Florida’s Emerald Coast
Follow me as I journey through the Gulf coast, The Florida Panhandle, Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Emerald Coast! My travels will take me through Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and onward towards Perdido Key. I’ll be visiting Pensacola Beach, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Destin Beach, Miramar Beach, and Panama.
I’ll be following all of the palm trees back to my happy place among beautiful clear turquoise waters and white sugar sand. There is nothing quite like attuning to your inner child, playing at the beach in the warm, inviting sands, and splashing in the sparkling water!
My itinerary includes several boardwalks, firework and magic shows, museums and aquariums, beachside dining, a multitude of surf shops, dolphin cruises among speedboats and catamarans, and taking in all of the fantastic beaches, beaches, beaches!!!
Destin is a world-class fishing village located on the Gulf of Mexico and is known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor sports.
Destin’s Harborwalk Village offers a variety of restaurants, beach shops, clothing stores, concessions, and water activities. At the Harborwalk Village, you can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, or ride pontoons, glass bottom boats, speed boats, party boats, catamarans and more! Destin’s Harborwalk village is an excellent spot for lots of activities and options for things to do.
At the Harborwalk there is zip lining ( I saw someone get stuck!), the escape room, henna and face painting, boardwalk games, 7D virtual interactive experience, timeshare pitches (Margaritaville), live music on the center stage, occasional street performers and so much more!
They have several seafood restaurants here (pricy!), street food/ food trucks (when are they operational?), caricature drawings, tye dye shirts. (why not?) At any of the many restaurants along the boardwalk, you can have beachside dining! (That’s worth the money right?!) There are plenty of souvenir shops, jewelry shops, and beach themed gear. There is also a candy and ice cream shop, coffee shop, a cotton candy stand and more.
The Harborwalk Marina offers tons of boats and water activities for daily excursions. The Destin Sea Blaster party speedboat dolphin tour is so much fun! It’s probably the best boat and dolphin tour I’ve been on yet.
Crystal Sands- The turquoise waters and sugar white sand are heavenly. It’s true, the turquoise water is striking, showcasing hues of clear blue-green water, and the sand is soft and pure white. I love sunset walks on the boardwalk, and barefoot nighttime walks on the beach with the salt ocean air blowing through my hair. Crystal Sands is the most beautiful beach to grace Destin and The Emerald Coast.
Miramar Beach offers warm powder white sand, beautiful sunshiny days, cool breezes, and teal colored waters. The way the sun casts over the beach and lights it up is nothing short of miraculous. Miramar beach offers spectacular views of The Gulf of Mexico. Miramar Beach is located near Destin and highlights the same gorgeous surroundings and offerings.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a commercial and residential resort neighborhood located in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Village of Baytown Wharf offers boutique shopping, dining, and live entertainment. At Baytown Wharf you can visit the marinas, listen to live music, play carnival-style games, and more.
The Hilton Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort is a beachfront hotel offering stunning views and amenities. They have several restaurants ranging from quick bites by the beach to upscale cuisine, a coffee shop, gift shops and a high-end spa. There is a bellman on standby if you need help with your luggage. They also have valet parking.
We were in the Serenity Spa corridors, and we had a very comfortable stay. Our room was lovely and spacious. I enjoyed the balcony partially overlooking the resort and Miramar beach. I enjoyed walking around the resort and checking out all the amenities they have to offer to guests. They have 3 pools including two indoor pools and one outdoor pool. I loved being able to walk right out to the beach from the resort. The chair rentals and umbrellas are pretty expensive, so I’d suggest you bring yours with you. The beach and the resort were both so beautiful, and it’s definitely a slice of para para paradise!
And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!
With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy
“The reason for leaving sometimes is to return. Simply to return.” -Yrsa Daley-Ward