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Best Fish Taco Recipe

Best Fish Taco Recipe

Best Fish Taco Recipe

Craving fish tacos? We’ve got you covered! Fish tacos are a staple here on the Gulf Coast and can be prepared a variety of different ways. Breaded, fried, or blackened, served in a hard or soft shell. We don’t discriminate when it comes to fish tacos! If you’re looking for a healthy fish taco recipe, try this one out as the fish is grilled and features delicious veggie toppings. We might be a little biased, but this is definitely the best fish taco recipe we’ve ever tasted!

You can prepare your fish a few different ways – on a skillet over a hot stove, or on the grill at your Destin vacation rental. With summer in full swing, you’ll definitely want to look for vacation rentals in Destin with private grills so you can make the most of cooking outdoors. Pick up some delicious fish (tilapia, mahi, snapper, or halibut work perfectly!) from your local Destin seafood market. Be sure to get them fileted for faster cook time.

Ready to prepare these delicious fish tacos? Let’s get started!

For the Fish:

1 lb lean white fish fillets Salt and black pepper, to taste 1 tsp cumin
8 white corn tortillas 1 minced garlic clove 1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil 1 half-tsp chili powder 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

The Crema Sauce:

1/2 cup sour cream 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 small lime, juiced (or 2 tbsp bottled lime juice)
1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp hot sauce

And the Toppings:

Pico de gallo Cojita cheese Shredded cabbage
Cilantro Sliced avocado Lime wedges
Red onion Hot sauce Shredded lettuce

Preparation:

  • Best Fish Taco RecipeLay your fish out on a plate and season both sides with salt and pepper
  • Whisk together the oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add fish to a large Ziploc bag with the marinade. Allow the fish to sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat your grill or skillet to medium-high heat. Make sure to apply oil to the grill grates or skillet first!
  • Grill fish for 3-4 minutes on each side. Flip only once! You will know the fish is done when it begins to flake (test this with a fork).
  • Cook tortillas on a dry skillet for a few seconds on each side until warmed.
  • Transfer fish to a clean plate and rest for 3 minutes before shredding with a fork.
  • Lastly, serve on warm tortillas and top with the pico de gallo, cabbage, red onion, avocado, and Cojita cheese. Add cilantro, lettuce, lime wedges, and hot sauce as desired. Don’t forget the crema sauce!

Enjoy! What did you think about our best fish taco recipe? Let us know on our iLoveDestin Facebook page!

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Your Staycation in Destin

Treat Yourself to a Staycation in Destin This Summer

We know that thousands of visitors travel to Destin’s beautiful waters every year, but have you ever considered taking a staycation in Destin yourself? A staycation doesn’t need to be a whole week – it can be a weekend, mid-week affair, or whatever dates work best for you. A staycation is a great way to unplug, get some rest, and experience what the area has to offer, sometimes through the eyes of a tourist seeing it all for the first time.

Leeward Key 805 Gulf View

Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals still have some availability for Destin, Florida vacation rentals if you’re looking to get away in June. Explore some of our favorite places to stay in Destin below!

Beach Villas at Destiny 17B

You’ll find this condo in the highly popular Beach Villas at Destiny neighborhood just a stone’s throw away from Destin’s beaches. Beach Villas at Destiny 17B features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, just the right size for four people. With access to a community pool and dining, shopping, and entertainment within walking distance, you are sure to love it here! Beach Villas at Destiny 17B is open for five nights in June, so don’t miss out!

Emerald Waters 307

Stay three nights in June at Emerald Waters 307, a charming two bedroom condo in the heart of South Walton. It also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, so it perfectly accommodates four people. Emerald Waters 307 is located just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the waves rolling in from your covered balcony!

Leeward Key 805

Or, if you’re looking for a week of relaxation to feel rejuvenated, Leeward Key 805 is just the answer. Another two bedroom condo, this one sleeps six people with accommodations in the living room. One look at the water from the private balcony will have you wishing you were here! Leeward Key’s resort features two pools, one of which is beachfront looking out onto the sugar white sand. You’re sure to be glad you stayed here!

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It’s Turtle Time!

South Walton Turtle Watch documented their first false crawl of the season. A green turtle attempted to come on shore, but, unfortunately, was followed and/or interrupted and returned to the water without nesting.

Here’s how you can help if you are on vacation in Destin, FL:

  • If you see a turtle coming to shore to nest, please stay back and give her the space she needs.
  • Remain quiet and still, and never take flash photos or shine cell phone lights or flashlights on her, as that could prevent her from nesting or finding her way back to the water.
  • You can help sea turtles by removing all belongings, signs, furniture, toys, garbage from the beach at night and fill in all holes so females and hatchlings have a clear and safe pathway. The holes and obstructions may trap them.

Since it’s hatching season all over Florida, specially-trained turtle nest spotters are combing the area beaches each morning, looking for signs of a new nest. By law, only certified members are allowed  to interact with endangered sea turtles. Neon orange tape helps signify a nesting site.

All species of sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Interfering with a nesting sea turtle, nests or hatchlings is against the law. If you see someone interfering with or harassing a sea turtle, dial *FWC or #FWC from a cell phone or contact local law enforcement. 

We are fortunate to have two volunteer organizations, the South Walton Turtle Watch and the Emerald Coast Turtle Watch, to monitor known nesting sites. Follow both on Facebook to receive updates on the turtle nesting season.

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Where to Stay for the 4th of July

Where to Stay for the 4th of July

Where to Stay for the 4th of JulyIf you ask us, it’s never too early to plan your beach vacation. This is especially true if you are planning a beach vacation for a holiday. Even though 4th of July isn’t for another month, it doesn’t hurt to start planning your vacation in Destin! Trust us, the sooner the better. With so many great vacation homes in Destin, it can be hard to narrow down the right one. That’s why we took the guesswork out of where to stay for the 4th of July and found the perfect spot on the beach.

Frangista, a vacation home in Destin, is our top pick for a 4th of July vacation. You’ll find this posh home in the highly sought-after Frangista Beach community. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with just enough space for 12. The accommodations in this home are comfortable and welcoming, with the first floor hosting three of the four bedrooms. The living room and dining room are located on the second floor, in addition to a full kitchen. We think you’ll love the granite and marble countertops found throughout! Also on the second floor is the spacious master suite, featuring a lavish bathroom and covered balcony overlooking the neighborhood.

Where to Stay for the 4th of July

When you’re ready to head to the beach, you’ll find that Frangista is directly across from the Gulf of Mexico on Scenic Highway 98. In the evening, you can spread out your beach blanket on the sand and watch the fireworks light up the sky over the water. This home also offers complimentary in-season beach service, with two chairs and one umbrella for your use. If you want to check out the 4th of July events in Destin, you are sure to find something exciting happening at locations like HarborWalk Village and The Village of Baytowne.

Still searching for where to stay for the 4th of July? Check out more vacation homes in Destin with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals. We’ll see you at the beach!

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Underwater Memorial & Task Force Poseidon

Today’s spotlight is on a Destin-based nonprofit which serves disabled veterans by teaching them how to scuba and spearfish. The mission of Task Force Poseidon is to provide disabled and wounded veterans with the equipment and instruction required for training and diving. Task Force Poseidon says the goal is to remove all obstacles and help the veterans gain the freedom only found in the water. Scuba diving & fishing – two great things to do in Destin, FL!

On Memorial Day, Task Force Poseidon recently joined forces with Emerald Coast Scuba to deploy a new 750-pound concrete monument in the Gulf of Mexico. Now located about three miles out from Destin, the four-sided monument features laser-etched plaques bearing the seals of our military forces. There are also tributes to our veterans and to those who have given their lives in service to the country. The monument will be the site of a tribute dive by Task Force Poseidon every Memorial Day.

In a Destin Log interview, army veteran and dive instructor Jason Dodd said, “We have a lot of veterans, amputees and paraplegics that we’re getting in the water and certified to dive. Scuba diving is what we do, and this is just a very special and unique way for us to go out and honor our fallen.”

What a wonderful endeavor!

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Summer at Breakers East in Destin

Summer at Breakers East in Destin

Breakers East Condos in DestinHow would you like to spend your summer vacation soaking up some sun on our powder-white sand? With bright sunshine, blue waves, and white sand, there’s no better place to spend summer than in Destin. If you need us, we’ll be spending our summer at Breakers East in Destin! Breakers East condos in Destin are some of the most popular spots on the beach, and for good reason, too! These two-bedroom condos can accommodate as many as eight guests and overlook Destin’s emerald green waters. Check out Breakers East condos in Destin to reserve your stay today!

When you visit the Gulf Coast this summer, you can expect lots of warm weather and bright skies this summer! Breakers East in Destin features lots of exciting amenities to help you make the most of your time outdoors. With two beachfront pools, lighted tennis courts, barbecue grills, and shuffleboard, you’ve got an endless list of ways to have fun under the sun. Not to mention, private beach walkovers will take you straight to the shore. Breakers East offers beach service for a small fee, so grab your rented umbrella and beach chair and get ready to relax.

For the times that you are indoors lounging about inside your condo, you’ll find everything you need to have an enjoyable time at the beach. Each condo features high-end amenities for you to enjoy, and not to mention some of the largest floor plans and balconies overlooking the Gulf. Inside each condo, you’ll find a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and free WiFi. The balconies span 30 feet wide, so you have plenty of room to stretch out. Breakers East Condos in Destin

Breakers East condos in Destin also enjoy a fabulous location just minutes away from area fun. That means you’re within walking distance to attractions like The Track and Big Kahunas, and a short drive away from HarborWalk Village and Destin’s multiple shopping centers. Simply put, it’s hard to find a better place to stay in Destin!

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Destin Beach Safety: Wave & Yell – Swim Parallel

With the summer season in full gear, we have some important information to help you make it a safe and wonderful experience. We want you to enjoy your time riding the emerald waves and splashing in the saltwater while on vacation in Destin, Florida.

Begin each beach trip by checking the flag color for the day. The local flag warning system is universal across all of beaches.

  • Double Red Flag: Water is closed to public due to dangerous water conditions
  • Red Flag: High hazard due to surf and/or strong currents
  • Yellow Flag: Medium surf and/or current hazard
  • Green Flag: Low hazard and calm conditions, remain vigilant
  • Purple Flag: Marine pests present, such as jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish

Rip currents, powerful currents of water moving away from shore, are also something you should heed while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. These currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.

How to Survive a Rip Current:

  • Don’t fight the current. It’s a natural treadmill that travels an average speed of 1-2 feet per second, but has been measured as fast as 8 feet per second—faster than an Olympic swimmer.
  • Relax and float to conserve energy. Staying calm may save your life.
  • Do NOT try to swim directly into to shore. Swim parallel to the shoreline until you escape the current’s pull. When free from the pull of the current, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
  • If you feel you can’t reach shore, relax, face the shore, and call or wave for help. Remember: Wave and yell…swim parallel

For water conditions, follow our lifeguards on Facebook at Destin Beach Safety. Planning a vacation? Go here to start the vacation planning.

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Three Destin Vacation Homes You Need to Visit

Three Destin Vacation Homes You Need to Visit

The search for the perfect vacation home in Destin, Florida doesn’t need to be complicated! In fact, it’s a lot easier than you might think. We love our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals because they have a wide variety of Destin vacation homes for every size group. Whether you need a little or a lot of space, they have it all! Summer is a great time to travel with the whole family, so it’s likely that you’ll need a house to ensure you have plenty of room for everyone. Check out three Destin vacation homes you need to visit for summer and start planning your vacation to Destin!

Bird of Paradise

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 6

You’ll find Bird of Paradise in Destin’s Gulfside Cottages neighborhood, which means you’ll be able to use the community pool in addition to private beach access. What more could you ask for? We love the white picket fence, Floridian foliage, and tropical decor on the inside. If you ask us, the perfect way to start out the morning is on the covered patios overlooking the neighborhood. For those traveling with a smaller group, Bird of Paradise is just the right size.

Emerald Port of Call

  • 4 BedroomsEmerald Port of Call
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 9

If you’re traveling with a larger size group, you’ll love Emerald Port of Call as it sleeps nine guests. Locate this home in Miramar Beach’s popular Maravilla community, which is brimming with resort-style amenities including a community pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, and so much more. The home’s backyard patio is the perfect way to spend a summer, with plenty of seating, shade, and a gas grill. Find upscale furnishings throughout including dark hardwood floors, granite countertops, and a stunning master bathroom.

Our Piece of Paradise

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 10

“Our Piece of Paradise” is your piece of paradise, too. You’ll find this home in Destin’s coveted Destiny West neighborhood, boasting private beach access and a wide range of amenities. We can’t get enough of this home, with a large (and stunning!) kitchen, open floor plan, and screened-in back porch complete with a fireplace and plenty of seating. Our Piece of Paradise is also conveniently located mere minutes away from local Destin attractions, dining, shopping, and more.

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Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Slated for June

Destin is considered one the best fishing destinations in the world. It’s time to make your summer fishing plans!

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is Northwest Florida’s most successful entry into world-class sport fishing tournaments. It remains one of the richest on the Gulf Coast, attracting major players from across the globe.

In 2016, the ECBC set not only a tournament record, but the new Gulf Coast record for largest prize purse in history with an impressive $1.95 million. With cash categories for billfish dolphin, tuna, and wahoo as well as individual angler trophies, fishermen have a multitude of ways to make Destin fishing tournament history. Anglers and spectators will also enjoy nightly entertainment and activities, including a live cooking demonstration, fireworks and live music on Friday. Details are subject to change based on weather. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional details, visit Fishecbc.com.

Friday, June 21 – Baytowne Marina

  • Day One Weigh-In │ 4-9pm
  • Live Music │ 6pm
  • Fireworks │ 9pm

Saturday, June 22 – Baytowne Marina

  • The Big Weigh-In │ 4-10pm
  • Our partner charter boat captains in Destin, Fl would love to take you fishing in Destin, FL. You can find direct links to First Light Fishing and Phoenix Charter Fishing here.

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Soak Up Some “Vitamin Sea” in Destin

Soak Up Some “Vitamin Sea” in Destin

Vitamin Sea in DestinLooking for somewhere new to stay in Destin, Florida? Check out the newest vacation home in Destin with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals, Vitamin Sea. Vitamin Sea in Destin is located in Frangista Beach, so you know it’s going to be a treat to stay here. For starters, this nine-bedroom home (yes, nine bedrooms!) can sleep 22 guests in total. Interested in spending your summer here? Check out additional amenities and see more pictures of this beautiful home!

When you first walk into the home, your breath will truly be taken away by the incredible interior. The spacious living room is host to a Smart TV, plenty of comfortable couches, and opens up to the dining area and kitchen. With that much space in the kitchen, there won’t be too many cooks! Plus, the breakfast bar is wide enough to seat six on its own. With stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, cooking on vacation has never been more fun.

In addition, all nine bedrooms are spaced out over three floors. The second floor contains five bedrooms on its own, including the master bedroom. Not only does the master bedroom come with second-floor balcony access overlooking the pool, but it also comes with a large, private bathroom with a walk-in shower, large garden tub, and wide dual granite vanity. If you loved the granite countertops in the kitchen, then you’re in luck as they can be found in each bathroom. You’ll also find an additional living room on the second floor, so if you’re bringing the kids along they will have their own space!Vitamin Sea in Destin

Did we mention this home also features its own private pool? Take a dip out back at Vitamin Sea in Destin or soak up some sun on the spacious, furnished sundeck. When it comes time to head to the beach, Frangista Beach has private beach access where you can spread out your blanket uninterrupted. Also at this home, you’ll find a private gas grill, four bikes, and access to community amenities.

Sound like the ideal vacation yet? Don’t miss out on a chance to stay at Vitamin Sea in Destin this summer!

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