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5 Events in Florida’s Emerald Coast Worth Traveling For

Now is the time to start planning travel for the new year! Instead of a cold and dreary Winter, why not enjoy soft white beaches for a getaway? The perfect winter getaway is to Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island, a premier destination ideal for year-round outdoor recreation activities such as golfing, fishing, and paddle boarding. Together, they encompass the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. It’s time to think beyond the beach and explore everything there is to do in the Winter months.

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Planning A Getaway to Florida’s Emerald Coast

Where to Stay

For couples looking for a romantic touch, there is no better location than the shores along Henderson Beach State Park. Nestled alongside the acclaimed preserve, The Henderson Park Inn was recently presented the Johannsens Award for Excellence by Conde Nast. Recently opened just beyond the acclaimed B&B is the elite resort: The Henderson, which features a full-service spa, three restaurants on site, and an adults-only pool in addition to its lazy river and kids splash pad. The destination also offers accommodations ideal for any traveler from condos and hotels to private beach homes and RV campgrounds.

Area Attractions

It’s easy to plan group activities in Destin and Fort Walton Beach, too. Whether a relaxing day is just the front 9 or the full 18, Destin and Fort Walton Beach is home to 10 golf courses, ideal for all levels of play.  Anglers all across the world know Destin as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” From experienced fishermen to beginners, chartering a group trip is as easy as visiting the Destin Harbor.

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A focal point of many trips is also great shopping. Destin Commons features many great flagship stores within its outdoor plaza, but also over a dozen unique shops and attractions to the area, including one of only two Southern Living stores in the country, and Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl, an entertainment addition to Bass Pro Shops. To find a one-of-a-kind sourvenir or gift, visit the locally owned shops of downtown Fort Walton Beach or hunt for treasures in the antique district.

Where to Eat

Along the Destin harbor, find acclaimed Gulf-to-Table restaurants, such as Harbor Docks, Brotula’s, and Dewey Destin’s, as well as many events offered each month. Guests love the fresh seafood options and open air restaurant options where they enjoy their meals and the Florida weather.

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Upcoming 2018 Events Happening at Florida’s Emerald Coast

Mardi Gras Masquerade

Location: Destin Commons

Date: February 9, 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Laissez bon temps rouler…enjoy a family evening full of Mardi Gras fun at Destin Commons to watch a non-stop line up of over 30 floats and people on parade throughout the entire property! Treasures, trinkets and beads will be plentiful throughout the Mardi Gras celebration. Lively entertainment will be provided by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters and an authentic Mardis Gras street brass band playing throughout the center. Kids can create their very own festive Mardi Gras accessories and face painting for the best looking masquerade masks this side of New Orleans.

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Mardi Gras Parade

Location: HarborWalk Village

Date: February 10, 2018

Time: TBD

Chili Cook-off

Location: HarborWalk Village

Date: February 24, 2018

Were bringing the heat to the Destin harbor as over 20 restaurants cook-up their secret Chili recipes for the annual Chili Cook- Off! Hot, spicy chili and live entertainment on the Destin Harbor!

Cobia Tournament

Location: Destin Harbor

Date: March-April

The Destin Cobia Tournament presented by HarborWalk Marina is a two month event that attracts hundreds of anglers to Northwest Florida. The tournament provides anglers with a great fishing experience and excellent payout.

Tequila & Taco Fest

Location: HarborWalk Village

Date: March 10, 2018

Time: TBD

Spend the day at HarborWalk Village sipping on the flavors of spiced habanero and sampling smokey agave and experience the fresh smooth taste of over 30 varieties of tequila paired with creative twists on fish, shrimp, beef and authentic Latin tacos.

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