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Country Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Jun 16 20
by S. Lynne
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

Some of country music’s brightest stars will have an opportunity to shine at the upcoming Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. First held in 2013, the festival has quickly become a Panama City Beach tradition. Past events have featured such familiar names as Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line. Headliners for this year’s […]

Thrilling Yet Relaxing, a Destin Dolphin Cruise Delivers on Family Fun!

Jun 15 20
by Chris Chatelain

On your next trip to Destin, why restrict all your fun to the beach? The Gulf of Mexico is home to thousands of marine creatures, and they offer plenty to explore beyond the water’s edge. But few inhabitants of the Gulf capture the imagination as well as dolphins. With their mouths curved into permanent smiles, […]

Jellyfish Facts: Safety Tips, Sting First Aid, and Fun Things To Know

May 21 20
by S. Lynne
A trio og blue-tinted moon jellyfish

Safely exhibited behind the glass of an aquarium, jellyfish, with their fluorescent colors, spots, stripes, and other markings, can be real crowd pleasers. However, a close encounter with a jellyfish in the ocean or on the beach can have painful consequences for vacationers. The good news is that these stinging nuisances, which are found abundantly […]

2020 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin – Fish, Fun, Prizes!

May 18 20
by Celeste Bracewell
Night view of fishing boats under way during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin

The excitement is building already for the 2020 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition is scheduled for June 17-21 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host facility for this five-day sporting event with a $2 million-plus […]

Beach Vacation Rentals Vs Hotels: Pros and Cons of Each

May 1 20
by Chris Chatelain
Row of colorful beach vacation rentals

Where you stay on vacation truly can make or break your experience. Booking a hotel room has been the traditional vacation practice for decades, and it’s an economical choice for a short stay. But vacation rentals – private homes and condominiums, typically located in residential areas – offer a different experience. Rentals not only feel […]

Crab Island: Submerged Sandbar Is Destin Hot Spot

Mar 30 20
by S. Lynne

Crab Island. It’s where the locals go when they want to spend a day on the water. Not really an island at all, this popular Destin gathering spot is actually a submerged sandbar. Located on the bay side of Marler Bridge, the sand bar is covered in shallow water that ranges in depth from 2 […]

She Sells Seashells But What Is a Seashell Anyway?

Mar 27 20
by Charlie Peay
Seashells Gathered from a beach in Destin, Florida

  Did you know that seashells belong to the kingdom known as Mollusca? Most Mollusca are soft, slug-like creatures with a hard external shell that helps protect them in their ocean environment. It’s this outer shell that is more commonly known as a seashell. The shell itself is primarily composed of calcium carbonate, which is secreted over […]

5 Tips for Knowing When To Buy Travel Insurance

Mar 24 20
by Jennifer Merritt

You’ve picked your dream beach destination, found a vacation rental, and you’re booking your stay, but inevitably you’ve got one more decision to make: Should you or shouldn’t you buy travel insurance. What would happen to your beach vacation investment in the event of a tropical storm or an unforeseen illness? What if you have […]

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

Mar 3 20
by S. Lynne
Flora-Bama Mullet Toss worker talking mullet out of a blue bucket

If you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in […]

Thunder Beach Bikers’ Rally Rolls into PCB Every Spring and Fall

Jan 29 20
by S. Lynne
Thunder Beach motorcycle rally biker with his dog riding behind at The Chateau in Panama City Beach

Twice a year, thousands of bikers wheel into Panama City Beach, Florida, for the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Held in spring (late April or early May) and fall (mid-October), the five-day event is huge, regularly featuring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors. With no gate fees, no admission charges, and no charge for parking, Thunder […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

Jan 10 20
by S. Lynne
Saxophonist and violinist on stage at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach

Saxophonist Boney James is among the headliners for the 2020 Seabreeze Jazz Festival.   The white sands and emerald waters of  Panama City Beach are the backdrop for the 22nd annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. The five-day festival, scheduled for April 22-26, 2020, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 […]

Sandestin Wine Festival Promises Wine, Food, and Fun in the Sun

Jan 3 20
by S. Lynne
Sandestin Wine Festival sample bottles grouped on table

It’s almost time again to “Uncork Some Fun in the Sun” at the Sandestin Wine Festival, which celebrates its 34th anniversary in 2020. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine, the popular festival offers wine lovers the opportunity to sample more than 500 wines from around the world. Guests also have opportunities to interact […]

Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip: Chillin’ in the Gulf on New Year’s Day

Dec 4 19
by S. Lynne

Continuing what has become a New Year’s tradition on the coast, the Flora-Bama Lounge invites everyone to take a quick dip in the Gulf of Mexico on January 1, 2020. Scores of partiers, some in costume and others wearing nothing but their swimsuits, will gather on the beach outside the iconic roadhouse at high noon for […]

Parasailing in Destin – Gravity-Defying Thrills and Bird’s-Eye Views

Dec 2 19
by Chris Chatelain

While Destin, Florida might be well known for the spectacular Gulf views from its sugar-white beaches, there’s another vantage point that provides even better views – and way more thrills as well. That’s the one from above via parasailing. A Unique Perspective Seeing this popular beach destination from 400 feet in the air provides the […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Nov 18 19
by S. Lynne

More than three million lights will illuminate the skies over Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the Theodore, Alabama, estate celebrates its 24th annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The show, which starts November 29 and runs through December 31, includes more than 1,100 set pieces and 15 scenes located throughout the 65-acre property. Indeed, so dazzling […]

Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: Exciting 2019 Season Closes in Style

Oct 17 19
by S. Lynne
The Blue Angels flying in the Diamond 360 formation

On November 8 and 9, Naval Air Station Pensacola will welcome the Blue Angels back to the base for their homecoming air shows. The Friday and Saturday shows will mark the Angels’ 73rd anniversary. Since 1946, they have been traveling the country, wowing audiences with their precision flight formations (sometimes bringing them as close to each […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Spotlights Composers

Oct 4 19
by S. Lynne
FB Songwriters Festival bars of music on white paper

The Gulf of Mexico and its white-sand beaches are the backdrop every fall for the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival. Rated one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Frank Brown festival showcases the talents of songwriters from around the world. This year, the festival opens November 7, […]

These Dog-Friendly Beaches Welcome Your Furry Friends

Sep 17 19
by S. Lynne
Dog in sunglasses sitting on a beach chair at a dog-friendly beach

He or she may be your family’s best friend, but when it comes to including Fido or Fifi on your next jaunt to the beach, knowing where your pooch will be welcome takes a little extra planning. While it’s true that many Florida and Alabama beaches don’t allow dogs, there are still plenty of dog-friendly […]

Destin Fishing Rodeo Celebrates Seafood Every October

Sep 17 19
by S. Lynne
Children and Miss Destin standing on the dock with a giant tuna at the Destin Fishing Rodeo

Described as “the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages,” the Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place every day during the month of October, features more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, and attracts some 30,000 fishermen annually. Just about every kind of game fish is recognized with awards during the rodeo, so no […]

National Shrimp Festival Brings Fall Fun to Gulf Shores

Sep 16 19
by S. Lynne
Grilled shrimp and vegetable kabobs at the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores

One of the most popular events on the Alabama coast returns to Gulf Shores this fall. Scheduled for October 10-13, the 48th annual National Shrimp Festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the city. Founded in 1971 to lure tourists to Alabama beaches during the off-season, the Gulf Shores event has since […]