4th of July Events in Destin!

If you have a vacation rental in Destin for the 4th of July, then get ready for an incredible time! Here are a few of our top picks for 2017:

4th of July Celebration at Emerald Grande – This party lasts for four days! Enjoy free live music Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and then end it with a bang on the 4th with live music, fireworks, and fire spinning!

Smoke on the Coast – July 3, 2017 -9:00 pm – Start your Independence Day early at Destin Commons with great BBQ, live music, street performers, and kids activities. This 6th annual event benefits local charities. There will be 20 area restaurants competing in the BBQ competition fighting for the People’s Choice Award of best BBQ on the Emerald Coast. Starts at 5:00 pm and samples are $1 each.

Red, White & Baytowne – Beginning at 6 pm, you can enjoy lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then, stay for live music on the Events Plaza Stage by Donovan Keith & the Funky Feat at 7 pm, followed by a fireworks display that will light up the night sky at 9:15 pm.

The Landing Park in Fort Walton Beach – Located in Fort Walton Beach, The Landing Park will have free live music by NAKD and a fireworks show! Festivities begin at 6 pm.

If you are thinking about visiting the Gulf Coast for the 4th of July, we still have a few vacation condos in Destin available. Call 850-270-5227 to hear about our last minute specials!

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!