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.


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.


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.


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: 


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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