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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, […]

“Papa” Enthusiasts Pour Into Key West for 2017 Hemingway Days

May 12 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
Hemingway look-alike contestants gathered on the stage at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West during Hemingway Days

Come one! Come all! Whether you’re a devoted Hemingway fan, a Key West lover, a white-bearded “Papa” Hemingway look alike, a fisherman, a paddleboard pro, a 5K enthusiast, a big-time partier, or all of the above, you’re in for six days of unrivaled fun at 2017 Hemingway Days. The 37th annual celebration of the life […]

Highway 30-A Arts: The Heart and Soul of South Walton

Apr 28 17
by Chris Chatelain
ArtsQuest artist painting outdoor mural

  While scenic Highway 30-A might be best known for its lush landscapes and tropical tranquillity, 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 […]

Fort Myers Hosts Fifth Annual Fort Rock Festival, April 29 – 30

Apr 22 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
Fifth annual Fort Rock festival poster featuring English rock band Def Leppard

Music and beach lovers will experience rock-and-roll heaven on earth at the Monster Energy fifth annual Fort Rock Festival, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. South Florida’s biggest rock festival will feature two stages with a lineup of artists that is sure to appeal to rock-and-roll […]

Beach Vacation Rentals Vs Hotels: Pros and Cons of Each

Feb 9 17
by Chris Chatelain
Row of colorful beach vacation rentals

Where you stay on vacation truly can make or break your experience. Booking a hotel room has been the traditional vacation practice for decades, and it’s an economical choice for a short stay. But vacation rentals – private homes and condominiums, typically located in residential areas – offer a different experience. Rentals not only feel […]

Beach Family Photos – Capturing Memories To Cherish for a Lifetime

Jan 18 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
family beach photos

If you’re planning to take beach family photos during your next Gulf Coast vacation, you probably have several questions: • Should we hire a professional or take the photos ourselves? • Should we take pictures in the morning, mid-day, or evening? • Is it better to face the sun or have our backs to it? • Should […]

Budget-friendly Beach Games and Activities

Dec 7 16
by Chris Chatelain
Flying kites is fun for the whole family

All too often, guests plan a beach vacation to Southwest Florida and forget about the key component when planning activities for the trip — the BEACH.  Water parks, excursions and dining can run up vacation expenses in a hurry, especially for families. But there are dozens of beach games and activities that come with little to […]

Ten Easy Day Trips From Gulf Shores, Alabama

Nov 2 16
by S. Lynne
Blooming red plantings and frog fountain at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

When it’s chilly, raining, or you just want a break from the beach, these destinations offer fun-packed options the whole family will enjoy. All 10 are easy day trips from Gulf Shores, AL. – BELLINGRATH GARDENS AND HOME, Theodore, Alabama, near Mobile. The former country estate of Mobile Coca-Cola bottler Walter Bellingrath and his wife, Bessie, […]

5 Tips for Knowing When To Buy Travel Insurance

Sep 27 16
by Jennifer Merritt
Tips to buying travel insurance

You’ve picked your dream beach destination, found a vacation rental, and you’re booking your stay, but inevitably you’ve got one more decision to make: Should you or shouldn’t you buy travel insurance. What would happen to your beach vacation investment in the event of a tropical storm or an unforeseen illness? What if you have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 BeachGuide.com

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]