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Destin Vacations

Destin has done it again ranking #1 for Most Popular Beaches in the U.S. for 2017 according to the annual trend report from the popular travel website Tripping.com. People that were looking to get away in 2017 were in search of vacation rentals along the Emerald Coast. The Destin area attracts vacationers looking for a getaway to the beach and experience for themselves our beautiful sugar white sand and emerald green waters that past beachgoers have raved about for years. Destin is a family-friendly vacation destination year-round coming in at #2 on Tripping.com’s Top 25 Most Popular U.S. Destinations in 2017 following New York City. Plan your next getaway to the U.S.’s most popular beach with Destin Palms Vacations for an experience you’ll want to revisit year after year and let our family take care of yours!

Destin Dining Christmas Day

Happy Holidays to those of you who are visiting us this year in Destin, FL! We are thrilled to have you and your family with us for the Holidays for a pleasant stay on the Emerald Coast.  Rest assured your dining options are unlimited Christmas Day. While our kitchen’s come well equipped with plenty of cooking supplies to whip up a feast for all, we’ve put together a list of several restaurants open on Christmas Day for those of you who want to take the day off! The following restaurants have confirmed their hours of operation on December 25th, 2017 below. Please note for large parties reservations are recommended to the following that applies.

Marlin Grill

9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 | Christmas Day Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Enjoy regular hours at Marlin Grill on Christmas Eve, then return Christmas Day for dinner 5-9 p.m. Marlin Grill is at. For additional information or to reserve visit http://www.marlingrill.com.

Primrose Restaurant at Henderson

200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541 | Christmas Day Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
The Primrose Restaurant inside The Henderson for Christmas Day brunch. For additional information or to reserve visit www.hendersonbeachresort.com.

Cuvee 30A

12805 US-98, Inlet Beach, FL 32461 | Christmas Day Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Reserve a table at chef Time Creehan’s restaurant Cuvee 30A and enjoy a gourmet Christmas dinner feast. Choose from Christmas Eve dinner, December 24th, 2017 or the Christmas Day feast. For pricing and reservations, visit http://cuvee30a.com.

Havana Beach Bar & Grill

63 Main St, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461 | Christmas Day Hours: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kick back and allow someone else to do the Christmas cooking and cleaning at Havana Beach Bar and Grill inside The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach. Reservations are required for December 25th, 2017. Cost is $60 for adults and $30 per child. Price includes a choice of a special three-course meal. For additional information and reservations visit http://www.thepearlrb.com.

Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge

4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 | Christmas Day Hours: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Enjoy a Christmas Day feast at Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge inside the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. Cost is $43.95 for adults and $16.95 for children age 6-12. For additional information and reservations visit http://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/sandestin-restaurants-sandcastles.

 

CHRISTMAS EVE EXTRAVAGANZAS

Although these restaurants are closed Christmas Day, they are offering specialty Christmas Eve dinners.

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer

210D Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541 | Christmas Eve Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Brotula’s will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner but will close at 9 PM on Christmas Eve. For additional information visit https://www.brotulas.com.

Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

34745 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541 | Christmas Eve Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Osaka is open for regular hours on Christmas Eve. For additional information visit http://www.osakahibachiandsushi.com.

The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island

1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548 Christmas Eve Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Resturants along The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island will remain open on Christmas Eve which includes: Rockin’ Tacos and Floyd’s Shrimp House. For additional information visit https://www.saltwaterrestaurants.com.

Surf Hut

551 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550 | Christmas Eve Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The Surf Hut Destin is an open-air restaurant located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico serving the best seafood, ribs, and oysters on the beach. For additional information visit https://www.saltwaterrestaurants.com.

 

Still looking somewhere to stay on the Emerald Coast for a last minute getaway? You’re in luck! We’re now offering 20% OFF 3+ night stays for the month of December at several of our vacation rentals here in Destin, FL. Call us today to reserve your spot shoveling the sand instead of the snow! (850)270-5227
*Subject to availability. 3 Night minimum. Must mention special at time of booking. Valid for new reservations made for December 2017. Select properties.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Destin

Relax this November and give thanks that you don’t have cook this year! There are great places to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in Destin, so you can focus on spending the holiday with your family! Instead of spending your holiday grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking, spend it in the sand soaking up the sun. You don’t have to forgo the turkey. Here are some top picks for Thanksgiving dinner.

Harbor Docks

On Thursday, November 23rd, Harbor Docks will host their annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 7 pm. This free meal is served by volunteers, but they collect donations during the event for local charities. All proceeds from this event go to Destin Harvest House and Okaloosa County Habitat for Humanity.

Beachwalk Cafe

Beachwalk Cafe is a top-rated restaurant with some of the best ocean views in Destin. It is a very unique and special place and you will feel this magic the second you walk through the doors. Call 850-650-7100 for details.

790 on the Gulf

790 on the Gulf has indoor and outdoor dining with incredible beach views, and they serve a wonderful Thanksgiving spread. Reservations are strongly encouraged. They also offer takeout, so you can pick it up and have a delicious meal at your beach condo or home!

We still have some beautiful condos and homes in Destin with great Gulf views so you can spend your holiday unwinding at the beach instead of sweating in the kitchen. Call 850-270-5227 now for rates you will surely be thankful for!

Halloween in Destin

Have a Spooktacular time at the beach this Halloween! There’s plenty of family fun and nightlife for everyone. Here are a few of our top picks.

BooLu’s and Trunk or Treat

Enjoy a day full of Halloween festivities and costume contest at LuLu’s 3rd Annual BooLu’s from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 28. The spooky fun will have pumpkin decorating, kid’s crafts, inflatable play area, and live music.

Monster Mash Pub Crawl

Put on your best costumes and compete in the adult costume contest at HarborWalk Village on Saturday night. A $10 armband gets you great drink deals at some of the most popular eateries and bars along the harbor including Jackacuda’s, Harry T’s, Jester’s and more!

Pumpkinpalooza Adult Costume Contest and Music

The winning stakes for the most creative costume are high during this grown-up costume contest on Saturday night! The night of fright begins at 7:00 pm with live music on HarborWalk Village’s main stage.

Want to spend Halloween at the beach? We have some amazing vacation rentals in Destin available! Call 850-270-5227 now.

Weekend Events in Destin

Enjoying a vacation rental in Destin and looking for something fun to do this weekend? Then, you are in luck! There are some great events this weekend to have some fun in the sun. Visiting another time? Be sure to check out our events calendar for local events and activities.

Destin Fishing Rodeo. For the entire month of October, you can celebrate on the of the biggest events of the year, the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Weigh-ins take place every day being AJs. Did you know you can also participate? Many local fishing charters will cover your fee when you go on a fishing trip.

10th Annual Baytowne Beer Festival. It’s time to discover unique suds & ales! American specialty brews from around the nation will be available. The event will feature over 200 domestic and international craft beers and there will be live music!

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. This is an amazing event for families! Delight in watching dolphins leap and sea lions play during our spectacular shows! Enjoy educational exhibits and beautiful ocean views. Open daily 9am – 4:30pm

It’s Almost Time for the Destin Fishing Rodeo!

October is a wonderful time of year and a fantastic month to visit Destin! Festivals, rodeos, and good times will be had as Destin heads into fall with an incredible calendar of events that will provide entertainment and fun for the whole family!

The month kicks off with the 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival at Harborwalk Village on October 6th, 7th, and 8th. Come out to enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, local vendors, and fresh Gulf seafood! Admission is free, so don’t miss it!

BEER! Now that we have your attention, you might also want to check out The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s 10th Annual Beer Fest on October 13th and 14th. Try some craft brews and relax in the gorgeous village.

Last, but certainly not least, is the 69th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo! This sport-fishing tournament is one of the largest in the world and the competition lasts for the entire month of October. If you like to fish, then you need to see this event. In addition to the cash and prizes, you will get to fish along side some of the best anglers in the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village!

Enjoy a Romantic Getaway in Destin

Destin is beautiful and it’s easy to fall in love while you are relaxing on the beach enjoying the sugar white sands and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fall is the perfect time of year for couples to visit the Gulf Coast, as the weather is just right, there are fewer crowds, and fall festivals offer plenty of fun. Here are a few of our favorite picks for a romantic day or night in Destin.

Sunset Dolphin Cruise. A dolphin cruise is awesome enough on its own, but add in a breathtaking Destin sunset and you will make memories that will last a lifetime!

Dinner on the Gulf of Mexico. While you are in Destin, you simply must try some fresh seafood. There are plenty of restaurants that offer Gulf front dining, so you can watch the waves while you enjoy your meal (hint: go at dusk). Another wonderful way to have dinner on the beach is to bring a picnic, set out a blanket, and enjoy the view.

Get festive! Fall is festival season, so check out the Baytowne Art Walk or celebrate Oktoberfest on the beach! Visit our Destin events calendar for more local happenings!

If you are looking for a vacation rental in Majestic Sun or anywhere in the Destin area, please call 850-270-5227 now and hear about our great rates and VIP cards!

Fall Events in Destin You Don’t Want to Miss!

Summer is great, but you can still fall in love with events in Destin after summer ends! In the cooler months, Destin heats up with beer festivals, wine festivals, and the main event – The Destin Fishing Rodeo!

Kick off autumn right with Oktoberfest at Harborwalk Village on September 16th and enjoy live music, art, crafts, German food and local food, and delicious beers!

Challenge yourself to the 31st Annual Sandestin Triathlon on September 23rd at 6 am. The triathlon will include a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a 4-mile run through Sandestin’s beach and bayside community. 

Start October with the Destin Seafood Festival on the 6th – 8th, and keep the party going for the whole month with the Destin Fishing Rodeo – one of the largest spot fishing tournaments in the world!

While you are here, you don’t want to miss the 10th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on October 13th and 14th and the 22nd Annual Festival of the Arts on October 28th and 29th!

If you are visiting the Gulf Coast this fall, be sure to check out our amazing selection of vacation rentals, including gorgeous condos at Majestic Sun in Destin

Top Reasons to Visit Destin this Fall

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun stops! Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Destin this fall:

1. Fewer Crowds. During the fall months, there are fewer crowds, shorter lines, and less traffic. Everything is still open – it’s the same beach – Just fewer people.

2. Cooler Weather. The Gulf Coast has great weather year round and the summer is hot hot hot. If you enjoy your beach days a little cooler than 90 degrees, fall is when you want to book your vacation rental in Destin.

3. Fall festivals. Destin and 30A have wonderful festivals in the fall – including the Destin Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo in October. Food, beer, and fun!

4. Specials. Many local places offer fall and winter specials. Some restaurants even offer BOGO deals and amazing happy hours during the off season. We offer specials too! Call us to see what we can do for you!

5. It’s Destin. Anytime is a good time! If you have some vacation time coming up or are just ready to relax on the beach, fall is a great time to visit Destin.

Top Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Destin

If you are relaxing in a condo or home in Destin and experience some rain, don’t fret! You can still have a magical vacation! Here are a few of our favorite things to do when the beach needs some time to dry.

1. See a movie at one of our awesome movie theaters. Destiny Commons has a theater with a full bar inside and Grand Boulevard has a great movie theater too! * local tip – Grand Boulevard has a $5 movie deal on Tuesday.

2. Go bowling! Uncle Buck’s is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. This underwater themed bowling alley is located in Destin Commons and offers fun, food and more! You can also go bowling at Hurricane Lanes, which also has a family friendly sports bar area and pool tables.

3. Enjoy some great food. When it’s raining out, you can still enjoy some amazing fresh seafood inside! Try one of the local restaurants and wait for the rain to pass. *local tip Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill has an arcade inside so you can relax and the kids can play games.

4. Take a spa day! A rainy day is a great excuse to enjoy a massage and pamper yourself. Destin has several spas that take walk-ins.

5. Go to a Museum. The Air Armament Museum in Fort Walton Beach is worth the drive. If you are into history, the military, or just like cool planes, this is a must see!