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National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2015


Fodor’s Go List 2015

5. The Florida Panhandle -The soft quartz beaches of the Florida Panhandle are more beautiful than what you’ll find on most Caribbean islands and undoubtedly among the best in the United States. Chilly winters limit year-round vacationers, but those who venture down will experience a region that feels more Southern than the Latin-influenced culture of South Florida. Fresh seafood is uniformly excellent, and the virtually unimpeded 100-mile stretch of beach from Pensacola to Panama City feels endless…

National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2014

Destin #1 Beach - Yahoo News

The 10 Most Popular U.S. Beaches — Where Everyone Wants to Be Right Now

1. Destin Beach – Between Pensacola and Tallahassee, Destin is one of the most popular beaches on what is known as Florida’s Emerald Coast. Right on the Gulf of Mexico, Destin actually sticks out into the water slightly; the small town is situated on a strip of land that separates the Gulf from Choctawhatchee Bay. Originally a fishing village, Destin is now known for its clear water…

Destin #1 Beach - US News Travel

Best Florida Beaches

Why go: Midwestern and Southern families flock to “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” for its white sands and frequent sunshine. Destin is one of Florida’s most affordable beach towns, though temperatures, visitor volume and room rates are at their highest in the summer…


#5 Small Towns Americans Love Most

5. Santa Rosa Beach – White sand, blue waters, and a healthy dose of quirkiness add up to a winning combination for this artsy northwestern Florida beach town. Santa Rosa scored near the top of the survey for being family-friendly. Consider the WaterColor Inn and Resort, which offers paddle-boarding, kayaking, beach bonfires and outdoor movies. Readers also liked Santa Rosa for its design finds…

Sandestin Best Travel Find 2014

The Best Travel Finds of 2014, Fall

1. Sandestin – You’ve probably done Miami, maybe even Tampa. But what about the Florida panhandle? You gotta know, some of the best Florida beaches are right here, and fall brings the perfect 75-degree weather to enjoy the white sand and turquoise water. If you need a break from all that relaxing, rent a boat and visit Crab Island, a sandbar with a waterslide and floating restaurants…

Fish Out of Water Wine Award, WaterColor, Florida

Fish Out of Water Receives Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”

Enjoy sipping a glass of wine while relaxing on the Emerald Coast? While there are many restaurants with beautiful Gulf views and wonderful wine selections, only one has been recently recognized in a national magazine for their wine selection alone. South Walton’s own Fish Out of Water at WaterColor Inn and Resort received an “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine. Fish Out of Water is one of the less than 3,000 restaurants world-wide awarded for offering at least 90 quality wines….

Niceville safest place to live

20 Safest Cities in Florida: Safest Places to Live in FL

6. Niceville, FL – With a population of 13,000, Niceville, FL is a northwest Florida town located on Choctawhatchee Bay. Only 20 minutes from white sandy beaches in Destin, Niceville offers the security of a small town, with low crime, minimal traffic and proximity to amenities like great shopping, cultural centers, recreation, restaurants and more. It is the only north Florida city to make our list…

Destin Best Place to Live and Boat

10 Best Places To Live & Boat

1 – Gulf of Mexico – Destin, Florida – Destin is perfectly situated to celebrate in style the aquatic wonder known as the Gulf of Mexico.
Located on Florida’s Panhandle midway between Pensacola and Panama City, Destin offers snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, light-tackle fishing, trolling and deep-sea bottom-fishing. Sugar-sand beaches and barrier islands are as abundant…

Sandest Best Kids Club

10Best: Beach resort kids’ clubs

2. Club KZ, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort — Miramar Beach, FL – From horseback riding to ghost-crab hunting, Club KZ has plenty of opportunities for kids who are fascinated by creatures big and small. Kids who are keen on climbing will be over the moon on Adventure Zone Thursdays when Club KZ visits nearby Baytowne Adventure Zone to take on the Baytowne Zipline, the Eurobungy, the Sky Trail Ropes Course and the Tower Climb…

Crystal Beach, Destin Top Family Vacation 2014

10 Best Beaches for Families in 2014

6 – Crystal Beach, Destin
At Crystal Beach, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and turquoise and the atmosphere is completely calm, with little crowds to be found. Several lifeguards are stationed throughout, though the water is delightfully shallow for little ones — you can walk fairly far out in the water. Restrooms and parking add to the appeal, as do nearby attractions, restaurants and shop 

Destin Top Gulf Coast Beach

Better Sand, Calmer Waters, and More Beautiful Sunsets: Top Gulf Coast Beaches

3 – Destin – On northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is famous for white beaches and emerald waters. Thanks to its harbor location in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s also called “the world’s luckiest fishing village,” and anglers consistently report the best catches of their fishing careers in this Panhandle town….

SoWal restaurants on Emeril's Florida

Nine South Walton Eateries Featured on Emeril’s Florida

SoWal local Emeril Lagasse just kicked off season two of Emeril’s Florida on the Cooking Channel, and our beloved South Walton takes center stage. This season, SoWal is featured in nine different segments, with the first airing Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. CST. Two episodes focusing solely on South Walton Beaches air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. CST and Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1:30 p.m. CST.


National Press for the Emerald Coast – 2013

Google - Santa Rosa Beach Digital Capital

Google Names Santa Rosa Beach as Florida’s Digital Capital

Google has announced Santa Rosa Beach in South Walton as Florida’s Digital Capital. Santa Rosa Beach is the postal city designation for most of South Walton and serves as a catch-all for most of the area south of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Determining the designation is a two-stage process based on data relating to Google adwords and the online presence of local businesses…

Vern Yip Rosemary Beach Home

Relax at Vern Yip’s Florida Beach House

HGTV designer Vern Yip has dreamed of building a beach house for years, and he finally did it! HGTV Magazine got to take a tour through his ultimate family retreat. Long before he appeared on HGTV, Vern Yip was an architecture intern who fantasized about one day living in Rosemary Beach, FL, a resort town on the Gulf of Mexico with thoughtfully planned, pedestrian-friendly streets. Vern was so fixated on owning property there that he started collecting furniture for his…

Destin Top Destination 2013

2013 Travelers’ Choice – 10 Destinations on the Rise – United States

3 – Destin – Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, which gets its name from its beautiful, clear green water. Beaches here have extremely fine, soft sand, so if you’re a beach-walker or your kids enjoy building sand castles, this could be a great destination for you….

Santa Rosa Beach - USA Today

10 least-known Florida beaches

4. Santa Rosa Beach – Is this the Bahamas? Nope. These turquoise swells come courtesy of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, home of Santa Rosa Beach. With a shoreline this hypnotic, you probably won’t stray, but just in case, you might want to check out Santa Rosa’s upscale artists’ enclave of Gulf Place…

Destin Top Place to Buy Vacation Home

10 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home

5. Destin, Florida – With the summer months behind us, many of us hold on to more permanent dreams of paradise by considering the purchase of a vacation home. According to the National Association of Realtors, this dream is increasingly becoming a reality for buyers with a 10 percent increase in the sale of vacation homes in 2013 vs. 2012. Many factors are at play when assessing…

Destin Best Weekend Getaway

Best Weekend Getaways

2. Destin – Famous for its sandy white beaches and beautiful, clean waters, Destin is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. More than a destination for sun, sand, and surf, Destin is home to some of the finest golf courses and amusement parks in the United States, and the city and surrounding area enjoy beautiful weather all year round…

Destin Best Beach Award - Travel Channel

Best Beach Awards 2013: Family Beach

1. Destin with 43% of all votes – Located in the Florida Panhandle, Destin traces its history back to 1845, when Captain Leonard Destin settled in Northwest Florida. He pioneered the fishing industry. Today, this fishing town — known as “world’s the luckiest fishing village” — is a hot spot for trolling, jetty fishing and deep sea fishing. Charter fishing is very popular; so we suggest you book your family fishing adventure…

Watercolor inn best family hotel

Top Family Hotels in the United States – 2013

2. WaterColor Inn & Resosrt – Santa Rosa Beach, FL
WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach made the #2 spot for Travel & Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards for family hotels.