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We’re Crazy for Coconut Beach House

This Fort Walton Beach Vacation Home is Sure to Please

Just a little west of Destin lies Okaloosa Island, a small but charming beach town right on the water. The island is known as¬†the¬†beach, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the intercoastal waterway. It’s a hidden treasure trove of first-class vacation spots, dining, and attractions. A myriad of accommodations awaits, from high-rise condos to perfectly appointed beach homes.

One of our favorite spots on Okaloosa Island is Coconut Beach House A&B, through our lodging partner Southern Vacation Rentals. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the island, this eight bedroom, four bathroom home can accommodate up to 26 guests. Not bad, right? Coconut Beach House is unique in that it features four bedrooms and two bathrooms on each floor – if you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love feeling like they have their own private vacation home.

Coconut Beach House

The first floor alone can accommodate 12 guests. Large windows and glass doors allow for lots of natural light to pour through, and everyone will surely feel the call of the ocean  Рthe patio extends right into the sugar white sand. At night, get everyone together outdoors and enjoy the sound of the waves lapping up to shore. Plus, the living room, master bedroom, and second bedroom all feature full Gulf views.

Coconut Beach House

Meanwhile, find similar accommodations on the second floor of Coconut Beach House. A wide balcony with seating extends the invitation to watch the sunrise over the water. Both floors feature fully-equipped kitchens, lots of comfortable seating in the living room, and TVs in each room.

Coconut Beach House

Beach access has never been easier. Coconut Beach House is situated right on the sandy shores, so just a few steps and voila! You’re lounging in the sand in no time.

During your stay, be sure to check out all of Fort Walton Beach’s fun things to do, from dining and entertainment in Downtown Fort Walton to the family-friendly activities on Okaloosa Island. A trip to the Gulfarium is a must!

Be sure to check out more vacation homes in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. We’ll see you at the beach!

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Summer Fun in Destin

Ready For Some Summer Fun in Destin? Start Planning Now!

If you haven’t started planning your summer vacation yet, don’t sweat! Summer happens to last all the way until September 22nd, so it’s perfectly acceptable to vacation at the end of August and still say you’re on summer vacation. When it comes to a late summer vacation, there’s nothing better! The temperature is still nice and warm, the water still sparkles, and the traffic lightens up! That’s definitely a plus in our books. Trust us, there’s nothing like summer fun in Destin.

When you stay in Destin, there’s a myriad of activities you can embark upon! Whether you want to cruise the East Pass on a dolphin cruise or parasail over the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is the place to do it. Our favorite lodging partner Southern Vacation Rentals offers discounts with local businesses through their Southern Perks Program. Along with finding you the perfect vacation home or condo in Destin for your stay, Southern Vacation Rentals is here to help!

Dolphin cruises and parasailing¬†aren’t all there is to do! Of course, there is always the classic “day at the beach” spent with family. Grab some snorkel gear and explore the Gulf! Or, for the adventure-seeker, try surf lessons with Ride On Surf School. Or, hop on a bike and cruise the streets of Scenic 98. With the beautiful Gulf as a backdrop, you’ll have so much fun no matter what you do!

It’s certainly not too late to book your vacation. Check out Southern’s available vacation homes and condos in Destin – there’s still room for your vacation, whether you book this weekend or all the way into August! Don’t forget to book direct online or with an agent. They’re happy to help you book your summer fun in Destin. We hope to see you at the beach!

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Real Estate Opportunity in Destin

If You’ve Been Looking for a¬†Real Estate Opportunity in Destin, It’s Here!

Thinking about building your dream home in Destin? An opportunity awaits! The latest real estate opportunity in Destin can be found in the prestigious Peacock Point community, resting right on Joe’s Bayou. This vacant lot stretches nearly 24,000 square feet and provides the perfect opportunity to build the home of your dreams! Maybe it’s a striking multi-story home or a cozy space with an adjoining carriage house? Whatever you choose, it’ll be beautifully situated on nearly 200 feet of waterfront.

Real Estate Opportunity in Destin

Since Peacock Point is gated, you’ll have peace of mind at all times. As an added bonus, two boat docks with two lifts are included in this property as well as one wet slip. The wet slip can accommodate a 60-foot boat. Utilities are also in place as well as a bulkhead that spans the property. If you’ve been considering buying a boat to go along with your dream home, this is the perfect chance!

Real Estate Opportunity in Destin

Tucked away on Beach Drive, the property offers a great location to Destin Elementary School and Highway 98. To learn more about this property, visit here.

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Blue Angels are Home for Red, White, & Blues Week

It’s one of our favorite weeks along the Gulf Coast – the Blue Angels are home! The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are home based at NAS Pensacola, our neighbor just to the west of Destin, FL.

If you are in the area, there are multiple opportunities to watch the Blue Angels train and practice for their appearance in the Pensacola Beach Air Show. Here’s the schedule for the week:

7/11 – 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast with the Blues. We’ll be over Pensacola Beach for our “Circle and Arrival” maneuvers. While not a practice, this is the pilots’ opportunity to get the lay of the land (and the sky!) for the weekend’s demonstration
7/12 – 2:05 p.m.: Pensacola Beach practice demonstration
7/13 – 2:05 p.m.: Pensacola Beach practice demonstration
7/14 – 2:05 p.m.: Pensacola Beach Air Show demonstration

Please note there will not be any NAS Pensacola practices this week. Also, 10 buses and three open-air trolleys will be providing transportation to Casino Beach for Saturday’s main show.

It’s not to late to come join the fun! Vacation rentals are limited, but you can find openings vacation rentals in Destin, FL here. Enjoy!

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Say “I Do” at Sea-Esta in Destin

Sea-Esta Provides the Perfect Backdrop for Your Special Day

If you’re considering celebrating your nuptials in Destin, then look no further than Sea-Esta with our favorite lodging partner Southern Vacation Rentals. This beautiful home is one of our favorite locations in South Walton’s Frangista Beach community. Because Sea-Esta is split into Side A and Side B, it is unlike any other home you’ve seen! In total, this stunning Destin vacation home sleeps 34 people throughout its nine bedrooms. It also has an event capacity of 30. Impressive, right?

Say "I Do" at Sea-EstaSea-Esta features an impressive outdoor setting, with a large private pool and accompanying¬†pool deck. The home’s two private balconies off the second and third floor make up an ideal space for your outdoor ceremony and reception. A private boardwalk takes you to the sparkling Gulf waters, so your guests can also enjoy some time in the sand. Not to mention – Sea-Esta looks so beautiful lit up at night; your guests will have no problem carrying a reception well into the night!

Inside, discover a spacious layout with quiet luxury. On the first floor, both sides feature bedrooms and a small kitchenette. Head up to the second floor where you’ll find a larger fully-equipped kitchen, living room, and dining area. The remaining areas are located on the third floor. Sea-Esta is a great place to host your bridal party – groomsmen on one side, bridesmaids on the other – so everyone will have their own private quarters.

This home and others, including Already There Рa beautiful seven bedroom home designed for 25 guests with an event space of 50 Рare available for your event! You can also check out more of our homes for Gulf Coast weddings here.

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Vacation at Beach Peach

Life is Peachy at the Beach!

Looking for a vacation home at the beach this summer? If you’ve got your eye on Destin, check¬†ouVacation at Beach Peacht¬†Beach Peach, one of our favorite beach homes available through our lodging¬†partner Southern Vacation Rentals. This adorable beach cottage can accommodate up to eight guests in its three bedrooms. Beach Peach has a great location in Miramar Beach and is located directly on the beach – you can watch the waves roll in as you relax on your very own private deck! As an added bonus, complimentary beach service is offered during your stay – four chairs and two umbrellas will make enjoying your beach time a breeze!

With three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and space for eight guests, Beach Peach is an excellent home if you’re traveling with friends or family. Everyone will love the comfy accommodations spread out over three floors. Large windows in the living room make it easy to enjoy the view of the beach! Plus, with a fully-equipped kitchen, you’re set up to cook to your heart’s content. Whether you want to impress your guests with a five-course meal or some simple beach treats, Beach Peach allows you to do it all.

Vacation at Beach Peach

Plus, with a great location right on Scenic 98, you’re within walking distance to a couple of great restaurants, including Captain Dave’s on the Gulf and Kenny D’s New Orleans Cuisine. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is about ten minutes away – you could seriously spend an entire day here, as it is the nation’s largest premium outlet mall. Southern Vacation Rentals offers discounts on local attractions through their Southern Perks Program, so why not add a dolphin cruise or a fishing charter to your trip? You certainly won’t regret it!

View more of Southern’s Destin vacation homes here. We’ll see you at the beach!

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Destin Landmark: World’s Largest U.S. Flag

The Florida Gulf Coast is home to several military installations with bases located from Pensacola to Panama City. The area is also home to many retirees from all branches of service.

If you are ever lucky enough to fly over Destin, Florida, you might be able to spot the Legendary Marine roof mural which proclaims ‚ÄúGod Bless America.‚ÄĚ

  • The mural is located on top of the marine building located on the south side of the Destin Mid-Bay Bridge. The side of the building features Wyland Whaling Wall #88, a project headed by the internationally known marine artist Wyland.
  • Wyland created the one-acre American flag on the roof of the marina as a salute to the armed forces stationed in the area including Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field Air Force Base.
  • The flag has been named the world’s largest flag mural by the Guinness Book of World Records.

There’s still plenty of time to schedule a 2018 vacation in Destin, FL. Check in with our lodging partners for the best rates on vacation condos and homes.

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Smoke on the Coast is Back!

Get Fired Up for the 8th Annual Smoke on the Coast

Smoke on the Coast

Do you love barbecue? How about fireworks? Do you love eating barbecue while watching fireworks? When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, there’s truly nothing better than some good ol’¬†fall-off-the-bone barbecue. If you’re spending the 4th of July in Destin this year, head over to Destin Commons on Tuesday, July 3rd for the 8th Annual Smoke on the Coast. This popular event is anticipating to pull in over 12,000 people!

Smoke on the Coast kicks off at 5 PM with entertainment and live music from local bands including I’Magene and The Wide Open. With festive street performers and activities for children, the event is fun for the whole family!

The barbecue competition lasts from 5:30 – 8 PM. The cost is only $1 per sample, with 18 various restaurants and barbecue pros competing for the gold! The “gold” is the coveted People’s Choice title, and celebrity judges will choose the Judge’s Pick winners. Other awards include cash donations and trophies. Each vendor is partnered with a local charity, with the proceeds from the event directly benefiting those charities. Last year, Smoke on the Coast raised over $83,000! That’s a LOT of barbecue!

After the barbecue competition, hang around for what is known as the first (and best!) Independence Day firework extravaganza on the Gulf Coast. The show begins at 9:30 and lasts until 10 PM. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

The following barbecue teams – consisting of non-profits and their aficionados – will compete tomorrow:

Air Force Enlisted Village & The Gulf Seafood Restaurant
Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast & Big Red Truck
Children in Crisis & B&C Fire Safety
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance & Whole Foods Market
Destin Rotary Foundation & Destin Rotary Club
Dog Harmony & Café Rico
Emerald Coast Science Center & Bowtie BBQ & Catering
Fresh Start for Children & Families & Po Wiggs BBQ
Jobs4U & Lillie’s Q
Junior League of the Emerald Coast & Buh’s BBQ
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation & BC’s Southern Paradise BBQ & Catering
Niceville Rotary Club & Smokin’ Hot Wheels BBQ
Habitat for Humanity Okaloosa County & Hub City Smokehouse
Special Olympics Okaloosa County & Jim ‚ÄėN Nicks
Opportunity Place & Classic Catering
Taylor Haugen Foundation & Brightview Landscaping
Toys for Tots & Bass Pro Shops
Emerald Coast Autism & Event Volunteer Charity

Don’t worry, there’s lots more happening in Destin for the 4th of July! Check out some of our favorite Destin events here.

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Your Destin Summer Vacation

A Destin Summer Vacation is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Summer is officially here! We’re eight days in and the beaches are calling your name. Whether you need a vacation or staycation, a Destin summer vacation is the solution¬†to the getaway you’ve been looking for. Plus, the beach offers great fun the whole family will love! This summer, broaden your horizons with a surf lesson (or two!) from Ride On Surf School. The team at Southern Vacation Rentals was lucky enough to capture some surf students in action – take a sneak peek at the fun below!

Ride On Surf School offers private, group, and mini surf lessons along with surf parties! For the surfing enthusiast, they also offer a Billabong Surf Camp with daily or week-long classes. All classes include a surfboard, leash, and rashguard. If you’re looking for a challenge, try their stand-up paddleboard lessons! Ride On Surf School is located at Captain Dave’s Seafood Restaurant right here in Destin, so stop by and conquer the waves! Visit here to learn more about surf lessons with Ride On Surf School.

It’s not too late to start planning your Destin vacation! Nine of our favorite rental homes in Destin are available for the second week in July – July 14-17 – and offer just what you’re looking for in a vacation home. Whether it’s private beach access or your own pool to splash in, these homes have it all! Plus, they sleep anywhere from 12-34 people, depending on the size of your group. Need a little or a lot of space? We can help! If you aren’t interested in a full seven-night stay, give Southern Vacation Rentals a call. They offer flexibility tailored to your

Destin Summer Vacation

The home pictured above is Sandcastle Dreams, one of our favorite Destin vacation homes. With seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, this stunning home sleeps 20 people! The home has a great location in Crystal Beach and is just steps away from the sandy shores of the Gulf. Not to mention, it looks pretty dazzling all lit up at night!

Visit here to check out more of our favorite Destin vacation homes!

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Fishing Reigns in Destin

Destin is considered one the best fishing destinations in the world. We probably hold the title “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” A very successful Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic just wrapped up at beautiful Sandestin. A record 91 boats competed in the tournament, vying for over two million dollars in prize money.

Want to get a taste of deep sea fishing or inshore fishing on your next Destin Vacation? Our partner charter boat captains would love to take you fishing in Destin, Fl in gulf waters or in the bay. 

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