Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over and before you know it spring will be here. Destin is a great place to take a mini vacation to this spring to help relax and let the kids recharge on a getaway. Spending time in one of our Destin vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun and action is at. Let’s look below at a few things that you family can enjoy while on your getaway to Destin this spring.

Surf & the Sand

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

One of the benefits of vacationing on the Emerald coast is getting to enjoy the warm sand and waters year-round. Let the kids play in the white sand with their beach toys and allow them to enjoy digging holes. Set up the umbrella, your beach chairs and bringing plenty of snacks to munch on as you soak up the sun. Be sure though to bring with you to the beach plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. The sun is much warmer when you are visiting Destin Beach compared to other parts on the East Coast. Think of the memories that could be made here while you’re vacationing with your family.

Go Kart Racing

One memory that your family will be able to enjoy is heading over to The Track in Destin for the day. Have you ever wanted to race your kids or the kids wanting to show their parents how well they can drive? If you can answer yes to that question, then this is the perfect activity for your family. The Track is the perfect location where your family can enjoy different rides, action packed adventures and more. Not only will your family get a chance to race each other on the go kart tracks but there are rides and even more fun. Enjoy a day of fun at The Track with the family and make new memories together!

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Take a Getaway to Destin this Spring

Do you have someone in the family who loves animals and learning more about them? If the answer is yes, then visiting the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is just for you. Your family will be able to visit exhibits, shows, see training demonstrations and so much more. They are open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and just think of the fun you will have. Some of the things that you will be able to do is enjoy a Dolphin Show or a Sea Lion Show, learn about otters and penguins and enjoy a few other fun animals. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is located in nearby Fort Walton Beach and is easy to get to. Don’t miss doing this on your next vacation to Destin this spring.

While there are many other things your family can do this spring, these are the few things we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your Destin vacation rentals for this spring, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy what Destin has to offer this spring!

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

Are you and your family coming to Destin Beach this February with your family? If the answer is yes, then we can tell you about a few things that you can do together. Staying with us at Holiday Isle in one of our vacation rentals will allow your family to enjoy your family time more. Let’s look below at a few of the things that you can do in the area while you’re on vacation to Destin Beach.

Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

Do you and your family want something fun to do during Valentine’s Day weekend? Come to the Sandestin Gumbo Festival on February 14th and February 15, 2020. Happening at the Village of Baytowne Wharf happens to be one of the largest events in the area. This year will be the 31st year it has been going on and is one to not miss. You and the family can enjoy some excellent gumbo from several different Gulf Coast Restaurants during this event. And there will be other activities that the kids can take part in too.

Harborwalk Village Mardi Gras

February in Destin Beach is one of the best times to visit because of the Mardi Gras events happening around town. On Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm is where your family can come and enjoy the Mardi Gras Parade & Pawdi Gras. This may not be New Orleans, but it will be just as fun as if you were watching the parade on Bourbon Street, but more family friendly. There will be other fun events going on through the day that you won’t want to miss either!

1st Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival

Visit Destin Beach this February with the Family

What is vacationing to the Gulf Coast then to  head to the 1st Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival. Happening at Destin’s Harbor is the newest family-friendly event that will come with some pretty amazing food and drinks on the coast. There will be many local restaurants as they will be competing for having the best shrimp and grits on the harbor. There will be live entertainment, delicious food, and even a zone just for the kids to enjoy. The event is happening on Saturday, February 29th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and is one you may want to check out with the family.

There are many other fun events happening on the Emerald Coast in February, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come stay with us in one of our Destin Beach Vacation Rentals, now is the time. We hope that you and your family will be able to enjoy some of these fun events on the coast!

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

Are you and your family taking your vacation to Destin this fall? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about the fun things going on. Staying in one of our Destin vacation homes will keep you and your family to where the fun is at. Escape the busy life at home for a week-long vacation to Destin this fall and enjoy one of these events. Let’s look below at what is happening at Destin this October.

41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

What’s a vacation to the beach without having some amazing seafood? On October 4th to October 6th, your family can come and enjoy the 41st Annual Destin Seafood Festival. This festival is what many guests and locals look forward to every fall. There will be a ton of different things for everyone in the family to enjoy at the festival. Not only will you get to enjoy some of the seafood, but you will also get to enjoy some live entertainment and shopping. This year the festival is going to be held on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk where you can catch a glimpse of the sunset in the background. Don’t miss this fun event as you get to spend time with the family, eating amazing food and enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival!

9th Annual Duck Regatta

Join in the fun of the 9th Annual Duck Regatta on Saturday, October 19th. This is happening over at The Village of Baytowne Wharf from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm CDT. The duck regatta is perfect for everyone of all ages and is where you can adopt a duck for a chance to win. The first-place winner will receive $5000. This is a family-friendly event where you can participate in a scavenger hunt, face-painting, free carousel rides and much more. And the main reason for the fun event is the duck race at 1:00 pm. What a wonderful event that everyone in the family will love going to!

Pumpkinpalooza

Don’t Miss these Exciting Events in Destin this October

Have you ever celebrated Halloween here in Destin before? If not, then we have to tell you all about this amazing and fun celebration happening in Destin. Your family will have a Spooktacular time as you celebrate the fun holiday on Sunday, October 27th. Happening over at HarborWalk Village from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm is where your family can join in on the fun activities. Some of the activities that will be there is a fun scavenger hunt, fun goodies and free kid’s activities. Plus, the family can visit all the shops and restaurants where they will receive a special treat. Don’t miss this fun event that is perfect for everyone in the family!

While there are several events in Destin during October, these are the few we wanted to share. If you still haven’t booked your fall vacation or getaway staying in one of our Destin vacation homes, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and enjoy these fun events!

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Are you and your family coming to Destin Beach for your next vacation? We at Holiday Isle can tell you about some beach activities that are family-friendly. When staying with us in one of our Destin Beach vacation Rentals, you will be close to where the fun can happen. Let’s look below at some of the beach activities that are family-friendly.

Scavenger Hunt

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Destin Beach is a wonderful place where you and your family can do a scavenger hunt together. Before leaving your vacation rental for the day, you will want to take a piece of paper and put together a list that the family can look for. Then it will be time to head to the beach and hunt for your treasure. The kids can look for different color shells, something blue, sea glass, driftwood and more. One the map, have a list of the items that they can find and mark them off as you find them. This is a fun activity to do and something that everyone in the family will love doing!

Look at that Sandcastle

One thing that many families have done in the past is build a sandcastle. But just because you aren’t a kid anymore, doesn’t mean that you as the parent have to stop building one. This is a great activity that anyone in the family can do while you are on vacation and is good for all ages. To help build their sandcastles you are going to make sure that everyone has a bucket, shovel and shells to build their dream sandcastle. Take a family picture of everyone’s castle and frame it when you get back home to remember that great day you had on your vacation.

Soccer Time

Beach Activities that are Family-Friendly

Playing soccer on the beach is one of the best games you can play as a family. Make sure that you bring a soccer ball with you on your vacation so that you can see who the best team is. Either split up into teams or kick the ball back and forth for a while just to get in some exercise. No matter who wins the game or who can play the longest, everyone in the family are winners!

Beach Ball Bounce

Another great game that the whole family can get in on, is beach ball bounce. You can play this game by having two players on each side while they are holding a beach towel. Then use the beach towel as your “racket” to catch and toss the beach ball back and forth to the other team. What a great way to get your exercise because we can promise you that the ball won’t go the way you want it to get each time. Just have fun and learn to work together on this activity!

There are several other activities that can be played on the beach, but these are just a few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to Destin Beach, now is the time to. School will be back soon, and we hope that you and your family can enjoy your vacation before the busy season begins.

Destin Summer 2019 Events

Destin Summer 2019 Events

Summer is here and that only means that your summer vacation will start soon as well. We at Holiday Isle are excited that you and your family have made the decision to spend a week or two here with us. With the start of summer, it only means that the summer fun events will be here sooner than you think. We have several different fun events that we had to share with you as it’s the best part of vacationing here besides the sun and sand fun.

Throwback Thursdays

Every Thursday from now until August 15th, come down to HarborWalk Village for Throwback Thursdays. Come and enjoy some favorite tribute bands as they take you back to the good old days at 7:00 pm. Before the main event be sure to come at 6:30 pm as you will be able to see a Vintage Flyover to help get you in the mood. After the concert is where you will see the fireworks show over the Destin Harbor around 9:00 pm. What a fun event that your family can enjoy helping kickoff your summer vacation!

 Concerts in the Village

Destin Summer 2019 Events

For our guests who love to listen to live music, then these next events are perfect for you. Come and enjoy a few concerts in the village and no we’re not talking about the village people. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation are having family-friendly concerts every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The cost to attend is $15 per person and children 12 & under are free. Purchase your tickets today to help jump start your vacation. Let’s look at the lineup below to see a few that your family can attend.

June 20th: Monsters of Yacht

A rock tribute band that will have everyone dancing to songs from the 70’s & 80’s.

June 27th: The Maxx “We Were Funky”

This is a group that is back by popular demand as they break out with eclectic sound with Oldies and Today’s Pop Music! Don’t miss this fun and exciting evening as a family!

September 12th: Rust & Gold

If you love listening to Neil Young & Crazy House tunes, then come out and listen to the music as they recreate songs done by Neil Young.

9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival

Do you and your family like BBQ and Fireworks? If the answer is yes, then this is the festival for you. The Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival will be happening at the Destin Commons. Here your family will be able to join in the fun as the they raise money to help benefit local charities. Beginning on July 3rd at 5:00 pm your family will be able to come and enjoy some fun entertainment and live music. Around 5:30 pm you can come enjoy $1 BBQ Samples from 18 different restaurants in the area and BBQ groups. Then you can cast your vote on who had the best around town. And to end the night, don’t miss the Fireworks display as they put on a show like you’ve never seen at 9:30 pm. What a great event to attend for a wonderful cause!

Red, White and Baytowne Fireworks

Destin Summer 2019 Events

Join in on the 4th of July for the Red, White & Baytowne celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Beginning at 6:00 pm is where your family can enjoy inflatables, crafts for the kids, lawn games and face painting. Around 7:00 pm is when your family can enjoy live music from Donovan Keith over on the Events Plaza Stage. To end a great night will be our Fourth of July Fireworks show at 9:15 pm. Don’t miss this fun event as a family to celebrate our Country!

There are so many more events happening during the summer months, but these are the ones we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your summer vacation reservations to stay in one of our Destin vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see your family this summer as you come and enjoy some of these wonderful events!

Visit Crab Island on Your Next Vacation to Destin Beach

If you and your family are looking for something new to do or explore, then we highly recommend Crab Island. And if you happen to have a boat that you’d like to bring with you on your vacation to sail the Emerald Coast, then staying in a Boat Dock vacation rentals will have you close to the water. Destin Beach has so much to offer during the summer months that you won’t want to miss out on seeing what Crab Island is about. Let’s look at why you must visit below on your next vacation to Destin Beach. 

All About Crab Island

Visit Crab Island on Your Next Vacation to Destin Beach

Many of the locals love to head to Crab Island during the year, but it’s more popular during the summer months. This island is a sandbar located just south of the Marier Bridge that is in Destin, Florida. It is well known to many who own a boat as it’s only accessible via a boat. If you pass over the bridge, then you may find hundreds of boats out there with their anchors in the water, just soaking up rays and having a good time. With the island being only minutes away from Destin Harbor, it’s definitely a must-visit on your next trip to the area.

Why is it called Crab Island?

For those who have never been to Crab Island, you will think there is an island here. But we can tell you that there is no land here. What was once a tiny island in the waters of Destin is now just a sandbar for many to visit. It’s called Crab Island because it was a small plot of land that used to be in a shape resembling a crab. You will also find many tiny crabs on the floor of the sandbar and it then can be easily seen as to why it’s called Crab Island. Besides seeing crabs in the water, you may get to see a few other sea life animals in the water with you such as dolphins and fish.

A Perfect Day on the Water

While Crab Island has to be one of the best-known secrets to Destin, it’s also one of the most popular spots for the locals for years. Like many of the lakes around the country that seem to be the best spot for everyone to hang out on their boats, this too is very popular for even the visitors to our area. Why not spend a day or two on the water with your family and friends and soak up the sun? If you don’t have a boat of your own, there are several boat rental places that you can rent from for a day or two. Think of the fun you and your family can have by floating on the water together and swimming.

How to Prepare for a Day at Crab Island

Visit Crab Island on Your Next Vacation to Destin Beach

Since Crab Island is very popular especially during the warmer months, we suggest that you arrive before noon. It will take you around 10-25 minutes to get to Crab Island from the Harbor. If you forgot something back in your vacation rental or even left it at home, then don’t worry because there are several mini-store that you will find on the water that sells everything in the sun from sunscreen to food. We do suggest bringing cash to the island and there may be some vendors who offer inflatables for you and the family to enjoy. If you are looking for something a little more exciting to try while out there, then don’t worry because there are normally paddle boards and jet skis that are available to rent on the water. Just go out and have fun with everyone on the water.

While there are so many other things that you and your family can enjoy on your vacation to Destin Beach, Crab Island is just one of the fun places you can visit. If you are still looking for a Destin vacation rental for your next vacation, then give us a call today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you come and explore Crab Island this summer!  

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

When you come to Florida even during the winter months, it’s sunny but there are a few days where it may rain. Even though it may be raining while you are on vacation to beautiful Destin, we know of 6 things you can do when it rains. And staying in one of our Water Views vacation rentals, will keep you close to where the fun begins. Let’s look at what you and your family can enjoy while it may be raining when you vacation.

Let’s Get Wild

If you and your family love to have fun outdoors when on vacation, then have no fear because we have the perfect location but some of it is indoors. Head over to Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone where you can enjoy a 16,000 sq. foot indoor arcade along with two mini golf courses, 60-foot ropes course and more. Here you are also able to enjoy some Laser Tag and don’t forget about the 4D movie experience! What an amazing day you and the family can have over at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone on a rainy day while on vacation!

That’s Science

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

If getting wild isn’t your thing, then take the kids over to the Emerald Coast Science Center where they can learn all about science. Located in downtown Fort Walton Beach, the Emerald Coast Science Center features many things including hands-on learning, exhibits and guided programs. During the holidays they have some amazing Winter Workshops that your kids can get involved in while you vacation here. No child will be saying “I’m bored” when they come visit the science center. Make this a must do when you vacation in Destin whether it’s raining or not.

Bowling

When you vacation in Destin there happen to be two great options for bowling when it rains. Head over to either Hurricane Lanes or Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill for some family fun and perhaps a little competition between each other. At Hurricane Lanes they feature 26 bowling lanes, pool tables, an arcade, and free ping-pong. What more could a kid ask for when it comes to bowling and playing ping-pong? Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill is a little cool as it has 16 different underwater themed lanes that any member of the family will want to bowl at. Both of these are in Destin and you will want to head here if you like a little family competition.

Be Artistic

6 Things to Do When it Rains in Destin

Do you have someone in the family who enjoys making their own art? If so, then we suggest heading over to South Walton – Fired Up Paint Your Own Potter Studio. Here you and your family can show your creativity among each other as you paint your own pottery piece that start at just $14. Remember your family vacation to Destin by coming home with a one of a kind pieces of artwork made by you. There are no reservations required to head here for a few hours while it’s pouring rain outside.

Destin History & Fishing Museum

We know that many families who visit Destin have someone in the family who loves to fish while they vacation. What a better way to spend the day when it rains by heading to the Destin History & Fishing Museum to learn a little more about the fish you may find in the Gulf of Mexico. With a 100 ft of wall space displaying what sea creatures you may find there is something for everyone. And enjoy some of the vintage photos and antique fishing rods that you will see including the original reel that belonged to Earnest Hemmingway. What a wonderful way to learn about the history of fishing in Destin and to get out of the rain.

Enjoy your Vacation Rental

Sometimes when you go on vacation you’d like to spend some time in your vacation rental. Many of our guests tell us that their #1 thing to do when it rains in Destin is to stay in their vacation rental and relax. Bring books, watch movies or play some board games while you wait for the rain to stop. Bake cookies or just allow the kids to make something fun for dinner. No matter what you and the family may do in Destin when it rains, relaxing in your rental can be wonderful as well.

No matter whatever you decide to do whether it’s relaxing or finding a new adventure while it rains in Destin, they are memories you will have forever. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to Destin, then please check out our Destin vacation rentals today. We hope that we will be able to see you and your family on your next vacation making magical memories.