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Are You Visiting Destin for Valentine’s Day?

Top 5 Restaurants in Destin for Valentine’s Day

If you are visiting the Gulf Coast on or near Valentine’s Day weekend, we have a few recommendations of restaurants to try. Each of these offer a romantic ambiance and delicious menu perfect for a Valentine’s meal. We recommend making a reservation at each of these dining options as they will be in high demand for locals and visitors alike. No matter if you are in the mood for hearty Italian, upscale seafood, or even a casual atmosphere with a gorgeous view, there is something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the top 5 restaurants in Destin for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Top 5 Restaurants in Destin for Valentine’s Day

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

You may have heard of a Ruth’s Chris Steak House; they have multiple locations due to their popularity. They offer incredible appetizers, savory steak and chicken, and decadent dessert. Their team is well versed in wines and cocktails ensuring you are in for a well-prepared meal from start to finish. They are only open for certain hours in the day so making a reservation is key to acquiring a spot in their dining lineup.

Louisiana Lagniappe

Fresh seafood, romantic atmosphere, and incredible customer service is what you will find at Louisiana Lagniappe. This is one of the restaurants locals love to visit because it includes upscale dining and a menu to die for. They have a special for Valentine’s Day – 2 can dine with wine for $59! With this you receive two entrees and glasses or a bottle of select wines.


If you are looking for a more casual atmosphere with clever cocktails, a seafood menu, and gorgeous views, look no further than Boshamps. Overlooking the Destin harbor, this restaurant in Destin serves up some of the best oysters on the Coast. Take a stroll along the harbor before sitting down and enjoying your meal. We recommend sitting outside for the best view weather permitting.


Italian food, a wide selection of wines, and a romantic atmosphere is what you will find at Mimmo’s. This is another favorite among locals. From pasta to veal they are sure to treat your tastebuds. The wood and stone accents within the restaurant make the evening feel more romantic. They even have pizzas that could be perfect for sharing paired with an incredible red wine.

Marina Café

With 34 years of fine dining on the Gulf Coast, the menu at Marina Café is tried and true! This is one of the restaurants in Destin on the harbor with a gorgeous view and a delicious upscale menu. They even have an amazing happy hour everyday from 5pm-7pm. It features prime steaks, variety of seafood, and sushi.

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Book Your February Stay

4 Reasons to Book a February Vacation to Destin, FL

When you think of the beach, you automatically think warm weather, water activities, and sunshine. Typically, guests enjoy visiting Destin more in the summertime then during the winter months. However, the winter can sometimes be the best time to visit. You still get the joy and relaxation that comes with being at the beach while also not having to endure heat, crowds, and higher rates on rentals. To elaborate on why you should consider booking a winter stay, we listed four reasons to book a February vacation to Destin below!

February vacation to Destin

Sandestin Gumbo Festival

If you come to the beach in hopes of treating your tastebuds, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival is for you! It is one that the locals look forward to every year. This year it is happening on February 19, 2022, at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. It will feature live music, kid’s activities, and gumbo from all over the Gulf Coast!

Valentines Dinner on the Solaris Yacht

If you are thinking of booking a romantic stay, we have the perfect evening planned! The Solaris Yacht features a Valentines Dinner cruise through the water. This cruise is adult only adding to the ambiance and includes dinner options such as New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Local Gulf Fish. You are in for an unforgettable night aboard the Solaris.

Beach Sunrise

The sunrise in February is unlike anything you have ever seen. The colors are so vibrant providing a serene spot for relaxation or a picturesque photo opportunity. The beach is of course the best place to watch it. Bundle up and head on down to the beach for the sunrise. Then, visit a brunch spot for a delicious early bird meal. How better to start your morning?

Shopping & Restaurants

There are fewer crowds! Meaning if there is a restaurant or local boutique you have been dying to check out, now is your chance. The restaurant menus rarely change thanks to the Gulf of Mexico supplying the seafood, so you get to finally savor the dish of your dreams. There are also tons of local boutiques you might have missed in a previous trip to Destin. Now, you can cruise along Scenic Highway 98 and stop wherever your heart desires.

These four reasons to book a February vacation to Destin are just a glimpse into why the area is so much fun during the winter months. Start planning your trip today!

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Get to Know the Community Better

Winter Events in Destin, FL for Your Vacation

If you need to get away from everyday life, consider booking a last-minute trip to the beach! Even though the temperatures drop slightly in the winter, there are still tons of activities to participate in. For example, there are multiple winter events in Destin that not only will get you out and about but also provide a great way to get to know the area a bit better. You may have visited the Destin beaches before but visiting the city in the winter provides a whole different perspective. We have listed three of our favorite winter events in Destin for you to check out below!

If you visit the beaches during the winter months and attend any of these events, make sure to post a picture on Facebook and tag us, @iLoveDestin!

Winter Events in Destin, FL for Your Vacation

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market

One incredible event in Destin to check out is the Grand Boulevard Farmers Market. A variety of vendors join together to provide locals and guests with a one-of-a-kind experience. Everything you can think of including pickles, jams, jewelry, art, and even cold brew coffee. Most vendors have been selling products through the Grand Boulevard Farmers Market for a while, however there are always new ones to visit as well. The event happens year-round, every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Brunch, Rhythm, & Brews

HarborWalk Village is known for the amazing events in Destin. Brunch, Rhythm, & Brews is happening every Sunday in January and February from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Find delicious brunch menus & brews at Harry T’s, Margaritaville, and Rhumcay Island Grill. There will even be live music happening on the main stage during the day. After feasting with a view, enjoy live music from local bands throughout the area.

30A Songwriters Festival

If you feel like taking a short drive out to 30A to experience a change in scenery, check out 30A Songwriters Festival. This is one of the winter events in Destin that locals and visitors love. From January 14-17, 2022, featured artists from all over come to 30A and share their music. Artists including Dawes, Jenny Lewis, and Rickie Lee Jones. Make sure to reserve your tickets before this event sells out.

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Planning 2022 Travel to Destin

Reserve Your Destin Vacation Condo, Excursions, & More!

We saw a spike in visitors who came to the beach in 2021. People were anxious to get out of their homes and savor the salty, fresh air. The beaches were buzzing with guests throughout the entire year. We hope this trend continues into 2022, especially as people continue to work from home and children have the option of remote learning. Because of this, we are encouraging new and frequent visitors to book their 2022 stay soon. To give you some tips and tricks on booking your stay before it is too late continue reading. If you are ready to reserve your Destin vacation condo, water activities, and dinner reservations, click here to begin planning.

Reserve Your Destin Vacation Condo, Excursions, & More!

Large Groups Book Now!

If you are traveling with a large group or searching for a luxury stay, the largest and most lavish vacation homes tend to book first. So, gather up your friends and family and start nailing down dates! Not to mention, restaurants always appreciate when larger groups give them a heads up that they plan on visiting. This way, they can prepare a table for you in advance and not be surprised.

Things To Do

You may not necessarily have to book all your excursions before you arrive. However, make sure to have an idea of what you are doing each day. If there are limitations of people allowed at each activity in Destin, claim your spot early. Having a flexible itinerary means you still get to experience all the fun the area has to offer without the stress of a strict schedule.

Reserve with Confidence

When you book your stay with our partners, Southern Vacation Rentals, you can have peace of mind that your vacation accommodations with run smoothly. From beginning to end, the Southern team will help you through every step along the way. They can assist in finding you the perfect Destin vacation condo, take care of any problems that may arise during your stay, and always for feedback after you return home. They even have a Relaxed Cancellation Policy in case something happens, and you can’t make it to the beach. Visit their website to learn more!

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Last-Minute Christmas Stay

Book this Luxury Destin Vacation Home for Christmas!

Wanting to start a new tradition this holiday season? We have the perfect one in mind! Start visiting the beach for the holidays and experience a different take on a white Christmas. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning, enjoying quality time with family, and then spending your afternoon walking along the shoreline. If this sounds like an incredible way to spend your family’s Christmas, then checkout this luxury Destin vacation home. Spacious accommodations including room for 24 guests, a large kitchen, and even a private pool heated in season for a fee, Casa Oceana ensures you can bring the whole family with you down to the beach.Book this Luxury Destin Vacation Home for Christmas!

This home includes seven bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms. Each floor offers dazzling views of the pool and community. You even get a partial view of the Gulf of Mexico on the second-floor balcony. Prepare a delicious Christmas feast in your fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it at the grand dining table.

This home would even be a wonderful spot for some family photos. Whether you want to hire a professional and have family portraits done, or you like to capture candid photos of the day, Casa Oceana’s beautiful décor is the perfect backdrop. Not to mention, the fireplace gives Santa easy access to surprise your kids with a myriad of gifts!

Don’t wait! This Destin vacation home won’t be available much longer and you wouldn’t want to miss out on a family Christmas at the beach.

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Your New Favorite Holiday Cocktail Recipe!

Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipe

If you are visiting the Gulf Coast for the holidays, consider making this delicious holiday cocktail recipe. This Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned is easy to make and is sure to warm you up from the cooler temperatures. Imagine preparing this cocktail and enjoying it out on the private balcony of your vacation condo in Destin. It is perfect for a night in spending quality time with family reflecting on your time at the beach! Continue reading to learn the steps of how to make this savory cocktail.

Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipe


  • Honey
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Bourbon
  • Orange Peel


  1. Combine the bourbon, bitters, and honey into a bar mixer/shaker. Shake until the honey has dissolved.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and rosemary.
  3. Enjoy!

Pro Tip: Slightly squeeze the orange peel before dropping it into the drink so the cocktail has an orange fragrance.

We recommend combining ingredients and leaving the drink to sit for approximately 10 minutes. This way the cinnamon stick, orange peel, and rosemary flavors are developed in the drink. We hope you enjoy this holiday cocktail recipe! If you decide to make it this Holiday season, post a picture to Facebook and tag us! We would love to see your creations.

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Winter Vacation in Destin

Destin Vacation Rental for Your Winter Travel

Wanting to make a last-minute trip to the beach before 2021 comes to an end? There is still some availability at Breakers East, a Destin vacation rental with tons of incredible amenities and area activities. One great characteristic about Breakers East is its proximity to delicious dining and family-fun. On the days it gets too chilly outside to sit on the beach, you can instead explore the area! Continue reading for a more detailed look into what you can expect when you stay at this Destin vacation rental.

Destin Vacation Rental for Your Winter Travel


Due to the myriad of amenities, you may never have to leave the complex. These vacation condos in Destin offer so many opportunities for fun. Not only is the beach in your backyard, but there is also a community pool to enjoy. Because the weather might get colder, there are also amenities to enjoy that will help keep you warm while not missing out on any of the fun. For example, Breakers East has tennis courts! You could play a couple friendly games of tennis. There are also shuffleboard courts in case you feel like learning a new skill during your stay. Grill masters will love the community BBQ grill and outdoor picnic area. Try your hand at a new flavorful recipe or prepare classic hamburgers for dinner one evening. Enjoy your meal with a gorgeous view of the sunset at the outdoor picnic area.

Area Activities

Breakers East is centrally located in Destin making it easy to venture out and get to know the community a bit better. Your kids will love visiting The Track in Destin for some arcade games and bumper cars. You could spend an evening walking through HarborWalk Village. Grab a bite to eat with a view of Destin’s harbor and maybe even pick up a souvenir for your stay. Speaking of grabbing a bite to eat, there are tons of restaurants in Destin to choose from. Each offering its own unique menu of fresh seafood, American food, and more.

Don’t wait! Book your stay at this Destin vacation rental today. Your vacation at Breakers East in Destin is sure to be a memorable one!

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How Destin Came to Be!

Where to Learn the History of Destin, FL

Are you a frequent visitor of the Destin, FL area? Whether you visit every year or are planning your first trip to the city, we encourage you to learn more about how it came to be so popular. Destin has always had gorgeous waters and beautiful beaches; however, it hasn’t always had the skyline of vacation condos and myriad of seafood restaurants. It has consistently been growing into one of the most visited places in Florida. To learn more about the history of Destin, start at The Destin History Fishing Museum.Where to Learn the History of Destin, FL

The Destin History Fishing Museum is interactive and educational. It is a great experience for all ages. Your kids will love seeing the display of fish that have been caught in the Gulf while you learn about the people who discovered Destin and helped kickstart it into a town known as the Luckiest Fishing Village.

You could also head across the street and visit the Destin Community Center. The community center has been hosting events in Destin for years. Locals use the Destin Community Center as a place for recreation including basketball, volleyball, and more. You can learn about the city’s council members, see pictures of old Destin, and talk with local members of Destin’s community.

These options are great activities for a rainy day during your stay, or if you are curious about the history of Destin, FL. We hope this blog sparks an interest and you learn more about our beautiful town while visiting.

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The Destin Fishing Rodeo is Back!

Have you Visited the Destin Fishing Rodeo Yet?

This year is the 73rd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo and us locals could not be more excited that this popular event in Destin is in full swing. Every October, boats from all over the country venture over to the Gulf of Mexico to participate in the fishing rodeo. Locals and visitors gather around to watch the weigh-ins each day. It is truly the event of the year, and you won’t want to miss it!Have you Visited the Destin Fishing Rodeo Yet?

From October 1st through the 31st boats will pull into the Destin Harbor directly behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar to showcase the haul of fish they worked so hard to catch. Daily weigh-ins are free to the public so be sure to head on down to the docks and experience the excitement. They begin at 10 am and last until 7 pm. You can expect to see sharks, grouper, tuna, and so much more.

Not only are the weigh-ins fun for the whole family, but the Destin Fishing Rodeo also features tons of other events to enjoy. Throughout the month of October there are events for children including a Kids Fall Movie Festival and Halloween on the Harbor! Visit the Destin Fishing Rodeo website for more information about how you can participate in the fun.

Each year over 30,000 anglers come to compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. That is a step up from the original prizes handed out during the first few years of the event. It is said the award for the biggest Triggerfish in 1951 was $25, 1 windshield wiper, and 12 cans of beer.

Visit the Destin Fishing Rodeo website to learn more about the history of this event. There is still time to book a last-minute stay to enjoy the event. Visit SouthernResorts.com to view a list of vacation rentals in Destin, FL and start packing for your next getaway to the beach!

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Charming Condo Complex in Destin

Vacation Condo in Destin Near the Beach!

Looking for a relaxing stay this fall focused on family and rejuvenation? We have the perfect spot for you! Caribbean Dunes is a vacation condo in Destin directly across the street from the beach. These rentals feature 1-2 bedrooms, 1-2 full bathrooms, and space for 6 guests. This makes them the perfect spot for your next family getaway.Vacation Condo in Destin Near the Beach!

These are located in the Crystal Beach neighborhood, a popular spot in the area. Some rentals even have a partial view of the Gulf. You can whip up a cocktail and spend your evenings out on the balcony or patio. If you feel like exploring, you could rent bikes and cruise down the Crystal Beach bike path. Upon arrival, you will notice how active this area of Destin is. People love staying here because the sidewalks are wide, and the pathways provide gorgeous scenery. You are sure to spend most of your time outdoors when you stay at Caribbean Dunes.

You are close to tons of restaurants and shopping in Destin too. The Destin Commons is just minutes away. Here you will find your favorite brands including H&M, Sephora, and Bass Pro Shops. There are also spots to grab a quick bite to eat at the Destin Commons including Chipotle and Smash Burger. Camille’s in Destin is a bike ride away from your condo. Locals and visitors love grabbing a bite to eat and sitting out on the patio at Camille’s. Not only do they have a delicious menu, but the atmosphere is perfect for a beach trip.

Book your stay today and experience all that Caribbean Dunes, a vacation condo in Destin, has to offer! It could be your next home-away-from-away at the beach!

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