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Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: Honoring Veteran’s Day, and 70 Years of the Blues

Aug 22 16
by S. Lynne
The Blue Angels flying in the Diamond 360 formation

Just in time for Veteran’s Day, Naval Air Station Pensacola will welcome the Blue Angels back to the base for their homecoming air show. Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, the show will also commemorate the Angels’ 70th anniversary. Since 1946, they have been traveling the country, wowing audiences with their precision flight […]

Thrilling Yet Relaxing, a Destin Dolphin Cruise Delivers on Family Fun!

Aug 6 16
by Chris Chatelain
Southern Star wm

On your next trip to Destin, why restrict all your fun to the beach? The Gulf of Mexico is home to thousands of marine creatures, and they offer plenty to explore beyond the water’s edge. But few inhabitants of the Gulf capture the imagination as well as dolphins. With their mouths curved into permanent smiles, […]

Beach Safety Tips for an Amazing Vacation

Jul 21 16
by S. Lynne
Blond-haired child on the beach wearing a red life jacket

BE SAFE SWIMMING Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim. Swim where there’s a lifeguard, and don’t swim alone. When swimming in the ocean, avoid getting into water that is more than waist-deep. Young and/or inexperienced swimmers should wear U. S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. If you’re planning on going boating, canoeing, kayaking, or […]

Blue Angels Air Show: Keeping Your Cool in Pensacola’s July Heat

Jun 23 16
by Chris Chatelain
Blue Angels fighter jet flies over the Gulf of Mexico.

There’s nothing quite like watching the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, perform aerial acrobatics near its home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Most everyone enjoys watching fast planes, and if the sight of their vapor trails doesn’t send you daydreaming, then the sounds of the screaming jets roaring overhead is sure […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival: Composers in the Spotlight

Jun 3 16
by S. Lynne
FB Songwriters Festival bars of music on white paper

The Gulf of Mexico and its white-sand beaches are the backdrop every fall for the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. Rated one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Frank Brown festival showcases the talents of songwriters from around the world. This year, the festival opens November 3, […]

Boardwalk Beach Resort Weddings: Say “I Do” on the White Sands in Panama City

May 31 16
by Chris Chatelain
Boardwalk Beach Resort bride with veil and groom in light-colored suit

Whoever said life is all about the journey rather than the destination clearly did not have a Boardwalk Beach Resort wedding in Panama City. Close your eyes and picture you and your partner, the bridal party, and the groomsmen having fun taking photos while the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. Think of how […]

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 […]