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Top Things to Do Along Highway 30A

Jul 9 24
by S. Lynne
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 on Highway 30A, they realize there is much more fun and adventure available than a simple day at the beach. This renowned location is bursting with natural beauty, serene scenery, and a playful nature. And vacationers quickly realize there are many […]

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

Jul 8 24
by Alison Large Ketcham

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

Catch the 2024 National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores for a Great Time!

May 29 24
by Will Estell
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

51 Years and Counting! If you love the beach, fresh-caught Gulf shrimp, and festivals, you’re sure to have a great time combining all three–and so much more–at the 2024 51st Annual National Shrimp Festival. One of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s most-popular events returns this fall, bringing tons of fun along for the ride. Scheduled for […]

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin – Fish, Fun, Food, Beverages, Prizes, Music & Fireworks!

Apr 26 24
by Celeste Bracewell
Night view of fishing boats under way during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin

Excitement is growing for the 22nd annual 2024 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. This year’s competition for one of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world launches June 19th to 23rd in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is hosting the popular sporting event with a $2-million-plus purse. “Taking […]

Make a Splash!

Apr 17 24
by Will Estell

Welcome to some of the best resort pools on the Gulf Coast! Let’s face it, even though many of us take a beach vacation because of the beach, there’s a lot to be said for enjoying a long day lounging by a cool pool while sipping an even cooler drink, and watching the ones you […]

Crab Island: Submerged Sandbar Is Destin Hot Spot

Apr 12 24
by S. Lynne

Have you visited Crab Island yet? If so, you know it’s the hot spot locals go to when craving a breezy, fun day on the water. Not really an island at all, this popular Destin gathering spot is actually a submerged sandbar. Located on the bay side of Marler Bridge, the sand bar is covered […]

Beach Loving Music Fans from Around the Globe Converge on Panama City Beach for the 12th Annual Gulf Coast Jam Extravaganza

Apr 8 24
by Will Estell
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

Aerial view of Gulf Coast Jam.

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally Rolls into Panama City Beach this Spring for its 26th Spectacular Year

Apr 3 24
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach motorcycle rally biker with his dog riding behind at The Chateau in Panama City Beach

The Most Biker-Friendly Free Rally in the U.S. Thousands of bikers will soon wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida for the Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally 2024. The five-day event runs from May 1-5 and will feature hundreds of vendors and exhibitors in multiple venues. Enjoy interacting with some of the motorcycle industry’s most well-known […]

The Island Resort Fort Walton Beach

Apr 1 24
by Laura Hussey Estell
The Island Resort Fort Walton Beach FL

What makes a magical beach getaway? Well, for starters how about sugary sun-drenched sand, just steps away from your resort room? Then add picture-postcard views of emerald water and beach umbrellas, and a lush garden courtyard nestling a jewel of a pool. How about a waterfall-cloaked grotto, where you can swim up to the bar […]

Easter Happenings Will Soon Be Hopping on the Gulf Coast!

Mar 21 24
by Alison Large Ketcham

All along the Alabama and Florida Gulf coasts, communities are getting ready to celebrate Easter with live music, egg hunts, bunny visits, and more — and visitors of all ages are welcome to join in! Following is a list of several Gulf Coast Easter events! Easter Celebrations in Destin and 30A — The Village of […]

The 17th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach Will Light up the Nights

Mar 18 24
by Alison Large Ketcham
Digital Graffiti Alys Beach

Experience a Sensory Extravaganza of Digital Art, Architecture, and Sound at the 2024 Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach If you’re a fan of art, architecture, and the beach you’re certain to enjoy Digital Graffiti — one of the Beaches of South Walton‘s most-popular events. This year’s 17th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach […]

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

Mar 16 24
by S. Lynne

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. A strange — yet satisfying — three-day competition is the centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event. The tournament involves tossing a no-longer-alive mullet — small fish […]

Gulf Coast RV Parks

Mar 6 24
by Julia Sayers Gokhale

Traveling by RV is one of the most fun ways to travel — especially if you’re heading to the beach. Imagine driving your home-on-wheels onto sugar-white sand and waking up each morning with a view of bright blue water. You can do that and more at many of the Gulf Coast’s RV parks! If you […]

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

Feb 29 24
by S. Lynne

Enthusiasts gather around a table to taste wines and discuss flavors and wine-making methods with wine makers.

Hangout Music Fest Planning Star-Studded Lineup for Gulf Shores this May

Feb 26 24
by Alison Large Ketcham
Hangout Festival Gulf Shores ALstage and crowd

Music lovers will again converge on Gulf Shores, Alabama this May for the widely popular Hangout Fest. The three-day music festival will take place on the public beach in the heart of this iconic coastal town. The 2024 dates are May 17th-19th. As always, several stages will host a variety of acts sometimes performing simultaneously. […]

The Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out Draws Acclaimed Artists to Several Local Coastal Communities

Feb 23 24
by Alison Large Ketcham
Example of En Plein Air painting for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out

Artists from Across the Globe to Gather Along the Forgotten Coast Internationally acclaimed artists will flock to Cape San Blas and nearby coastal towns for 10 days beginning March 15th, for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out. The Paint-Out is hailed as among the most-prestigious events of its kind and will feature 17 professional […]

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach

Feb 13 24
by Alison Large Ketcham

This 12th-annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach is scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 21st-25th, 2024. The five-day celebration features events and workshops catering to wine enthusiasts, bourbon lovers, foodies, and the festival-enjoying public. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network providing health services to uninsured or under-insured children in Okaloosa and Walton counties. FESTIVAL […]

Escape to Waterscape!

Jan 19 24
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
Multiple pools and lazy river at Waterscape Resort

Imagine the sound of the crashing waves and the feel of warm sunshine on your skin. You take a deep breath and you’re intoxicated with the smell of coconut sunscreen and salt in the air. A gentle sea breeze washes over you as you sip a frozen pina colada. To your left, a sparkling pool […]

The 15th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival

Jan 7 24
by Will Estell

Jeff Tweedy is a legendary musician scheduled as one of the headliners for the 15th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival.

10 Fun Things To Do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Dec 19 23
by S. Lynne
10 fun things to do in fort walton beach, florida

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 […]

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

Dec 9 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
Hundreds of partiers cross the boardwalk and spill onto the beach by Flora-Bama for the 2023 Polar Bear Dip

40th Annual Polar Bear Dip On Monday, January 1, 2024, scores of partiers, some in costume, others in wetsuits–and more wearing nothing but swimsuits–will gather at high noon on the beach outside the iconic Flora-Bama Lounge for the 40th annual Polar Bear Dip. History shows it will take more than chilly water (think mid-fifties) to […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Dec 5 23
by S. Lynne

Lighting Up Holiday Nights at Bellingrath Gardens & Home Millions of lights will illuminate the sky over Bellingrath Gardens & Home this holiday season. Magic Christmas in Lights celebrates its 28th annual enchanting event at the 65-acre Theodore, Alabama estate. The show runs November 24 through January 3, 2024 and is so dazzling USA Today […]

Sandestin Golfers Trade Toys & Gift Cards for Tee Times

Nov 30 23
by S. Lynne

Tee Off for Toys Making Christmas Merrier for Kids & Families in Need Golfers can make Christmas merrier for kids in need when they take part in Tee Off for Toys, Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Participants who bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card with […]

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa … Perfectly Paradise

Nov 20 23
by Lisa Milberger Moore
couple walking on beach at beaches negril resort and spa

Seven miles of white sand beach and all-new resort rooms and suites at Beaches Negril bring you together like never before for unlimited fun that’s perfectly paradise. The waiting is over. Your nonstop luxury vacation awaits you with open arms at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, where all-inclusive always delivers unlimited fun. Voted Trip Advisor’s […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Spotlights Composers

Nov 13 23
by S. Lynne
FB Songwriters Festival bars of music on white paper

International Songwriters’ Festival’s 39th Year 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 — many award-winning — from around […]

Fun Outdoor Beach Activities for Kids and Adults

Nov 9 23
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
beach activities

Lots of Beach Activities Choices A trip to the Gulf Coast is the perfect vacation for families who love fun outdoor beach activities for kids and adults. But not everyone is content to lie on the beach or romp in the Gulf all day – especially if traveling with kids. For families who want to […]

Beach Essentials You Need For The Perfect Day

Nov 8 23
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
beach essentials list

What do you need for a perfect day at the beach? Well, outside of sun, sand, and ocean waves, there are a few essential items you should take along with you. You know you need towels, sunscreen, a beach chair, and a good book, but we’re here to suggest some fun upgrades of those items […]

Beach Wedding Venues

Oct 23 23
by S. Lynne
beach wedding couple

Planning a beach wedding on the Gulf Coast is a dream come true for many couples. With its stunning turquoise waters, pristine sandy beaches, and breathtaking sunsets, this location offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic and unforgettable celebration. From selecting the ideal beachfront venue to choosing the perfect coastal decor, planning a beach wedding […]

2023 Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival

Sep 26 23
by Alison Large Ketcham

2023 Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival lineup includes more than 100 songwriters and 19 performance venues.

Unleash the Fun! Dog-Friendly Beaches and Vacation Rentals Await You and Your Pup!

Sep 22 23
by Alison Large Ketcham
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 Fifi or Fido on your next beach excursion, knowing where your pooch will be welcome can take extra planning. There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Florida and Alabama, including the ones highlighted below. We’ve also featured several pet-friendly vacation […]