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Jellyfish Facts: Safety Tips, Sting First Aid, and Fun Things To Know

Dec 15 17
by S. Lynne
A trio og blue-tinted moon jellyfish

Safely exhibited behind the glass of an aquarium, jellyfish, with their fluorescent colors, spots, stripes, and other markings, can be real crowd pleasers. However, a close encounter with a jellyfish in the ocean or on the beach can have painful consequences for vacationers. The good news is that these stinging nuisances, which are found abundantly […]

Make a Run for It in the Boca Grande 5K Run and Fun Walk

Dec 8 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
boca grande 5K and fun run 3.cropped

You know you love to run. And you know you love the beach. So, what are you waiting for? Join the folks at Boca Grande Community Center for an island 5K Run and Fun Walk through the historic town, one of Southwest Florida’s premier spots to take in the sun. Not only is the event […]

Happy Tasting at Apalachicola’s Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler

Nov 30 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Local chefs serve guests at the annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler.

Because it’s hosted by a city with the memorable name of Apalachicola, you should expect the 22nd annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler to be uniquely fun. Presented by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, the event features chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast, preparing and serving their most creative dishes. It’s scheduled for Sunday, […]

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

Nov 27 17
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, 2018. 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 […]

Festive Naples, Florida, Cocktail Party Raises Funds “For the Love of Art”

Nov 21 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Live entertainment and art at Naple Art Association fundraiser "For the Love of Art"

Art connoisseurs know that the love of art comes from the heart, bringing joy and visual engagement. So it’s no wonder that “For the Love of Art,”  a festive cocktail party/gala organized by the Naples Art Association, is a highly anticipated event that has become as unique as the artistic creativity and artists it showcases. […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Nov 15 17
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 22nd annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The show, which starts November 24 and runs through December 31, includes more than 1,100 displays throughout the 65-acre property. Indeed, so dazzling is this show that USA […]

ArtFest Fort Myers – Waterfront Event Is Southwest Florida’s Premier Art Festival

Nov 10 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Colorful painting of a tropical scene by ArtFest Fort Myers artist Jim Holehouse

If you ever need a reason to head to the beach, ArtFest Fort Myers is destined to be one of them. The popular event gives you all the fun and sun you need wrapped in one sweet weekend. Held each February on the city’s beautiful waterfront, ArtFest features original artwork from more than 200 experienced […]

Venice, Florida, Christmas Boat Parade Dazzles Visitors

Nov 3 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Holiday lights decorate a boat in the Venice Christmas Boat Parade.

As the sun sets on December 2, the Intracoastal Waterway will twinkle with lights from the lineup of boats decked out for the 29th annual Venice, Florida, Christmas Boat Parade. Seasoned boating enthusiasts and novices alike will take to the water for a glittering evening and a chance to claim top spot for the best-decorated […]

Highway 30A Songwriters Festival Brings Stars to the Beach

Oct 26 17
by S. Lynne
30A Songwriters Festival big audience in Gulf Place Amphitheater

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Patti Griffin head the exciting lineup of 175 performers participating in this year’s Highway 30A Songwriters Festival. Scheduled for January 12-15, the star-studded event also features the Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars, Lee Ann Womack, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), and Shawn Mullins. Slated to perform as well […]

Eat Your Way Through Mardi Gras at the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

Oct 24 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Mexico-beach-Gumbo

Nothing says celebrate like a Mardi Gras event coupled with a great batch of fresh, spicy gumbo, especially when you’re talking about the 20th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off scheduled for February 17, 2018. Held during a season of smaller beach crowds and ideal Florida temperatures, this popular event features the best gumbo and Brunswick […]

Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls into PCB Every Spring and Fall

Oct 9 17
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach motorcycle rally biker with his dog riding behind at The Chateau in Panama City Beach

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida, 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 […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival: Composers in the Spotlight

Sep 11 17
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 9, […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo Celebrates Seafood Every October

Aug 15 17
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!

Jul 23 17
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 13 […]

National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

Jun 28 17
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 12-15, the 46th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city. Founded in 1971 to lure tourists to Alabama beaches during the off-season, the Gulf Shores shrimp festival has […]

Country Music Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2017

Jun 21 17
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. First held in 2013, the festival has quickly become a Panama City Beach tradition. Past events have featured such familiar names as Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, and Lady […]

Parasailing in Destin – Gravity-Defying Thrills and Bird’s-Eye Views

Jun 8 17
by Chris Chatelain
parasailers with multi-colored canopy

While Destin, Florida might be well known for the spectacular Gulf views from its sugar-white beaches, there’s another vantage point that provides even better views – and way more thrills as well. That’s the one from above via parasailing. A Unique Perspective Seeing this popular beach destination from 400 feet in the air provides the […]

Top 13 Destin Florida Attractions

May 30 17
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 Destin Florida attractions. […]

Plan-Ahead Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

May 25 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
Black-and-white French bulldog sitting on a white-sand beach

  Your dog is excited to see you each and every day. His or her enthusiasm lifts you when you’re down. Your dog is your best friend. And now you want to thank your pet for such love and loyalty with a BFF beach vacation. But what are the realities of taking Fido or Fifi […]

5 Reasons for Booking Vacation Rentals from the Pros

May 24 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
booking vacation rentals

Finding the perfect beach vacation rental to book for a reasonable price can be difficult. So, we suggest that rather than struggle with uncertainty, you go through an experienced and reputable property management company when booking vacation rentals. In addition to making the booking process easier, the advantages of using a pro may include discounts, […]