Fresh Gulf Seafood ~ Local Tips

One thing you will definitely want to do while you are in Destin is enjoy fresh Gulf seafood at some of our amazing restaurants. This area attracts some of the best chefs from all around the world who are eager to work with the abundance of fresh ingredients (and live in paradise while they are doing it). We hope you are our guest long enough to try it all, but here are a few of our “must try” seafood favorites.

Oysters! Try a dozen raw oysters freshly shucked and served with cocktail sauce and horseradish. Of course, raw oysters are not everyone’s cup of tea, but you can get them prepared a lot of other ways, including Rockefeller, buffalo, Cajun, and more! If you are adventurous (and over 21), try an oyster shot which is a shot of vodka with hot sauce and a freshly shucked oyster!

Go with the Cajun! You will see a lot of Cajun specialties on the menus down here and you won’t be disappointed if you try some. Seafood po’boys, jambalaya, and gumbo are just a few of the delicious options you will want to give a go while you are in Destin. Wash it down with a local craft beer and cheers to the Gulf Coast!

If you like sushi, get ready to be WOWED! The fresh seafood of the Gulf of Mexico allows the sushi chefs in Destin to create some of the freshest and tastiest sushi you will ever have. Some local places even serve their sushi with a FishTrax flag that tells you where and when the fish was caught! Cool huh?

Pro Tip: Many restaurants offer a “hook and cook” service so you can bring in your freshly caught fish and they will cook it any way you like!

If you are planning a trip to the Gulf Coast and are looking for a vacation condo or home in Destin, be sure to check out our amazing selection of vacation rentals available now!

Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Destin

Destin has an average of 226 sunny days a year, but every once in a while even paradise has a rainy day. Don’t fret! There are fun things to do in Destin even when there are some clouds in the sky. Here are a few of our favorites.

Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill is a great place to grab some food, play some games, and go bowling all in a fun and family-friendly underwater themed restaurant a bowling alley. Located in the Destin Commons, this a one shop stop for fun! Just a few steps away in the Destin Commons, you can see a movie at AMC (note: this movie theater has a full bar).

Grand Boulevard also has an awesome movie theater and plenty of great restaurants, so you can grab a bite and show. Local Tip: they offer $5 movies all day on Tuesday.

Destin History and Fishing Museum. If you are a history buff, head over the Destin History and Fishing Museum to learn how Destin was founded, see the beginnings of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, and see a few of the largest fish caught in the area.

Every day in Destin is a fun day! Even if it rains, the sun will be out soon. If you are thinking of visiting the area, please be sure to check out our impressive selection of vacation condos and homes in Destin.

~ Beach Checklist ~

Check out this checklist for the beach or the pool. If you are ready for a trip to the beach, be sure to stay in one of our vacation condos or homes in Destin! Stay safe and don’t forget the sunscreen!











Summer Events in Destin!

Destin is an amazing place to visit in the summer with plenty of Florida sunshine, sugar white sands, and emerald waters to spend fun filled days with the family. Destin also offers several events all summer long to make sure that visitors and locals alike enjoy the wonderful shores of the Gulf Coast as much as possible. If you are enjoying a vacation rental in Destin this summer, here are a few of our favorite picks!

Rock the Docks at Harborwalk. Every Saturday in summer this Destin Harbor offers free live music at the main stage at 7 pm. Don’t forget to try one of the many amazing restaurants, enjoy a cocktail, and shop the boutiques!

Mattie Kelly Concerts in the Village. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents Concerts in the Village every Thursday night! Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and settle in for an evening of live music on the amphitheater lawn. Cost is only $15!

Boomin’ Tuesday at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy games and inflatables for the kids on the main lawn beginning at 7 pm, and then watch as the sky lights up with a fireworks show at 9:15. This event is free!

If you are visiting the Gulf Coast this summer, be sure to check out our wonderful selection of vacation condos and homes in Destin!

Beach Tips from a Local

So, you have reserved a beach condo in Destin for the summer ~ yay! The Gulf Coast offers miles of beautiful beaches where you can relax on the sugar white sand, fish the bountiful waters, swim, ride jet skis, and more! We are sure you will have a wonderful vacation in Destin and want you to have fun and be safe. Here are a few Destin beach tips to make sure your vacation is awesome!

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! You have heard it before, but you really can’t hear it enough – wear sunscreen! It’s a good idea for everyone to put on a good layer of sunscreen before you leave your house. Once you are in the sun or on the beach, sweat, sand, and water can keep the sunscreen from sticking to the skin. Put on a layer before you leave and reapply later. Also, don’t forget to get the tops of your feet, ears, and if you part your hair be sure to hit that with some sunscreen!

Stay hydrated! We all like to enjoy a cocktail or a beer on the beach, but be sure to drink plenty of water too. It gets hot and you don’t want to ruin your trip by getting overheated. So, stock a cooler with beer and cocktails, but don’t forget plenty of water. Also, remember no glass on the beach, please 🙂

Check the flags. The beach has a flag system to warn you of the surf or any marine life in the water. Don’t ignore the flags and stay safe!

The most important tip: relax and have fun! If you are still looking for a condo or home in Destin, be sure to check out our incredible selection of vacation rentals!

Boating Safety Tips

Memorial day kicks off summer in style as we honor our veterans, celebrate America with our friends and family, and relax on the three day weekend. In Destin, it’s not surprising that many people’s weekend plans involve boating. With so many incredible places to cruise the shores, fish, snorkel, and just hang out, boating is the perfect way to spend the day on the Gulf Coast. If you are staying in a vacation rental in Destin and are renting a boat, here are a few safe boating tips to keep in mind. From everyone at Destin Palms, we hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Check the weather and then check it again. In Florida, the weather can change at the drop of a hat. Stay weather wise and make sure you don’t get stuck out in a storm.

Use common sense. A day on the boat should be fun, but be smart. Don’t do anything to jeopardize your safety.

Wear life jackets. Every boat is equipped with life jackets, use them, especially if you have children.

Avoid alcohol. Treat your boat just like a car and have a designated driver. Even if you aren’t driving – don’t overdo it!  




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* Source: National Safe Boating Council

Visiting Destin? Ya’ Gotta go to Big Kahuna’s!

If you are staying in a vacation home or condo in Destin this summer, then you are guaranteed to have a fun-filled time! Destin is full of family friendly activities and attractions, in addition to the obviously super awesome beaches and boardwalks. One of the main attraction you might notice as you are driving down 98 is the extra large and inviting water park – Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park!

Big Kahuna’s has over 40 rides and attractions, including a giant wave pool, lazy river, 5 story high slides, and more. You can also get in a game of mini golf, ride the skycoaster, or get shot into the air on the cyclone. If you are looking for an adventure, go to Big Kahuna’s!

Don’t want to wait in line? No problem! As a guest of Destin Palms, you can use our promocode to purchase your tickets ahead of time online at a discounted price! Pretty cool, huh?

Still planning your trip? Check out our Destin vacation condos and homes, call one of our vacation planners, or use our online chat to plan the trip you will never forget!

Summer Camps in Destin

Bring the kids to Destin this summer and enjoy one of the amazing summer camp opportunities! The kids can learn about art, science, nature, and more while the parents enjoy a cocktail on the beach! Here are a few of our favorite summer camps for 2017:

Mattie Kelly Presents Nature Rocks!

Dates: July 17 – 21 & July 24 – 28

This week long day camp includes hands-on drumming and songwriting classes with renowned percussionist Zig Wajler of “Hands on With Zig,” wildlife-themed art classes, and science activities—featuring live animal ambassadors!

Austin Magee Surf School in 30A

Dates:  March – August

Kids 5 and up can learn how to surf the waves from 9-5, while mom and dad relax on the sand. Private lessons are also available!

Destin jr Lifeguard

Dates: June 5th to August 3rd, Monday through Thursday, (no class: week of July 3rd to July 7th)

From 8am to 12pm kids 8-12 can learn how to be a lifeguard (how cool!) including first aid, CPR & AED training, marine life identification and water awareness, plus field trips to The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, Destin Fire Department and SCUBA diving with Emerald Coast Scuba! It’s first come, first serve!

Memorial Day in Destin!

If you’re going to be in Destin Florida for Memorial Day weekend, then you are in for a wonderful time! There are tons of super fun activities and attractions all year long, but Memorial Day in Destin kicks off the summer season in style! Here are a few of our favorite picks for 2017:

Boating, of course! If you are on the pristine shores of Destin, you need to spend some time on a boat. There are plenty of ways to do it too! As a guest of Destin Palms, you can enjoy a free dolphin cruise, so you can sit back and relax while someone else does the driving! There’s also sunset cruises, dinner cruises, snorkeling cruises, and more! If you are more adventurous, you can rent a pontoon boat of your own and cruise the harbor or post up at Crab Island! A local favorite, Crab Island is a sandbar where people toss an anchor and enjoy a good time on the water. There are even bars and restaurants that you can float up to! Local Tip: You can buy an all day wristband at the tiki bar for $10 for access to the restroom all day.

Fireworks! Watch the skies over Destin light up all weekend! Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at HarborWalk Village with live music all weekend long and fireworks over the Destin Harbor! You can also head down to Baytowne Wharf for live music on Saturday and Sunday, plus fireworks on Sunday night!

Need an awesome place to stay while you are here? We still have some amazing beach vacation condos and homes in Destin available for Memorial Day weekend, so give us a call and get ready for an incredible time!

Visit Destin this Spring!

Destin is a wonderful place for a vacation any time of year, but spring is an especially magical time to experience the sugar white sands and emerald waters of the Gulf Coast. How great is Destin in the springtime? Oh, let us count the ways! Here are just a few of our favorite reasons why you should plan a vacation in Destin:

Dolphin Cruise! One of the most unforgettable moment you will have in Destin is when you first see a pod of dolphins playing joyfully in their natural habitat along the Destin Harbor and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. A dolphin cruise is a fantastic way to go on a boat tour of the harbor and the captains know where the dolphins like to hang out! You can watch and take once in a lifetime pictures as dolphins play beside the boat! There are also sunset options, so you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the horizon as well! This is an amazing way to spend an evening in Destin. Reserve your vacation rental with Destin Palms for spring and you can take advantage of a free dolphin cruise for one guest for each day of your stay, excluding your day of departure. That means you can go every day you are here and one of you will be free! This is an awesome deal. Don’t delay. Call today.

Try Snorkeling! Another wonderful way to spend your day during a spring vacation in Destin is to try snorkeling! The water is warm enough and there are several companies that offer, training, equipment,  and group tours. The waters of Destin are clear and gorgeous, and the captains now right where to take you!  You can also choose to go SCUBA diving or SNUBA. SNUBA is a mix of SCUBA and snorkeling. You do where a breathing tank so you can go a bit deeper than snorkeling, but the tank is not attached to you and you don’t have to be certified. SNUBA is a great option for our more adventurous guests!

Dine on Fresh Gulf Seafood! There are several restaurants in Destin that offer Gulf to Table dining, so you know it’s fresh! Try a fried shrimp po’boy, gumbo, or succulent grilled grouper. Seafood in Destin is about as fresh as it gets! Also, if you decide to go fishing, some places offer a “Hook and Cook” service and will prepare your fish for you however you want! That means after a day on the water, you can enjoy a drink while a chef prepares your daily catch. Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re ready to make this spring the best ever, reserve a vacation rental in Destin and take advantage of a free dolphin cruise! Call now!