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Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls into PCB Every Spring and Fall

May 9 16
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach Panama City Beach bikers' rally logo

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City for the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Held in spring (late April or early May) and fall (mid-October), the five-day event is huge, regularly featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. With no gate fees, no admission charges, and no charge for parking, Thunder Beach is […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo 2016 Celebrates Seafood All Month Long

Apr 26 16
by S. Lynne
Children and Miss Destin standing on the dock with a giant tuna at the Destin Fishing Rodeo

Described as “the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages,” the Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place every day during the month of October, features more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, and attracts some 30,000 fishermen annually. Just about every kind of game fish is recognized with awards during the rodeo, so no […]

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest: A Great Excuse for a Fall Vacation!

Apr 18 16
by S. Lynne
Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest glass of beer on the beach with the Gulf in the background

It’s not too early to start thinking about raising a glass or two at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest. Held every fall at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin’s popular shopping and entertainment venue, the festival has earned a reputation as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast.” Scheduled this year for October 14 […]

National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

Apr 11 16
by S. Lynne
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 13, 14, 15, and 16, the 45th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors to the city. Founded in 1972 to lure tourists to Alabama beaches during the off-season, the shrimp […]

Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirates Invade Fort Walton Beach

Apr 3 16
by S. Lynne
Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirate handing out beads to the crowd

Visitors and residents alike, beware! Fort Walton Beach is bracing for trouble when that infamous pirate, Captain Billy Bowlegs, and his band of merry men stage their annual invasion at the Billy Bowlegs Festival. But the resulting skirmishes should be fun, not mayhem, when Billy and his Krewe come ashore at Fort Walton Beach Landing […]

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

Mar 27 16
by S. Lynne
Flora-Bama Mullet Toss worker talking mullet out of a blue bucket

If you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in […]

Country Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Mar 22 16
by S. Lynne
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

Some of country music’s brightest stars will have an opportunity to shine at the upcoming Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. This is the fourth year for a festival that has quickly become a Panama City Beach tradition. During the past three years, the festival has hosted such familiar names as Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, […]

Gulf Coast Fishing in Northwest Florida and Alabama – A Year-Round Affair

Feb 25 16
by Chris Chatelain
fishing boat on the water for Gulf Coast fishing blog

It’s a fact that the sugar-white sands and blue-green waters of the Northwest Florida and Alabama Gulf coasts attract millions of visitors each year. But did you know that these locations also offer some of the best fishing in the world? In fact, the fishing fun is just as bountiful as sunshine here. And you […]

The Top Things To Do in Panama City Beach

Feb 14 16
by S. Lynne
Beach and dunes at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach

With 27 miles of white-sand beaches bordering the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no wonder that Panama City Beach, Florida, is a favorite destination for vacationers. It also offers plenty of options for visitors not content to lie around and laze in the sun. Following are our suggestions for the top things to do in Panama […]

Sandestin Wine Festival Promises Food, Wine, and Fun in the Sun

Feb 8 16
by S. Lynne
Sandestin Wine Festival sample bottles grouped on table

It’s almost time again to “Uncork Some Fun in the Sun” at the SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine and the Best Event in the Visit South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival area, the popular event offers wine lovers the opportunity to […]

Hit the Beach Getaway Jackpot at Seaspray Condos

Feb 6 16
by Chris Chatelain
Aerial view of Seaspray Condominiums in Fort Walton Beach

Looking for a Florida vacation spot where you can park the car and leave the keys on the counter for the duration of your stay? Seaspray Condominiums Fort Walton on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach is all about convenience and accommodation – which makes it the perfect destination for your next family vacation or […]

Hangout Music Fest 2016 Brings Star-Studded Lineup to Gulf Shores, Alabama

Feb 3 16
by S. Lynne
Hangout Fest Gulf Shores stage and crowd

Some of the hottest new artists on today’s music scene will head the lineup at Hangout Music Fest 2016 in Gulf Shores. Toronto rapper The Weeknd, Scottish singer and Grammy Award winner Calvin Harris, and English indie rock band Florence + The Machine will take the stage during the three-day event, which opens May 20 […]

Highway 30-A: The “Art” and Soul of South Walton

Feb 2 16
by Chris Chatelain
ArtsQuest artist painting outdoor mural

  While scenic Highway 30-A might be best known for its lush landscapes and tropical tranquility, this renowned stretch of Gulfside road is also dotted with galleries displaying local and regional artwork. From beach paintings to driftwood furniture and seashell picture frames, these South Walton communities offer something just about everyone will love. Plan some time […]

Top Things To Do in Destin

Jan 17 16
by S. Lynne
View of Destin Harbor from Harborwalk Village

  With its white-sand beaches, glittering Gulf waters, and clear skies most days of the year, Destin is a popular spot for vacationers wanting to laze around in the sun. But for visitors looking for a more active vacation, or just a quick break from the beach, there are plenty of other things to do […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

Jan 13 16
by S. Lynne
Saxophonist and violinist on stage at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

The white sands and emerald waters of Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 18th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 20-24 at Pier Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in the United States by JazzIZ Magazine and one of the Top 100 Events […]

Discover Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Jan 10 16
by Charlie Peay
Majestic sand dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Cape San Blas

The natural unspoiled environment known as “Florida’s Forgotten Coast,” which includes the quiet coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas, and Carabelle, offers a unique look into the rich traditions of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This colorful area is best known for its excellent oysters, superb fishing, and mouth-watering seafood, but there […]

Five Reasons Guests Love Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City

Dec 29 15
by Chris Chatelain
Gulf-front pool with palm trees at Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach

One of the most popular destinations in Northwest Florida, Panama City Beach is flush with accommodating hotels and condos eager to be your home base for a memorable getaway. Choosing the right one is important, too, because where you stay can make or break your vacation experience. Boardwalk Beach Resort offers the views and service, […]

Highway 30A Songwriters Festival Brings Stars to the Beach

Dec 17 15
by S. Lynne
30A Songwriters Festival big audience in Gulf Place Amphitheater

Rock legend Jackson Browne tops an exciting line-up of more than 150 performers participating in this year’s Highway 30A Songwriters Festival. Scheduled for January 15, 16, and 17, the star-studded event, which also features Vermont rock performer Grace Potter, will be held at a variety of venues, large and small, along the Northwest Florida Gulf […]

Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip: Chillin’ in the Gulf on New Year’s Day

Dec 3 15
by S. Lynne
polar bear dip sign

Continuing what has become a New Year’s tradition on the coast, the Flora-Bama Lounge invites everyone to take a quick dip in the Gulf on January 1, 2016. Scores of partiers, some in costume and others wearing nothing but their swimsuits, will gather on the beach outside the iconic roadhouse at high noon for the annual […]

Days and Nights of Holiday Cheer in Destin and Fort Walton Beach

Nov 25 15
by Chris Chatelain
Destin boat parade

With mild temperatures and a sunny disposition, winter on Florida’s Emerald Coast is delightful. And if trading your shovel and snow boots for a bathing suit and flip-flops doesn’t seem festive enough, there are plenty of holiday things to do in Destin and Fort Walton Beach for visitors of all ages. Following are some of the most popular. 12 […]