Destin 2018 summer event guide

Summer Events in Destin & 30A

There is so much to do in the Destin area during the summer months. Fishing tournaments, boating, live entertainment, farmer's markets - it's a veritable buffet of summer fun. If you've never been to the docks to watch the weigh-ins during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, you're missing a real treat. The same goes for the Destin Jetties - what a wonderful way to spend the day.

Here is a list of some of the top events going on this summer in Destin and the 30A.

June 2018

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic - Wednesday, June 20 - Sunday, June 24
This million-dollar sportfishing tournament returns for the 16th year. Registration begins on June 20th. Get details here:

Rock the Docks -…

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It's been a busy spring for real estate in Destin, the 30A and surrounding Miramar Beach, Sandestin Resort, Niceville and Fort Walton Beach. We've got a good supply of inventory, but could always use more. Prices in most areas have increased since the same time in 2017 as well as the number of sales.

Here is a quick snapshot of 2018 year to date condo and single-family home sales and price increases in Destin and the 30A, along with the areas with top results. Whether you're buying or selling, this will give you an idea of where real estate is hot right now.

Year to Date Condo Stats for Destin & the 30A

Top Condo Sales

condo sales volume

Condo sales were up 32% overall, with huge increases in most areas. Some of the top producers were:

  • 30A East: 49%

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Quartz vs. Granite - Both Make Stunning Countertops

quartz and granite countertops

Every homeowner deserves the kitchen of their dreams and it’s your turn to design yours. Perhaps you've planned the layout and style, and ordered the state-of-the-art appliances. Now you have an important decision, will it be quartz or granite for the countertops. A number of key factors will go into choosing the best choice for you. Let’s peek below the surface to get the full picture.

Often decisions like this begin with cost and both options can be pricey, with Quartz being slightly more expensive. Both have a great return on investment when it comes to durability, easy maintenance, longevity and visual appeal. And this is your dream kitchen after all, so let’s explore some other…

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Marlin fishing and Blue Marlin Classic

Anticipation is building for the 16th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin Resort. Last year they set a record with 85 boats registered, this year is expected to be even higher. The Blue Marlin Classic is far from a local event, attracting entries throughout south eastern United States.

Changes to the 2018 event include a new minimum length requirement at 107 inches. This is an effort to help conserve some of the smaller, juvenile marlin. The Blue Marlin Classic runs from June 20-24, but the actual fishing begins at noon June 21 ending on the 23rd. Boats take off from Destin Pass after the horn blasts. Weigh-ins take place Friday and Saturday evenings.

Part of the fun is attending some of the popular happenings leading up to the…

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Golf cart crossingLooking to retire in a Florida golf community? Some of the best golf course homes are right here in Destin, Niceville and along the Scenic Highway 30A. In Destin and the surrounding Emerald Coast, there were 70 golf course homes sold from January to the end of April in 2018. This included both single-family homes and townhomes.

The highest selling price was $2,200,000 for a 5,700 square foot home in Burnt Pine. The lowest price sale was $163,500 for a brick rancher in Country Club Estates, Fort Walton Beach.

  • Average Size: 2,659 square feet
  • Average days on market 83
  • Average Selling Price: $589,705
  • Median Listing Price: $490,500

For the golfer that enjoys boating, Kelly Plantation and Indian Bayou offer waterfront homes with…

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Destin jetties

White sand and turquoise waters provide stunningly beautiful views for beach goers, fishermen, and snorkelers alike. Bring a couple of rods, catch some fish, or at the least, you’ll have the inspiration for a story about the “one that got away.” Ready for a little extra adventure, try your hand at scuba diving, snorkeling or boating. “What is this wonderful hidden gem of a destination,” you say. It's the Destin Jetties, of course.

Located in the Florida Panhandle in the city of Destin, the jetties protect the East Pass Channel from the encroaching sands of the Gulf of Mexico. Constructed in 1969 by the US Corp of Engineers using car-sized boulders, the twin jetties also form an artificial reef that attracts an amazing variety of wildlife species.

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