Christmas in Destin 2019

Christmas in Destin 2019

Christmas in Destin

Dust off your Santa hat and get out your ugly Christmas sweater because it’s the most magical time of the year! We are so excited about all the festivities going on around Christmas in Destin 2019. If you plan on visiting Destin, FL this holiday season then you might mistake it for the North Pole (minus the cold and snow) because there is so much Christmas fun to be had! Christmas in Destin 2019 will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. In this blog, we are going to discuss some events you don’t want to miss Christmas in Destin 2019.

If you plan on spending your Christmas in Destin 2019 and need accommodations, then stay with Destin Palms Vacations. You can book your stay here with us this Winter or Holiday for up to 30% OFF! Use promo code: WINTER19 when booking online. Visit Destin-Palms.com/specials. 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 Destin-Palms.com.

Destin Commons Jolly Jubilee 2019

Christmas in Destin- Jolly Jubilee

What would Christmas in Destin by without a month-long Jolly Jubilee?! The Jolly Jubilee is an enjoyable series of holiday happenings that take place at the center at the Destin Commons from November 30th-December 22nd. With their 50′ Christmas tree as an anchor, they create the premier holiday atmosphere with ten large reindeer topiary shrubs, multiple Christmas trees, Christmas carolers, and live performances!

Letters to Santa

Have a last-minute Christmas wish? Children are invited to fill out a letter to Santa and mail it to the North Pole. Simply fill out the letter, put it in the envelope, and pop it in the red North Pole Express mailbox at Guest Services. Destin Commons will make sure to get it to Old Saint Nick himself.

Santa’s Wonderland in Bass Pro Shops

As always, children can visit Santa’s Wonderland in Bass Pro Shops and have a free photo taken with Santa Nov. 16 through Dec. 24th!

For more information: https://stores.basspro.com/us/fl/destin/4301-legendary-dr.html

Here is the whole Jolly Jubilee schedule for the month!

Jolly Jubilee Schedule

Jolly Jubilee Schedule

Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa

In the words of Elf “It’s SANTAAAA!”. Christmas in Destin wouldn’t be the same without a beautiful Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival at The Henderson. Excitement builds in anticipation for Santa’s arrival after the beautiful Henderson Christmas tree is lit by a happy child. Join them on the Piazza for a festive celebration with special Christmas performances by choirs from our local community. Enjoy traditional holiday drinks like hot cocoa and eggnog, homemade treats, and create Christmas crafts while Santa takes gift requests. This event is Sunday, December 1st and will start at 6 PM. It is also free to attend and open for all.

For more information: https://www.hendersonbeachresort.com/play/event-calendar/events/treelighting?dates=December+01

The 33rd Annual Destin Christmas Parade

Parade Map

Christmas in Destin means parades! Don’t miss out on our annual parade where you can admire people’s Christmas creations and also where can kids can collect some candy! The 35th annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Santa’s Workshop.” The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade.

For more information: https://www.cityofdestin.com/103/CommunityFamily-Events

The 33rd Annual Boat Parade 

Destin Boat Parade

The Boat Parade will be an event you will only be able to experience if you spend Christmas in Destin.  This event will take place on December 15th, 2019. You can visit with Santa on the Main Stage from 1:00-4:00pm before the boat parade! The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade, starting at 6:00pm. Margaritaville, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi and Harry T’s offer the perfect spot for parade viewing. The evening ends with a bang as fireworks light up the sky!

For more information: https://www.emeraldgrande.com/events-3/

Holiday Concert Series and Visits With Santa at Baytowne Wharf 

Christmas at Baytowne Wharf

Santa is going to be busy this Christmas in Destin because he will be having visits every Wednesday in December from 6 PM-8 PM at the Baytown Wharf. Get in the winter spirit with them and listen to some of your favorite holiday classics. Also, enjoy their Holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Each concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.

Live Music Schedule
December 4: Matt McCarty Band
December 11: Voices of Valhalla
December 18: Niceville Opus One

For more information: http://www.baytownewharf.com/what_to_do.php?month=12

 

Book your last minute Christmas, Holiday, or Winter vacation rental in Destin, FL today and receive up to 30% OFF! USE PROMO CODE: WINTER19

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019 Deals!

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019 Deals!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 deals aren’t just for savings on toys, merchandise, or electronics but also the perfect time to book your 2020 vacation rental for less! Starting as early as November 26th, 2019 through December 2nd, 2019 you can book your 2020 vacation rental stay of 7 nights or more in Destin, FL and receive 15% off your stay at one of our beach front or Gulf view vacation rental homes or vacation rental condos. This is the perfect opportunity to get ahead on your next Spring Break or Summer vacation!

You’ll also receive FREE VIP perks and a Live Well 30A credit when booking your stay with Destin Palms Vacations! For additional information on perks included with your reservation continue reading below.  To receive this exclusive Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2019 deal #BookDirect.
Call us and mention this special or go on-line and
USE PROMO CODE: 15OFF
Reservations: (850)270-5227
Website: Destin-Palms.com

*Some restrictions may apply. Offer valid for bookings made between 11/26/19 – 12/2/19 for 7 or more night stays between 1/1/20 – 6/27/20 and 7/11/20 – 12/31/20. Offer not valid for stays between 6/27/20 – 7/11/20. New reservations only and must mention special at time of booking or use promo code 15OFF. Not valid with any other offers or specials.

FREE VIP Perks

Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Special- FREE VIP Perks

When you book with us during Black Friday or Cyber Monday you will also get to use FREE VIP Perks every day of your stay! When you reserve your vacation rental in Destin, FL with Destin Palms Vacations, you can take advantage of all the incredible perks 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 thank you for choosing Destin Palms Vacations!  *Some Restrictions Apply. Not available to monthly rentals.

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. Visit www.destin-palms.com/free-vip-activities for additional information.

Live Well 30A

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special- LiveWell30A

Wait.. there’s more! A 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: www.destin-palms.com/live-well-30a for additional information.

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2019 Thanksgiving in Destin, FL!

2019 Thanksgiving in Destin, FL! 

2019 Thanksgiving in Destin, FL

Getting away from the hustle and bustle to come to Destin, FL can make the most memorable 2019 Thanksgiving in Destin, FL for your family! Do you dread getting up at dawn to get the turkey in the oven? Or spending the whole week before cleaning the house? Well here in Destin, FL we have plenty of delicious and affordable options to spend your Thanksgiving feast without all the cooking and cleaning.

Arrive at a clean condo or vacation home to spend your 2019 Thanksgiving in Destin, FL when you book 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 Winter or Holiday for up to 30% OFF! Use promo code: WINTER19 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 Destin-Palms.com.

Thanksgiving Day Feast At AJ’s On The BayouAjs On The Bayou

Aj’s on the Bayou will host a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 28 from 11 am until 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to dine as part of AJ’s family and pay what they can afford. They will only be accepting donations for the Thanksgiving Day feast.

This great charitable event will benefit AJ’s Kids on the Coast Foundation. The proceeds from last year’s event contributed to providing basic necessities as well as Christmas for our local youth in need at area high schools. The organization Kids on the Coast Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports various charities that provide assistance and support to local children. Enjoy a delicious meal while giving back to those in need.

If you would like to contribute or learn more about the event please email info@ajs-destin.com

AJ’s on the Bayou is located at 200 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.

Thanksgiving Feast at Vin’tij Food and Wine

Thanksgiving Feast at Vin'tij Food and Wine

For those of you that may have food sensitivities or live a vegan lifestyle, Vin’tij Food and Wine may be the place for you!

Vin’tij, now located in the Grand Boulevard Shopping Center at Sandestin, is an award-winning restaurant well known for its seasonally inspired culinary creations utilizing the freshest ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, and purveyors in the deep South. They strive to serve foods that will satisfy foodies of all persuasions – carnivores, vegetarians, pescatarians, and vegans. While some menu items are also available for those who are on a gluten-sensitive, peanut, grain or dairy-free diet. Vin’tij is additionally known for its highly acclaimed multi-course winemaker dinners and their impressive wine shop which is stocked with hard-to-find, boutique wines made from small family wineries all over the world.

Vin’tij is ready to host your Thanksgiving! Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving options, as well as, vegan and gluten-free features on Thursday, November 28th from 11 am to 6 pm. Reservations are highly recommended and you can call 850-650-9820 to make those accommodations.

To learn more about the menu that will be served on Thanksgiving day, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/456077921916461/ 

Vin’tij is located at 500 Grand Boulevard #100K
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Thanksgiving Dinner at Marlin’s Grill

Thanksgiving at Marlins Grill

Locally owned and operated, Marlin Grill has long been noted for their culinary talents and award-winning wine list. Marlin Grill proudly serves Gulf-fresh seafood, brought in daily to the restaurant from the local seafood market, Destin Ice.

Make plans to be at Marlin Grill on Thursday, November 28, 2019, as we celebrate all we have to be thankful for.  Beginning at 4:00 p.m., guests are invited to join us for Thanksgiving Dinner, featuring our traditional dinner menu! From steaks to seafood to duck, they have the perfect dish for each member of your party.

Reservations are encouraged. Call (850) 351-1990 to make those accommodations.

To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/422134088446155/

Marlin Grill is located at 9100 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Destin, FL 32550

Annual Thanksgiving Buffet at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer

Thanksgiving at Brotula's

Come enjoy a stress-free holiday with Brotula’s. Let them handle the prep and dishes while you enjoy the time with family and friends. Their Thanksgiving Buffett will be available Thursday, November 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The appetizing buffet menu includes a variety of options: cajun fried turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, traditional stuffing, and cranberry Dressing. As well as southern coastal favorites like shrimp and grits, and Mahi Mahi. After dinner enjoy a pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or Bourbon maple bread pudding for dessert.

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer invites customers that want the ease of enjoying Thanksgiving Day with neither the preparation nor the clean-up to make reservations for their party, big or small, by calling (850) 460-8900. Reservations are highly recommended. Pricing for the bountiful buffet is $36.95 per guest, $17.95 for guests 11 years of age and under, and free for guests under 3 years old.

To learn more visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/968611976819651/

Brotula’s is located at 210 US-98, Destin, FL 32541

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

Destin Seafood Festival & Fishing Rodeo 2019

Destin Seafood Festival & Fishing Rodeo 2019

Destin will be hosting it’s 41st Destin Seafood FestivalFishing Rodeo 2019 this October! Not only is Destin, FL is known for its gorgeous white sand and clear water beaches, but it is also recognized as the “Luckiest Fishing Village”. These awesome events are one of the several reasons to visit Destin this Fall.

If you need a place to stay, Destin Palms Vacations is offering 25% OFF Fall Stays! *Select dates. Additionally, when booking with us you will also receive a credit of $100 for condos or $200 for houses to use towards Live Well beach gear, rentals, experiences, and souvenirs! As well as FREE VIP Perks such as snorkeling, dolphin cruises, deep-sea fishing, and much more! *Some restrictions may apply. Both of these events are family-friendly and popular among the tourists and the locals. The Destin Seafood FestivalFishing Rodeo 2019 are something you don’t want to miss! Below we discuss everything you need to know.

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.

Destin Seafood Festival & Fishing Rodeo

About the Destin Seafood Festival 

Destin Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo- About Seafood Festival

The Destin Seafood Festival is a weekend event held every year in October along with the Destin Fishing Rodeo. This festival is the most popular in this area and always popular among everyone in town. These events are hosted at the HarborWalk Village which has beautiful views of the water.  Also, the Destin Seafood Festival is free admission but make sure you bring “spending money” because you will want to fill up on the fresh delicious food there. In addition, this event will have several food vendors, live music, crafts, fireworks, and more! This would be a great activity for everyone in the family.

Pictured below is a full line up of the music throughout the weekend!

Destin Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo- Live Music

The Destin Seafood Festival will be October 4th, 5th, and 6th.

  • Hours:
  • Friday, Oct 4th: 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 5th: 10:00am-10:00pm
  •  Sunday, Oct 6th: 11:00am-4:00pm

For more information visit:  www.destinseafoodfestival.com/destinfestival.htm

 

About The Destin Fishing Rodeo 

Destin Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo

The Destin Fishing Rodeo is a month-long fishing tournament held in October where anglers young and old can participate. Moreover, this fishing tournament is known to host up 30,000 participants who can win up to $100,000 in prizes. All participants are to weigh-in at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar from the hours of 10 AM-7 PM.  Also, this event is a great way to celebrate Destin’s fishing legacy with locals and tourists.  In fact, the Destin Fishing Rodeo is free to those who have registered Charter boats or registered private boats. As well as to spectators who would like to see what is brought to shore every day. Furthermore, if you are planning to use a kayak fishing, paddleboard fishing, pier fishing, bridge fishing, jetty fishing, surf fishing, or shoreline fishing you will have to register it and pay.

For more information on admission fees and activities during the Destin Fishing Rodeo visit: www.destinfishingrodeo.org

The Destin Fishing Rodeo will be throughout the whole month of October (October 1st-October 31st, 2019)

Weigh-in hours: 10 AM- 7 PM

 

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

 

 

4th of July 2019 in Destin

What’s crackin this 4th of July 2019 in Destin? Spoiler Alert: Get your sparklers ready babes!!!

destin-4th-of-july-events-2019

Things to Do This 4th of July!

The City of Destin will be hosting a Family Independence Day Celebration & Bike parade for children 14 & under.  The event will take place at the Destin Elementary School Track On Monday July 1st at 5:30pm, with registration beginning at 4:45pm.  The event is free to the public.  Come show off your decorated bike, scooter, or wagon.  Awards will be given for different categories in each age division. Spectators are welcome and Refreshments will be available to all participants.  For more information, please call 850-654-5184.

You can also head out to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for some family fun for Hydroflight Mondays! Enjoy shows at 6:30 & 8:30PM from fly-board extraordinaire Ben Merrell over the lagoon! Watch as he soars to the sky and makes waves at Baytowne Wharf.

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The fun doesn’t end their folks! On July 3rd come out with the locals and participate in the Sandestin Family Fishing Tournament!

Events for 4th of July Week

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Every Wednesday this Spring & Summer stop by the Baytowne Marina Bait Shop to receive your fishing rod. The family to catch the biggest fish, and provide a picture to the bait shop with they are done, will receive a prize!

Only 1 rod per family. Additional bait can be purchased at the bait shop. All fish are catch and release. Participants must bring your photo back by 1:30pm. Maps will be provided for available fishing rods.

Later on in the evening, come on out to the notorious Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival. This July 3rd brings the 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks event and Destin Commons recently announced the 18 area charities chosen to benefit from Coins for a Cause and event proceeds. Participating charities team up with various restaurants and BBQ aficionados to fire up their grills and cook for over $85,000 in donations.  Join Destin Commons in supporting the local area by plugging the meters at Destin Commons and attend SOTC, buy tickets and vote for your favorite nonprofit to support their mission.

The 18 non-profit organizations, along with their BBQ teams, are:

– Air Force Enlisted Village & The Gulf
– Boys and Girls Club & Big Red Truck
– Children in Crisis & B&C Fire Safety
– Dog Harmony & Cafe Rico
– Emerald Coast Science Center & Bow Tie BBQ
– Food for Thought & Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
– Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America & Smok’n Scouts Barbeque Crew
– Habitat for Humanity & Hub City Smokehouse and Grill
– Heritage Museum of NW Florida & Cold Creek BBQ
– Jobs4U & Lillie’s Q
– Junior League of the Emerald Coast & Buh’s BBQ
– Niceville/Valparaiso Rotary Club & Smok’n Hot Wheels
– Opportunity Place & B’s Smoking BBQ
– Rotary Club of Destin
– Shelter House & The One and Culinary Pirates
– Taylor Haugen Foundation & Brightview Landscaping Services
– Toys for Tots & Bass Pro Shop
– Youth Village & Waste Management

Time:
Fireworks at 9:30pm
BBQ competition from 5:30pm-8pm

AJ’s on the Bayou will also be joining in on the fun this week! Aj’s on the Bayou will have something for the whole family! The kids will have a blast enjoying the bounce houses, stilt walkers and face painting! Black Eyed Blonde will have everyone dancing from 6pm until 10pm. Enjoy ice cold beer and tasty BBQ all evening! Families can then enjoy the fantastic fireworks show at 9pm! It will be a great time that YOU don’t want to miss!

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This event is FREE to attend! Come celebrate on Wednesday, July 3rd at Aj’s on the Bayou located at 200 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach

July 4th Events 2019

And now, for the main course. Red White and Baytowne will be hosting their own fireworks display in the Village of Baytowne Wharf to celebrate Independence Day. Join us this 4th of July for our Red, White, and Baytowne celebration! Beginning at 6pm enjoy lawn games, inflatables, kids crafts, and face painting. Then enjoy LIVE music on the Events Plaza Stage at 7pm, followed by a fireworks display that will light up the night sky at 9:15pm.

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Harborwalk Village will also be ringing in the holiday with a great fireworks display that you and the family will not want to miss!!

Celebrate Americana and the heritage of the Destin Harbor all summer long every Thursday night until August 16th. The all-American celebration includes a one-of-a-kind WWII Vintage Airshow, Live On-stage Entertainment, and FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor, followed by ‘Just Add Fire’, a unique fire spinning performance.

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From our family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday!!!

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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