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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 […]

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 […]