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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 […]

Enter BeachGuide’s December Vacation Giveaway

Nov 18 15
by Renee Taliaferro
Winter vacation giveaway from

Warm up your winter with a Gulf Coast getaway from BeachGuide! We’re giving away a two-night stay in a deluxe beachfront condo along Northwest Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast. The winner will get to choose from a large selection of two-bedroom condos in Destin, Hwy 30a, Fort Walton or Panama City Beach, Florida, or other nearby […]

10 Top Things To Do in Clearwater Beach

Nov 12 15
by Chris Chatelain
Pine-shaded spot on white-sand beach at Fort De Soto State Park near Clearwater, Florida

  Clearwater Beach is the stuff that postcards are made of — a Florida vacation destination that offers picturesque blue waters so clean and clear you can see through to the bottom. But while it is visually stunning and filled with enough natural beauty to make you forget about the rest of the world, there is […]

Let Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Put You in a Festive Mood

Nov 7 15
by S. Lynne
Woman getting a champagne sample in a scene at Village of Baytowne Wharf during the Sandestin Sparkling Wines and Holiday Lights wine tasting

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a glass or two of bubbly? And wine lovers will have a great opportunity to sample some of the best at the upcoming Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights tasting, hosted by the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This festive […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Visitors

Oct 28 15
by S. Lynne
bellingrath magic christmas poinsettias

More than three million lights will illuminate the skies over Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the Theodore, Alabama, estate celebrates its 20th annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The show, which starts November 27 and runs through January 2, includes some 1,000 displays throughout the 65-acre property. Indeed, so dazzling is this show that USA Today […]

Sterling Resorts Fall Break Special – Get 15 Percent Off on a Northwest Florida Vacation!

Oct 18 15
by Chris Chatelain
Sterling Resorts upscale balcony with wicker furniture and panoramic view of the beach and Gulf along Highway 30-A

At a time when much of the country is experiencing falling temperatures, Northwest Florida is experiencing falling rates on fall getaways to the most gorgeous beaches on the planet. And while the temperatures might be very pleasant — in the 70s and 80s — the festivals and special events really begin to heat up along […]

Boardwalk Beach Resort Free-for-All Fall Special Leaves More Cash for Fun

Oct 11 15
by Chris Chatelain
Palm trees and attractive landscaping frame the Gulf-front pool at Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach.

Missed getting down to the Florida Gulf Coast for a beach vacation this summer? No worries, because Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach has the perfect fallback plan! Summer is great, but fall is even better here because visitors can enjoy uncrowded beaches, mild temperatures, and some serious savings on a stay at a […]

10 Things To Do in Fort Walton Beach FL

Sep 30 15
by Chris Chatelain
Gulf waves lapping against the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton Beach

There’s no doubt that a stay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, can be great for recharging the batteries. However, while spending a few days relaxing in a beach chair with the world-famous sugar-white sands between your toes is a great way to pass your time, there are many other family-friendly and couples’ activities to be found […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Returns to the Gulf Coast

Sep 22 15
by S. Lynne
Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival two guitars propped against a paneled wall

  The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival (FBISF) opens November 5 for nearly two weeks of great music, written and performed by some of the most talented songwriters in the world. This is the 31st year for the festival, which will feature more than 200 performers on stage at the Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key […]

Discover Underwater Wonders at Navarre Beach Diving Reefs

Sep 12 15
by Chris Chatelain
Diver exploring the artificial reef in the Gulf off the coast of Navarre Beach

(Reef photos courtesy of Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and Navarre Beach Marine Science Station.) Take a look from the balcony of your Navarre beachfront condo or from a beach chair on the sugar-white sands, and there’s no denying that Navarre Beach boasts a natural beauty that stands above most other Northwest Florida vacation destinations. But there […]

10 Not-To-Miss Things To Do Along Highway 30A

Aug 25 15
by Chris Chatelain
Yellow-flowering shrubs line a hill above the beach and Gulf at Topsail Hill State Park in Northwest Florida.

While most visitors are naturally drawn to the beautiful beaches when booking a stay at a vacation rental on Highway 30A, they quickly realize that there is much more fun and adventure to be had than a simple day at the beach. This renowned location is bursting with natural beauty, serene scenery, and a playful nature. In fact, […]

Don’t Miss the 37th Annual Destin Seafood Festival!

Aug 24 15
by Celeste Bracewell
Destin Seafood Festival 2015

A long-time Emerald Coast tradition, the Destin Seafood Festival returns to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk this fall for three days jam-packed with food, fireworks, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, and live entertainment. Dates and hours for this year’s festival are Friday, October 2, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday October 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo: October Competition Celebrates Seafood All Month Long

Aug 11 15
by S. Lynne
Destin Fishing Rodeo fishing boats at sunset

Fall is just around the corner, and “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” is getting ready to host one of the season’s biggest events — the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Described as “the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages,” the competition, which runs every day for the entire month of October, features more […]

Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls Into Panama City Beach

Jul 31 15
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach Panama City Beach bikers' rally logo

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will wheel into Panama City Beach October 21-25 for the Thunder Beach 2015 Autumn Rally. The bi-annual event (there’s another in the spring) is huge, featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors, food, karaoke, and live entertainment. With no gate fees, and no charge for parking, Thunder Beach is known as […]

Beach Wedding Cost: Keep Your Budget on Track

Jul 28 15
by Darcie Plowden
Beach wedding setup with blue-covered white chairs and arch decorated with sand dollars

There are literally hundreds of decisions to be made when planning a wedding. The first one is deciding where you want to get married. For those of us in love with the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast, a beach wedding is an ideal way to personalize the celebration. And the icing on the wedding […]

Sample the Best Brews and Spirits At Destin Beer Festival 2015

Jul 26 15
by S. Lynne
Destin Beer Festival

  High-end craft beers, microbrews, and small-batch premium spirits will be the stars of the show at the sixth annual Destin Beer Festival, scheduled for September 22 through 26, 2015, at different locations around town. The festival opens on Tuesday, September 22, with the Colorado Tap Takeover at World of Beer. The Craft Bar gastropub is the […]

Gulf Shores Gets Ready for National Shrimp Festival

Jul 14 15
by S. Lynne
national shrimp festival shrimp and grits

One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 8, 9, 10, and 11, the 44th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city. Voted one of the best outdoor festivals in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine, […]

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: So Much To Do, All Onsite

Jul 9 15
by Chris Chatelain
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a place where guests can enjoy everything that makes the Emerald Coast great, all within the same location. Whether you come to Northwest Florida to enjoy the plentiful sunshine from the world’s most beautiful beaches, to play championship golf where the pros have played, or to take part in […]

Subtropical Climate makes a Getaway to Panama City Beach a Year-round Event

Jun 30 15
by Chris Chatelain
Panama City Beach, Florida

While Northwest Florida might be best known for the most beautiful sugar-white sand in the world, it is the fantastic weather of places like Panama City Beach that make it a wonderland just about any time of year. Very much a part of the “Sunshine State,” there are plenty of the golden rays to go […]

Enjoy Free Amusement Park Attractions with Your Panama City Beach Vacation Rental

Jun 26 15
by Chris Chatelain
Grand Panama Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida

Family summer vacations to Florida are often centered around the beach, with family activities planned separately. But let’s face it, buying tickets to amusement parks, water parks, and other entertainment can get quite expensive and taxing on a family budget. Counts-Oakes Resort Properties offers a way to not only find fantastic Panama City Beach vacation […]