Visit Destin This Thanksgiving Break 2020

Visit Destin This Thanksgiving Break 2020

Destin Palms Vacations - Visit Destin This Thanksgiving Break

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start planning for your Thanksgiving Break! If you are looking to do something different this year, you might want to consider visiting Destin, Florida. There are several reasons to visit the Emerald Coast this holiday season, between the warm weather, beautiful beaches, plenty of restaurants to gobble up your Thanksgiving meal, and shopping, this blog will explain why you will want to visit Destin this Thanksgiving Break 2020!

 

Holiday Savings

Destin Palms Vacations- Winter Special Promo 2020

When you visit Destin this Thanksgiving break, make it extra special by booking with Destin Palms Vacations. If you have not made your holiday plans, we would love to help you make those accommodations! You can book your stay here with us this season and save 20% off with promo code: WINTER2020 when booking online. Also, we will give you FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. Must mention special at time of booking. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit www.destin-palms.com/specials


Gourd-geous Florida Weather

Fall weather in Destin Florida- Thanksgiving

If you live in an area where it is getting colder this time of year, then visiting Destin might be the perfect change of scenery! “Feast” your eyes on white sandy beaches, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and weather that will allow you to spend time outside comfortably. The average temperature in Destin during the month of November is typically high 70’s to low 50’s. When you visit Destin, this Thanksgiving Break 2020 you can expect the perfect temperature to catch some rays by the pool, ride bikes, play a round or two of golf or take a turkey trot down the beach!


Fall Festivities

Fun Winter Activities in Destin- Thanksgiving

What better way to give thanks than spending quality family time having fun! When you visit Destin this Thanksgiving Break 2020, there are a ton of activities that everyone can enjoy. For the anglers in the family, there are several fishing trips available this time of year. Fishing is one of the most popular activities in Destin, you and your family can hop on a deep-sea fishing adventure to replace that turkey meal with fresh fish! Dolphin cruises are another great option to get out on the water, this is a fun activity for all ages! If you want to get up-close and personal with Flipper and friends, then The Gulfarium Marine Park is a perfect way to spend the day, and it is open year-round. For those who want to get into the Holiday Spirit, you might want to check out Baytowne On Ice! Baytowne on Ice takes place at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin and is open daily. All the activities mentioned are perfect for a date with your other half or for the whole family, so head to Destin to make special holiday memories!

Shop Til’ You Drop!

Shopping in Destin- Thanksgiving

When you visit Destin this Thanksgiving Break 2020, we got you covered for Black Friday shopping! Between the Destin Commons, Silver Sands Outlet Mall, and several other shopping plazas’, we have just about everything under the sun to get you started on your Christmas shopping this season!

Destin Commons is a large outdoor shopping mall with restaurants, a movie theater, and premium shopping. With an array of stores, you can consider this your one-stop-shop for everyone on your nice list!

The Silver Sands Outlet Mall is a few miles east of the Commons in Sandestin. You will not want to miss out on the amazing designer brand deals! You will find retailers such as Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Michael Kors and more.

No matter who you are shopping for, both Destin Commons and Silver Sands Outlets give you the gift options for the whole family, or even yourself!

 

 

Get Stuffed!

Places to eat thanksgiving meals in Destin- Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about food and family. When you celebrate at home, preparing food can take up the whole day. However, when you visit Destin this Thanksgiving Break 2020 you have the option to prepare the spread yourself from your vacation rental or take advantage of having it cooked for you! Hang your apron up and join some of Destin’s best restaurants for Thanksgiving so you will not have to lift a finger when it comes to cooking this year! Some of the great dining options are: 790ontheGulf, The Henderson, Surf Hut, or a Solaris dining cruise!

 


Thanksgiving at 790

790 on The Gulf - Thanksgiving

790ontheGulf will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner buffet. This beautiful gulf-front restaurant is the perfect place to spend your holiday with delicious food and gorgeous views, without the stress of cooking for the entire family! 790ontheGulf highly recommends making reservations in advance, call (850) 650-4853 to reserve! For more information, pricing and their menu, please visit: https://eatmoregumbo.com/2020-thanksgiving-buffet

790ontheGulf is located at 2996 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

 

Thanksgiving Feast/Takeaway Turkey at The Henderson Beach Resort

Henderson Beach Resort- Thanksgiving

The beautiful Henderson Beach Resort will be serving up your favorite Turkey Day dishes this year in house, as well as to-go options. If you would like to dine in at the resort’s Crystal Ballroom, they advise to make reservations in advance by calling (850)424-4436. The Henderson is also offering a takeout option, where you simply pick-up your prepared feast so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your vacation rental. 

For more information and tickets, please visit: https://www.hendersonbeachresort.com/play/event-calendar/events/thanksgivingprimrose

The Henderson Beach Resort is located at 200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541

 

 

 

Thanksgiving at Surf Hut

Surf hut- Thanksgiving

Count your blessings with delicious food on the beach at Surf Hut! This beach-front, family restaurant will be hosting it’s first Thankgiving Feast this year. The restaurant says that eating is first come, first serve from 11am-7pm, featuring a Traditional Thanksgiving Plated Dinner and a limited Surf Hut menu.

For more infortmation, please visit: https://surfhutdestin.com/

Surf Hut is located at 551 Scenic Gulf Dr.  Destin, FL.  32550


Thanksgiving Buffet Cruise on The Solaris Yacht

Solaris Yacht in Destin Florida- Thanksgiving

Looking to do something different this Thanksgiving? A Thanksgiving Buffet on a yacht could be just what you need! Cruise through the Choctawhatchee Bay this Turkey Day and enjoy a chef-prepared buffet aboard the Solaris Yacht. Cruising starts at the Baytowne Wharf Marina in Sandestin, offering three decks of gorgeous views of the bay. This is a dining experience that will leave lasting memories and your appetite satisfied! For more information and reservations, please visit:  SunQuestCruises.com or by calling 850-650-2519. A 72-hour cancellation policy applies to all specialty cruises.

Sunquest Cruises- Solaris Dining and Entertainment Yacht boards at 9300 US-98, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Visiting Destin in the Fall 2020

Visiting Destin in the Fall 2020

While the rest of the country is seeing a drop in temperatures and leaves falling, when visiting Destin in the Fall 2020 you will see less crowds, warm weather, and “gourd-geous” beaches! If you are looking to vacation this Fall, Destin should be at the top of your list because even in the off season, there are plenty of fun activities that you and your family can enjoy. Best of all, since the peak season is over here in Destin, prices will FALL! We have some un-be-leafable deals that you will not want to miss out on!

Visiting Destin in the Fall 2020

Big Savings!

One of the biggest reasons you should consider visiting Destin in the Fall 2020, is the incredible deals! Here at Destin Palms Vacations, we are offering 25% off vacation rentals for Fall stays through 10/31/2020. You get to experience all the same amenities and beautiful weather for a fraction of the cost! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for vacation rental condos or a $200 credit for vacation rental homes to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and more! Plus FREE VIP Perks such as snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and much more! *Some restrictions may apply. Select properties. Select dates. Offer valid for new reservations only. Must mention special at time of booking. If you would like to book your stay with Destin Palms Vacations and save, please feel free to call (850) 270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com and use PROMO CODE: FALL2020

Destin Palms Aug-Oct 2020 Promo Special

Social Distancing Done Right

Many vacationers chose to stay home this Summer to maintain social distance. Well, now is the time to hit the beach while maintaining that social distance! Since most tourists visit Destin during the summer, the crowds tend to vanish once school starts back up and since many during this time are working and learning remotely now is the time to fit that vacation into your business schedule. Click here to view Northwest Florida Daily News article for more info.

This is easily one of the best reasons that you should be visiting Destin in the Fall 2020! You will be able to enjoy the beautiful gulf without worrying about the hustle and bustle of large crowds! A few other great reasons to visit this time of year is that the traffic seems to disappear almost entirely, and you don’t have to stress about making dinner reservations at your favorite restaurants! If you prefer a quiet, relaxed beach atmosphere, book a trip to Destin this Fall!

Destin Florida beach vacation rentals

The Four F’s: Fall, Fun, Fishing & Festivals!

Here in Destin, with our year-round beautiful weather, there are several fun outdoor events you can attend in the Fall! From fishing to delicious local seafood to live music, these are just some of the exciting things you will experience while visiting Destin in the Fall 2020!

Fall Festivals in Destin

 

The Destin Fishing Rodeo

You will not want to miss the 72nd annual Destin Fishing Rodeo that takes place throughout the month of October, they don’t call Destin “The world’s luckiest fishing village” for no reason! We go into further detail about this event in a separate blog and the link is posted below:

72nd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo 2020

Destin Fishing Rodeo

 

HarborFest

Aside from fishing, there are several other festivals you can attend while visiting Destin in the Fall 2020! This year, HarborWalk Village will be hosting “HarborFest”. This three-day event will be held October 2nd – October 4th, 2020 and will offer local seafood, artisans, and live music!

Harbor Walk Village Destin

 

Rocktober Nights

Get ready to rock the docks this Fall at “Rocktober Nights”! You won’t want to miss out on this fun-filled event happening three Saturday’s in a row at HarborWalk Village. Watch the Destin Fishing Rodeo catches hit the docks with daily weigh-ins from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm then rock out to a free concert at 7:00 pm on the HarborWalk Village main stage!
Entertainment on the Main Stage
10/10/20: Ben Loftin
10/17/20: Band of Revival
10/24/20: Tyler Livingston & the Absolutes

Destin Florida October

 

Spooktacular Nights

Trick or treat yourself to a wicked fun time at HarborWalk Village for “Spooktacular Nights”! This event will be held October 30th-31st and is fun for all ages with trick-or-treating, costume contests, fireworks and more!

Halloween in Destin

 

Overall, autumn is a wonderful time to visit the beautiful Gulf Coast for many reasons! If you’re planning on visiting Destin in the Fall 2020, be sure to book your Florida vacation stay with Destin Palms Vacations.

“Let Our Family Take Care of Yours.”

72nd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo 2020

72nd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Destin will be hosting the 72nd annual Destin Fishing Rodeo 2020 this October! Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the Seafood Festival, which normally happens alongside the Rodeo, will not be taking place but the Fishing Rodeo will still call for a “reel” good time! The Destin Fishing Rodeo is fun for saltwater anglers of all ages! To participate, private boats and charter boats must register to enter the Rodeo at least 24 hours prior to weighing a fish. There is no entry fee for anglers on registered vessels. The Rodeo is also fun without having to participate, so stop by the docks at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 am until 7 pm for daily weigh-ins! Not only is Destin, FL known for its beautiful, sugar white sand beaches, but it is also recognized as the “Luckiest Fishing Village”. This annual event is one of the several reasons to visit Destin this Fall!

72nd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Fall Out of Summer and Into Savings!

If you need a place to stay for the 72nd Annual Destin Fishing RodeoDestin Palms Vacations is offering 25% OFF Fall Stays! Both of these events are family-friendly and popular among the tourists and the locals. The Destin Fishing Rodeo 2020 is something you don’t want to miss! To book your stay with Destin Palms Vacations and receive 25% off your Fall stay please call (850) 270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com and use promo code: FALL2020

Destin Palms Aug-Oct 2020 Promo Special

Live Well 30A Credit

Additionally, when booking with us you will also receive a credit of $100 for condos or $200 for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and more!

Destin Palms Vacations - Live Well 30A Credit

Xplorie FREE VIP Perks

As well as FREE VIP Perks such as snorkeling, dolphin cruises, deep-sea fishing, and much more!

Destin Palms Vacations - FREE VIP Perks

Your safety is our priority!

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Destin Palms Vacations - COVID-19 Cleaning Measures

Destin Vacation Rentals & Beaches OPEN!

Destin Vacation Rentals & Beaches NOW OPEN!

Destin Beaches and Vacation Rentals Now Open

Yes, the rumors are true, beaches as well as the vacation rentals in Destin, FL are OPEN! We are just as excited as you are to hear that wonderful news. It seems like one more step closer to our new “normal”. They are open with social distancing practices still in place. The only activities prohibited at this moment is groups of more than 10 and must remain 6ft apart.

While you are staying with us, it is important to know what may or may not be open as well as to what capacity they are serving customers. Currently, we are in “Full Phase 1” which consists of:

  • Restaurants and food establishments to serve patrons at indoor seating up to 50% of the establishment’s seating capacity.
  • Excluding employees; in-store retail sales establishments to operate up to 50% of the building’s occupancy.
  • Museums and libraries to operate at 50% of the building’s occupancy
  • Gyms and fitness centers to operate up to 50% of the building’s occupancy with social distancing measures in effect for classes and sufficient sanitation supplies provided for a patron’s self-cleaning of surfaces and machines following each use.

If you would like more information on “Full Phase One”, you may visit: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/emergency/ 

Even though beaches and vacation rentals are open in Destin, FL area (this includes Okaloosa County and Walton County), there are some guidelines we do have to follow to obey the state as well as the county’s ordinances. If you are looking to book a vacation rental in Walton County, all visitors are expected to follow Florida Executive orders 20-86 and orders 20-82, and individuals and rental agencies will refrain from accepting reservations from COVID 19 hot spots including the declared by the Governors orders for the following states; NY, NJ, CT, and LA, for the next 45 days (expected to lift July 3rd, 2020).  If you are looking to book a vacation rental in Okaloosa County, reservations from areas identified by Governor DeSantis as high risk, through Executive Orders (currently EO 20-82 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and EO 20-86 Louisiana) must be for periods longer than the quarantine period (14 days) established in that Order by the Governor. Guests occupying those vacation rentals must adhere to the quarantine restrictions or be subject to established criminal and civil penalties.

While all this may seem confusing at the moment, we are making sure to keep all our guests up to date the best we can to make finding a vacation rental in Destin, FL a little easier.

Since vacation rentals in Destin, FL are open we are accepting new reservations to kick off this Summer and we can’t wait to have everyone back! When you book a stay with Destin Palms Vacations, you will receive FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive up to a $200 Live Well 30A credit to use towards beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.  ALWAYS remember to #BookDirect to get the best deal for your stay here in Destin, FL.

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

 

For additional information on COVID-19 updates and your vacation with Destin Palms Vacations visit: Destin-Palms.com/covid-19-updates

Local Wine Festivals in Destin, FL 2020

Local Wine Festivals in Destin, FL 2020

Local Wine Festivals in Destin, FL

Who doesn’t love good drinks and good food? If you’re a foodie or a wine connoisseur then you are going to love the local wine festivals in Destin, FL. We’re fortunate enough to not only have beautiful beaches but some great local places that participate in these festivals that will give you a new appreciation for Destin, FL. If you want to learn about some great events coming up where you can wine down and enjoy unique dishes, then keep reading!

If you would like to make accommodations to attend these local wine festivals in Destin, FL, try Destin Palms Vacations!  As a way of saying thanks for staying with Destin Palms Vacations, you will receive FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.  ALWAYS remember to #BookDirect to get the best deal for your stay here in Destin, FL.

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

34th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival | Grand Tasting

Sandestin Wine Festival

One of the most famous local wine festivals in Destin, FL is the Sandestin Wine Festival!

The main events, know as their Grand Wine Tastings, showcase more than 500+ domestic and international wines over a two-day span. Guests can enjoy the opportunity to talk to vineyard owners and winemakers about their favorite appellations, or maybe try something new. During the Grand Wine Tastings, guests are also treated to a gourmet experience courtesy of some of the best chefs on the Emerald Coast. Savor South Walton tents are sprinkled within the festival to allow guests to pair delectable bite-sized appetizers with their current glass selection. And, a festival favorite, their Champagne tent, returns to the Grand Sandestin Lawn, featuring bubbles and desserts galore. Local and regional music also set the vibe for fun days of discovery.

The Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Emerald Coast and has affectionately been called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its popularity and grandeur.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge–they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass for wine or food. You must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.

To learn more and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.baytownewharf.com/what_to_do.php?month=4

GRAND WINE TASTINGS
FRIDAY, APRIL 17 | 5-8PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 | 1-4PM

2020 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

2020 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

Wine, charity, and fun converge at the 2020 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Featuring more than 600 wines to taste over four days, this annual charity event delivers a wine experience unparalleled among Northwest Florida wine festivals. This event will go from April 23rd-April 26th. This local wine festival in Destin, FL is one you don’t want to miss!

On Thursday, April 23rd from 5-7 pm it will be the Winemakers and Shakers. Join them as they host honored winemakers and shakers from some of the top wineries in the world and taste great wines.

On Friday, April 24th from 4-6 pm it will be the Culinary Village VIP Wine Tasting Kick-Off. For the ultimate wine experience, the VIP Wine Tasting features festival celebrities pouring their rare and collectible wines and spirits. Enjoy a Taste of Grand Boulevard with specially prepared dishes from the fabulous Grand Boulevard restaurants. Receive your own commemorative XL Riedel glass to round out this exclusive tasting.

At a glance, the VIP Package includes:
Friday VIP Tasting – up close and personal with festival celebrities
Friday Craft Beer & Spirits Jam
Saturday & Sunday Grand Tastings
VIP Entrance
VIP Swag Bag with Festival Gift

On Friday, April 24th from 6-9 pm is the Town Center and Grand Park Craft Beer & Spirits Jam. Taste and enjoy specialty craft beers and spirits from the hottest breweries and distilleries in the country. Meet the people who make these lively libations. There will be live music to maximize your jam.

On Saturday, April 25th from  1-4 pm it will be the Town Center and Culinary Village. It’s all about the wine and their wines just got even better! Because it truly is all about the quality, diversity, and scope of wines being offered and the relevance of the people bringing them to you. They are making the bold choice to pour fewer but higher quality wines.

On Sunday, April 26th from 1-4 pm is the 2nd day of the Town Center and Culinary Village Grand Tasting. Sometimes something is so much fun you want to do it all over again. Welcome back to day two of the Grand Tastings where their wines are higher quality than ever before. For those of you just joining them, relax and enjoy ambling around Grand Boulevard’s large Town Center as you taste as many of the more than 600 bottles of wine as you like. Stroll over to the Savor South Walton Culinary Village and taste delicious food, selected to go with all varietals of wines. Check out the songwriters who came in from Nashville to play just for you.

This event is definitely longer than the other one but its a local wine festival in Destin, FL that will have something for everyone!

If you would like to make accommodations to attend these local wine festivals in Destin, FL, try Destin Palms Vacations!  As a way of saying thanks for staying with Destin Palms Vacations, you will receive FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.  ALWAYS remember to #BookDirect to get the best deal for your stay here in Destin, FL.

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

Spring Break in Destin, FL 2020

Spring Break in Destin, FL 2020

Spring Break in Destin, FL

 

We are a little less than a month away until Spring Break in Destin, FL starts! While it is one of the busiest times of the year, it is the most enjoyable to vacationers. Destin, FL has beautiful sugar-white beaches, as well as yummy dining for all taste buds, and a great selection of shopping! While staying in the area, you can enjoy all the excursions and attractions Destin, FL has to offer. The atmosphere is fun but also family-friendly to make all travelers comfortable so they can enjoy their time staying with us.

If you are still seeking accommodations for this Spring Break season, try Destin Palms Vacations! Book your family’s Spring Break vacation to Destin, FL today and receive up to 20% off your stay. We offer several beachfront condos and vacation homes in the Destin/Miramar Beach area, most of which offer access to a pool or hot tub so be sure to bring your swimsuit! USE PROMO CODE: SB2020 *Must mention special at time of booking. New reservations only. Stay must be between March 7th – April 4th, 2020.  Also, as a way of saying thanks for staying with Destin Palms Vacations, you will receive FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.  ALWAYS remember to #BookDirect to get the best deal for your stay here in Destin, FL.

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

Our Beaches and the Welcoming Atmosphere

Destin Beaches

Destin, FL has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Our sand feels like baby powder and the water is crystal clear. The wildlife is also thriving with a large dolphin population and turtles! While Destin, FL is a great place to let loose and enjoy yourself, Okaloosa and Walton County make certain the areas and beaches stay safe and secure for travelers and locals. The surrounding counties have an absolute no tolerance for underage drinking and will arrest those who test the boundaries. This is to make sure that EVERYONE is having a good time while keeping tourists and residents safe. There is also no tolerance for littering as well as glass bottles on the beaches. This is to make sure our gorgeous white sand beaches stay clean and safe for our wildlife as well as those visiting the beaches. Spring Break in Destin, FL is great for all ages and families of all sizes. Everyone will be able to find something to do as well as enjoy their vacation here.

Attractions

City of Destin

 

What makes Spring Break in Destin, FL so grand and unforgettable is our attractions! From the infamous Crab Island sand bar to the HarborWalk with endless entertainment and food.  See Destin, FL is just more than its gorgeous beaches but also a great selection of activities for everyone in the family.

Crab Island 

Crab Island

You can’t have a complete Spring Break in Destin, FL experience until you see Crab Island! It is a sandbar that is located just South of the Marler Bridge in Destin, FL. Crab Island started to gain in popularity as boaters used the area to anchor their boats to catch some rays and wade on the sandbar. Now Crab Island has erupted into a popular social scene where locals and tourists congregate for fun and sun. Crab Island is just minutes from Destin Harbor. Anyone who has been to Crab Island has seen the vast array of marine life. From dolphins to sea birds, friendly animal encounters at Crab Island in Destin, FL, are commonplace. So, why is it called Crab Island? Before a hurricane covered the once tiny island in emerald waters, Crab Island was a small plot of land shaped like… you guessed it… a CRAB! Along with the thousands of tiny crabs found on the floor of the sandbar, it’s easy to see why it is called Crab Island!

The Jetties 

 

The jetties

If you want a truly tropical experience right here in the Florida Panhandle, then we highly recommend you check out the man-made Jetties right at the O’Steen beach access. These Jetties act as an artificial reef full of different colorful fish, crab, turtles, and you may see some dolphins playing. There are also some shallow pools located along the shore which makes it perfect for children to play in. This particular attraction is beautiful during high tide.

The HarborWalk

With so many things to do in Destin Florida, HarborWalk Village is at the center of it all.

Come out to HarborWalk Village where restaurants, activities and entertainment will please each and every taste on your next Destin family vacation. With so many things to do in Destin Florida; here you can find waterfront shopping, paddleboard, and kayak rentals, pontoon and jet ski rentals, parasailing, glass-bottom boats, world-class fishing, pirate ship excursions, dolphin cruises, concerts, and live music, weekly fireworks, weekly Fat Tuesday parades, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants, including Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville and Harry Ts, to satisfy all tastes. Plenty of things to do in Destin Florida, for the whole family!

Excursions 

FREE VIP Perks

In Destin, FL there are plenty of excursions you can take advantage of and make memories with your family! Luckily when you stay with Destin Palms Vacations, we provide some of those experiences for you. These experiences and activities will truly make a Spring Break in Destin, FL that will be hard to forget.

When you reserve your vacation rental in Destin with Destin Palms, you can take advantage of an incredible perk we offer our guests. With our Xplorie VIP program, you can enjoy one free snorkeling trip, one free charter fishing trip, one free dolphin cruise, one round of golf, one free waterpark admission, and one free escape room session every day of your trip! Yes, every day you are a guest in one of our stunning vacation rentals, you can enjoy up to $350 worth of local activities per day! This is our way of saying thanks for choosing Destin Palms Vacations!

At Destin Palms, we want our guests to have a great time and get an amazing deal! The Xplorie program takes the stress out of planning and allows one person free admission! This way, you can spend more time relaxing and less time planning.

Free charter fishing excursions, the escape room, and golf are available year-round. The following activities operate for the specific times of the year: dolphin cruise March-October, snorkeling May – September, Big Kahunas Waterpark Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Live Well Credit

When staying with Destin Palms Vacations we also will give you a LiveWell30A credit to use at your disposal. When you book a stay at one of our vacation rental condos you will also receive a $100 credit or a $200 credit at one of our vacation rental homes to use towards Live Well beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs!

Shopping 

Shopping

In the need of some summer shopping while you’re here? Destin, FL has a great selection and variety of places to go to do just that. Maybe take a little break from the beach and go out shopping and a bite to eat.

The Silver Sands Outlet Mall 

Silver Sands Outlet Mall

Silver Sands Premium Outlets® is home to 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Visitors can find a variety of shops ranging from women’s apparel and accessories to housewares and sporting goods.  The outlet mall is conveniently located off US Highway 98, one mile west of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This beautiful outdoor mall features covered sidewalks, lush landscaping, and a children’s play area. There are also a variety of enticing dining options from sit down venues including Carrabba’s Italian Grill to fast-casual and grab-and-go options such as Panera Bread and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.

The Destin Commons 

The Destin Commons

Celebrating 15 years, The Destin Commons is an outdoor shopping center, that boasts 95+ stores and restaurants a Southern Living Store. Serving as the area’s favorite gathering place, their award-winning line up of stores and restaurants includes national & locally-owned favorites, AMC Movie Theater and Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, an underwater-themed bowling alley. Enjoy their newly renovated play area, mural art walk & seasonal events for nonstop fun year-round. There truly is something for everyone!

Dining

Dining in Destin, FL

There are so many great food options! No one will go hungry in while on Spring Break in Destin, FL. There’s seafood, brunch, pizza, burgers, etc. to fulfill even the picky eater’s needs! A brunch favorite would be the local Donut Hole. Their menu is very reasonably priced and delicious. When you pull up to the parking lot, there will almost always be a line but don’t worry because they know how to get people in and out quickly. On your way out grab a homemade donut, pastry, or cake! When you are out for a quick lunch, give Merlin’s Pizza a try. They are known for their seafood pizza and they also do delivery. They are definitely a local favorite. When you want your seafood fix, AJ’s is always a good choice. The environment is upbeat and great. They also have a good view and delicious fresh gulf seafood.  There are SEVERAL other places among Destin, FL that you should try and you really can’t wrong with what you choose to eat.

To make your Spring Break or Summer accommodations contact Destin Palms Vacations, and we would be more than happy to plan your stay in Destin, FL.  Book your family’s Spring Break vacation today and receive up to 20% off your stay. We offer several beachfront condos and vacation homes in the Destin/Miramar Beach area, most of which offer access to a pool or hot tub so be sure to bring your swimsuit! USE PROMO CODE: SB2020 *Must mention special at time of booking. New reservations only. Stay must be between March 7th – April 4th, 2020.  Also, we will give you FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.

Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL 2020

Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL 2020

Valentine's Day in Destin, FL

It is officially the week of Valentine’s Day and love will soon fill the air on this special occasion. There is no other place to spend a romantic getaway then Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL! There is so much going on that it will be hard to choose. Whether it’s having a nice meal at one of our many famous restaurants or taking a stroll on the beach, we have it all! The blog is going to lay out some great ideas of what you could do this weekend to help narrow done your choices.

There is nothing more romantic than planning a spontaneous getaway to spend Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL. If you are interested in doing something like that, we would love to help you plan your trip here at Destin Palms Vacations. When you book your stay with us for your Valentine’s getaway, you will get 30% off your stay! You can also speak with a knowledgeable local reservationist who knows our area and can take care of any questions or concerns directly. Also, you will receive  FREE passes to activities in the area like snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.

Take in a Sunset! 

Sunset in Destin, FL

Luckily, the weather is looking perfect for Valentine’s Day! You will need to take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect during sunset with your special person while taking a stroll along our baby powder-soft sand and admire our beautiful water. A sunset during Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL will make your trip unforgettable and truly special.

Valentine’s Day Cruise 

Valentine's Day Cruise

Celebrate Valentines Day in Destin, FL aboard the Solaris Yacht! Rated the top thing to do in Destin, FL, SunQuest Cruises combines a luxurious yacht with decadent meals, sweeping views, romantic ambiance, and live music. For the most unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebration in Destin FL, guests can dine, dance and cruise under the stars on SunQuest Cruises’ special Valentine’s Dinner Cruises. Experience romance between the sea and sky on two Valentine’s Dinner and Dancing Cruises. The SOLARIS yacht will embark on an unforgettable Valentine’s in Destin on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 7 – 10 pm. as well as Saturday, February 15 from 5 – 8 pm for a sunset dinner cruise. The romantic and memorable evening includes a three-hour cruise, three-course dinner, and live entertainment. Please note, the Valentine’s Day cruises are for guests 18+ only. A nice romantic cruise is a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL.

For more information on how to make a reservation and to view their menu, visit: https://sunquestcruises.com/valentines-day-destin-restaurant-dinner-cruise-2020/

Valentine’s Dinner at the Royal Palm Grille 

Valentines Dinner at Royal Palm Grille

Exceptional food, a full-service bar, and outside dining with an exquisite view of the beach are just a few of the things that make dining at the Royal Palm Grille a remarkable experience. It’s a modern and fun destination for dining, drinks, and socializing in Destin, Florida. Enjoy their exciting menu selections for any palette from their Award-Winning Executive Chef, Mark Hall and Sushi Chef, Arnel Papa. Bring your special someone for dinner at Royal Palm Grille for Valentine’s Day! Royal Palm Grille will have a special menu available between 5pm-9 pm for $38 per person and reservations are recommended! You will be able to enjoy a great meal with a wonderful view of the beach.

Valentine’s Dinner at Boathouse Oyster Bar

Valentine's Day at Boathouse Oyster Bar

The Boathouse Oyster Bar is one of Destin’s best-kept secrets. Located on the Destin Harbor, the Boathouse offers anything from seafood to burgers and salads with a water view. Come visit them to see why we have been a Destin favorite and voted Best Oysters and Gumbo for the past 30 years. You can also celebrate your Valentine’s Day with them!

Dinner for 2 is $95 and that comes with:
– 2 Cups of Miss Wanda’s Gumbo
– 1/2lb of Sauteed Crab Claws
– 2 Entrees of 6oz Prime Rib, 2 Snow Crab clusters served with garlic butter, new potatoes, collard greens, corn on the cob, and toast points.
– Bushwhacker Pie Dessert
– 2 bottled beers OR 2 glasses of wine/champagne

If you’re single, join them later in the evening for live music and a party. The Shakedown will be on stage at 8pm!

For more information visit: http://boathouseoysterbardestin.com/

Valentine’s Day at the Crab Trap in Destin, FL

Valentine's Day at the Crab Trap

Tucked away on Florida’s Scenic Highway 98, The Crab Trap Destin is a staple in the lives of both tourists and locals. With unparalleled views of the snowy white beaches of the Emerald Coast, The Crab Trap offers a wide variety of menu options including Fresh Seafood, signature Hot Crab Dip and daily specials ranging from Bronzed Grouper or Grilled Filet to Alaskan Crab Legs. Have picky eaters to please? The Crab Trap is ready for you with a menu just for kids and a special treat they get to keep.

You can spend your Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL with them also! You can Celebrate LOVE at your favorite beach in Destin! Enjoy their Valentine’s Day 3-Course Specials, Champagne Toast, or regular Crab Trap menu. After dinner, just hop down to the beach to unwind and enjoy the rest of the evening.

To learn more visit: https://www.crabtrapdestin.com/destin

If you need accommodations this Valentine’s Day in Destin, FL we would love to help you plan your trip here at Destin Palms Vacations. When you book your stay with us for your Valentine’s getaway, you will get 30% off your stay! You can also speak with a knowledgeable local reservationist who knows our area and can take care of any questions or concerns directly. Also, you will receive  FREE passes to activities in the area like snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.

#BookDirect Day 2020

#BookDirect Day 2020

#BookDirect Day

Happy #BookDirect Day 2020! I know some of you are wondering what in the world does that mean and why would it apply to me? Well, you’re in the right place to find out! The only thing that makes a beach vacation more relaxing is knowing you’re getting the best deal possible. That’s what the hashtag #BookDirect is meant for! The ONLY way you are getting the value that you deserve is by booking directly through the vacation property management company. This blog is going to save a lot of people money, time, and frustration. If you are looking for savings, then you’re in the right place!

Also, here at Destin Palms Vacations, we are dedicated to getting our clients the best value and making sure they have the best experience while staying in Destin, FL. We are family-owned and operated as well as centrally located in Destin at Majestic Sun ‘B’ Building in Seascape Resort, should our guests need anything. All of our reservationists, marketing, and maintenance working together in house and are very well acquainted with each of our properties.  Also, we will give you FREE passes to activities in the area like snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com.

#BookDirect Top 10!

We are so dedicated to educating our guests, we were actually named in Intel Magazine as one of the Top 10 social media accounts in the nation advocating for the movement. This is something we are proud of because like stated before, we want to give our guests a wonderful vacation experience at the best value possible.

The Meaning Behind #BookDirect

#bookdirect

This movement was put together by Amy Hinote at VRM Intel. Its purpose is to educate guests about the perks of “bypassing third-party channels to book directly with management companies and homeowners”.

Not only are vacation rental owners facing the same issues regarding the often high commissions set by listing sites, but also guests themselves frequently end up paying a lot more for the same stay. Most guests often do not realize the high and unnecessary fees third party booking sites, such as VRBO, may charge. This is why the #BookDirect movement may be more important than people realize. As consumers, you have a lot more power than you realize and that’s why we find it necessary to educate and inform all of our customers on how they can get the most value.

Get All The Perks You Can Get!

FREE VIP Perks

When travelers speak directly with the owner/property manager, they will be the first to find out about special offers, discounts or exclusive deals. For example, here at Destin Palms Vacations, we offer all our guests FREE passes to activities in the area like snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. The property managers will also be able to assist those with certain needs such as handicap accessible features or help those that may need pet-friendly accommodations.

Current Specials & Offers

Destin Palms Vacations is also offering up to 30% OFF Winter Stays! Bring your family and friends down for a last-minute getaway at one of our beachfront, or Gulf view vacation rentals to top off the year.  USE PROMO CODE: WINTER19 when booking online at Destin-Palms.com or call us today at (850)270-5227 *Some restrictions may apply. Select properties. Offer valid for new reservations only and must mention special at time of booking. Stay must be between now – March 7th, 2020.

 

 

Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival 2020

Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival 2020

Shrimp & Grits Festival

Here in the panhandle, we have several southern dishes that we celebrate and love but there is nothing like fresh Gulf shrimp and homemade grits. The Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival will be celebrating this famous dish and is perfect for a family day out. Come out and enjoy connecting with the community through local restaurants in the area.

If you are going to be in the area during the Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival and need accommodations, we are always happy to help to plan your stay here at Destin Palms Vacations. All of our properties are very centrally located, which makes them perfect for going to events in Destin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa, and 30A. During the time of these events, we are also offering 30% OFF Winter Stays. You will be able to save money on your lodging so you can spend it on fun and festivities.  When booking online use promo code: WINTER19 and to learn more visit Destin-Palms.com/specials.

Also, as a way of saying thanks for staying with Destin Palms Vacations, you will receive FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. Must mention special at time of booking. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com. ALWAYS remember to #BookDirect to get the best deal for your stay here in Destin, FL.

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

Destin Shrimp & Grits Festival 

Shrimp & Grits Festival

 

On February 29th, 2020 the Destin Harbor will be hosting its newest event, A showcase of one of the South’s most beloved dishes, the 1st annual Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival benefitting the Boys and Club of the Emerald Coast. Enjoy delicious food, great drinks and live music on the Destin Harbor, as local restaurants compete for the best Shrimp & Grits dish on the Harbor. Live music will be by The Shenanigans and Cadillac Willy and there will be a kid’s zone with a bounce house as well as face painting. This event is perfect for all ages!

If you purchase tickets in advance, they will be on sale for $30 and at the door for $35. They will include food tasting tickets as well as some drink tickets (must have valid ID). VIP tickets will also be sold for $50 and will include food tasting tickets, extra drink tickets, a souvenir cup, and access to a private bar (must have valid ID). For those under 21, tickets will be sold for $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For more information about the Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival or how to purchase tickets visit: https://www.shrimpandgritsfest.com/

The Shrimp and Grits Festival  

To find accommodations for the Destin Shrimp and Grits Festival please contact Destin Palms Vacations and we are more than happy to help!

Call (850) 270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com 

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

30A Songwriters Festival 2020

30A Songwriters Festival

30A Songwriters Festival

The holidays are officially over, but the fun and excitement does not stop in Destin, FL. One of the great things about visiting our area is that there is always something going on and there is more to do, besides enjoying our beaches. Destin Festivals are always great to do with the family or your group of friends. Here in Destin, FL we are always up for enjoying local music and connecting with the area. In this blog, you are going to get some great information about the very popular event, 30A Songwriters Festival.

If you are going to be in the area during the 30A Songwriters Festival and need accommodations, we are always happy to help to plan your stay here at Destin Palms Vacations. All of our properties are very centrally located, which makes them perfect for going to events in Destin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa, and 30A. During the time of these events, we are also offering 30% OFF Winter Stays. You will be able to save money on your lodging so you can spend it on fun and festivities.  When booking online use promo code: WINTER19 and to learn more visit Destin-Palms.com/specials.

Also, as a way of saying thanks for staying with Destin Palms Vacations, you will receive FREE passes to activities in the area like deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruises, golf, and more EVERY DAY of your stay! When booking with us you will also receive a $100 credit for condos or $200 credit for houses to use towards Live Well 30A beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! *Some restrictions may apply. Must mention special at time of booking. To learn more or to book your stay call (850)270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com. ALWAYS remember to #BookDirect to get the best deal for your stay here in Destin, FL.

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a

30A Songwriters Festival 

30A Songwriters Festival

This Destin 30A Festival is very popular and is five music-filled days (January 17-20) A little history about this festival and what makes it so great:

The 30A Songwriters Festival, now in its tenth year, is the major fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that champions the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs, and education. The Festival’s success is critical to the success of the CAA, and your support as a ticket-buyer, partner or volunteer helps us provide an abundance of programs, services, and support to the community.

Founded in 1993, the CAA continues to fulfill the vision of Walton County’s art pioneers by distributing net proceeds through the Art For All Program, which funds need-based student scholarships, college scholarships, artists continuing education grants and grants to other arts organizations, teachers and schools. These grants make it possible to incorporate music, performing arts, visual arts, and other art programs into the classroom that are not usually available due to lack of funding. Many of the needs are basic, like books and art supplies; others are for special projects, equipment, and instruments.

Over the course of the weekend, the festival will take place in 32 venues along coastal Florida’s scenic Hwy 30A, and will feature headliners Brian Wilson, John Prine, Indigo Girls, Tanya Tucker, Don McLean, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone. Throughout the four days, the evenings will consist of 150 other music artists to enjoy.

This festival benefits our surrounding community while providing awesome entertainment. The CAA also produces other cultural events…Art Week South Walton, the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, the Longleaf Writers Conference, and the Flutterby Arts Festival!

To find out more information about this Destin 30A Festival visit: https://30asongwritersfestival.com/

To find accommodations in Destin, FL the 30A Songwriters Festival please contact Destin Palms Vacations and we are more than happy to help!

Call (850) 270-5227 or visit Destin-Palms.com 

To learn more about our FREE VIP Perks visit: Destin-Palms.com/free-vip-activities

To learn more about our Live Well 30A credits visit: Destin-Palms.com/live-well-30a