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The 13th Annual 30A Songwriter’s Festival: Keeping the Music Alive Along the World-Famous Beaches of 30A

Jan 12 22
by Will Estell
30A Songwriters Festival big audience in Gulf Place Amphitheater

If you’re a fan of live music, and the creative characters behind it, then you’ll definitely love the 30A Songwriter’s Festival. Going on Friday, January 14th – Monday, January 17th , the festival is in its 13th year. This majestic event of music and fun has now become one of the top ten songwriter’s festivals […]

Escape to Waterscape!

Dec 19 21
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
Multiple pools and lazy river at Waterscape Resort

Imagine the sound of the crashing waves and the feel of warm sunshine on your skin. You take a deep breath and you’re intoxicated with the smell of coconut sunscreen and salt in the air. A gentle sea breeze washes over you as you sip a frozen pina colada. To your left, a sparkling pool […]

Things To Do in Gulf Shores

Dec 18 21
by Amber Garrett

With more than 32 miles of sugar-white beaches and rolling sand dunes, it’s no wonder Gulf Shores is one of the South’s best vacation spots. The main attraction is the beach, but many more family-friendly options await. Spend the day at Gulf State Park, where you can visit the second largest pier on the Gulf […]

Crab Island: Submerged Sandbar Is Destin Hot Spot

Jul 29 21
by S. Lynne

Top Things To Do in Panama City Beach

Jul 27 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Beach and dunes at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach

Pull out your swimsuit and practice your pirate talk! It’s time to start planning your next big adventure in Panama City Beach, Florida. Nestled along 27 pristine miles of white-sand beaches, Panama City Beach is a favorite go-to for vacationers who want to have it all. Soak up the sun, soar over the ocean, search […]

Beach Wedding Venues

Jun 23 21
by Renee Taliaferro
beach wedding couple

We can’t think of a more perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding than the pristine white sands and sparkling waters of the Florida or Alabama Gulf Coast!  To get you started with your beach wedding plans, we’ve compiled a list of stunning venues to ensure that your special day is perfect and worry-free! While some […]

10 Fun Things To Do in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Jun 19 21
by S. Lynne
10 fun things to do in fort walton beach, florida

There’s no doubt that a stay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, can be great for recharging the batteries. However, while spending a few days relaxing in a beach chair with the world-famous sugar-white sands between your toes is a great way to pass your time, there are many other family-friendly and couples’ activities to be […]

Emerald Coast Poker Run: Playing Cards for a Cause

Jun 18 21
by S. Lynne

You don’t have to own a boat to find plenty of fun during the Emerald Coast Poker Run. The annual boating event, presented by the Emerald Coast Foundation as part of Boat Week, has been around for more than 25 years and sets sail once again August 13-14, 2021. It’s the largest summer poker run […]

Plan-Ahead Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Jun 10 21
by Alison Large Ketcham
Black-and-white French bulldog sitting on a white-sand beach

Your dog is excited to see you each and every day. His or her enthusiasm lifts you when you’re down. Your dog is your best friend. And now you want to thank your pet for such love and loyalty with a BFF beach vacation. But what are the realities of taking Fido or Fifi to […]

Subtropical Climate Makes a Getaway to Panama City Beach a Year-Round Event

Jun 9 21
by Chris Chatelain
Panama City Beach, Florida

While Northwest Florida might be best known for the most beautiful sugar-white sand in the world, it is the fantastic weather of places like Panama City Beach that make it a wonderland spot to visit just about any time of year. As part of the “Sunshine State,” there are plenty of the golden rays to […]

Gulf Coast 4th of July Fireworks Schedules

Jun 8 21
by S. Lynne
July 4th Fireworks over the Gulf

All along the Gulf Coast, resorts and communities are gearing up to celebrate July 4th fireworks celebrations with food, music, and more. And since the fun starts on Friday, July 2, and continues through the weekend, we’ve compiled a list so you won’t miss a thing. (Unless otherwise stated, admission to all events is free.) […]

Discover Endless Fun at Destin Harbor

Jun 6 21
by S. Lynne
Aerial view of Destin Harbor, East Pass and the Gulf of Mexico

It’s home to the biggest, best-equipped fishing fleet in Florida and is the heart of Destin,  “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” And, with completion of the new boardwalk and the revitalization of HarborWalk Village, Destin Harbor is one of the hottest destinations on the Gulf Coast. Destin Harbor Boardwalk Restaurants At HarborWalk Village and all […]

Best Beach Bars on the Gulf Coast

Jun 4 21
by Julia Sayers Gokhale

Grab a cocktail or cold beer at one of these iconic and trendy beach bars on the Gulf Coast. Sun, sand, and a cocktail in hand…there’s a reason this phrase is on every beach tote and koozie. Nothing goes better together than the beach and a tropical cocktail. So, it only makes sense that the […]

Top 13 Things to do in Destin Florida

May 30 21
by S. Lynne
View of Destin Harbor from Harborwalk Village

With its white-sand beaches, glittering Gulf waters, and clear skies most days of the year, Destin is a popular spot for vacationers wanting to laze around in the sun. But for visitors looking for a more active vacation, or just a quick break from the beach, there are plenty of other fun things to do […]

Coastal Dune Lakes: Rare Treasures Along South Walton’s 30-A

May 26 21
by Alison Large Ketcham
Coastal Dune Lakes on 30a

It’s no secret that the white-sand beaches and sparkling Gulf waters along South Walton’s Highway 30-A are irresistible draws for beach-goers. And it’s safe to say that the majority of visitors who enjoy the quaint accommodations, charming shops, and outstanding eateries that give 30-A its unique character tend to return again and again. But no […]

Fishing is King in Destin!

May 19 21
by Charlie Peay
Destin fishing boat going out through the East Pass to the Gulf of Mexico

Destin is not known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for nothing! The fishing action in Destin can be hot and heavy inshore, offshore, and from beach piers and jetties. All of you do-it-yourselfers will be happy to know that you don’t need a boat to enjoy an excellent day of fishing in Destin. Many […]

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

May 18 21
by Celeste Bracewell
Night view of fishing boats under way during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin

Excitement is growing for the 19th annual 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. One of the top big-game fishing tournaments in the world, this year’s competition casts off June 23 to 27 in Destin, Florida. The fabulous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is hosting the popular sporting event with a $2 million-plus purse.  Also, […]

Summer Events at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Add Sizzle to Your Summer

May 12 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
summer events sandestin golf and beach resort

Florida sunshine isn’t the only thing to brighten up your stay at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort this summer. The vacation hot spot features fun events all season along its gorgeous emerald coastline and Village of Baytowne Wharf – Sandestin Resort’s go-to for shopping, dining, art galleries, and play. Looking for a new cover-up? Have […]

Country Stars To Shine at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

May 11 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lighted stage and audience

PEPSI GULF COAST JAM Country on the Coast is set to rock at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 4, and roll through Sunday, June 6, 2021. Tickets purchased for the 2020 show will be honored for the spring event, and the lineup, including headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brad Paisley, and Luke Bryan, will remain the same.  […]

It’s LuLuPalooza Time

May 7 21
by S. Lynne
Lulupalooza

Good food, good music, and lots of hand-clapping, head-bobbing, toe-tapping fun. That’s what to expect when the annual LuLuPalooza kicks off on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at LuLu’s Gulf Shores restaurant and marina. Under the guidance of LuLu’s owner Lucy Buffett – yes, she’s Jimmy’s sister – this popular music event regularly brings in some […]

Beaches Negril Resort & Spa… Perfectly Paradise

Apr 24 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
couple walking on beach at beaches negril resort and spa

Seven miles of white sand beach and all-new resort rooms and suites at Beaches Negril bring you together like never before for unlimited fun that’s perfectly paradise. The waiting is over. Your nonstop luxury vacation awaits you with open arms at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, where all-inclusive always delivers unlimited fun. Voted Trip Advisor’s […]

Hangout Music Fest Planning Star-Studded Lineup for Gulf Shores

Apr 16 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Hangout Festival Gulf Shores ALstage and crowd

Hangout Fest fans have jammed with some  of the hottest new artists on today’s music scene in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Past lineups for this packed three-day event have included Foo Fighters, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Marshmello, Beck, Travis Scott, Cardi B, and The Lumineers. Hangout Music Fest’s general admission tickets and the highly recommended three-day […]

Giddy for Graffiti

Apr 8 21
by Lisa Milberger Moore
digitally projected woman's face at Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach

One of the  most popular events on 30A is right around the corner, Digital Graffiti Festival: A Drive-Thru Experience at Alys Beach. Alys Beach gives artists from all over the world the opportunity to display their original work while competing for prize money in a juried art competition. This one-of-a-kind visual and immersive event features […]

Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirates Invade Fort Walton Beach

Mar 30 21
by S. Lynne
Billy Bowlegs Festival Pirate handing out beads to the crowd

Visitors and residents – beware! Fort Walton Beach is bracing for trouble when that infamous pirate, Captain Billy Bowlegs, and his band of merry men stage the invasion of the 65th annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and Torchlight Parade this spring. But the resulting skirmishes should be fun, not mayhem, when Billy and his Krewe […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival: Sea Breezes and Smooth Jazz in PCB

Mar 24 21
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 2021 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 21-25, 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater, has been named one of the Top 10 […]

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

Feb 22 21
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 2021. 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 […]

Gulf Coast a Winter Wonderland for Cyclists

Feb 16 21
by S. Lynne
Couple enjoying a winter bike ride on Hwy 30a beaches in Florida.

Winter’s a great time for biking along the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida and Alabama. The beach is still beautiful, the crowds have gone home, and the temperatures and rental rates have dropped. Best of all, the area offers plenty of paved bike paths that are safe as well as scenic. In fact, all of […]

Gulf Coast RV Parks

Jan 21 21
by Julia Sayers Gokhale

Traveling by RV is one of the most fun ways to travel — especially if you’re heading to the beach. Imagine driving your home-on-wheels right onto sugar white sand and waking up each morning with a view of bright blue water. At many of the Gulf Coast’s RV parks, you can do that and more. […]

Beach Essentials You Need For The Perfect Day

Jan 4 21
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
beach essentials list

What do you need for a perfect day at the beach? Well, outside of sun, sand, and ocean waves, there are a few essential items you should take along with you. You know you need towels, sunscreen, a beach chair, and a good book, but we’re here to suggest some fun upgrades of those items […]

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

Dec 10 20
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, 2021. 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 […]