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.

#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.

 

 

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 In Destin Besides The Beach

Things To Do In Destin Besides The Beach

Whether it’s a rainy day or you want to take a break from the Florida sun, there are still several things to do in Destin besides just going to the beach. Destin is known for its emerald green water and white sand but there is more to Destin than most people might realize. Here in Destin, we have a great selection in shopping.  Which is great to take advantage of for back to school shopping. We also have a large and well-airconditioned movie theatre right in the middle of the Destin Commons. Also, our bowling alley, Uncle Buck’s Fish Bar and Grill, is ocean themed and a great way to spend the day with the whole family.

Destin, FL is known as the “luckiest fishing village” so of course, we have awesome deep-sea fishing experiences. These are one of the most popular things to do in Destin. Lastly, we have a snorkeling and dolphin cruise excursions. Those cruises are great ways to make great memories you can hold onto for years with your family. Below we go into detail about things to do in Destin besides the beach!

Things to do in Destin

Shopping in Destin!

In Destin, we have more than just one strip mall locally. We have Destin Commons which is located more centrally in Destin. Also, we have the Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall and it is located on the east end of Destin. Both malls have many benefits that can fit your shopping needs!

Silver Sands Premium Outlet

Things to do in Destin- Shopping

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. Renowned as the premier shopping destination along Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, the outlet mall serves the nearby communities of Destin, South Walton, Panama City, and Pensacola. 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.

Hours are:

Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-9 PM

Sunday: 10 AM-6 PM

For more information on Silver Sands Premium Outlet visit: https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/silver-sands

Destin Commons 

Things to do in Destin- Shopping

Celebrating 15 years as the Emerald Coast’s best outdoor shopping center, Destin Commons boasts 95+ stores and restaurants, including Florida’s first Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Southern Living Store. The award-winning line up of stores and restaurants include national and locally-owned favorites, AMC Movie Theater and Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl, an underwater-themed bowling alley. Enjoy their renovated play area, mural art walk & seasonal events for nonstop fun year-round. There truly is something for everyone! They also host several events such as the annual Fourth of July BBQ Festival. To learn more and to keep up with their current events visit: www.DestinCommons.com

Hours are:

Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-10 PM

Sunday: 11 AM-8 PM

Movies!

Things to do in Destin- Movies

If you want to take a break from the hot sun then catching a movie at the AMC Theatre is a great way to do that. They play the latest featured movies as well as sell food, snacks, and of course popcorn! When finding things to do in Destin besides the beach, going to the movies and enjoying a cold soda and popcorn sounds perfect. The AMC Theatre is conveniently located in the center of the Destin Commons Mall. Experience movies in an IMAX experience or state-of-the-art Dolby Cinema theatre where you can enjoy the latest flick in cutting edge. It also has reserved recliners complete with IMAX screen and moving sound.

To find out what movies are playing at this theatre and their times’ visit: https://destincommons.com/visit/amc-theater/

Bowling at Uncle Buck’s Bar & Grill! 

Things to do in Destin- Bowling

When the going gets tough, the tough go bowling. When bowlers get hungry, they flock to Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill to fill up on a great selection of family favorites. Appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and more are served up in this fun atmosphere like no other. The rustic nautical-themed restaurant and bar offer the perspective of an underwater high-seas adventure amidst a backdrop of sunken ships and live tropical fish. Tasty fun for the whole family. This is where the outdoors meets the indoors for the ultimate sportsman. Uncle Buck’s Bar & Grill is also conveniently located in the Destin Commons shopping mall. Once you have worked up an appetite after shopping Uncle Bucks is a good place to go to fuel back up with some great food, and enjoy bowling with the family.

For more information visit: https://www.unclebucksfishbowlandgrill.com/

Snorkeling and Dolphin Cruises 

Things to do in Destin- Dolphin Cruise and Snorkeling

Going on a snorkeling and dolphin cruise is a great way to still enjoy the water without having to go on the beach. When it comes to things to do in Destin, this is a hit. A great thing about booking a vacation with Destin Palms Vacations is we also offer VIP Perks for this activity. That’s right, we help you save on this one-of-a-kind experience. The Seablaster is highly recommended and they provide an unforgettable experience.

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.

To find out more about the Seablaster visit: http://destinseablaster.com/

To find out more about our VIP Perks visit: https://www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities

Deep-Sea Fishing 

Things to do in Destin- Deep-sea fishing

Another way to enjoy our beautiful waters is to spend all day out on a boat with a fishing reel in hand. Destin is considered the luckiest fishing village so when you are looking for things to do in Destin, this is a great experience. We also offer a VIP Perk for this activity as well! Woohoo, more savings! We highly recommend going through Destin Princess and Destiny. 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.

For more information on Princess and Destiny visit: https://www.destinpartyboatfishing.com/

For more information on our VIP Perks visit: https://www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities

Easter Weekend Events in Destin 2019

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Peter Cottontail is hopping along his sandy trail right next to Destin Palms Vacations getting ready for Easter Weekend Events in Destin 2019,  big & beautiful Easter Extravaganzas! The Destin area always turns out a ton of activities centered around holidays for visiting families and Easter is certainly no exception. Make sure to stay up to date and in the know with all of Destin’s current events on our Events Page, in addition to the list of the amazing festivities the city has going on for the Holiday weekend below.

Easter Weekend Events in Destin 2019

Easter Events in Destin, FL

Easter Crafts at the Destin Library. Friday from 1-4 PM, bring your children ages 4-12 and so they can get crafty and make an Easter magnet. Free and open to the public. Destin Library.

Destin Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The annual Easter Egg hunt for the whole town will be held at the Morgan Sports Center, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail, beginning at 9:00 AM. For ages 12 and under.

Baytowne Wharf Easter Explosion 2019

Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion this holiday weekend, Saturday, April 20th! Enjoy a day filled with family-friendly entertainment, enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over the infamous inflatable obstacle course. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Experience a memorable Easter Egg hunt with The Henderson Beach Resort!
They will have a helicopter drop thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs on their Front Lawn! Join them before or after the hunt for Easter Brunch!
Don’t Forget to Bring your Easter baskets and make memories with The Henderson! Ever wonder how all those eggs get to be hidden for the hunt? Well, come see the helicopter Easter Egg drop candy-filled eggs on the front lawn of the Henderson. The drop will be at 12:30 PM so be sure to get there early to get a good spot to watch!

Head over to Lulu’s at the base of the mid-bay bridge to enjoy the mad Dash for the golden eggs for LuLu’s Easter Egg Dash. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance for photo-‘hops’. Festivities start at 2 PM, but we recommend going early to get the best spot! The dash is divided into age categories, making this event is fun for the whole family!

In the name of BRUNCH, we have got you set this holiday Sunday:

Emerald Grande Easter 2019

Easter at Emerald Grande

Easter Plated Brunch in Grande Vista Bar & Grill 11:00am-3:00pm
Adults $29++ | Kids $14++
*Reservations highly recommended 850.424.0621

Easter Brunch in the Harborview Room 10:00am-2:00pm
Adults $32++ | Kids $16 ++ | 3 & under free
*Reservations highly recommended 850.424.0622

Visit the Easter Bunny on the Main Stage at HarborWalk Village from 2:00-4:00pm! Enjoy children’s activities, face painting, and receive one free 4×6 photo per family provided by SB Photos of Destin, FL!

View Grande Vista Menu here
View Harborview Room Menu here

Easter Lunch in Destin cruise 2019Destin Easter Baskets

Beach Walk Cafe Easter

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SandJam Music Festival 2019

SandJam Music Festival 2019

SandJam Music Festival 2019 is the 2nd annual adult-alternative rock music festival in beautiful Panama City Beach, FL! Come out and dip your toes in the Gulf as we will be setting our stages on the beautiful sugar white sands; giving the most stunning backdrop to a Spring festival. Let the jams and the salty breeze carry you away, this is an annual festival you are not going to want to miss! Lodging is still available for SandJam Music Festival 2019 and selling out quickly for this event so make sure to check out our availability HERE!

Come for the music. Stay for the beaches. Make lasting memories.

3 Days. 2 Stages. 29 Acts. 1 Beach.

Come see Kings Of Leon, Third Eye Blind, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Dirty Heads, The Revivalists, Blackberry Smoke, JJ Grey & Mofro, Matt and Kim, Anderson East, Yeasayer, COIN, KONGOS, Alice Merton, Parachute, Max Frost, The Shadowboxers, We The Kings, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, The War and Treaty, Them Dirty Roses, Kirstie Lovelady, Heritage Band, & Welles at SandJam Music Festival 2019!

April 26th-28th, 2019 in beautiful Visit Panama City Beach!

Get your tickets today @ www.SandJamFest.com!

SandJam Fest is presented by Pepsi.

SandJam 2019 Lineup

This is it, the full lineup announcement!

SandJam Fest, presented by Pepsi, in beautiful Visit Panama City Beach on April 26th, 27th, & 28th, 2019.

Friday: Kings Of Leon
Cold War KidsBlackberry SmokeAnderson EastKONGOSMax Frost, and Next Wave Finalist

Saturday: Third Eye Blind
Dirty HeadsJJ Grey & MofroYeasayerAlice MertonThe ShadowboxersBrandon “Taz” Niederauer , Them Dirty RosesHeritage Band, and Next Wave Finalists (x2)

Sunday: Young the Giant
The RevivalistsMatt and KimCOINParachuteWe The KingsThe War and TreatyKirstie LoveladyWelles, Next Wave Winners & Next Wave Finalist.

$10 from every paid ticket will be donated for Hurricane Relief efforts.

 

SandJam 2019 Tickets

St. Patrick’s Day in Destin 2019

Spring is here and we’re going to be gearing up for some green luck on the Gulf Coast for St. Patrick’s Day in Destin 2019. Just like the bright emerald waters, you’re going to want to be here during St. Patty’s day weekend this year. You can do just that when you book one of the best vacation rentals Destin is known for, with Destin Palms Vacations.  Green Beer and Corned Beef aside, this cultural celebration on Sunday, March 17th 2019 brings more than just fun drinks and traditional Irish cuisine! Emerald Coast destinations offer their own version of St. Patty’s Day festivities, including pub crawls, charity runs, outdoor concerts, and more family-friendly affairs. Here are some of the fun and festive happenings during the weekend of March 17th!

DPV - St Patricks Day in Destin 2019

Where The Leprechauns Celebrate

This year, Oliver Petit from the Red Bar in Grayton Beach is the Grand Marshall. The Best in Parade perpetual trophy is up for grabs again, for the best decorated cars trucks or floats. The Parade will include over 50 unique floats from local area businesses and organizations. The route spans 4 miles on scenic highway 30A, ending at Gulf Place, where the real festivities await!

The close-knit community charm of 30A is reflected through this St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Kids can enjoy dozens of memorable activities like the POT O’ GOLD Treasure Hunts, Irish Costume Contest, and The World’s Tallest Leprechaun Balloon Maker, while adults have the opportunity to sample local cuisine and specialty Irish drinks with friends and neighbors.

30A St Patricks Parade 2019

Feeling Lucky by The Beach

The Destin, FL beach community known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” celebrates St. Patty’s in style. St. Paddys Family Party Irish Street Festival hosted by Harborwalk Village will provide a full day of fun for the whole clan. Irish music, dancing, games, and food can be enjoyed all afternoon!

When the sun goes down on ye ole’ Coast of Emerald, the Pub Crawl goes into effect. There will be live music on the main stage, and several locations open their doors to pub crawl participants!

St Paddys HarborWalk Village Destin

Pub Crawl Stops:

 

Destin St Patricks Day Specials

Celebrate the luck of the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day in Destin 2019, at HarborWalk Village and enjoy these merchant specials all day long!

Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi | Grab a $3 Green Beer or $5 Irish Car Bomb and enjoy traditional Sheppard’s Pie for $9.99.

Crab Island Cantina will have a variety of food specials including:
$4.00 Cheese Dip, $5.00 Cantina Dip and $8.00 Nachos. Entrees include $9.00 Jumbo Wings, $8.00 Burgers, $9.00 Flatbreads and more!

Enjoy $6 Margaritas on the Rocks, $4 House Wine, $4 Well Drinks, $3 Bud Lights & Miller Light and $4 Corona & Corona Light.

The party isn’t over yet! Coyote Ugly Saloon- Destin will feature a Live DJ all night on the outside dance floor all night long. Drink specials include $2 Green Beer, $4 Lucky Shot, $5 Fireball, $5 Leprechaun Punch, and a $5 Irish Flag Shot.

**On-site parking is $10.00.

Irish traditions are always BIG at McGuire’s Irish Pubbut on March 17th, celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at McGuire’s is a must do in Destin, Florida! With many shades of green hanging from the ceiling, on the rooftop, and at every angle in sight, you’ll never experience a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration quite the same as the party found in the dining venue, pub, and brewery of Destin’s McGuire’s. With an estimated 1.75 million others who have hung a signed dollar bill for good luck, joining the Molly Martin tradition at the Destin pub makes you an official Irishman with the papers and luck to prove it!

As you reach your potential as a true Irishman, you’ll experience the sounds of bagpipers playing in the waiting area, traditional Irish music throughout the pub, and a hefty serving of the Saint Patty’s Day favorite, corn beef & cabbage. If you’re celebrating your birthday in Destin this Saint Patrick’s Day 2019, don’t forget to boost your luck with McGuire’s Kiss the Moose tradition for a birthday ceremony that you’ll never forget!

McGuires Irish Pub Destin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out other upcoming events going on March and April in Destin, FL by visiting our events page.