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It’s Almost Time for Cobia Season!

Cobia Season in Destin

Who is counting down to cobia season in Destin? We know that we sure are! From late March through early May, these fish will be migrating through the Gulf waters, providing plenty of opportunities to catch, cook, and enjoy cobia.

Cobia Season in DestinThe best part of cobia season in Destin is Harbor Docks’ 2020 Cobia World Championship. This incredibly popular event brings anglers from all over to fish in Destin’s waters for some cobia. After all, Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village!” Every day from March 28th until May 3rd, stop by Harbor Docks from 4-8 PM for cobia weigh-ins. Cobia can weigh as much as 170 lbs and reach lengths as large as 79 inches. You’re sure to see some big ones!

The tournament kicks off on March 28th with a kickoff party at 6 PM at Harbor Docks, with a BBQ dinner on the dock. The final weigh-in takes place on May 3rd, ending at 8 PM. An awards dinner will be held on Monday, May 4th at 6 PM at Harbor Docks. The Harbor Docks Cobia World Champion will walk away with $7,500! Second place winners will receive $2,500 and third place winners will receive $1,500. Divisions include the Gulf Coast Yacht Group Ladies World Champion, the Donut Hole Junior World Champion, and more. 10% of all proceeds benefit¬†Harbor Docks Charities 26th Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day and Destin Harvest. Visit Harbor Docks’ website to learn more about the cobia tournament, see tournament rules, and enter yourself.

If you’re coming to Destin for Spring Break, there has never been a better time to book! Explore some of our favorite Destin vacation rentals with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals. Beach Resort offers one-bedroom condos with room for 4-7 guests and some wonderful resort-style amenities. Don’t forget to add some fun activities to your Spring vacation as well!

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Dining in Destin

Our Favorite Restaurants in Destin

What’s for dinner tonight? Shake up your regular routine with a bite to eat at some of the best restaurants in Destin. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Destin’s numerous restaurants have something for everyone. From casual to upscale and everything in between, treat your senses to a culinary delight with some of our favorite restaurants in Destin. If you’re coming to Destin for spring break or even a quick summer getaway, you’ll certainly want to make time to sample one of these restaurants!

Restaurants in Destin

  • The Craft Bar – this gastropub offers uniquely-crafted cocktails and some even more delicious appetizers and menu options. We’re big fans of their truffle fries, mac & cheese bites, and bison burgers. Plus, they offer a $5 happy night, Sunday brunch, and more!
  • Camille’s – are you staying in Crystal Beach in Destin? Then you absolutely need to pay a visit to Camille’s, whether it’s the cafe & beach bar or the upscale restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are served at the cafe & beach bar every day from 7 AM – 5 PM, while dinner begins at 5 PM and is served until 10 PM. they also offer an extensive sushi menu – be sure to try out their signature Destin and Panhandle rolls!
  • Boshamps – for local seafood and a great view, come dine at Boshamps. Boshamps has been a staple in the Destin area for over 30 years and offer a casual atmosphere with handcrafted meals with the finest ingredients. They also offer some pretty spectacular custom cocktails, with names like The Boshamps Margarita, Mojitos on the Harbor, and East Pass Punch.
  • Dewey Destin’s – It wouldn’t be a visit to Destin without stopping for a meal at Dewey Destin’s. This is truly the culmination of Destin’s¬†history since Dewey’s great-great-grandfather Leonard Destin founded the town in 1835. Stop by the original location just off of Calhoun Avenue for some of the best views of the water. Or, for a sit-down meal at their newer, traditional location, stop by Dewey Destin’s Harborside.

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Get Together With Family This Summer

Summer Family Reunions in Destin

Summer Family Reunions in Destin

Ah, summer in Destin. There’s nothing like it: warm weather, blue skies, and beaches that shine as bright as the sun. There are a million and one reasons to come to Destin in the summer, and a family reunion is one of our favorites. Summer is the perfect time of year to have a family reunion too, since school is out and it’s easier to coordinate schedules. If you’re looking to plan a family reunion to Destin this summer, you’ll want to firm up your plans quickly to make sure you secure your favorite beach home. Availability is filling up fast!

We’ve said it time and time again, but one of our favorite places to stay in Destin for family reunions is at the Cottages by the Bay. These beautiful Cottages are nestled in the heart of Downtown Destin just minutes from the beach and Choctawhatchee Bay. You’re going to love the Old Florida style offered in the Cottages, from luxe furnishings to personalized touches throughout each home. If you have a large family, you can reserve all eight cottages to sleep 50 guests. This is called “The Retreat.” And, beginning on July 1st, a new Cottage will be added to the community: “At Last.” Just in time for your summer family reunion to Destin! Since all of the homes are conveniently placed in one community, you won’t have to go far to get to everyone.

Once you’ve booked your homes, it’s time to plan some activities! There are lots of fun things to do in Destin¬†for all age groups: dolphin cruises, fishing charters, pontoon boat rentals; the opportunities are endless! You can even venture into nearby Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island for more fun at the Gulfarium and Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone. If you’re traveling especially with older kids, they’ll love the chance to rent jet-skis and cruise through Destin next to dolphins and other sea life. Of course, nothing beats simply relaxing in a beach chair in the sand!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Beach

Valentine’s Day in Destin

Valentine’s Day is this weekend! Whether you’re pulling out all the stops with big bouquets of roses and champagne or looking to celebrate in a low-key fashion, there is something for every type of couple in Destin. What could be more romantic than a sunset at the beach on Valentine’s Day? Not to mention, we are forecasted to have sunshine and blue skies on Friday, even if the temperatures are a little cold. For those last-minute plans, check out some of our favorite things going on on Valentine’s Day in Destin.¬†Valentine's Day in Destin

  • Experience a romantic dinner at Beach Walk Cafe at Henderson Park Inn. With their VIP dining experience, you’ll enjoy a “toes in the sand” package offering an intimate dinner located directly on the beach! A private table is set up on the sand with dinner, dessert, and drinks for just the two of you.
  • For a truly relaxing moment for just the two of you, book a spa experience at the Salamander Spa at the Henderson Beach Resort. Bond together in a tranquil setting while you are pampered to the fullest potential and bask in the luxurious couples’ suite.
  • Sometimes, getting back to basics is exactly what you need in your relationship. Leave the fancy dinners and bottles of wine at home and go for a moonlit stroll down the beach. Since the weather is forecasted to be calm on Friday, you won’t have to worry about a drop of rain interrupting your plans. Just bring something cozy, since temperatures are expected to drop into the low 40s!
  • Or, set your sights on the water with a private sailing excursion through Destin’s famous emerald green waters. As the sun sets in the distance, you’ll catch sight of dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life. There is still some availability left for Valentine’s Day in Destin, so be sure to book before the spots fill up!

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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 February is here, Spring Break is just around the corner for many schools around the country. 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! Mild weather, clear beaches, and plenty of sunshine await. 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 Р30 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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The 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival is Coming Up!

31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Make plans to attend the¬†31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival next weekend! Since it takes place over Valentine’s Day weekend – the 14th and the 15th – this is a unique and perfect way to spend the weekend together. It’s known as one of Florida’s most popular winter food events along the Emerald Coast! Tickets are still available, so get yours today to experience a delicious and exciting weekend!

Beach Resort 204The event kicks off at Baytowne Wharf on Friday, February 14th with a Seafood Boil Kick-Off Party from 5-7 PM. Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille is the official host, so you know it’s going to be good! The main event takes place the next day at noon on Saturday, February 15th. It’s gumbo galore as you sample a variety of gumbo and vote for your favorite “People’s Choice” winner. With so many options, how will you narrow it down? Select from dark and light roux, along with chicken, sausage, and seafood gumbo. This is a great chance to sample some cuisine from local Gulf Coast restaurants while enjoying live Zydeco music.

Plus, the Best Bloody Mary’s at the Beach competition is back for another year! Sample some of the finest area bars’ and restaurants’ Bloody Marys all while judging your favorite! Your vote will help them win the title of “Best Bloody Mary at the Beach.”

Book your condo for Valentine’s Day and the 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival all in one! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have a wide variety of homes and condos for your getaway. Beach Resort 204¬†is currently offering great rates for that weekend, so take advantage while you can! This charming one-bedroom condo is just the right size for your getaway and rests across the street from the beach. Plus, its proximity to fun things to do in Destin, along with Baytowne Wharf, makes it the perfect place to stay.

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Get in Shape for Spring Break

Best Fitness Activities in Destin

Fitness is something that’s important all year long, not just for your New Year’s resolutions! And, with Spring Break around the corner, the motivation you need is here. Fortunately, there are tons of great fitness activities in Destin, from gyms to fitness classes to yoga on the beach. Discover some of our favorite places to get fit in Destin, and let us know yours on our Facebook page!

Fitness in Destin

  • Pure Barre – Barre is a huge trend in fitness right now, and Pure Barre studios are popping up all over the Gulf Coast. The classes combine low impact and high-intensity movements to strengthen and tone your body. The movements are similar to ballet exercises and you will surely feel the burn in your shoulders, glutes, and core after just a few classes!
  • Orangetheory – Orangetheory is another trend that’s popping up everywhere and is a favorite among fitness enthusiasts. The goal is to generate “the Orange Effect” by incorporating endurance, strength, and power to keep you burning calories for up to 36 hours after a 60-minute workout.
  • Destin Yoga by the Sea – Are you looking for something a little less intense than Pure Barre and Orangetheory? Yoga is a great way to strengthen both your mind and your body in a low-impact way. We love Destin Yoga by the Sea since it’s held on the beach. Just bring some sunscreen and sunglasses to beat the sun. Putting a towel over your yoga mat will also help keep the sand at bay when you are ready to practice again.

Do you still need to book your Spring Break vacation to Destin? Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have some incredible condo rentals at Crystal Dunes¬†that are available for your spring vacation. This inventory is going fast, so don’t wait to book! Crystal Dunes 106 is a new condo rental that looks right out onto the water, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms to accommodate 10 guests. Plus, it even has complimentary beach service! When you come for Spring Break, you’ll be here just in time to enjoy a beach chair set up!

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Snowbirds, Make Plans for 2021!

Best Snowbird Rentals in Destin, Florida

Snowbird season is in full swing in Destin, and we hope our winter guests are enjoying a break from the snow and cold! It has been a little chilly here in Destin, but that won’t stop the flock from heading to the beach. With all of the sunshine and fun snowbird activities at the beach, you could not ask for a better place to vacation. Whether you are here for one month or several months, we welcome you to the beach! Now is also a great time to start planning for the 2020-2021 season and secure your favorite condo. Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals offer some of the best snowbird rentals in Destin, Florida, with a large inventory of beach condos to choose from. Take a look at some of our favorites below and click the links to see for yourself. When you’re ready to book for 2020-2021, just give them a call!

Maravilla in Destin is one of our favorite places to stay for winter getaways. With condos ranging from 1-3 bedrooms with room for 6-10 guests, you’ll have plenty of room to invite your family to the beach and make memories with your loved ones. Plus, you have access to 2.5 acres of private beach just across the street. There is also a wide range of community amenities found here, including two pools, a hot tub, barbecue Best Snowbird Rentals in Destingrills, tennis courts, and shuffleboard.

Want something with a view? Try out the condos at Breakers East for your next getaway! Amazing views, oversized balconies, and more await. These two-bedroom condos come with room for six to eight guests and feature all of the at-home comforts you could need while spending the winter months in Destin. Plus, it’s right in the heart of the downtown area, putting you close to plenty of local restaurants and fun activities.

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The 30A Songwriters’ Festival is this Weekend!

30A Songwriters’ Festival

30A Songwriters Festival

The 11th Annual Songwriters’ Festival is this weekend! From January 17th – 20th, some of the most creative minds by some of your favorite songs will perform those top hits at 25 venues all over Walton County. Some of the venues even include Grand Boulevard and the Hyatt Place Sandestin! Weekend passes are sold out, but day passes for Saturday, Sunday, and all day Sunday are available in addition to Friday VIP performances at Grayton Beer Taproom. If you still need plans for this weekend, this is certainly something fun to do! Get your tickets here.

The 30A Songwriters’ Festival transforms numerous amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, and bars all across South Walton into musically-charged venues during the event. You’ll find everything from cozy bars with capacities for 75 to even seating for up to 5,000 people! This event benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a non-profit organization that¬†champions the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs, and education. Learn more about the CAA here.

Still need somewhere to stay for the festival? Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are offering a great discount on 30A vacation rentals for the event. Just use promo code SONGWRITERS to save! You don’t have to be traveling to take advantage of this offer; even locals can use it for a staycation! Find great rates for that weekend at The Village 511, a three-bedroom townhome on 30A. You’ll be feeling right at home here, as it has a full kitchen, cozy bedrooms, and everything you will need for a getaway. Plus, its location in Blue Mountain Beach puts it close to several of the 30A Songwriters’ Festival venues!

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Spend Spring Break in Destin

Planning Your Spring Break in Destin, Florida

Are you planning your Spring Break in Destin, Florida this year? We might be biased, but there is no better place to spend Spring Break than on some of the world’s most famous beaches! January and February will be over before we know it, and then Spring Break will be in full force in March and April. If you are planning your spring break in Destin, Florida, then you’ll want to start getting ahead of everyone else! Check out some of our top picks for the best Destin, Florida vacation rentals with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals, as well as some fun things to do on Spring Break in Destin!

Where to Stay

Planning Your Spring Break in Destin, Florida

For a big, beautiful beach home in Destin that’s right on the Gulf of Mexico, look to Aqua Sound. This Gulf-front home boasts high-end furnishings and a view you could only dream about. Those views are visible in every bedroom through floor-to-ceiling windows. Aqua Sound has four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread out over three floors, so it can comfortably accommodate 10 guests. And, since this home is located in Destin Pointe, you’ll enjoy community amenities like beach shuttle service, a pool, hot tub, and more.

What to Do

Spring Break officially kicks off “vacation season” in Destin, so the area will be full of fun things to do on vacation. From boat rentals to dolphin cruises and fishing charters, there will be no shortage of thrilling activities. Another perk of staying with Southern is that they offer “Southern Perks,” exclusive discounts to their guests to enjoy on activities no matter where they are staying. Once you book your accommodations, it’s just a few clicks and you’ll be on your way to booking your activity too! Save on bike rentals, beach chair service, and even golfing. There is something for every kind of traveler!

What are you waiting for? Start planning your Spring Break vacation to Destin, Florida today!

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