online or visit the signature shop located at Grande Boulevard at Sandestin and get beach ready. And while you are are getting the beach attire ready, do not forget to book your vacation today with Southern Rentals & Real Estate. We offer 1,400 elegant beach homes and condos all along the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach, FL to Gulf Shores, AL.

Remember that life is better at the beach!

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