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Why Locals Love September Along the Emerald Coast of Florida!
on September 10, 2020 at 12:00 am
The Emerald Coast of Florida is beautiful any time of year but there is something about September that locals love. There is a slight feel of fall in the air with lower humidity making it perfect beach weather. The water is still warm enough for a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. The weather is so pleasant in September especially toward the evening. There is still plenty of daylight and the ocean breeze makes you want to spend all your time outdoors. After a full day at the beach you will love these local outdoor hangouts. Panama City Beach is a great place for families to hang out and enjoy beautiful beaches. Front beach road has a nice lineup of beachfront condos as well as outdoor restaurants boasting amazing views. The family will love Pier Park, an outdoor shopping and restaurant plaza. It’s a great place to hang out, catch a movie, get a bite to eat and enjoy live music all outdoors! 30A is made up of unique little beach towns with a variety of beachside accommodations. These towns offer plenty of outdoor dining options boasting incredible views. Locals love to hangout and watch the sunset from some of our favorite roof top bars such as Bud & Alley’s in Seaside, Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove, and Pescado in Rosemary Beach. Your 30A vacation rental is within walking or biking distance from several outdoor venues providing live music under the stars. We love Miramar Beach for being right smack in the middle of all the action. It’s also home to some of our favorite restaurants that sit right on the beach. There is nothing better than enjoying the freshest of seafood with the sound of the waves crashing in the background. Some of our favorite beachfront eats are Pompano Joe’s fish tacos, Surf Hut’s grilled oysters and 790’s Louisiana shrimp. These delicious hotspots are just a beach walk away from your Miramar Beach vacation rental. When the sun goes down head to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for live music and entertainment outdoors! Destin, Florida is known as the world’s luckiest fishing village which is why we love to hang out at the harbor. Harborwalk Village is full of outdoor venues with beautiful views of the harbor. Stroll the docks and watch lucky fisherman bring in their big catch of the day. Just steps from your Destin vacation rental, the harbor is a great place to go to enjoy delicious gulf to table dining as well as live music and entertainment outdoors. Appropriately named for its quiet surroundings, Perdido Key boast beautiful beaches and quaint outdoor venues. We love The Perdido Key Oyster Bar for delicious oysters, grouper platters and amazing views. Sit back and sip on a cocktail while watching the boats go by and the dolphin play. Enjoy a more laid back September in a cozy Perdido Key vacation rental. The Emerald Coast of Florida attracts visitors from all over during spring and summer. Why not try us out in September? You will quickly see why locals love this time of year!
Labor Day Weekend Along the Emerald Coast of Florida
on August 13, 2020 at 12:00 am
As summer comes to an end why not enjoy one last celebration of the season! Spend Labor Day Weekend on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Three days of fun in the sun along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Here’s how you should spend it at your favorite beach town. Panama City Beach Named one of the top 3 beaches in the United States by TripAdvisor, Panama City Beach offers the summer vacation of your dreams. With its 27-miles of unique beach experiences you will never get bored. Sitting on the balcony of your beachfront condo enjoying morning coffee or an afternoon cocktail. Now that’s the way to celebrate the summer season! The Beaches of 30A 30A has breathtaking beaches, quaint little shops & art galleries, and delicious restaurants. What do we like best? Most everything is all within walking distance from your 30A vacation rental. My perfect 30A day is breakfast at Black Bear Bread Company followed by some beach time. Then off on a bike ride to take in some sites and maybe a little shopping. Then a pleasant walk to dinner at Bud & Alleys to catch the sunset. No vehicle necessary so park your car and your worries at a beachside 30a cottage and never look back. Miramar Beach WE LOVE this part of the Emerald Coast of Florida not only for its gorgeous beaches but prime location! From your Miramar Beach vacation rental, you are steps away from delicious restaurants all competing for the freshest in seafood and the best view. Pair that with fun beach shops and a huge outlet mall for a 3-day holiday weekend sure to please. Take a short drive or uber ride from your beach condo for the annual Baytowne Art Walk taking place September 4th through 6th from 5:00 to 10:00pm each night. Browse a variety of artwork from local artists as well as live music from local musicians. The Beaches of Destin Welcome to Destin with its amazing powder white sand and emerald green waters! What do we love about Destin? It is the luckiest little fishing village along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Whether fishing on shore or going out on a charter, you are sure to get hooked on this beach town. Just a short jaunt from your beachfront vacation unit and you have restaurants and nightlife right at your fingertips on the harbor. HarborWalk Village will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with two days of live music on Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm as well as a firework’s show on Sunday at 9:00pm. Perdido Key Florida Looking for a low-key three-day weekend to farewell summer then you have come to the right place. Perdido Key condos give you the feel of seclusion with all the conveniences of a larger destination. You will have the beach to yourself to relax and unwind from summer 2020. What do these diverse beach towns have in common? Powder white sand that squeaks between your toes and emerald green waters that sparkle under a bright yellow sun. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of summer and Labor Day Weekend then on the Emerald Coast of Florida!
Our Favorite Food Spots Along Florida’s Emerald Coast
on July 14, 2020 at 12:00 am
Every region has a food that it is known for. New York has Cheesecake, Chicago has Deep Dish Pizza, you cannot go to Philly without eating a Cheese Steak and you will stand in line all day long for a bite of Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnuts. On the Emerald Coast of Florida, we are known for the freshest seafood you can get. Here are a few of our favorite food spots and what to order! Stinky’s Fish Camp Seafood & Wine Bar’s Grilled Oysters: These delicious oysters on the half shell are grilled with all your favorite ingredients. Rockefeller, cheese & bacon, shrimp & crab, the list goes on. Enjoy these delicious eatables of the sea with homemade garlic butter. Stinky’s Fish Camp Seafood & Wine Bar is located in Santa Rosa Beach by the beautiful beaches of 30A! Camille’s at Crystal Beach’s Sushi: Always fresh and delicious, Camille’s sushi is a work of art. Enjoy tuna, salmon, shrimp, and yellowtail rolled into rice and seaweed topped with crab or Jalapeno slices. It’s your chance to master chop sticks as you dip these little circles filled with flavor into soy sauce and wasabi. Who’s our favorite sushi chefs? You can find them at Camille’s. A quaint little restaurant on the second floor of Beachside Inn across from the beautiful beaches of Destin, Florida. Pompano Joe’s Fish Tacos: Fried or grilled grouper wrapped in a soft flour tortilla with lettuce, Pico de Gallo, queso fresco and chipotle mayonnaise. Where on the Emerald Coast can you find the best fish tacos? Our favorite is Pompano Joe’s. This restaurant in Miramar Beach sits directly on the sand so you can enjoy a view of the Gulf of Mexico while chowing down on fresh tacos from the sea. Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House’s Smoked Tuna Dip: Chunks of tuna smoked to perfection made into a creamy dip is the perfect appetizer. Our favorite fish dip can be found at Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House. The house smoked yellowfin tuna dip is served with house-cured pickled vegetables and a beautiful view of the Destin Harbor. The Crab Trap’s Crab Legs: Snow Crab Legs, Dungeness Crab and King Crab Legs can all be found on the menu at our favorite crab restaurant, The Crab Trap! Found on the beaches of Perdido Key, Florida you’ll love the view and the delicious flavor of fresh crab dipped in warm melted butter. It is definitely worth the work so get to cracking! The Emerald Coast of Florida is delicious in every way! Enjoy the powder white sand, the emerald green waters and the freshest of seafood a beach can provide. Bon Appetite!
5 Things You Must Do with the Family This Summer
on June 23, 2020 at 12:00 am
Most of us remember looking forward to summer vacations when the whole family got to go to the beach. Why wouldn’t you look forward to fun in the sun with your toes in the sand? The beaches of Destin, Florida are scattered with happy families playing together all summer long. If you are planning a trip to the coast, here are some of our favorite things to do. If you don’t have a trip on the calendar, these might get you to change that. Grand Boulevard has a number of great spots to enjoy drinks or treats while safely social distancing. Black Bear Bread Company just opened in the ground level of the Hyatt. Enjoy Stumptown Coffee and incredible pastries and the kids can have fun running free throughout Grand Boulevard's lawns. Between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama's is a small park of water fountains kids love to play in. Pick up to-go food at Laredo's and eat outside while the kids cool off. The Hub 30A is your one-stop destination for great music, food, and fun! Grab a seat on the lawn and take your pick from the surrounding restaurants. From burgers and nachos to ice cream and classic milkshakes, there is a little of everything at the Hub. Throughout the year, they also offer fun events including live concerts, football games on the big screen, and outdoor movies. Baytowne Wharf is a popular spot for delicious food, great shopping, and fun activities for kids. Along with having a carousel and playground, Baytowne also offers outdoor movies and concerts all summer. On Wednesdays from 7-9pm, you can enjoy live entertainment from local and regional musicians at the Events Plaza Stage. The lineup for May includes Boukou Grove and Luke Langford Band. Each Sunday at 8pm, you can grab a chair or blanket and watch a family favorite movie under the stars. If you want to get adventurous at the beach, there are a number of watersports to enjoy. Paddleboards, surfboards, and jet skis are all available to rent for the beach. Spend your day ON the water and get close to dolphins, sea turtles, and tons of fish. Take a charter boat out and join a group fishing for the day. Grab your friends and ride on the inflatable banana boat for some laughs. Don't let another vacation go by without catching a beach sunrise or sunset. We're so eager to get to the beach that we get there early and everyone is worn out by lunch, or else right after breakfast missing the sunrise. Plan at least one day to pull up a beach chair and catch one of the most beautiful views you'll see of the sky's multiple colors seemingly painted over the water. Middle of the day is when the beach is most occupied so catching just the right time will be a peaceful break for the family with a sight you won't forget. Summer has begun and we're looking forward to getting out of the house and enjoying the sun while safely social distancing. Plan ahead and make the most of your Destin vacation! Make new memories with your family and start your own traditions.
90 Days of Summer Along the Emerald Coast of Florida-Miramar Beach
on June 15, 2020 at 12:00 am
June 20th marks the onset of summer. We have 90 days from summer solstice to enjoy our favorite season of the year. On the Emerald Coast of Florida, summer means long days on powder white sand and in emerald green waters. It means breathtaking sunsets and outdoor activities every day of the week. How will you spend your 90 days of summer at Miramar Beach? Miramar Beach is on the western end of the beaches of South Walton and the next-door neighbor of Destin beach. We love the city vibe of Miramar Beach without losing that Emerald Coast feel. Five miles of powder white sand running along emerald green waters makes this the best beach to walk on! Miramar Beach has plenty of shopping and restaurants. If ever your summer vacation throws you some raining days, Miramar Beach has you covered with Silver Shells outlet mall. It is also home to scenic 98. A scenic road that runs along side beautiful powder white sand and emerald green waters. There are several public beach accesses along the way so stepping on to white sand is never a problem. What are some of our favorite Miramar Beach activities during summer? After a long day at the beach there is nothing like heading to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a live music concert. Sit back and relax under the stars while listening to talented local and regional artists perform weekly. Another one of our favorite celebrations during summer in Miramar Beach is the 4th of July. There is an amazing firework show at the Events Plaza in the Village as well as live music and kid’s activities throughout the night. With several venues lighting up the sky with fireworks, you can always stay in your cozy Miramar Beach vacation rental and watch from the balcony! Summer always goes by way to fast, especially here on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Book your Miramar Vacation Rental soon. Enjoy your 90 days of summer with beautiful beaches, good friends and Destin fun!
90 Days of Summer Along the Emerald Coast of Florida-30A
on June 10, 2020 at 12:00 am
June 20th marks the onset of summer. We have 90 days from summer solstice to enjoy our favorite season of the year. On the Emerald Coast of Florida, summer means long days on powder white sand and in emerald green waters. It means breathtaking sunsets and outdoor activities every day of the week. How will you spend your 90 days of summer on 30A? Summer in South Walton is all about playing on the beach, bike riding along scenic highway 30A, catching the sunset from your favorite rooftop bar and outdoor events at your favorite 30A venue. An outdoor concert at 30Avenue is a great way to end a long beach day. There is always something to do under the stars on 30A. One of our favorite summer celebrations falls on July 4th! Join Grayton Beach for some fun at the annual 4th of July Parade. Line up on Holtz Avenue next to The Red Bar at 8:00am and watch as decorated cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, and more parade down the street. Meet up at Grayton Coast Properties for popsicles, watermelon, and lemonade. Nothing like a little small-town fun on 30A! What else is happening on 30A July 4th? The 24th Annual Rags to Riches Regatta. The small catamaran race is a tradition among the sailors, families, and friends of 30A. Come out and watch the regatta take off from the shores of Grayton Beach. You will love the excitement of colorful catamarans on the Gulf racing to Seagrove Beach and back! You have 90 days of pure summer fun on the beaches of 30A. Book your stay in a 30A vacation rental right on the beach. You will love what this little Emerald Coast beach town has to offer!
Traveling Tips During a Pandemic
on May 5, 2020 at 12:00 am
Who else misses the days when you plan a vacation and you get to take it with no delays and no extra precautions? We sure do! Unfortunately, we’re living in unprecedented times so our getaways are a little different, if we get to take them at all. So how do you protect yourself on a Destin, Florida vacation during Covid-19? We’ve got some tips. The social distancing guidelines require you to follow the 6 feet apart rule as well as groups of less that 10 people. Since the current virus is airborne and very contagious, they’ve provided these guidelines to help flatten the curve when it’s essential for many to be out. When you’re traveling, try to avoid crowded areas. Big rest stops are high traffic areas. You can pack snacks to travel with to reduce stopping and consider driving rather than flying so as to avoid a busy airport. Wash hands often. This is something that should be done even when there isn’t a pandemic and should go without saying. Wearing gloves has become common but it is easy to cross-contaminate. Touching items in a grocery store, then your face, then your wallet or phone is spreading germs just the same. Wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and then dry. Hand sanitizer can also be effective as long as it contains 60% alcohol. Rather than stay in a hotel, spring for a private vacation home. You can avoid the heavy hotel traffic and stress of how clean the room is and stay in a beautiful vacation rental on 30A. Keep the family together by choosing a spacious home with extra bedrooms. Property management companies are going above and beyond to accommodate guests and keep everything properly disinfected. Sunny beaches and salt air are sure to reduce the stress of the current pandemic. We can’t be sure what the future holds and the news changes by the hour. What we do know is there are many people doing everything they can to ensure safety. We can do our own part to follow guidelines, minimize our own stress, and take each day as it comes. We look forward to everyone being able to enjoy the beaches and traveling like we used to. Hope to see you soon on the Emerald Coast!
Things We Can’t Wait to Do When Social Distancing is Over
on April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm
It’s been a weird year so far for sure. None of us were expecting a global pandemic and sheltering at home is new for many. That being said, home is a safe place and the more Covid-19 stops spreading around, the sooner we can get back to normal. Maybe you have a running list of the things you’re eager to do as soon as this is all over. Here are some of the things we can’t wait to do here in Destin, Florida. Get back on the beach – Sure, we’re lucky to live in a beautiful vacation destination but when they close the beaches, it’s just like everywhere else. When this all started, we could still lay on the beach and relax as long as we were 6 feet away from others. That wasn’t too bad. Now, beaches are closed so no one gets to enjoy them. For many of us locals, getting sun with our toes in the sand listening to the waves is one of the best ways to relieve stress. So it could be pretty handy right now. Shop at the outlets – Retail therapy is a real thing! Silver Sands Outlet Mall has tons of stores with great discounts and it’s a fun place to go even to kill time. Of course, new clothes don’t matter too much when you’re home 24/7 but it’s still fun to shop. We look forward to being released back into the shopping world and getting great deals. Get Mexican food – Sure, we can have our own taco nights but it doesn’t compare to El Jalisco in the Destin Commons or Cantina Laredo’s in Grand Boulevard. Thankfully, they’re offering curbside pickup (even margaritas!) so if you’re brave enough to venture out, they’ll take care of you. We tried to find some of their recipes online to recreate but it just wasn’t the same. Hug our friends – Even if you aren’t a hugger, how much do you miss your friends and family? Everything that bugged your before about your siblings or neighbors just don’t even matter anymore. Perspective sure does change when you can’t hop over to hang out with your best friends. Highway 98 sure will be busy when this is lifted and we’ll all be out visiting each other. A post-quarantine party is definitely somewhere on the calendar! Send kids back to school – It seems everyone has a newfound appreciation for teachers now. We knew they were amazing but once you’re stuck at home around the clock with kids AND trying to teach them, it’s a bit easy to lose your mind. Teaching isn’t for everyone and kids thrive on routine so it will really be best when they’re back at school with the professionals. Of course, we’re all praying for good health and things to simmer down. The most important thing is to be safe. In the meantime, we’ll hunker down and dream about being back on the beach or on a Destin vacation. Stay safe!
on April 14, 2020 at 12:00 am
Dear Beach It’s been 3 weeks and 3 days of quarantine to be exact. How I miss your beauty, there is nothing that you lack! I can see you; I can hear you; I can smell your salty air. But to walk my feet across you would be a careless dare. Oh, how much I wish I were with you hanging with my friends. Spending the day on powder white sand until the sun descends. Playing in the emerald green waters where laughter is all you hear. How much time I would love to spend with you, every day, every month, every year! You bring so much to our town, visitors, and locals you unite. All come together from all over the world to enjoy your beautiful sites. So, Dear Beach although you are off limits, just for a little while. I will sit back and reminisce about you; it always brings a smile. And as my mind is flooded with all the good times and the fun. I will be making plans to see you again when all of this is done!
5 Ways to Boost to Your Mental Health
on April 10, 2020 at 10:01 am
During these unprecedented times, we all might have times where we are overly anxious. Our go-to ways of boosting our moods may be off the table right now. Meeting up with friends, going to the gym, relaxing at the beach in Destin, shopping at the outlet mall – these are on hold until Covid-19 slows down. Does that mean we’re just stuck at home with hearts racing worrying about the future? We’ve got some tips to help you get some relief without prescriptions or even leaving the neighborhood. Be active – How active can you be at home? There are countless videos online of online workouts you can do for FREE in your living room. Practice some yoga which will help calm you. Or do a Zumba workout and have fun dancing. If you have a gym membership, many gyms are offering online classes you can do from home. If you have kids at home, chase them around the house, they’ll love it! Exercise is a great way to burn off anxious energy. Time block – Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with all you have to do. If you’re working from home, plan a time management strategy each night for the next day. When you don’t have a plan, you can get more anxious not knowing where to start. Some people might enjoy renovating and gardening and all kinds of home projects but that’s not for everyone. Have a list visible for your priorities and don’t get too pressured to do more than you need. Watch your diet – Comfort food can be you go-to when you’re feeling down. There’s nothing wrong with eating and drinking what you enjoy. There are some things, however, that can affect and even increase your anxiety. You know that feeling after drinking espresso where your heart is racing and you feel like you can run a marathon? Well, when you’re already feeling nervous, caffeine can increase your jitters. Alcohol is another thing that can increase your anxiety. At first, a glass of wine might calm your nerves but two or three glasses can definitely do the opposite. Too much sugar or dehydration can also affect your moods. Get enough sleep – Have you head of good sleep hygiene? It’s not just getting 8 hours of sleep. You can develop good sleep hygiene that will help make your sleep more restful. Avoid caffeine late at night. Caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake hours after consuming it. Spicy foods or heavy meals before bed can result in indigestion which will also disrupt sleep. Avoid screen time in bed. The glow of a phone or television can make your mind too active to fall asleep. Try some meditation or reading a book to unwind. Get outside – Most people can at least sit on their porch or pull up a chair in the yard even if we can’t go to the beach. Fresh air and warm sunshine can do a lot for your mood. It can get stuffy inside day in and day out so don’t forget to step out for some Vitamin D. Plan a backyard picnic or grill dinner outside. Set up a hammock and enjoy a nice breeze. If you’re able to get around the neighborhood, take a bike ride or walk the dogs. 30A has bike paths and walking trails to take advantage of while still social distancing. A change of scenery can be nice for everyone. Whether we’re in the middle of a pandemic or not, many of us get anxious at times. These are good reminders to have on hand so that everyday we feel our best. Until your next Destin vacation when you can truly relax, save this article to give yourself a nice healthy boost.
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