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“Emerald Postings,” the official blog of the Emerald Coast tourism industry, was created to provide visitors with insider information on all there is to see and experience on the Emerald Coast. Posts are organized into categories to make it easy for you to find the information that interests you most.

Sea Turtles released from Okaloosa Island

Sea Turtles on the Beaches of the Emerald Coast

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I arrived at Okaloosa Island’s Public Beach Access #7 at 9 a.m., quickly grabbing my camera and hurrying to the beach. A crowd had already formed on the sugar-sand, lined up behind ticker-tape and creating a large “V” out into the Gulf of Mexico. We were waiting for the sea turtles. Watch our video and read more...

paddle board fishing along the Emerald Coast

Fishing Along the Emerald Coast

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Destin is known as the Luckiest Fishing Village, a designation that Shawn Purvis came to believe first-hand while on vacation here. While out paddle boarding the crystal clear flats of Choctawhatchee Bay, Shawn spied a school of tailing Redfish. Fishing rod in hand he cast ahead of the school - so as not to spook them - and waited for one to take his offering. Read the entire article here....

Destin Travel Essentials

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White sugar sands, beautiful blue waves, and sunshine- when planning a trip to the Emerald Coast in the Fall, it is important to make sure you pack your suitcase accordingly! With temperatures maintaining in the mid 80’s through October, we can pretty much guarantee you’ll be lounging seaside at some point during your visit, but don’t stop there! As summer begins to wind down, there is an array of fun festivals, family activities, and dining options available to experience, which is exactly why it’s the local’s favorite time of year!

While the rest of the country is getting ready to unbox their coats and scarves, we are still enjoying fun in the sun with our favorite outdoors activities such as fishing, golfing, sailing, and premium outdoor shopping. With so much going on around the Emerald Coast, it may seem a bit tricky to know exact what to pack for your upcoming vacation. Let our experts from Destin Commons take the guess work out for you with their fabulous list of travel essentials for your trip to Destin!


Gulf to Table at the Beach Walk Café

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Have you wondered what it’s like to cook on the Emerald Coast? We spoke with Joe Marlow, Executive Chef at the Beach Walk Café in the Henderson Park Inn, to find out!

Restaurants in Destin, Okaloosa Island, and Fort Walton Beach have a special advantage: they are right on the Gulf of Mexico. Marlow appreciates the many varieties of fish that are readily available.

The Emerald Coast and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Team Up to Create Beautiful Fishing Line Collectors

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Okaloosa County and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), a local nonprofit, have teamed up to tackle leftover fishing line, also known as “monofilament.”  Using PVC tubes provided by CBA, local artists decorated two tubes with marine themes, including mermaids, native bird species, and sea turtles. Staff from the Okaloosa Parks Division lacquered the outside to protect the paint, then installed them on the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier and Ross Marler Park boat ramp.

National Geographic Highlights an Emerald Coast Itinerary

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For decades, National Geographic has been the hallmark of travel and adventure, with multiple publications and media outlets around the world. This summer, they have highlighted a shoreline itinerary along the Emerald Coast!

Dune Walkovers

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Dunes are an iconic part of the Emerald Coast landscape. Formed through the forces of wind and water, they create wildlife habitat and beautiful views while providing protection against storm events. Unfortunately, they are sensitive, and can be negatively impacted by people.

The Release of Norma Jean and Gerdy: Loggerhead Sea Turtles

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As part of its Sea Turtle C.A.R.E. program, Gulfarium staff responds to rescue calls for potential turtle patients. For more information on the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. program and their past turtle releases, check out their webpage here. If you find a stranded or injured sea turtle, keep a safe distance and call 1-888-404-3922. 

Learning to Scuba Dive on the Emerald Coast

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I had always wanted to learn to dive. I knew from photographs, from documentaries, from my friends and family that the underwater world boasted gorgeous landscapes complete with rainbow-colored fish, intricately shaped corals, and larger marine life like sea turtles and dolphins. I had brushed the surfaces of these aquatic environments through snorkeling, but I was ready to take the plunge and learn to dive.

The benefits of scuba diving were obvious: I could stay in the water for much longer, giving me more time to observe everything around me; I could dive deeper, showcasing ecosystems I had never before experienced; and finally, it would be an absolutely blast. I knew all these things, but I still couldn’t help feeling a little anxious.

Luckily, my instructor at Scuba Tech in Destin immediately set me at ease.

“I’m so glad you told me that,” he said over the phone. He went on to explain that he liked when students were feeling a little bit nervous. The butterflies told him that they were taking the lessons seriously, and would actively pay attention to what would make them safe underwater.

That I wasn’t alone in my nervousness already made me feel better, and I began the process of earning my open water certification.

Think you can’t learn to scuba dive? Think again! If I can do it you certainly can, and the Emerald Coast is an amazing place to start.


Scuba Diving at Destin's East Jetty

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Enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling with instructors at Destin's East Jetty and at the Emerald Coast’s many other artificial reefs!

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