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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 […]

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 […]

Boardwalk Beach Resort Weddings: Say “I Do” on the White Sands in Panama City

Aug 25 19
by S. Lynne
Boardwalk Beach Resort bride with veil and groom in light-colored suit

Whoever said life is all about the journey rather than the destination clearly did not have a Boardwalk Beach Resort wedding in Panama City. Close your eyes and picture you and your partner, the bridal party, and the groomsmen having fun taking photos while the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. Think of how […]

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out Returns to Cape San Blas, Florida

Apr 12 19
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Example of En Plein Air painting for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Paint-Out

Internationally acclaimed artists will flock to Cape San Blas for 10 days, beginning May 3, for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-Out. Hailed as being among the most prestigious events of its kind, the paint-out features professional artists capturing scenes from Florida’s Forgotten Coast on canvas. Celebrating the Recovering Environment This year’s […]

Gulf Coast Fishing in Northwest Florida and Alabama – A Year-Round Affair

Aug 16 18
by S. Lynne
fishing boat on the water for Gulf Coast fishing blog

It’s a fact that the sugar-white sands and blue-green waters of the Northwest Florida and Alabama Gulf coasts attract millions of visitors each year. But did you know that these locations also offer some of the best fishing in the world? In fact, the fishing fun is just as bountiful as sunshine here. And you […]

10 Top Things To Do in Clearwater Beach

Aug 15 18
by S. Lynne
Pine-shaded spot on white-sand beach at Fort De Soto State Park near Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Beach is the stuff that postcards are made of — a Florida vacation destination that offers picturesque blue waters so clean and clear you can see through to the bottom. But while it is visually stunning and filled with enough natural beauty to make you forget about the rest of the world, there is much […]

10 Not-To-Miss Things To Do Along Highway 30A

Aug 15 18
by S. Lynne
Yellow-flowering shrubs line a hill above the beach and Gulf at Topsail Hill State Park in Northwest Florida.

While most visitors are naturally drawn to the beautiful beaches when booking a stay on Highway 30A, they quickly realize that there is much more fun and adventure to be had than a simple day at the beach. This renowned location is bursting with natural beauty, serene scenery, and a playful nature. In fact, staying at a beach […]

Discover Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Aug 9 18
by S. Lynne
Majestic sand dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Cape San Blas

The natural unspoiled environment known as “Florida’s Forgotten Coast,” which includes the quiet coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas, and Carabelle, offers a unique look into the rich traditions of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This colorful area is best known for its excellent oysters, superb fishing, and mouth-watering seafood, but there […]

Parasailing in Gulf Shores — Take Your Senses for a Ride

May 16 18
by Chris Chatelain
Parasailing through a bright-blue sky over a grove of leafy palm trees

Imagine you’re a bird soaring above the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, just where the waters meet the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. What would you see? Maybe schools of fish swimming below, or a pod of dolphins playing a few hundred feet under your toes. Perhaps you’d catch a glimpse of sea turtles nesting […]

Siesta Fiesta Art Festival Celebrates 40 Years With Big Block Party

Mar 20 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Painting of sunset over the water, on display at Siesta Key's Siesta Fiesta

Celebrate the end of Siesta Key’s peak season in block-party style with the 40th annual Siesta Fiesta, April 28-29, 2018. The outdoor street fair, which is set up over an entire block at Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, features more than 200 of the country’s most talented artists and crafters. The collections of artwork are […]

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: Ready, Set, Build Sand Sculptures!

Feb 12 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

For 10 days, the sugar-white sands of Clearwater Beach will become the raw material for works of art – the incredible sculptures created and displayed during the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival. Eleven of the world’s best sand sculptors will be participating in this year’s festival, scheduled for April 13-22 and themed “Sea America, a […]

Visit Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Banish the Lingering Winter Blahs

Jan 16 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Daytime band performance at Tampa Bay Blues Festival

St. Petersburg, Florida, comes alive with the blues at Vinoy Waterfront Park during the highly acclaimed Tampa Bay Blues Festival. Hailed as one of the world’s finest blues music events, the festival, scheduled this year for April 6-8, packs out the house with three days of legendary sounds from some of the biggest names in […]

Celebrate Art at Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts

Jan 3 18
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Anna Maria Island Art League small stylized painting of surf against the sand

Head to the Anna Maria Island Art League’s 30th Annual Springfest Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts and dive into art of all colors, textures, and mediums. Held each year in Holmes Beach, the biggest community on this beautiful barrier island, Springfest brings people of all ages together to share its three biggest attractions […]

Make a Run for It in the Boca Grande 5K Run and Fun Walk

Dec 8 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore

You know you love to run. And you know you love the beach. So, what are you waiting for? Join the folks at Boca Grande Community Center for an island 5K Run and Fun Walk through the historic town, one of Southwest Florida’s premier spots to take in the sun. Not only is the event […]

Happy Tasting at Apalachicola’s Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler

Nov 30 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Local chefs serve guests at the annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler.

Because it’s hosted by a city with the memorable name of Apalachicola, you should expect the 22nd annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler to be uniquely fun. Presented by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, the event features chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast, preparing and serving their most creative dishes. It’s scheduled for Sunday, […]

Festive Naples, Florida, Cocktail Party Raises Funds “For the Love of Art”

Nov 21 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Live entertainment and art at Naple Art Association fundraiser "For the Love of Art"

Art connoisseurs know that the love of art comes from the heart, bringing joy and visual engagement. So it’s no wonder that “For the Love of Art,”  a festive cocktail party/gala organized by the Naples Art Association, is a highly anticipated event that has become as unique as the artistic creativity and artists it showcases. […]

ArtFest Fort Myers – Waterfront Event Is Southwest Florida’s Premier Art Festival

Nov 10 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Colorful painting of a tropical scene by ArtFest Fort Myers artist Jim Holehouse

If you ever need a reason to head to the beach, ArtFest Fort Myers is destined to be one of them. The popular event gives you all the fun and sun you need wrapped in one sweet weekend. Held each February on the city’s beautiful waterfront, ArtFest features original artwork from more than 200 experienced […]

Venice, Florida, Christmas Boat Parade Dazzles Visitors

Nov 3 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore
Holiday lights decorate a boat in the Venice Christmas Boat Parade.

As the sun sets on December 2, the Intracoastal Waterway will twinkle with lights from the lineup of boats decked out for the 29th annual Venice, Florida, Christmas Boat Parade. Seasoned boating enthusiasts and novices alike will take to the water for a glittering evening and a chance to claim top spot for the best-decorated […]

Eat Your Way Through Mardi Gras at the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

Oct 24 17
by Lisa Milberger Moore

Nothing says celebrate like a Mardi Gras event coupled with a great batch of fresh, spicy gumbo, especially when you’re talking about the 20th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off scheduled for February 17, 2018. Held during a season of smaller beach crowds and ideal Florida temperatures, this popular event features the best gumbo and Brunswick […]

5 Reasons for Booking Vacation Rentals from the Pros

May 24 17
by Alison Large Ketcham

Finding the perfect beach vacation rental to book for a reasonable price can be difficult. So, we suggest that rather than struggle with uncertainty, you go through an experienced and reputable property management company when booking vacation rentals. In addition to making the booking process easier, the advantages of using a pro may include discounts, […]

“Papa” Enthusiasts Pour Into Key West for 2017 Hemingway Days

May 12 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
Hemingway look-alike contestants gathered on the stage at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West during Hemingway Days

Come one! Come all! Whether you’re a devoted Hemingway fan, a Key West lover, a white-bearded “Papa” Hemingway look alike, a fisherman, a paddleboard pro, a 5K enthusiast, a big-time partier, or all of the above, you’re in for six days of unrivaled fun at 2017 Hemingway Days. The 37th annual celebration of the life […]

Highway 30-A Arts: The Heart and Soul of South Walton

Apr 28 17
by Chris Chatelain
ArtsQuest artist painting outdoor mural

  While scenic Highway 30-A might be best known for its lush landscapes and tropical tranquillity, this renowned stretch of Gulfside road is also dotted with galleries displaying local and regional artwork. From beach paintings to driftwood furniture and seashell picture frames, these South Walton communities offer something just about everyone will love. Plan some time […]

Fort Myers Hosts Fifth Annual Fort Rock Festival, April 29 – 30

Apr 22 17
by Alison Large Ketcham
Fifth annual Fort Rock festival poster featuring English rock band Def Leppard

Music and beach lovers will experience rock-and-roll heaven on earth at the Monster Energy fifth annual Fort Rock Festival, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. South Florida’s biggest rock festival will feature two stages with a lineup of artists that is sure to appeal to rock-and-roll […]

Budget-friendly Beach Games and Activities

Dec 7 16
by Chris Chatelain
Flying kites is fun for the whole family

All too often, guests plan a beach vacation and forget about the key component when planning activities for the trip — the BEACH.  Water parks, excursions and dining can run up vacation expenses in a hurry, especially for families. But there are dozens of beach games and activities that come with little to no cost […]

Ten Easy Day Trips From Gulf Shores, Alabama

Nov 2 16
by S. Lynne
Blooming red plantings and frog fountain at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

When it’s chilly, raining, or you just want a break from the beach, these destinations offer fun-packed options the whole family will enjoy. All 10 are easy day trips from Gulf Shores, AL. – BELLINGRATH GARDENS AND HOME, Theodore, Alabama, near Mobile. The former country estate of Mobile Coca-Cola bottler Walter Bellingrath and his wife, Bessie, […]

Beach Safety Tips for an Amazing Vacation

Jul 21 16
by S. Lynne
Blond-haired child on the beach wearing a red life jacket

BE SAFE SWIMMING Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim. Swim where there’s a lifeguard, and don’t swim alone. When swimming in the ocean, avoid getting into water that is more than waist-deep. Young and/or inexperienced swimmers should wear U. S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. If you’re planning on going boating, canoeing, kayaking, or […]

Blue Angels Air Show: Keeping Your Cool in Pensacola’s July Heat

Jun 23 16
by Chris Chatelain
Blue Angels fighter jet flies over the Gulf of Mexico.

There’s nothing quite like watching the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, perform aerial acrobatics near its home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Most everyone enjoys watching fast planes, and if the sight of their vapor trails doesn’t send you daydreaming, then the sounds of the screaming jets roaring overhead is sure […]

Hit the Beach Getaway Jackpot at Seaspray Condos

Feb 6 16
by Chris Chatelain
Aerial view of Seaspray Condominiums in Fort Walton Beach

Looking for a Florida vacation spot where you can park the car and leave the keys on the counter for the duration of your stay? Seaspray Condominiums Fort Walton on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach is all about convenience and accommodation – which makes it the perfect destination for your next family vacation or […]

Five Reasons Guests Love Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City

Dec 29 15
by Chris Chatelain
Gulf-front pool with palm trees at Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach

One of the most popular destinations in Northwest Florida, Panama City Beach is flush with accommodating hotels and condos eager to be your home base for a memorable getaway. Choosing the right one is important, too, because where you stay can make or break your vacation experience. Boardwalk Beach Resort offers the views and service, […]

Days and Nights of Holiday Cheer in Destin and Fort Walton Beach

Nov 25 15
by Chris Chatelain
Destin boat parade

With mild temperatures and a sunny disposition, winter on Florida’s Emerald Coast is delightful. And if trading your shovel and snow boots for a bathing suit and flip-flops doesn’t seem festive enough, there are plenty of holiday things to do in Destin and Fort Walton Beach for visitors of all ages. Following are some of the most popular. 12 […]