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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 […]

It’s Not Too Late to Book Your July 4th Vacation

Jun 17 15
by Renee Taliaferro
Father and son lighting sparklers on the beach at sunset

Great news for anyone looking for a last-minute vacation rental for the week of July 4th. You can still find a fine selection of rentals with Counts-Oakes Resort Properties. Their rentals include beach houses, resorts, and condos in Panama City Beach, Destin, and Highway 30-A. Call 888-210-3201 soon, because just about every vacation rental in […]

Set Sail for a Free Night at Pirates’ Bay

Jun 11 15
by Chris Chatelain
Pirate's Bay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

On a quest to score some serious booty in the form of vacation condos in Fort Walton Beach? Well, set a course for the Emerald Coast of Florida and sail into Pirates’ Bay Guest Chambers and Marina — a location that is a treasure trove of vacation fun and adventure. Amenities like a balcony or patio […]

These Dog-Friendly Beaches Welcome Your Furry Friends

Jun 9 15
by S. Lynne
Dog in sunglasses sitting on a beach chair at a dog-friendly beach

He or she may be your family’s best friend, but when it comes to including Fido or Fifi on your next jaunt to the beach, knowing where your pooch will be welcome takes a little extra planning. While it’s true that many Florida and Alabama beaches don’t allow dogs, there are still plenty of dog-friendly […]

Summer Fun Starts – and Stays – at the Emerald Grande

Jun 5 15
by Chris Chatelain
Emerald Grande Destin

Just as it towers over the Destin skyline, a summer stay at the Emerald Grande elevates a Northwest Florida beach vacation to new heights. It’s hard to miss these amazing accommodations, not only for the property’s stature and presence, but also for its location right within the heart of everything great about this renowned destination […]

2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic — Come to Sandestin for Fish and Fun…plus Prizes!

May 29 15
by Celeste Bracewell
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

It’s just around the corner…the 2015 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, one of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, June 17-21, in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host facility for this five-day sporting event with a $1.5 million purse. From Tournament Director Adam Alfonso: “The tournament committee […]

Get more for your money with complimentary guest package from Brooks and Shorey

May 22 15
by Chris Chatelain
Brooks and Shorey Vacation Rental

We all love getting more value for our money, but everyone knows all too well how rare it is to find a deal in which you truly get more for less. So when the opportunity to combine a dream vacation with getting great value for your money comes along, it’s hard to pass up. Brooks […]

Coastal Dune Lakes: Rare Treasures Along South Walton’s 30-A

May 21 15
by Alison Large Ketcham
Coastal Dune Lakes on 30a

It’s no secret that the white-sand beaches and sparkling Gulf waters along South Walton’s Highway 30-A are irresistible draws for beach-goers. And it’s safe to say that the majority of visitors who enjoy the quaint accommodations, charming shops, and outstanding eateries that give 30-A its unique character tend to return again and again. But no […]