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08/17/2017
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Labor Day Weekend!

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We think of Labor Day as a time to relax and let some of that stress just melt away under the sun. Being on the beach is oh, so relaxing, and we just happen to have the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast! When planning your Labor Day getaway, here’s a list of fun activities to add to your bucket list: The most popular choice by far is renting a boat to take out to Crab Island (aside from spending the day at your vacation rental in Destin or

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08/12/2017
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Destination Weddings

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Crystal clear waters and white sand beaches make for the perfect backdrop to any destination wedding. When planning your fairytale wedding, it can be hard to choose the perfect venue. After all, this will be in the books for years to come. You will tell your children and grandchildren about the moment you became one with the person you love. Let us make it easy for you. Here are just a few of the most popular, and most beautiful, Destin and 30A wedding venues. Palazzo del Mar – This stunning

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08/11/2017
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The Impact of Homeaway and VRBO Changes

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Oops! VRBO has done it again. They have taken yet another step to rebrand themselves as a booking site straying from their roots as an advertising platform for owners and property managers. In short, they’ve removed external phone numbers, enforced mandatory online bookings, and are transitioning communication with users into a monitored, unbranded dashboard. What’s the reasoning behind it? They say it’s to reduce guest confusion, but it seems like they are playing a dangerous game of copycat, mimicking their once successful model to look like Airbnb’s, their largest competitor.

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08/10/2017
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Wasted Vacation Days

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There’s no shortage of vacation days; and that’s not just because employers are offering more of them. It’s because we are wasting them. Did you hear that, y’all? WE’RE WASTING VACATION DAYS. It seems like a cardinal sin to forgo time lounging by the beach or skiing down a mountain in favor of work. What’s even worse is that the “used” vacation days are spent checking emails. That’s right! Long gone are the days where you could completely unwind and unplug. As people become more tied to their phones, the

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07/18/2017
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Celebrate Labor Day in Destin and 30A

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As the long, lazy days of summer begin to drift away, it makes sense to start planning one last hurrah. You know, sneaking one more vacation in before your demanding fall schedule takes over. Labor Day is the perfect time to do just that, and we have plenty of great luxury vacation homes in 30A and Destin for you to choose from. Get ready to celebrate the unofficial end to summer in one of these stellar communities: Seagrove Beach: Seagrove Beach is a laid-back but luxurious community, and like it,

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07/7/2017
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Win a Free Vacation to Destin!

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Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a house right on the Gulf of Mexico, even if it’s just for a few days? Here is your chance! Enter the sweepstakes to win a four-night stay at the beautiful Casa de Cielo between September 1 and December 31, 2017. Casa de Cielo is a four-story luxury vacation home in Destin that sleeps 10 in four spacious (and incredibly furnished) bedrooms. This home comes outfitted with a movie-theater, hot tub, and elevator. Not to mention that is located in

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06/30/2017
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Bliss Adds Luxury Beach Condo in Destin

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There are views, and then there are views like the ones from this luxury beach condo in Destin. Plain and simple, they are unbeatable (as is everything else about the Dunes of Crystal Beach #101). Brand new to the Bliss Beach family of rentals, this five bedroom gulf front condo rivals that of most homes. Be prepared to drop your bags and dash towards the balcony where expansive views of emerald green water and sugar white sand await you. This is, of course, if you aren’t distracted by the massive

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06/27/2017
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4th of July Events on the Emerald Coast

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What comes to mind when you think about Independence Day? Freedom, those who fight for it, and how we celebrate them of course! The Emerald Coast has several fun events to commemorate the red, white and blue, so bring the whole family down and get ready to make the most out of your 4th of July at the beach! Kick off your celebrations at the annual South Walton 4th of July Parade. Head to Seagrove Plaza around 8:00 AM and travel through South Walton’s famous beach communities. After the parade,

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06/20/2017
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Rainy Day Activities in Destin and 30A

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Don’t let the weather bring you down. Rain or shine, there are plenty of fun things to do in Destin and 30A no matter what the forecast is. 1. Fine Arts and Museums Start your day with a trip to a nearby museum. You can experience everything that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer inside at the Destin History and Fishing Museum, or dig into the unknown at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Panama City Beach. Continue your day of learning at Sundog Books in Seaside. This iconic

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06/16/2017
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Hurricane Preparedness

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It’s time to talk about the one thing that everyone who rents a condo in Destin wants to avoid – HURRICANE SEASON. Like it or not, Hurricane Season has kicked off here on the Emerald Coast. From now through November 30, the likelihood of a storm increases. Formations have everything to do with warm water temperatures (80 degrees Fahrenheit and up) in tropical climates. That said, you shouldn’t let this deter you from taking your vacation. To help ease your mind, we’ve prepared some resources to help keep you, your

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05/28/2017
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Late Summer 2017 Sale! Enjoy 15% OFF Beachfront Homes in Destin

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If you love the beach but hate the crowds, you might want to consider a late summer getaway. Not only are the kids back in school, but the 4th of July masses have dissipated, leaving you to enjoy a little salt and sand therapy of your own. The even better news? The savings are killer. Right now, we’re offering 15% OFF* select Destin homes on the beach in 2017. It’s never to early to start planning, especially when the deal is this sweet. Incredible homes with beach accesses like Kate’s

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05/26/2017
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Celebrate Father’s Day at the Beach!

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Father’s Day is right around the corner and finding that perfect gift for dear old Dad can be tough. Don’t worry though, we have your back! Treat Dad to a relaxing getaway at one of our 30A rentals on the beach. Not only will he enjoy some quality time in the sand, but on the fairway as well. No matter where you decide to stay this June, complimentary golf passes are included. Hit the links in Santa Rosa Beach, Regatta Bay or Baytowne in Sandestin. Revered by Florida Golf Magazine

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