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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

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 […]

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 […]

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights Dazzles Guests

Nov 19 20
by S. Lynne

More than three million lights will illuminate the skies over Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the Theodore, Alabama, estate celebrates its 26th annual Magic Christmas in Lights. The show, which starts November 27 and runs through January 3, 2021, includes more than 1,100 set pieces and 16 scenes located throughout the 65-acre property. Indeed, so […]

The Best Gumbo in Gulf Shores

Nov 10 20
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Bowl of Gumbo in Gulf Shores

With easy-peasy temperatures of the season inviting you out both day and night, taste buds are waking up to the spicier side of life. As you cruise the seashores of beautiful Gulf Shores, a piping hot bowl of gumbo is likely to hit the spot, especially with plenty of proven recipes in town. The tricky […]

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Spotlights Composers

Nov 4 20
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 11 […]

Work Remotely from the Beach with These Vacation Rentals

Oct 28 20
by Julia Sayers Gokhale
working remotely at the beach

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, play, vacation, and, more than anything, how we work. As more and more people began working remotely, they–and their companies–realized that many jobs can be performed from anywhere. So why not work remotely from the beach?  As vacation rental companies had to adapt to a new […]

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

Oct 13 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 […]