Emerald Coasting is 24 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green water. It’s fun family attractions like dolphin watching and pirate cruises. It’s snorkeling, parasailing, kiteboarding and Jet Skiing. It’s sailing adventures, legendary deep-sea fishing and world-class golf. It’s catching a marine show at the Gulfarium and holding a baby alligator at Gator Beach. It’s fun shopping at Destin Commons, HarborWalk Village and Downtown Ft. Walton Beach. It’s dining alfresco on fresh seafood while watching a gorgeous sunset and listening to a great local band. It’s beach volleyball, rockin’ festivals and world-famous fishing rodeos. It’s lovely hotels, stunning beach houses, charming B&Bs and gorgeous condos for families and friends to share. It’s romantic strolls on moonlit beaches.
Get a little sand in your soul in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast—Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Find out for yourself why the Emerald Coast was named a “Top Place to Visit” by National Geographic, one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places” by “Good Morning America,” and one of the “Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor.
For a complete calendar of events and to start planning your emerald escape, visit emeraldcoasting.com.
World-class architecture and seaside charm. Edgewater Beach Condominium is the ultimate vacation playground in Destin. With a touch of the French Riviera, the resort rises majestically beside the sparkling emerald waters, pristine white sands and fiery sunsets of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast.
Its unique architecture is a landmark along the Emerald Coast. The resort offers luxurious yet casual one-, two- and three-bedroom condos with private balconies overlooking lushly landscaped gardens and two shimmering pools (one heated in the winter months), children’s pool and hot tub. Enjoy nearby boutique and outlet shopping, fine dining, spectacular golf and sport fishing, beautiful sunsets or just relax in the Florida sun.
Take advantage of the resort’s many amenities, including the poolside Tiki Bar, free high-speed wireless internet, free beach set-up (not available in the winter months), free indoor and outdoor parking, free use of the state-of-the-art fitness center and children’s playground.
For additional information or to book your reservation, call toll free at 800-822-4929 or go to edgewaterbeach.com.
FAMILY MEDICINE, THE FLORIDA KEYS & KEY WEST
Most people know The Florida Keys & Key West as a great getaway. By far one of the most unique places on earth. Calm. Serene. Laid back. Just the right setting to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirits.
But keeping family relationships healthy doesn’t just take work, it takes a large dose of play. And here there is plenty of play. Boating. Fishing. Diving. Snorkeling. Or just enjoying the warmth of the sun. It’s what the family doctor ordered.
The Keys also mean history. Art. Theater. Museums. Shopping. Fine dining. Entertainment. Water sports. And much more. All told, 120 miles of perfect balance between natural beauty and extra-ordinary excitement. Between relaxation and activities. Between the quaint and the classic. Between who you are and who you want to be.
And you’ll find the accommodations just as diverse as the pleasures. From some of the best camping spots in the country to luxurious hotels. From charming bed-and-breakfasts to rustic, family-owned lodgings. In other words, there’s something for the entire family.
For more information: 800-FLA-KEYS or fla-keys.com.
Surround yourself with the things that matter most on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Consider spending your days spotting dolphins, collecting sea shells and watching sunsets. Find family time flies by like ospreys and blue herons.
Family vacations should include plenty of beach time. Choose from 50 miles of sun-splashed coastline. Bask in the warm sunshine and bury your toes in soft white sand. Build the perfect sandcastle or read your favorite book. Smile and take a photo in front of another perfect sunset.
Some of the world’s best shelling can be found on Captiva and Sanibel Islands. Visit beaches where kids can easily collect Conchs, Sand Dollars, Calico Scallops or more than 400 kinds of shells. The perfect collection always seems to attract one more perfect addition.
In addition to Captiva and Sanibel, hundreds of islands dot an expansive stretch of the Gulf. Most of them can only be reached by boat or seaplane. Whether on an island or the mainland, this region provides sanctuary to wildlife. Paddle inches from manatees bobbing throughout the Great Calusa Blueway while kayaking toward shady mangrove trees.
Start planning your vacation at fortmyers-sanibel.com, or order a free Lonely Planet guidebook, and start your new family tradition.
This year, book a trip to Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel, located directly on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters near Destin.
Spend the afternoon relaxing poolside along the resort’s expanded beachfront deck, strolling the sugar- white sands, playing a game of tennis, taking in a family bicycle outing, or watching the kids splash around in one of the three pools.
When it’s time to refuel, enjoy a bite at one of the six on-site dining venues—including Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant; the open-air Barefoot’s Beach Bar & Grill; Picnix Poolside Market; The Coffee Shop serving Starbucks®; and the newly transformed Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge and Hadashi Sushi.
Guests visiting the property this summer will be some of the first to experience the newly transformed Spa Tower rooms, expanded and upgraded restaurants, redesigned Serenity by the sea Spa, indoor pool and a dramatically enhanced main lobby where arrivals are met with breathtaking views of Florida’s Emerald Coast.
For more information and to start planning your escape to Destin’s premier resort, visit hiltonsandestinbeach.com.
LOEWS DON CESAR HOTEL, PALATIAL YET PERSONAL
This Mediterranean-style Pink Palace is the place on Florida’s Gulf Coast to do it all—or perhaps nothing at all. Pull up to their doors and you’ll enter a storybook setting with miles of sugar-fine beaches and grounds ablaze with birds of paradise.
The Don boasts two deluxe heated pools, the full-service Spa Oceana, and 277 guest rooms, including 36 suites, many featuring views of the Gulf or the Bay, and all with plush, comfortable beds, flat screen TVs, and premium plus Wi-Fi.
A variety of free activities await; from poolside pampering and fitness classes to cocktails at their evening reception and fun in the Gulf with Water Sports, they have something for everyone. Grab a bite at Sea Porch or enjoy a true dining experience at the award-winning Maritana Grille, featuring organic, locally sourced seafood. Leave something behind, or looking to bring something back? Stop in one of the many shops offering men’s and women’s designer swimsuits, sunglasses, shoes, and apparel, plus logo items, gift baskets, tech accessories and more.
For additional information or to book your reservation, visit loewshotels.com/don-cesaror call 727-360-1881.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the feel of sun on your face and sand between your toes—in Panama City Beach, long stretches of soft, white sand await your footsteps, and restaurants famous for their fresh seafood serve up the sizzling catch of the day.
Here you really can have it all. Find a stretch of secluded beach to call your own, or play in the sand behind restaurants and clubs that are the places to see and be seen. Immerse yourself in nature at two pristine state parks, or take a hike in the new Panama City Beach Conservation Park. You can relax on a cruise through area waters to a barrier island, or shop your heart out at the unique boutiques and famous brand name stores within a stone’s throw of the beach.
Fun is always within reach in Panama City Beach, and our 27 miles of white sand beaches are light-years away from the stress of everyday living.
Go to visitpanamacitybeach.com for information and great vacation ideas.
Offering thousands of vacation rentals across Florida’s Emerald Coast, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals© professionally manages beautiful beach lodging ranging from Gulf-front condos and beach homes to full service resorts. Booking with ResortQuest makes a trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast a breeze. Each of their vacation rentals is fully furnished, and many come equipped with full size kitchens plus washer/dryer units, making you feel right at home.
ResortQuest provides world-class service with a touch of southern hospitality. Kick off a beach vacation with peace of mind knowing that each of their rentals is backed by their Vacation Rental Bill of Rights® and includes exclusive discounts on area activities via their Privileges Program.
ResortQuest is dedicated to making your vacation in Pensacola, Destin, Panama City Beach and every beach town in between, one you’ll never forget. For more information go to texaslovesfl.com.
FUN IN THE SUN AT SANDESTIN
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is rated the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, known for its beautiful and clear emerald green waters. The resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four immaculately manicured championship golf courses, world-class tennis courts, swimming pools, 113-slip marina, fitness center, spa and the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
The perfect destination for your 2015 vacation, Sandestin packs in the value with complimentary amenities, resort events, activities and more. Complimentary activities encourage exploration of the resort’s fun-filled 2,400-acre playground; select children’s activities, bicycle rentals, kayak, boogie board rentals, miniature golf, YOLO boarding and much more.
Sandestin also offers up complimentary weekly entertainment at the Village and throughout the resort all summer long. From Wednesday Night Concerts to Tuesday night fireworks shows, the events are endless.
Take advantage of Sandestin’s FREE Night offer this summer! Receive a free night with the purchase of three or more, making your getaway an even better one. From the beach to the bay, it’s all at Sandestin for your best vacation.
Book at sandestin.com/txmon or call 866-427-7594 (Promo Code: FREE4).
Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton is continually recognized as a premier destination that boasts 26 miles of sugar-white sand, turquoise water and 16 individual beachside neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style. In South Walton, luxury accommodations, challenging golf, eclectic shops, funky art galleries, and award-winning dining are not the exception, it’s the lifestyle.
Adventure seekers will rejoice with more than 200 miles of trails to explore through state parks and forests, while South Walton’s 15 rare coastal dune lakes offer the perfect landscape for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing. From one of the nation’s largest designer outlets to an eclectic mix of funky and sophisticated boutiques and galleries, South Walton is a shoppers’ paradise. Food lovers can bask in flavor from dishes created by award-winning chefs using Gulf-to-table and locally sourced fare.
Memories that will last a lifetime await you in your perfect South Walton beach. visitsouthwalton.com