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A Playa Amore #932A at Miramar Beach Villas

Your Spring Vacation in Destin, FloridaSpring Vacation in Destin FL

Now that spring is here, we’re more than ready for warm weather and sunshine. With temperatures reaching the 70s and no more chills in the forecast, it seems like the warm weather is here to stay. That’s perfectly fine with us – we’ve hung our coats and sweaters up for the season and are ready for shorts and flip flops. If you need us, we’ll be on the beach soaking up some sun! There’s still time to plan your spring vacation to Destin, Florida. Spring doesn’t just happen during the month of March – April and May count, too! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals still have some availability left for vacation rentals in Destin during spring. A Playa Amore 932A at Miramar Beach Villas is one of our favorite places to stay in Destin. This four-bedroom townhome is ideal for groups of 11, so bring the whole family when you come down to Destin.

There’s a good reason we can’t get enough of A Playa Amore 932A. Jaw-droppingly luxurious with high-end upgrades, no detail was spared when this townhome was designed. White marble floors, pale blue walls, and upscale furnishings complete the coastal charm found here. The open floor plan allows the conversation to flow smoothly through the living room to the kitchen are you prepare meals. A large granite breakfast bar, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances make up the stunning kitchen. Accented by sparkling light fixtures and a turquoise tiled backsplash, we’re sure you’ll love preparing meals here.

Spring Vacation in Destin FLThe master suite is certainly our favorite room with real hardwood floors, a tray ceiling, and coastal decorations throughout. Just take a look at that bathroom! Even the walk-in shower is marble. In addition, a private backyard patio is also yours to enjoy, with ample seating and a private gas grill. You’ll have access to a private beach boardwalk when you vacation here, as well as a community pool. A Playa Amore 932A is located in the heart of Destin, so you’re closer than ever to incredible shopping, dining, and more.

How will you be spending your spring break vacation in Destin, Florida? Let us know on our Facebook page. We’ll see you at the beach!

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The First Day of Spring!

The vernal equinox, officially bringing the arrival of spring, happens this evening.

Twice a year, around March 20 or 21 and September 22 or 23, the sun’s most direct rays shine on the equator. These two days are known as the vernal (spring) equinox and the autumnal (fall) equinox, respectively.

This year, the vernal equinox takes place on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 p.m. EDT. At this time, the sun’s most direct rays cross over from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere. During this process, the sun is shining directly over the earth’s equator, bathing the earth’s northern and southern hemispheres in nearly an equal amount of sunlight.
Ready to plan your fun in the sun? Our lodging partner, Southern Vacation Rentals, is the place to look for the perfect vacation in Destin, FL.
(source: The Weather Channel)

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It’s Almost Sea Turtle Season in Destin

Sea Turtle Awareness Tips

Sea turtle season is almost here! These beautiful sea creatures can be spotted all across the coast from May 1st until October 31st, where they return year after year to lay their eggs until they’re ready to hatch.

Did you know sea turtle nests are protected by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FFWC)? Unfortunately, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (most commonly found here) often gets caught in fishing gear, resulting in a tragic ending for these beautiful creatures. In fact, sea turtles are so closely protected by the FFWC that disturbing their nests could result in a fine (or worse). Talk about a damper on your beach vacation!

How to Keep Sea Turtles Safe“So, how can I help?” You might be wondering. Here are a few tips to follow to keep our beaches pristine and protect the sea turtles.

  • When visiting the beach, you may be tempted to dig holes or build sandcastles. This is perfectly acceptable and a great way for kids to spend time in the sun. However, be sure to fill any holes and “demolish” the sandcastles before leaving. The turtles can fall into the holes and get stuck, and the sandcastles prevent the turtles from being able to return to the ocean. Keep the beach as flat as it was when you arrived!
  • Mind the signs! Yellow signs can be found all over the beach warning you not to disturb sea turtle nests. The FFWC monitors these diligently so if you see one, that means there’s a nest nearby!
  • Did you know bright lights can disrupt nesting female sea turtles and hatchlings? When buildings have bright lights or you shine a white-light flashlight on the beach at night, it can affect the turtles in a harmful way. Sea turtles orient themselves based on the direction the light is coming from, and if the light is coming from your beachfront vacation home in Destin, the sea turtles will head there instead of back toward the water. Fortunately, “turtle-safe” flashlights are available as well as red flashlight apps on the App Store and Google Play.

So now you have three tips to follow when it comes to keeping the sea turtles safe! A Sun of a BeachRemember, sea turtle season begins May 1st, so you have plenty of time to prepare.

In the meantime, while you are thinking about May, it’s a great time to start planning your summer vacation to Destin, Florida. For a vacation home in Destin, we love A Sun of a Beach with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals. Found in the Beach Retreat Cottages neighborhood, up to 10 people can stay here. This inviting home has “summer vacation” written all over it!

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The Perfect Summer Home Awaits You

Stay at 1 Conched Out Villa in Destin

1 Conched Out Villa

Summer is right around the corner – before you know it, June will be here in the blink of an eye! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have some truly beautiful vacation homes in Destin, Florida that you’ll want to take advantage of for your summer vacation. Whether you’re looking for a magnificent home for 30 or something cozier for 10, Southern has the inventory to accommodate your group. One of our favorite homes in Destin is 1 Conched Out Villa, a four-bedroom vacation home in the gated Emerald Waters Village neighborhood. Up to 13 guests can easily stay in 1 Conched Out Villa, so it’s perfect for your family getaway.

Boasting upscale decor and coastal luxury you won’t find elsewhere, it’s no surprise why this home is one of our favorites. The first floor hosts an open floor plan containing the living room, kitchen, and master suite. There are two additional master suites on the second floor, all with private bathrooms. In each bathroom, you’ll find a granite vanity and walk-in shower. The home’s fourth bedroom comes with twin bunk beds, perfect for any kids traveling in your group.

1 Conched Out VillaPerhaps the best feature of this home is the outdoor seating area, with 1,000 square feet of space to sit back and relax. The covered porch comes with a 50″ flat-screen TV, wet bar, and private grill. When football season rolls back around, this is sure to be an exciting place to gather!

Inside the Emerald Waters Village neighborhood, you have access to community amenities that will ease you into a vacation state of mind. The neighborhood features two community pools, one of which is heated in the winter, and is just a few quick minutes away from Miramar Regional Public Beach Access. If you’ve never visited Destin before, you’ll be amazed at how blue the water truly is! Additionally, 1 Conched Out Villa is in the heart of Destin’s Miramar Beach community. You’re closer than you think to world-class shopping, dining, and fun.

Check availability and view more images for 1 Conched Out Villa here. We’ll see you at the beach!

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Destin: Top 10 Southern Beach Town

Top 10 Best Southern Beach Towns

  1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  2. Destin, Florida
  3. Panama City Beach, Florida
  4. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
  5. Orange Beach, Alabama
  6. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  7. Gulf Shores, Alabama
  8. St. Simons Island, Georgia
  9. Pawleys Island, South Carolina
  10. Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Southern Living by Caroline Rogers

This is why everyone should plan a trip to Destin, Florida: The emerald waters and white sandy beaches attract visitors from far and wide. There are 13 beach access points so find one, claim your stretch of sand, and settle in for fun in the sun.

Enjoy the daily catch.

You’ll want to track down some of the best restaurants in Destin during your trip. The Panhandle has menus for every palette. Enjoy your crab cakes with a Gulf view at the Beach Walk Cafe.  Make reservations at Marina Cafe for a candlelit dinner you’ll still be talking about months later, or go casual at The Crab Trap, McGuire’s Irish Pub, Lucy Buffet’s Lulu’s, or Boshamps.

Embark on an adventure or two.

Set off with Destin Snorkel for a shelling tour, dolphin cruise, or snorkeling adventure.  Feel the ocean breeze on a sailing tour or boat charter from Smile-and-Wave Sailing Adventures, or get active with Blue Crab Water Sports—they rent wave-runners, kayaks, paddleboards, and pontoon boats to intrepid beachgoers. If you have kids in tow, they’ll love the Buccaneer Pirate Cruises, a sea adventure with sword fights, storytelling, and snacks. (There’s even a treasure hunt!)

Drop your anchor at a Destin marina.

Kick off your deep-sea fishing adventure at one of Destin’s marinas, where you can hire a boat or join a tour. Hop aboard a Swoop deep sea fishing boat at HarborWalk Marina  for a day on the ocean, or drop into Destin Marina if you brought your own vessel. Rent a boat to get to Crab Island, Destin’s famed underwater sandbar, where locals and visitors go to hang out on the water.

Camp out.

Pitch your tent (or park your RV) at Henderson Beach State Park, a 200-acre park with 60 campsites, a playground, nature trail, and boardwalks for beach access. Meander the nature trail and learn about the coastal dune ecosystem and the wildlife of the area, which includes several endangered species.

Go wild at a water park.

Treat the kids to a day at Big Kahuna Water Adventures for rides, slides, waves, rivers, and pools galore. There are attractions for every age, including kiddie rides and racing slides—as well as few meandering rivers with varying falls, chutes, twists, and turns.

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33rd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

33rd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

33rd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

One of our favorite events won’t be here for another month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting ready for it today! The 33rd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will be returning to The Village of Baytowne Wharf this year from April 11-14. If you’ve ever been before, then you’ll know this is the Kentucky Derby of wine festivals. This event has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine and is also known as the Best Event in the Visit South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival area.

This event is four days of great wine, dinners with celebrity chefs, and more. Whether you’re a novice or an aficionado when it comes to wine, you’re sure to learn something new at this festival. You’ll have the chance to meet winemakers, ask questions, and acquire hard-to-get selections. ABC Fine Wine and Spirits will have a tent at the festival where you can purchase any selections you may find. The 33rd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is a rain or shine event, so make sure you check the Destin weather and come prepared!

In addition all the fun at the festival, you’ll also want to stay and explore the Village of Baytowne Wharf some, too! Shops and merchants are open for the public to explore. Also, non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge. They will not receive a wristband.

In need of lodging? Stay with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals to be nearby the festival. Their Alerio vacation condos are in the heart of Miramar Beach and just a short stroll away from the beach. You will only be a 15-minute drive away from the festival, but also close to shopping and dining in Destin. Book one now to be nearby!

To get tickets and for more information about the festival, visit their website.

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We Know Just Where to Stay for Spring Break

Breakers East in Destin for Spring Break

Breakers East in Destin for Spring BreakNow that March is here, Spring Break is starting soon for many schools around the country. This weekend and all through the month, many visitors will be heading to Destin to enjoy our beautiful beaches. If you’re also coming to Destin for Spring Break, you’re in luck as we’re forecasted to have warm weather for just about the whole month, with high temperatures in the mid-70s. However, if you have yet to book your vacation to Destin, there is still time! How does staying at one of the most popular beachfront resorts in Destin for Spring Break sound? The answer lies with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals at Breakers East in Destin for Spring Break vacations.

The first thing you’ll notice at this breathtaking beach resort is the abundance of sugar white sand. We bet you’ll want to spend all of your time here! You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas from the attendant to get relaxing in no time. Or, leave the sand behind and splash about in the beachfront pool. The sunshine is certainly abundant at Breakers East! In addition, work on your serve at one of the two lighted tennis courts, located at the front end of the resort.

Breakers East in Destin for Spring BreakInside each Breakers East vacation condo you will find spacious and open floor plans accompanied by modern decor and some of the largest balconies overlooking the Gulf – 30 feet wide, to be exact! Balcony access is located off of the living room and master bedroom. These Breakers East vacation condos can sleep anywhere from 6-8 guests, so everyone will be plenty comfortable on your beach vacation.

In addition, you won’t have to go too far for fun. Breakers East enjoys an incredible location in the heart of Destin, with world-class shopping and dining just minutes away. There is also a myriad of fun to be had at HarborWalk Village located west of Breakers East, with fun water sports and activities waiting for you. What are you waiting for? Reserve a Breakers East condo with Southern Vacation Rentals today!

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6th Annual Tequila & Tacos Festival

Get your tickets now for this weekend’s culinary & craft experience celebrating two favorites – tequila & tacos! The Destin Tequila & Tacos Festival has become a very popular local event and organizers are expecting a ticket sell out. Garden & Gun magazine is the presenting sponsor for the event at HarborWalk Village.

  • Tapas & Tequila Kick-Off Party featuring Nashville band Humming House, Friday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
  • Hosted on the Captain’s Deck, overlooking the Destin Harbor, enjoy an evening of delightful small plates and signature tequila beverages, mixologist demonstrations and more.
  • Friday Night Tapas & Tequila | $100 per person. *Tickets are expected to sell out for this event.* Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/tapasandtequil
  • Tequilas & Tacos Saturday Festival, March 9. Enjoy a flavorful afternoon on Destin Harbor featuring craft tequila cocktails, live music on three stages and tacos of all flavors and styles *Tickets are expected to sell out for this event.*
    Purchase Festival Tickets: http://bit.ly/tequilatacoFestFestival Ticket Pricing: Unlimited Tacos- $25 | Unlimited taco tastings from some of the area’s best restaurants. ***SOLD OUT***General Admission- $50 | Unlimited taco tastings from some of the area’s best restaurants and 7 drink tickets to use for a variety of 7oz. specialty tequila cocktails or tequila samples.VIP- $100 | Unlimited taco tastings from some of the area’s best restaurants and 10 drink tickets to use for a variety of 7oz. specialty tequila cocktails or tequila samples, EXCLUSIVE access to TWO VIP areas and a 6th Annual Taco & Tequila Festival Swag Bag. There is also a VIP Room package available.
  • **On-site parking for this event is $10.00.

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Luxurious Penthouse for Rent in Destin!

Rent 320 Harbor Blvd #1205 Today

Do you ever just see a home that takes your breath away? That’s how we feel about 320 Harbor Blvd #1205 in Destin. This stunning three-bedroom long-term rental in Destin, Florida is available for rent beginning on April 16th, and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to live in luxury! Our leasing partners Southern Residential Leasing are ready to make this dream a reality for you – view more pictures and schedule a showing here.

320 Harbor Blvd 1205Sitting in a penthouse condo atop the Destin Yacht Club, 320 Harbor Blvd #1205 comes luxuriously furnished from top to bottom. The living room walls feature tall windows that provide panoramic views of the Destin Harbor and surrounding water. Just look at that sunset! Also in the living are remote-controlled Roman shades and blackout shades that bring the area from a living room to a media room. The designer kitchen is one of our favorite features, with custom cabinetry, state of the art stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.

The lavish master suite will also take your breath away, with those same incredible Gulf views and a private bathroom complete with a marble shower and large garden tub. The two guest rooms also feature their own bathrooms.

When you lease 320 Harbor Blvd #1205, you have access to a variety of amenities including a boat slip, waterfront pool, and more. As an added bonus, utilities are included in your rent! No need to worry about electric, water/sewer, and basic cable.

This condo also enjoys a fabulous location near Destin’s HarborWalk Village with shopping, dining, and entertainment. There’s always something fun happening at HarborWalk! You’re also just a short drive away from premium shopping at Destin Commons, Silver Sands Premium Outlet, and Grand Boulevard. Don’t miss out on the chance to call this long-term rental in Destin home!

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Nina and Pinta Replicas at Baytowne Marina

They’ve arrived! The Nina and the Pinta, replicas of Columbus’ ships, are in port at Baytowne Marina til March 4.

The Nina was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the Pinta, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the space shuttle of the fifteenth century.

Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.

  • Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5-16. Children 4 and under are free.
  • The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.
  • Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email [email protected] Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No maximum.
  • For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org.
  • If you are traveling to the area for spring break, check on the many activities in Destin, FL now so you make reservations for your week of fun.

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