Why Fall Is A Great Time To Visit The Beach

Why Fall Is A Great Time To Visit The Beach

When the kids go back to school and the college football games come on tv, it is officially Fall! In most areas, the temperatures start to become a lot cooler and the leaves start to fall. But not in Destin, FL! That is why Fal is a great time to visit the beach. The crowds will start to tremendously die down while the water and temperature remain warm until mid-November.  In this blog, we will discuss a couple of reasons why Fall is a great time to visit the beach.

Why Fall is A Great Time To Visit The Beach

SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!! 

Why Fall Is A Great Time To Visit The Beach- Save, Save, Save!!

Since Fall time is when a lot of families have children that have to go back to school, as well as college students, this is the time when vacation rentals will cut the prices. Here at Destin Palms Vacations, we are offering 25% off all our vacation rentals for Fall stays. You get to experience all the great same amenities and weather in the summer but for less! This may be also great for parents who want to have a small getaway from the kids for the weekend. No matter your occasion you will be saving money while having a great experience!  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 souvenirs! Plus FREE VIP Perks such as snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and much more! *Some restrictions may apply. 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 

To find out more about booking your Fall stay for 25% OFF visit: https://www.destin-palms.com/specials

All The Fun Without The Hustle & Bustle 

Reasons why Fall is a great time to visit the beach- No crowds

Another reason why Fall is a great time to visit the beach is that you basically get the beach to yourself! You do not have to worry about getting up at the crack of dawn to get the prime spot right at the water. You will get to enjoy the beautiful water and soft sand without worrying about the disruptions around you. Also, in Destin, a lot of our most popular restaurants stay open all year round.  Your family and friends will be able to enjoy fresh seafood from the Gulf without the wait.

If you have ever been to Destin in the Summer then you know traffic can be a major annoyance. Destin is not a large area but yet is so beautiful so who doesn’t want to visit when they have a chance? But in the Fall you do not have to worry about that as much either. You will be able to come and go as you please, instead of strategically planning your trips out and about.

Festivals!

Here in Destin, we have several festivals you can attend in the Fall. The Destin Seafood Festival and The Destin Fishing Rodeo are the most popular ones and are hosted in the month of October. We go into further detail about these two events in another blog and the link is posted below.

Destin Seafood Festival & Fishing Rodeo 2019

The rest of the festivals are also great and plenty of activities for the Fall which is another great reason why Fall is a great time to visit the beach.

Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival

Festivals- beer fest

Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales! The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort presents the 12th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on October 11th & 12th. American specialty brews from around the nation will be available to sample and savor. The event will feature over 200 domestic and international craft beers available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. Live music will be also featured during the festival.

For more information visit: http://www.baytownebeerfestival.com

Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival

Visiting the beach in the fall- festivals

Fire up the grills, tap the kegs and crank up the tunes for HarborWalk Village’s 12th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. This barbecue block party will fill the docks with the aroma of smoky ribs and pulled pork. Over 15 of the area’s finest restaurants will compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition, offering samples of creative BBQ styles and specialty sauces. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category. Live Music from John Hart & Tyler Mac on the main stage! Bring the family for a day of food, fun and music!

Pricing:

Advance Tickets: $30.00 || $35.00 the day of the event || BBQ only (Under 21) $20.00 || Military Tickets $25.00

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/697799440658517/

9th Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta

Festivals

This event is great for families with small children! The 9th Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta will be held at The Village Baytowne Wharf.  Join them on October 19th, 2019 and adopt a duck for your chance to win, first place receives $5,000. This family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, face painting, kids activities, free carousel rides, and the duck race following at 1 PM.

This event will benefit the local Sacred Heart Hospital Rehab Center for cancer patients.

For more information visit www.emeraldcoastduckregatta.com

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is the one time of year that hard workers are acknowledged for all they do for providing for themselves and their families. There is no better way to spend the weekend than with family and friends relaxing in Destin, FL. Destin is a great place to come spend the weekend because there are activities for everyone to have a great time. Listed and explained below are things to do Labor Day Weekend. If you still want to book a last-minute trip, we are now offering 25% OFF this Labor Day Weekend and Fall Stays.

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend

 

The Beach! (Of Course)

Things to do Labor Day Weekend- The beach

When you are looking for things to do Labor Day Weekend, Destin is known for its sugary white sand and blue waters. It is a must to visit the beaches, for at least a little while. When you are on a Destin beach you will notice the sand feels like baby powder and the water (most of the time) is crystal clear. If you’re lucky you will get to observe a pod of dolphins swim by or even a manatee. Most of our vacation rentals here at Destin Palms Vacations have beachfront views or are a short walk across to the beach. The water temperature is perfect this time of year!

Friday Night Karaoke! 

Things to do Labor Day Weekend- Friday Night Karaoke

A great way to kick the Labor Day Weekend off is to go Dock On The Island to participate in some Friday night karaoke. If you love to entertain and want to find a way to let loose, then here it is! This is also an awesome activity for a girl’s trip with your closest family and friends. This is mostly a 21 or over event because they will have a happy hour during most of the time. They also serve delicious food such as homemade pizzas and plates of pasta. This event lasts from 8 PM to 12 AM.

To find out more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/520168021810327/

To take a peek at the menu visit: https://www.facebook.com/DockOnTheIsland/menu/

Labor Day Concert Celebration at the HarborWalk! 

Things to do Labor Day Weekend

When you are searching for family-friendly things to do Labor Day Weekend, the Labor Day Concert Celebration at the HarborWalk will be a hit! For those of you that do not know what the HarborWalk is; it is a popular spot that tourists and locals both enjoy because of the variety of activities and events that go on there. HarborWalk Village offers activities and entertainment to please each and every taste in your family—dive in and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here you can find waterfront shopping, water sports, boat, pontoon and jet ski rentals, world-class fishing, aqua adventures, dolphin and pirate cruises, art galleries, interactive kids activities, clubs and nightlife, weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment, and an array of restaurants to satisfy all tastes. This Labor Day Weekend HarborWalk Village is sending our sizzling summer off with a bang! Live music all weekend long with FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor, Sunday night!

To learn more about this event and times visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/541861379678410/

Crab Island! 

Things to do Labor Day Weekend- Crab Island

One of the most favorite and sought after spots in Destin is a large sand bar called 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 also just minutes from the Destin Harbor. There are several ways to get out to Crab Island; you can rent a pontoon boat for the day, take a water taxi, or rent paddleboards, jet skis, etc.

To learn more about Crab Island and how to rent equipment visit: https://www.mycrabisland.com/

Take Advantage of FREE VIP Perks & Live Well Credits! 

Things to do Labor Day Weekend- Free VIP Perks and Live Well Credits

Here at Destin Palms Vacations, we offer several things to do Labor Day Weekend.  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 30A Credit –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! Visit Live Well 30A to redeem your credit after booking your stay. *Live Well 30A offer valid for new reservations made after June 25th, 2019 for stays after September 1st, 2019 only.

For more info visit: https://www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities

Destin Local Excursions – FREE VIP Perks!

Our Destin Local Excursion-FREE VIP Perks!

Here at Destin-Palms Vacations, we offer several VIP perks as a way to thank you for staying with us. There are several Destin local excursions that we offer that everyone in the family would enjoy. We offer dolphin cruises, a water park, golf, and more! The way the pass works is you get one pass per day. That means if your family, for example, decides to go to the water park for the day then ONE person gets in free. OR if one person decides to go to snorkeling and another person decides to go deep-sea fishing, then you can use the passes that way as well.

Activities are noncumulative. Unused passes expire daily. However, you can go to all six activities such as snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruise, golfing, waterpark, and the escape room on the same day, for every day of your stay. But, you cannot use the daily pass on the day of departure or more than once on the same day, for the same activity. For FAQ’s visit:  https://www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities.  Below is more detailed descriptions of exactly what our Destin local excursions have to offer. If you would like to book a stay with us and enjoy savings on some of these Destin local excursions call  (850)270-5227 or Visit: https://www.destin-palms.com

Destin Local Excursions - Xplorie

Destin Local Excursions: Big Kahuna’s Water Park Destin Local Excursions - Water Park

Big Kahuna’s is the panhandle’s largest water park! The water park has 40 rides and attractions. In addition, they offer a kid’s park for the little ones and rides for them as well. If water slides and rides are not your thing, don’t worry because you can spend the day drifting away from your worries in the lazy river. You can also visit the wave pool and enjoy lounging in a float. They are located right off 98 at 1007 US-98, Destin, FL 32541 and are open from 10 AM to 6 PM seven days a week.

*Hours and days of operation may vary after the summer.

Destin Local Excursions: Snorkeling and a Dolphin Cruise with the SeaBlaster!Destin Local Excursions - Dolphin Cruise

Our beaches have the perfect water to be snorkeling in. We also have a big population of active dolphins along all our beaches. This cruise is a 3-hour combination trip which includes 90 minutes of snorkeling. Followed by a 90-minute dolphin cruise. It is inshore snorkeling, therefore, they pull up close to a beach. It is initially about 6 feet getting off the boat and into the water. Upon entrance, you can go as shallow (all the way to the shoreline). Also, they do provide all of your snorkeling equipment, as well as life jackets for all ages. When it comes to local excursions the Seablaster is a hit and will surely make amazing memories for your family’s trip.

 

Destin Local Excursions: Deep-Sea Fishing with Destin Princess and DestinyDestin Local Excursions - Deep Sea Fishing

If you are looking for a nice day of fishing in the world’s luckiest fishing village, then Destin Princess and Destiny is the boat to use! They offer year-round deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico onboard a 72′ Sportsfisherman, Destiny and the 65′ Catamaran, Destin Princess. Furthermore, their boats offer experienced, friendly, and professional crews. In addition, their boats are fast, clean, air-conditioned, and have separate bathrooms for men and women. That’s just a few of the reasons that they are the most popular party boats operating out of Destin, Florida.

For these great local excursions, you can purchase a single ticket for an individual. Furthermore, they can also accommodate groups of up to 56 people for fishing, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises, marriages, or burials at sea. They have been fishing for generations! Minutes away from the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Destin Local Excursions: Gulf Coast Escape Room

Destin Local Excursions - Escape Room

If you are someone who loves solving puzzles, then these local excursions are for you! Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are technically locked in a room with other participants. They have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within 60 minutes.

Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with family or friends, the Escape Game is a must-stop destination. This unique game concept brings virtual code-cracking and adventure into the real world. If it were possible to pack even more fun into 60 minutes, they would have done it.  Can your group crack the code in time? It may not be as simple as you think. Gulf Coast Escape Room offers several varieties of escape rooms such as Zombie Autopsy, The Doll Room, VooDoo Cabin, Bates Motel, and Alice and the Rabbit.

 

Destin Local Excursions: Golf at Bluewater Bay, Emerald Bay Golf Club, Regatta BaySanta Rosa Golf and Beach Resort, and The Golf Garden of Destin

Destin Local Excursions - Golf

Here in Destin, we have several beautiful golf courses. That is why we couldn’t just offer you just one to pick from. These great Destin local excursions are perfect for a day out on the green. Also, each one has its perks so you can’t go wrong with the one you choose.

Bluewater Bay

Bluewater Bay Golf Club is designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate, is a one of a kind experience. It’s a challenging 18 and one of the best values in the Panhandle. Few courses can match Bluewater Bay’s unique layout, terrain, and natural surroundings. Play along the shoreline of Choctawhatchee Bay; move through southern woodlands; and journey through pristine wetland areas. Full-service bar and restaurant open daily for breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour and dinner.

Emerald Bay Golf Club

Emerald Bay is a prestigious golf course community centrally located along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay between Destin and the Beaches of South Walton. Destin, Florida has long been a vacation destination known for superior golf courses. That tradition is exemplified in the beautiful Emerald Bay Golf Club.

Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club 

Their greens are designed by course designer and former lead architect for Arnold Palmer, Robert C. Walker. They are Destin’s only Golf Academy with over 1,200 sq.ft covered practice area with greenside bunkers. Also, are video analysis powered by state-of-the-art Trackman Technology. Regatta Bay has 6,894-yard, par-72 course and offers an extraordinary golf experience for players of all skill levels. They are named one of Golf Digest’s “Top Places to Play in North America”. Their course was voted through Florida Golf News magazine  “the #1 Favorite Golf  Course in Northwest Florida”. Also, Emerald Coast Magazine named the course “Best of Emerald Coast.” Lastly, Golf Digest ranked the course among its “Top 200 Places to Play in  North America,” as well as one of the “Top 15” courses in Florida.

Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Resort

Offering an 18-hole, par 72 courses with a challenge from five sets of tees. This course is for those of every skill level or handicap. Holes three through five, wind around a complex of dunes and within a few hundred yards of the Gulf of Mexico.  Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club boasts some of the only elevation changes in the area and takes golfers from the clubhouse to the Gulf and back through the natural areas that enhance the uniqueness of the course. In addition, the course meanders through natural wildlife habitats and native areas providing a picturesque backdrop of the local area.

The Golf Garden of Destin 

The Golf Garden of Destin, located on the beautiful Emerald Coast, is a family-friendly golf facility that welcomes golfers of all skill levels! Whether it is playing Putt-Putt with the family, hitting balls on the driving range, or catching glimpses of the native wildlife while riding along the Executive Course, they encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their facility.

The par 29, 9-hole Executive Golf Course is a great place to bring the beginner golfer or for the seasoned golfer who wants to sharpen their short game. Just looking to do a little practice? The Golf Garden offers a  driving range with target greens for goal-oriented training and practice greens for chipping and putting.

Don’t leave without playing the 18-hole putting course!
With a par of 62, this course is great for letting the kids have some fun but demanding enough for the more serious, competitive putt-putters! During the summer (June through August), The Golf Garden is fully lit for night play.

Also, If you would like to book a stay with us and enjoy savings on some of these Destin local excursions call  (850)270-5227 or Visit: https://www.destin-palms.com

 

 

70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Destin Fishing Rodeo

It is officially time to break out your rods and reels and book your Destin vacation rental for the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo if you haven’t already. There is truly no better way to experience “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” than this 70-year local tradition that lasts the entire month of October! If you’re visiting the first weekend of October be sure to check out the Destin Seafood Festival located on the Harbor as well. Destin Palms Vacation homescondos, and cottages are located in the Destin/Miramar Beach area. Ask about our fall discounts and specials, plus receive free VIP perks during your stay!

Destin Fishing Rodeo History

Since the inception back in 1948, thousands of people from all over the world travel to Destin each year to take part in the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages. Registered participants can cruise the emerald waters and have the option to fish about a registered charter or private boat for free! Shore fishermen can participate by just bringing their catch to the scale. Kayak fishing, Paddle Board fishing, Pier, Bridge, Jetty fishing, as well as Surf and Shoreline fishing are also all available options to participants for a fee. Weigh-Ins are conducted daily along the Harbor and are free and open to the public. Throughout the month the Destin Fishing Rodeo also celebrates “Shark Saturday” each weekend, where a cash prize is awarded to the Angler who reels in the largest set of Jaws. Come watch fishermen bring in the BIG ONE, and meet Miss Destin and the Rodeo’s weighmaster, Bruce Cheves.

Family Friendly

In addition to the rodeo, the Harbor will also be hosting the Kids FallFest on October 9th. This is a free family event that will take place between 12 – 2PMthat afternoon. There will be a ton of fun activities to do including face painting, arts and crafts, and pumpkin decorating.

Where to Stay

70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Accommodations are booking up quickly due to this popular event, so please call us today to reserve one of our spectacular vacation rentals! The local experience doesn’t get much better than this…You can sauté your fresh catch while watching the waves crash! For availability and pricing give us a call at (850)270-5227 or visit our website at www.destin-palms.com. Let’s Go Fishing!

 

DESTIN FISHING RODEO EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Monday, October 1st, 2018 – Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival

40th Annual Destin Seafood FestivalIf you’re looking for any last minute vacation rental condos or homes in Destin for the 40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival or Destin Fishing Rodeo, Destin Palms Vacations has you covered! Plus receive free VIP perks during your stay! Don’t forget to ask about our fall discounts and specials. We offer beach condos in Majestic Sun at Seascape Resort, beach homes in Destiny East, and more!

This is the weekend your appetites have been waiting for all year long! In addition to the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo going on all of October, the Destin Seafood Festival will take place starting October 5th. The festival’s layout spans over 11 separate properties along the beautiful Destin Harbor.

This three-day festival is full of arts, crafts, music, food, entertainment, fireworks, and excitement for all! Did we mention that admission is FREE?

Destin Seafood Fest

It will showcase the best that Destin has to offer with over a mile of Festival happenings along the water showcasing Destin’s Fishing Fleet, Harbor Restaurants & Bars, and breathtaking sunsets!

Destin Seafood Fest Map

The Destin Seafood Festival has arranged with EC Rider, shuttle service for festival goers. The shuttles will pick up at the Big Kahunas Waterpark parking lot and the Emerald Coast Center parking lot. Parking at these locations will be free and the shuttle will provide round-trip transportation to the festival for $2.00 per person. Up to date details on the shuttle service can be viewed on FB or the website. www.destinseafoodfestival.com

DESTIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Friday, October 5th, 2018
    4PM – 10PM
  • SATURDAY, October 6th, 2018
    10AM – 10PM
  • SUNDAY, October 7th, 2018
    10AM – 4PM

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!

Staying at Majestic Sun in Destin

So, you’ve reserved a beautiful vacation condo at Majestic Sun and you’re all packed and ready to go! Wondering what to expect? Well, be prepared because you are in one of the best beach resorts in Destin.

Majestic Sun is located directly across the street from the Gulf of Mexico. The views are simply amazing. When you are ready for a day on the beach, crosswalks provide a safe and easy way to access the sugar white sands of Destin. Majestic Sun also offers an indoor pool and an outdoor pool and hot tub that offers views of the Gulf while you soak.  

Incredible dining options are available within walking distance of the resort, including Whale’s Tail and The Crab Trap, both of which offer Gulf front dining, fresh seafood, and great drink specials. You can also rent a bicycle or a golf cart and explore the coast in style.

As a guest of Destin Palms, be sure to enjoy our free VIP activities and go on a dolphin tour, charter fishing cruise, or play a round of golf for free – every day of your stay (excludes day of departure). Also, be sure to do a little shopping while you are here! There are two large open air shopping centers located just minutes away from the resort.

If you are still considering a stay at Majestic Sun, we have some fantastic vacation condos in Destin still available. Call 850-270-5227 and speak to one of our reservation agents now to book your dream vacation.