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Around & About Destin

Become a tourist in your own town. Get helpful tips and info about all things Destin and the surrounding Emerald Coast.

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Destin & 30A construction report

New Construction in Destin & 30A

Looking for a new construction home or condo on the Emerald Coast? Here is the June 2019 report of some of the hottest new construction for single-family homes and condos in Destin and along the 30A. For anyone seeking a brand new house, or looking for pre-construction opportunities, this is a good place to start your search. As always, just contact Tim for more information, or view all Destin & 30A New Construction Listings here.

Alys Beach

The Camden & The Whitby at Alys Beach

Everyone is talking about this new development in Alys Beach. Located right in the heart of the city center, and just a short walk to the beach, residents of The Camden and The Whitby will enjoy the very best of Alys Beach, right

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 2019 Blue Marlin Classic

Checklist & Schedule of Events

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic tournament is coming quickly and will be upon us before you know it. The organizers have created a handy checklist to ensure you're ready to go as soon as the starting horn blows. We've also added some important links, a link to the rules, and schedule of events, just to make sure you don't miss any of the fun. 

It looks like the start time may be postponed due to weather - get details here

Important Dates & Events to Remember

Tournament Dates: June 19-23, 2019

Early Bird Deadline is May 31, 2019

ECBC Golf Scramble Sign Up
Wednesday, June 19, Tee Time 9:00 am

Start of Tournament Fishing
Thursday, June 20 | 12:00pm

Kids Catch & Release Fishing Tournament

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2019 Destin Spring Event Guide

Here is your guide to spring events in 2019 in the Destin, 30A and Emerald Coast area. Now is the time when many of the weekly events will begin, like the popular farmers markets, or family movie nights.

April 2019

Monday Movie Night at Harborwalk Village - March 18- May 27
Popular movies every Monday night at the mainstage at HarborWalk. From 8pm - 10 pm
https://emeraldcoasthub.com/event/monday-movie-night-at-harborwalk-village/

Downtown FWB Street Fest - April 5: 5 pm-8 pm
Friday night downtown Fort Walton street market with vendors, live entertainment on the 1st Friday of the month, ending in May.

2019 Annual Sandestin Wine Festival - April 11-April 14
Four days of wine tasting, dinners, celebrity chefs and so much more. This is a

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Christmas light displays in Destin, Florida

Destin may be short on snow for Christmas, but this area is big on Holiday spirit. You'll be amazed at the dazzling light displays throughout Destin, Niceville and along the 30A. These are just a few of the well known Christmas light showings we know of, if you have any to add, please include them in the comments section below.

Destin Area

Candy Cane Lane in Destin
Probably the "most decorated" neighborhood in Destin, this is a "must add" to your Christmas lights tour. Location: Sea Oats Drive, Destin

Northgate Estates Luminaries
This is another subdivision that goes all out, they even have their own Christmas parade. Location: Northgate Estates, 232 Echo Circle, Fort Walton Beach

Christmas Reflections
Christmas lights around Lake

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Destin Winter 2018 Event Guide

Winter 2018/19 Events in Destin & 30A

Winter events in the Destin and 30A are the best for relaxing and taking time to feed the body and soul. Now is the time for the cook-offs, wine and beer tasting events and a multitude of concerts and music-related venues.

Here is a list of some of the not-to-be-missed events going on this Winter in Destin and the 30A.

December 2018

Grand Boulevard Coastal White Christmas
Each weekend between November 23 and December 15, enjoy Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, faux snow and caroling in Grand Park on Friday and Saturday evenings and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus on Saturday afternoons. The Festival of Trees celebration kicks off on Tuesday, November 20 in Grand Park. Trees remain on display through

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Destin and 30A Fall 2018 event guide

Fall 2018 Events in Destin & 30A

After summer starts to wind down, you'll have no problem keeping busy. This is the time when the Destin time honored events re-surface, like the Fishing Rodeo, Beer and Seafood Festivals, HarborFest and the Holiday Boat Parade (31 years running) and so much more.

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

November 2018

Blues, Brews & BBQ - November 3, 2018, 12 pm - 4 pm
Area restaurants compete in a BBQ competion - great food and music. Advance tickets, $25; day of event, $30.

Cooking with the Chef - November 6, 2018, 12 pm
Watch Chef Jimmy McManus in action as he prepares a meal. All-inclusive price is $32 and includes complimentary glass of wine.
Takes place at

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2018 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

The 16th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Destin, Florida set new records this year with increased participation and cash awards.

Quick Stats from the Blue Marlin Classic:

# of boats: 91  (36 in 2017, 85 in 2016)

Average Size: 60 feet

Cash Awards: $2,040,200 ($624,675 in 2017, $1,952,750 in 2016)

Surprise Winners

They're calling it David vs Goliath when describing the winners of this year's Blue Marlin Classic. A team of high school students borrowed a boat, and managed to catch a record-breaking blue marlin, weighing in at 699.2 pounds. Now the team is busy splitting $131,040 in prize money.

This was a win based on pure desire, the boys had no boat, no money, just a dream of competing in the Blue Marlin Classic. Doug

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Florida farmers markets

The farmer's markets near Destin and along the Emerald Coast feature top notch local growers and artisans with a large selection of area fruits, vegetables, dairy products, cheese, honey and more. There's grassfed beef, scrumptious baked goods, heritage breads, preserves, specialty foods, arts and crafts, the list goes on. Many of the favorites sell out quickly, so the trick is to go early and grab breakfast.

Whether you're a seasoned resident or a tourist, strolling through a farmers market, exploring the various offerings and fresh produce makes for a fun event. Each market is held in a different location so there's always something new to experience. The Gulf breezes will keep you cool at the Seaside or 30A Market at Rosemary Beach. At Downtown

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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: www.fishecbc.com

Rock the Docks -

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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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