Fireworks For the Fourth!

Destin is the best place to watch those beautiful Red, White & Blue fireworks with the backdrop of the Emerald blue ocean. To make it easier for you, we have created a list of our favorite places. Our advice would be to get there early, set up camp and enjoy the show. Each location we have chosen has the family-friendly environment in mind! Happy Fourth!

Emerald Grande at Harbor Walk Village

Independence day three day festivities on the Harbor-

Thursday, July 2nd

All American Hero Salute & Vintage Flyover 6:30pm

The Modern Eldorados 7-9pm

Fireworks 9pm

Firespinning 9:15pm

Friday, July 3rd

Flash Flood 7-9pm

Saturday, July 4th


Eli Hannon & The Manly Hero 7:00-9:00 pm


Fireworks 9:00pm


Firespinning 9:15pm

*On-site parking $10

Hilton Sandestin Beach

Kids Krew Carnival 10am-2pm

Buffet 6:30-8:30pm

Live Music- Ben Loftin & the Family 4pm-9pm

Warbirds Flyover 7:30pm

Fireworks show 9pm

*Poolside activities are offered exclusively to guest of Hilton Sandestin Beach

Red, White & Baytowne

Live music on the events plaza stage from DonovanKeith at 7pm.

Fireworks 9:15pm

Sandestin 4th of July BBQ-Baytowne Marina

Enjoy mouthwatering BBQ favourites, live entertainment, face painting, bounce house, and much more from 6-9pm.

Fireworks over the Choctawhatchee Bay is at 9:15pm

Here is a link to purchase the tickets- https://www.bigtickets.com/events/sandestin-golf-and-beach-resort/4th-of-july-bbq?_ga-ft=1U+vXk.0.0.0.0.1UPjx9-ASN-4Y7-B_P-nALHpHRb.0.0


Under the Sea

Destin isn’t known to be “the Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing. There is actually a geographical reason behind it. However we won’t bore you with this step. We can skip to the part of what exactly that means! Loads and loads of fish in a contained area. This means you can spend all day on the water and expect to come home to a variety of fish. It will definitely be worthwhile. What makes this even better is that you can have your own private boat or can rent from a number of boat rental places from four, five and six-hour trips to overnight adventures.

Some of the best beach locations for fishing are as follows:

The Destin Bridge

Is home to Sheepshead, Gray snapper, Grouper, Redfish, and Spadefish. Located on the Gulf Breeze Parkway, you can walk around to find different spots that may be less crowded.

East and West Jetty

Due to tidal changes, this area is a prime feeding ground for a large variety of fish like Sheepshead, Flounder, Reedfish, Trout, Spanish Mackerel, King Mackerel, Shark, and baitfish. Just to forewarn, this area is constructed of large boulders. So it is best without young children. West Jetty access is best by parking on the southwest end of the Destin HWY 98 bridge and walking along the shore of the east pass. Locating the East Jetty is best by turning south off of HWY 98 by Target onto Gulfshore Drive. Follow Gulfshore Drive to the end of the street, along the south side of the Destin Harbor.

Coast Guard Station

This area has grass beds and a rock wall that create the ideal environment for a lot of different fish. Trout, Redfish, Mullet, Ladyfish, and Pinfish are popular in this area. Although certain spots are marked as “keep out”areas, there are plenty of pockets where anglers are allowed to fish. Located by the USCG Station Destin.

Norriego Point

You can find Ladyfish, Redfish, Trout, Jacks, and lots of baitfish. It is a white sand peninsula located at the end of Gulf Shore Drive on Holiday Isle.

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

This area is great to buy fish and you don’t need a license here. It is also perfect for anglers of all ages and skills levels. You can catch a wide variety of saltwater fish. It is located 4 miles west of the Destin Bridge.

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Bay Fishing

Sea Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, etc. $400+ for 4 hours for 4, on up Check out these local guides: https://www.ecoutfittersdestin.com/ or https://www.captainblake.com

Offshore Deep Sea Fishing

Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, King Mackeral, and much more. Check out https://oneshotcharters.com/ (This is a smaller 24ft boat for 4 people but extremely flexible fishing $750 for 6 hour trips OR https://www.swooppartyboat.com/ This is a Large Boats 50+ people $69/ person for 6 hour trips.


Destin Opening Updates

Walton County Beaches

As of May 1st at 12:01AM, the beaches will be open. There will be no restrictions on hours of use, but activities will be limited to walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, surfing and boating. There is no sunbathing, which means specifically laying down. However, you can have a chair and an umbrella. Beach Service is currently unavailable; along with no beach bonfires. As long as you maintain a 6 feet separation and a no more than 10 in your party you should be fine.

Okaloosa County Beaches

From May 1st until May 9th, the beaches and the pier will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. All beach activities, including commercial ones such as weddings and beach chair/umbrella rentals, will be allowed whenever the beaches are open. Vendors, like chair rentals, are permitted. The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to review and take final action on Tuesday, May 5th to evaluate opening the beaches all day with restrictions.

Resturant/Bars

Effective May 4th, all restaurants and food establishments are allowed to re-open, with full outdoor seating. Indoor seating will be allowed at 25 percent of building capacity, per the Florida governor.

Resturants with Indoor/Outdoor seating


Take Out Locations in Destin

McGuire’s Irish Pub in Destin

Mcguires Irish Pub

is offering a curbside to-go menu. It will be 11AM- 8PM daily. This restaurant is good if you need a break from seafood and you are craving a good steak and cold beer. They also offer a fantastic Sunday brunch that comes with bingets and Irish coffees. Call 850)650-0000 to place your orders.

Vin’Tij

Vin’tij

is doing curbside pick-up only from 3PM-8PM Monday-Saturday. They are well known for its delicious and unpretentious food. Creative menus of heavy tapas allow for the interest of foodies and wine lovers galore to fight for their claim. If you would like to order from this beautiful restaurant call 850)650-9820.

Fat Clemenzas

Fat Clemenzas

is open for take out only. This is a local favorite for authentic Italian Cuisine. They have fare and traditional pizza that are not drool proof. To order at this fine establishment call 850)650-5980.

Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House

The Perfect Pig

is doing delivery and take out for up to 3 miles from the restaurant. They are open for lunch and dinner. This establishment features local grouper for dinner and award winning pork for lunch. Call 850)660-1591 to order.


Rain or Shine

The water brings warmth, especially in the spring and summer, but even the best places can produce a lot of rain before the sunshine. After a beautiful rain shower there is a glimmer over the water that sparkles almost brighter than the sunniest of days.

But the Question of the day still remains: We have our whole family on this long vacation; small kids included that are relentlessly restless for some beach action. What do we do?

The Gulfarium

This fun attraction is a great place to be to enjoy a piece of the ocean life the way the locals do everyday. There is an array of encounters you and the family can indulge in. Discovering Turtles is a family favorite. Did you know that they have an excellent sense of direction? Sea turtles can detect the Earth’s Magnetic field and use it as a compass. Yeah most of us either until going to this informative marine life exhibit.

The Gulfarium is located in the charming area of Fort Walton Beach that host this family-friendly adventure park that loves to educate visitors on sea life, conservation and just plain fun with the kids.

AMC MOVIES AND DESTIN COMMONS SHOPPING

Destin Commons is home to some of the majorly chic malls and local boutiques . It has around 90 diverse and endless hips and resturants for your budget-friendly needs and high-end desires. If the kids get tired of lugging around mom on her shopping spree, they can just skurry on over toe the AMC theare that is a state-of-the-art moviegoing kind of experience with your choice of IMAX screen, RealD #D and much more. Rainy days are a perfect time to settle in on a movie that brings the whole family to tears; take that as you will with a comedy or a sappy romantic.

Escape Zone 60

Want a little bit of a mind challenge for you and your family. Destin has a few escape rooms that encompass “real life” experiences. Destin’s Escape rooms have situations where you can solve a crime scene, scope out a UFO landing, or conquer an apolcalypse,. It is the best place to get the family together and truly connect under a 60 minute challenge with clues, hints and anything you find that guide you to your escape.


Warm pools in the cool Weather!

Are you sick of dealing with the freezing temperatures at home? We are currently in the middle of a Florida cold snap, but The Emerald Coast is finally starting to warm up! But don’t you worry, we have a few beachfront properties that have Jacuzzi’s and heated pools for the guest to indulge in, and even chilly weather activities while still enjoying the palm trees and beach view.

Adagio

This property in 30A is straight out of a magazine. It not only has a Jacuzzi to relax in, but it also a Gulf-Side, small-heated pool that stays warm till the weather warms up itself. If you decide you are in the mood for something a little different, Adagio has a few things around the area you can do and still stay warm. There are an array of boutiques, restaurants and galleries at the Village at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. They have events all the time. Especially today with an event called “Taste of the Village” from 5:30PM-7:30PM, plus side it is free and they have drinks, appetizers, raffle and much more. You can RSVP to belocalsowal@gmail.com.

Crescent

This property has a million dollar view that showcases miles and miles of the famous pure, white sand. Even better, Crescent has a seasonally heated pool for 365 day pool use and a toasty Spa for the colder kind of days. One of the cool things to do near this property is a fine dining dinner and dancing cruise on the Solaris. The stately yacht features fresh gulf seafood, prime beef and much more; all prepared in a full service gallery. Adding to the fun there is live entertainment and a full bar for even a better experience. Contact (850) 424-5125 for a reservation.

Dunes of Crystal Beach

This stunning condo is in the quaint Crystal Beach area that has an amazing heated community hot tub. Something really fun to do around this area is the Beach Helicopters. What better way to see some of Destin’s beautifully known sunsets than looking down on the balmy ocean and just an all around amazing tropical view. Contact (850)269-7717 for Reservations.

Villa Coyaba 205 & 209

These modernized condos sit at the heart of the Crystal Beach area of Destin that has a stunning pool that is heated during the colder season which over looks the Gulf of Mexico. Also, just around the corner is a fun inside class that has a friendly Make-your-own-Art Boutique! They teach on a mosaic-like technique of applying glass to pre-painted canvas. They offer classes daily! RSVP The Shard Shop @ shardshop.com/destin


Packing List from Solely Beachfront

If you’re worried about what to bring to the beach, we’ve got you covered with a list of beach essentials. From basics to extras, and from toiletries to luxury relaxation, you won’t forget a thing if you stick to these beach necessities. 

Beach Luggage 

Your luggage should always be versatile and lightweight. Especially for a beach vacation, you want to make sure you don’t pack too much. The goal is to relieve stress, not add to it. 

Consider a carry-on, a personal item, and, if you must, a checked bag. But no more than this. You will be lounging on the beach in your bikini most of the time, so you don’t need much. Your bags should be easy to carry, too. You’ll feel more carefree. 

Here are some things to consider: 

  • Duffel bag – Lightweight and versatile, the duffle bag’s soft sides fit just about any space. Toss and go. It’s easy to pack, holds more than a rigid suitcase, and is more durable than you’d expect.
  • Wheeled bags – You can’t beat wheels for heavy bags or long walking distances. If you plan to be on the go more than you intend to relax, this is an excellent back-saver.
  • Carry on – Finally, for a care-free week at the beach where all you need is a swimsuit, a small carry on is easy, lightweight, and perfect. 

Getting Organized 

For lots of activities, you have a lot of supplies. From sandals and walking shoes to sunscreen and shades, you need to keep it all organized. 

Keep your beach essentials straight with packing organizers like cubes, and save space by compressing your clothing. You can quickly slide organizers of any kind straight into the drawers of your hotel dresser, making unpacking a breeze. 

For vacations when you’re on the move more than you’re staying put, it’s easy to load up and head out if everything is contained. Compressing your clothing saves up to eighty percent more space, so for extended trips, it can reduce the amount of luggage you need. 

Use folders for your dress clothes to keep them nice and neat so you can enjoy date night without worrying about wrinkles. Using zippered compartments for things like toiletries makes it easy to keep track of makeup, jewelry, and other necessities. 

The Basics: Beach Packing Check List 

Even if you plan to lounge on the beach and do nothing else, there are some basic items you want to include in your beach packing list. 

  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Bathing suit 
  • A good book 
  • Sandals 
  • Tank tops 
  • Shorts 
  • Hat 
  • Cell phone and charger 
  • Underwear 
  • Pajamas 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Soap 

If you plan to sightsee or do anything else, your beach vacation checklist is probably more extensive. You may include walking shoes and socks, additional toiletries like makeup, and more lightweight clothing you can layer. 

Other fun things to take to the beach include: 

  • Toys to play in the sand 
  • Goggles 
  • Snorkel
  • Beach towel 
  • Sarong
  • Umbrella

Travel Health 

Even when packing for the beach, don’t forget prescription medications and other items to stay healthy. You don’t want to ruin your vacation by getting sick. Take precautions like using hand sanitizer (even after washing your hands), and pack a small first aid kit with band-aids. 

If you travel internationally, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the necessary travel vaccines, medication, and other travel advice. You may also need additional personal healthcare items like glasses, contacts, or allergy pills. Stay informed and always be prepared. 

Personal Items and Travel Documents 

Even if you plan to check a bag, make sure necessary travel documents are always accessible in your carry on. You should have photo identification, passports, birth certificates for minors, insurance cards, credit cards, and boarding passes with you at all times, perhaps in a money belt

If you have frequent flyer cards, a student ID (or anything else that might get you a discount), or maps and travel guides, bring those, too. 

Also, keep an extra outfit and some essential toiletries with you in case your checked bag gets lost or delayed. It’s a good idea to pack a light jacket, an eye mask, or earplugs to keep you comfortable on long journeys. 

For entertainment purposes, you should consider packing the following items as well: 

Extras 

Consider your safety above all else when you travel to an unfamiliar place. Hidden belts, undercover bras, reflective clothing, and a flashlight are useful. You can also carry RFID equipped bags to keep your identity safe. 

Many people forget to keep their home safe while they’re away. Not only should you keep yourself safe on vacation, but you need to prepare your home for your departure. Consider the following: 

  • Hold your mail 
  • Stop deliveries 
  • Board your pets 
  • Pre-pay bills 
  • Unplug appliances 
  • Lock doors and windows 
  • Put lights on timers
  • Secure valuables 
  • Give travel itinerary to a trusted friend 
  • Set your alarm 

Vacation is supposed to be fun, so don’t spend time worrying about whether you forgot to lock up the house before you left. Check this list off before you go and enjoy a carefree trip! 

Use these lists as a jumping off point for your own personalized beach packing list. Go through your itinerary day by day and make a list of things to take to the beach that you know you will need. Dress yourself (in your mind) from head to toe each day, considering all weather scenarios and other possible travel hiccups. 

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