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Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest + Beach = Perfect Fall Getaway

May 16 15
by Darcie Plowden
Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest bottles of beer

Summer has yet to begin, and I’m dreaming of a fall beach trip! The Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is what started this train of thought. The festival touts 200-plus beers to sample and live music to enjoy — enough said: I’ll be there this fall for Beer Fest October […]

Pelican Beach is an Oasis of Summer Fun and Savings

May 9 15
by Chris Chatelain
Pelican Beach Resort in Destin, Florida

Summer fun soars at the Resorts of Pelican Beach, much like wind through the wings of the majestic coastal bird after which this destination is named. For a family with kids, this Destin vacation resort is the place you want to be — for value, security and activity. And if you book your stay now, […]

Enjoy a free night, stunning views, and fascinating marine life at Jetty East in Destin

May 1 15
by Chris Chatelain
Jetty East Condominiums in Destin, FL

Sure, relaxing and soaking up the sun on shimmering sands is always near the top of the list when taking a beach vacation to Destin, Florida. But there’s a lot you’ll miss if you just keep your toes planted in the sand. Think the fun and adventure end at the water’s edge? Well, think again. […]

Pensacola Beach Deals – Extend Your Stay in Paradise!

Apr 28 15
by Chris Chatelain
Kayaking in Pensacola Beach Florida

Say ‘I do’ to sun, sand, surf, and love with special savings on spring stays at Paradise Beach Homes this season. Take a break and save in spring when you book one of Pensacola Beach’s most accommodating accommodations. Romantic retreat and family fun Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and a vacation to […]

Key West Fishing is the Stuff of Legends

Apr 19 15
by Charlie Peay
Troll fishing in the Florida Keys

When you fish in the crystal clear turquoise waters surrounding Key West, Florida, you’re entering into a world where fishing legends were born. There’s no escaping the influence that fishing greats such as Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey have had on generations of fishermen, whether they’re seasoned professionals or just taking up the sport. Hemingway […]

Special Events Lure Visitors to Gulf Coast Year-Round

Mar 15 15
by S. Lynne
Destin Fishing Rodeo weigh-in

Warm weather, emerald waters, and beaches so white that they dazzle the eyes are the major attractions for most visitors to the Florida and Alabama Gulf coasts. But the region also plays host to music festivals, wine tastings, fishing rodeos, and other special Gulf Coast events — some so big that folks regularly plan their […]

Fishing is King in Destin!

Mar 4 15
by Charlie Peay
Destin fishing boat going out through the East Pass to the Gulf of Mexico

Destin is not known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing! The fishing action in Destin can be hot and heavy inshore, offshore, and from beach piers and jetties. All of you do-it-yourselfers will be happy to know that you don’t need a boat to enjoy an excellent day of fishing in Destin. Many […]

Trade in your snow shoes for flip flops!

Feb 28 15
by Chris Chatelain
Kids on the beach with snorkel and masks enjoying spring break

With warmer temperatures just around the corner, now is the time to start getting into a Spring state-of-mind. And what better way to get into the spirit than with a spring break beach deal in Northwest Florida? Luckily, ResortQuest By Wyndham Vacation Rentals is currently offering hot deals like 15 percent off your vacation rentals, […]

She Sells Seashells But What Is a Seashell Anyway?

Jan 14 15
by Charlie Peay
Seashells Gathered from a beach in Destin, Florida

Did you know that seashells belong to the kingdom known as Mollusca? Most Mollusca are soft, slug-like creatures with a hard external shell that helps protect them in their ocean environment. It’s this outer shell that is more commonly known as a seashell. The shell itself is primarily composed of calcium carbonate, which is secreted over time […]

How to Pack the Perfect Beach Bag

Jan 10 15
by S. Lynne
Colorful beach bag on the white sand beach in Florida

The best way to ensure a relaxing day at the beach is to start with a little planning. Giving some thought to what to pack in a beach bag means you won’t get settled on the sand only to discover that your bottled water and sunscreen are back at your condo or hotel room. Following […]

It’s a Great Time for Horsing Around on the Gulf

Dec 30 14
by S. Lynne
Family horseback riding on the beach in Cape San Blas, Florida

The cool, sunny days of winter are perfect for enjoying a different kind of Gulf Coast vacation adventure  ­ – horseback riding on the beach. Trail riding is an exciting way to get up close and personal with the area’s natural beauty, from pine woodlands teeming with wildlife to coastal forests skirting the rare dune […]

Fort Morgan: Off the Beaten Path But Worth the Trip

Dec 29 14
by S. Lynne
fort morgan from above

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a trip to Fort Morgan. Located on Mobile Point, a little more than 20 miles from Gulf Shores, it’s off the beaten path but definitely worth the trip. Completed in 1834, the fort was designed to control the main ship channel into Mobile Bay, so […]

Gulf Coast a Winter Wonderland for Cyclists

Dec 26 14
by S. Lynne
Couple enjoying a winter bike ride on Hwy 30a beaches in Florida.

Winter’s a great time for biking along the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida and Alabama. The beach is still beautiful, the crowds have gone home, and the temperatures and rental rates have dropped. Best of all, the area offers plenty of paved bike paths that are safe as well as scenic. In fact, all of […]

Sea Lab Estuarium Exhibits Make Learning Fun

Dec 24 14
by S. Lynne
sea lab estuarium seahorse

Visitors of all ages will have a ball at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Both educational and entertaining, the Estuarium features a 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 7,000-gallon sting ray touch pool, and a boardwalk showcasing the plants, animals, and other natural resources of the four main habitats of coastal Alabama. The Estuarium features 31 […]

Dining In and Around Pensacola Beach

Dec 16 14
by Celeste Bracewell
mcguire's pensacola irish coffee

The white sands and turquoise waters of Pensacola Beach are the perfect backdrop for a beautiful Gulf respite. But we humans do not live by dolphins/golf/swimming/fishing/sandcastles alone. Fear not, however, because delicious food abounds. Whether you’re in the mood for casual attire and beach food with the kids or a romantic grown-up meal, the choices […]

Beach Plants and Sand Dunes Were Made for Each Other

Dec 10 14
by Charlie Peay
sarasota siesta key.szd

We all know how pretty sand dunes are, but did you know that sand dune systems on the Florida and Alabama beaches are formed by wave and wind action and help to protect mainland areas from tropical storms and hurricanes?  The sand dunes, which have evolved over millions of years, actually help to absorb the vast […]

Things To Do in Gulf Shores

Nov 21 14
by Amber Garrett
GulfShores-beach-pier-600

With more than 32 miles of sugar-white beaches and rolling sand dunes, it’s no wonder Gulf Shores is one of the South’s best vacation spots. The main attraction is the beach, but many more family-friendly options await. Spend the day at Gulf State Park, where you can visit the largest pier on the Gulf of […]

Panama City to Rock With Second Annual Gulf Coast Jam

Aug 21 14
by S. Lynne
gulf coast jam panama city beach scene umbrellas

Some of country music’s brightest stars are heading to Panama City Beach this month for the second annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. Headliners for what promises to be a country music extravaganza to rival last year’s are Grammy Award winners Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grammy Award […]

Have Fun and Get Fit with SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boards) in Destin, FL

Jul 14 14
by S. Lynne
SUP paddle board rentals in Destin, Florida

Have you tried stand-up paddle-boarding yet? It’s lots of fun and easy to learn, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the hottest new sports to hit the Gulf Coast. Paddle-boarding offers an exciting and different way to explore the area’s lakes, canals, harbors and bays, and — once you learn to balance — the […]

Building Sandcastles 101

Jun 18 14
by Renee Taliaferro
Building Sandcastles in a lesson with Rick Mungean of Beach Sand Sculptures

We didn’t know much about building sandcastles before our lesson with Rick Mungeam of BeachSandSculptures.com today, but had we been building sandcastles all by ourselves, I’m sure everything we would have done would have been all wrong. We started out learning that building sandcastles by the shore, as virtually everyone does, is the least desirable […]