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Live Across From the Beach in Destin

2410 Scenic Gulf Drive #103B – For Rent Now in Destin

Have you ever wanted to live across the street from the beach in Destin? Well, now you can! Our friends over at Southern Residential Leasing have a beautiful and newly upgraded condo for rent at 2410 Scenic Gulf Drive #103B, found at the Pavillion Palms resort, available for a 12-month lease today. With a community pool and beach access just across from your condo, you’ll get the chance to say you live where others vacation!

You will find three bedrooms and three bathrooms at 2410 Scenic Gulf Drive #103B; the master has its own attached bathroom and walk-in closet as well as one of the guest bedrooms. They also have access to the balcony! New renovations include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and dark granite kitchen countertops. Plus, this condo comes unfurnished and awaiting your personal touch.

Rental Homes in Destin

In addition, this unit also comes with its own front-loading washer and dryer. No more trips to the laundromat! The best feature is the wraparound balcony that offers a view of the pool, grounds, and even the ocean. You can practically smell the salty water from afar! You can even have a small grill on the balcony for all those nights you’ll want to have an evening cookout.

As a resident at Pavillion Palms in Destin, you’ll have access to a community pool where you can soak up some sun all year round. Beach access is also just a simple walk across the street. If you have never seen Destin’s beaches before, you won’t believe how beautiful the water is! This unit is also located close to many fun attractions, shopping malls, and restaurants. It won’t be long before you’re living like a local!

Schedule a private showing here.

For more long-term rentals in Destin, visit Southern Residential Leasing.

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Stay at Another Day in Paradise in Destin

Your Holiday Vacation in Destin at Another Day in Paradise

The holidays are officially here! With the countdown to Christmas on everybody’s radar, time is running out on booking your holiday vacation to the beach. Fortunately, our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals still have availability left on Destin vacation rentals this month. You can get a great deal on a home or condo rental in Destin while experiencing a new family tradition. Trust us when we say there is no better place to spend the holidays than right here in Destin!

Today we are taking you through one of our favorite Destin vacation homes, Another Day in Paradise. The name speaks for itself: this home is truly one of a kind, with a great location in Miramar Beach’s Maravilla neighborhood. With just enough space for 11 guests, everyone will have plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable. You’ll love the large living room, which has more than enough space to set up a Christmas tree, and it even has a fireplace for a cozy evening indoors. Yes, it gets cold enough in Florida for fires in the fireplace!

Holiday Vacation in Destin

In addition, there is also a kitchen equipped with plenty of cookware and all of the necessary appliances to bake a Christmas dinner. You’ll even have room to throw some cookies in the oven so Santa has a fresh treat to enjoy on Christmas Eve. Don’t forget the milk! If the weather is not too cool, you can even enjoy dinner out on t

he patio or have your own outdoor cookout.

Don’t forget about the amenities at Maravilla. During your holiday vacation in Destin, you’ll have access to the community pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, fitness center, and so much more at Maravilla. Additionally, Another Day in Paradise is located close to premier shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets and Grand Boulevard, should you need to stop and pick up a gift or two to leave under the tree.

To see more details and check availability at Another Day in Paradise, visit Southern’s website here.

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Christmas Festivities in Destin

Christmas Tree Lighting Drive-Thru

The 34th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m., at the Destin Community Center parking lot,101 Stahlman Ave. Cruise through the Christmas light decorations and see the city Christmas tree with lights ablaze. A visit from Santa and goodie bags will be available for all children. Bring one non-perishable food item for admission to benefit Harvest House.

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

Drink and be merry with a game of drink specials bingo, live music, and an Ugly Sweater Contest. The fun & games will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5, 6:30-10:00 p.m., at Coyote Ugly. Get your own bingo playing card with a monetary donation to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) or bring a toy for Emerald Coast Toys for Tots Fill the Boat Drive.

Destin Christmas Parade

The theme for this year’s Destin Christmas parade is “Joy to the World.” It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy. 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Please stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade.

Harbor Boat Parade

Always a favorite – come see Destin’s fleet all lit up for the holiday season at the Harbor Boat Parade. Santa & Mrs. Clause are expected to make a guest appearance in the boat parade on the Destin harbor, Sunday, Dec. 13. The Harbor will host a variety of activities on Sunday afternoon followed by the harbor parade at 6:00 p.m. The evening will cap off with a special holiday fireworks show over the harbor.

The weather forecast for December is looking just perfect for these outdoor events. If you would like to join in on the festive fun, check with our lodging partner, Southern Vacation Rentals, for weekend or longer availability in Destin, FL.

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It’s Almost Time for Spring Break!

Planning for Spring Break in Destin

It may seem like it’s far away, but spring break will be here before we know it. The first official cold snap of the year has us pulling out the winter coats and stowing away our flip flops, but it won’t be long before we’re dusting them off again. The good news is that you have plenty of time to start planning for your spring break in Destin; what better time than the present? If you are getting together with family this holiday season, take advantage of some time together to plan your trip.

Spring Break in Destin

Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals make it easy to plan your trip as a group, with several new features on their website. Our favorite is the “split cost calculator” which can help you determine how much everyone pays if you are splitting the cost between members of your party. Each property also has a “share with a friend” option so you can send your favorite Destin vacation rentals to those you may be traveling with. It’s just an extra way to share some vacation inspiration.

In addition, it’s a great time to try out some exciting activities in Destin. Although the beach is beautiful, it’s the variety of fun things to do that can really make your vacation memorable. Here are some of our favorite things to do for spring break in Destin:

  • Dolphin cruises
  • Fishing charters
  • Shopping at Destin Commons and Silver Sands Premium Outlets
  • Family-fun at The Track
  • Parasailing over the Gulf
  • Paddleboarding in the surf

Looking for more fun things to do in Destin? Check out some of our favorite activities to start planning.

If you stay with Southern, you can book your activities directly through their Southern Perks program – local businesses that offer discounts exclusive to their guests. Even if you just want to rent bikes or beach chairs, you can save some money while supporting a local business. Everyone wins!

We hope to see you at the beach for spring break in Destin!

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Black Friday Shopping in Destin

Black Friday Shopping in Destin

It’s almost time for Black Friday shopping in Destin! This annual shopping experience may look a little different this year, with many consumers choosing to shop online rather than in-person. However, for those who love to get up early and go shop, many retailers are still choosing to partake in the biggest shopping holiday of the year. We’ve been told that not many stores will be opening on Thanksgiving this year, in order to keep crowds small and allow more time with family, for those store employees who are celebrating Thanksgiving this year. Some stores may also be opening at a limited capacity; please be patient if you have to wait in a bit of a line before entering the store. We’re looking forward to safely shopping on Black Friday this year!

Black Friday Shopping in DestinIf you are planning on doing some day-of Black Friday shopping in Destin this year, here are a few of our picks for places to score some great deals:

  • Destin Commons – Destin Commons knows that there is no shopping day like Black Friday, and the area’s premier outdoor shopping center will be equipped and ready for shoppers! This year, the mall opens at 8 AM and closes at 9 PM. Don’t forget to snap a photo at their 50-foot Christmas tree, located right in the Center Plaza.
  • Best Buy – Looking to score a great deal on some electronics this season? Best Buy is currently running some of their best promotions this week, including deep discounts on TVs, appliances, smartwatches, and more. You can also order your items online and opt for curbside pickup. For in-person shopping, our local Destin store opens at 5 AM and stays open until 10 PM.
  • Bass Pro Shop – You’ll have to get up pretty early on Friday to shop at Bass Pro Shop this year. The store opens at 5 AM and customers can expect great deals on all things outdoors. They also have hot deals available all week long, but the deals change each day!
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets – Come shop at the nation’s largest premium outlets on Black Friday and enjoy big savings all week long! Take advantage of discounts like 70% Michael Kors, up to 60% off at Calvin Klein, and 50-70% off at Tommy Hilfiger.

Many retailers are requiring customers to wear masks when shopping in person. Be smart and do your part!

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Visit Breakers East in Destin

Five Reasons to Stay at Breakers East in Destin

Breakers East has been a longtime favorite for visitors coming to Destin. Just what is it about these Destin vacation rentals that make it so popular? Is it the Gulf-front views, or maybe its unbeatable location in Downtown Destin? Here’s a hint: it’s more than just that! Today we’re sharing five of our favorite reasons to stay at Breakers East in Destin when planning your holiday trip to the beach. Trust us when we say you’ll want to book your vacation here ASAP!

  1. Spacious interiors – Don’t let Breakers East in Destin, FLthese two-bedroom condos fool you. The interior has so much space that everyone can spread out and be plenty comfortable. The deep floor plan from the front door to the balcony door hosts an oversized kitchen, dining area, and spacious living room. Since these condos sleep anywhere from 6-8 guests, there is certainly more than enough space for all.
  2. Oversized balconies – You be hard-pressed to find a balcony this wide elsewhere in Destin! Breakers East boasts 30-foot long balconies that open up from the master bedroom and living room.
  3. Gulf-front views – And, coupled with your balcony, the views don’t get much better than this. You can gaze out onto Destin’s beaches any time you like and enjoy an unbeatable view.
  4. Resort-style amenities – Guests who stay at Breakers East in Destin get to enjoy some incredible amenities all year round, with the exception of a few extra perks in the season. Beach access is private too, so you can enjoy an uncrowded and calm beach. During the peak season, beach service is offered by the on-site vendor. This includes an umbrella and chair setup right on the edge of the waves. You’ll also enjoy a community pool, fitness center, tennis court, and shuffleboard court.
  5. Terrific location in Destin – We may be biased, but Breakers East’s location in Destin can’t be beat! You’re within walking distance of a few eateries and within driving distance of premier shopping and activities. You can easily walk to places like Dunkin, Baskin Robbins, Chick-Fil-A, and Shakes, or hop in the car and be at Destin Commons and HarborWalk Village in under 10 minutes. Only one visit to Breakers East is all it takes for it to become your favorite place to vacation, too!

Learn more about Breakers East condos in Destin.

Looking for more Destin vacation rentals? Visit Southern Vacation Rentals to book your holiday trip to the beach.

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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park – 65 Years!

Growing up in the Florida Panhandle, we knew the attraction near Wayside Park as, simply, the “Gulfarium”.  Now, in it’s remarkable 65th year, it carries the title “Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park” and it continues to welcome visitors year-round.

There’s plenty to see from dolphin shows and dolphin encounters to penguin feeds and stingray exhibits. The park remains opens while taking the latest Covid-19 precautions. 

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park continues to be a favorite gulf coast landmark. Open daily from 9 until 4:30 (admissions close at 3:30), the park remains popular with visitors and locals who are looking for something special to do in the Destin, Florida area. Also, mark your calendar for the following:

  •  SENIOR WEDNESDAYS – General admission is only $7 for seniors age 62 and up, every Wednesday in January and February 2021.
  • KIDS FREE WEEKEND – Free admission for children age 12 and under on January 23 & 24, 2021. Limit 2 free children per adult, and this offer is not to be combined with any other discount or coupon.

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A Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipe

You Need This Black Cherry Mule Recipe for the Holidays

You don’t need the holidays as an excuse to make this Black Cherry Mule, but it sure does help! If you’re forgoing happy hour this year and learning how to make cocktails at home, this is the recipe for you. It’s quick, easy, and only requires a few ingredients. Don’t forget the most important components: black cherry syrup and a copper mug. The black cherry syrup has a bolder flavor than grenadine or traditional cherry syrup, and the copper mug will keep your drink cold and prevent the ice from melting.

Festive holiday cocktail

This festive mule will have you feeling full of holiday cheer! For a non-alcoholic version, swap the vodka with 1/2 cup of chilled unsweetened black tea.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tbsp black cherry sauce
  • 6 oz of your favorite ginger beer (diet ginger beer works great, too!)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (fresh-squeezed or bottled)
  • 1.5 oz of your favorite vodka
  • Ice
  • Black cherries and a lime wedge for garnish (optional)

HOW-TO:

  • In a copper mug, combine the black cherry sauce, ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka. Stir and add in ice and black cherries and limes to garnish.
  • Sip and enjoy!

If you are coming to Destin for a holiday vacation, making this Black Cherry Mule is a must! You can easily whip this up in the kitchen of your Destin vacation rental while you’re here with family and friends. There’s still time to book your holiday vacation in Destin, and our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have just the property for you.

Looking to venture out and about in Destin? Check out some of our favorite places to get happy hour in Destin.

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Come Stay at Spiaggia in Destin this Holiday Season

Your Destin Vacation Home for the Holidays – Spiaggia

We all know the holidays are a popular time of year to visit Destin. Visitors enjoy less-crowded beaches, mild winter weather, and plenty of sunshine. You don’t even have to be coming on Thanksgiving or Christmas! You can come any time between then and still take a holiday vacation in Destin. If you are on the hunt for a large Destin vacation home where your whole family can safely enjoy the beach, we have just the spot for you! Our lodging partners at Southern Vacation Rentals still have availability for the holiday season, and we highly recommend Spiaggia in the Destiny by the Sea neighborhood. Let us tell you why Spiaggia should be on your radar for a Destin vacation home to stay in this holiday season.

Destin, Florida Vacation Home

For starters, this home’s beachfront location can’t be beaten. Just look at that view! Spiaggia has three oversized and well-furnished balconies that all look out onto the water. You can enjoy a Gulf view morning, noon, and night! In addition, you have your very own walkover that takes you right down to the water. The beach at Destiny by the Sea is private for owners and guests only and is usually fairly undisturbed.

Inside the home, you will find seven bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. Spiaggia sleeps 17 guests with total ease, so everyone can enjoy a safe holiday vacation to Destin this year. The grand kitchen comes with more than enough counter space and appliances to whip up any type of meal, and there is even a grill so you can cook outdoors. Additional upscale amenities include whirlpool tubs, walk-in showers, a wet bar, and more.

As a guest at Spiaggia, you also have access to neighborhood amenities including a pool and hot tub. Plus, just for our Spiaggia guests, four bikes come complimentary with your rental. You will have so much fun cruising through the neighborhood and down Scenic 98!

You can even take a virtual tour and see more details here on Southern’s website. Don’t forget to browse their inventory of Destin vacation rentals to find your perfect spot on the sand!

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Destin Vacation Planning

 With beautiful weather and smaller crowds, the Destin Florida area has become a popular fall and winter destination. Vacation rentals are still available leading up to and including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Things to do in Destin for Memorial Day

Vacation planners at Southern Vacation Rentals can help you with reservations including a military appreciation discount for all active duty and retired military.

Vacation planners can also assist with family reunion and pet-friendly options.

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