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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.

Water, Sun, Poker Runs.

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The right combination of skill, luck and boating, a poker run in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island means a lot of waves, a lot of sunshine and a lot of money to win. This year, the area is home to two beloved and highly anticipated poker runs. Whether you’re ready to try your luck or simply looking for some fun during the nearly two weeks of events and festivities, everyone’s a winner on our sugar-white sandy shores.


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Looking to get your heart racing with a romantic vacation? While we’re sure you have your own ideas of how to get your partner’s blood pumping, allow us to recommend the top five romantic adventures in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island guaranteed to set their heart aflutter.

Take the Perfect Family Beach Photos

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With our iconic sugar-white sand and glistening emerald-green water, it’s hard to take a bad photo on our world-renowned beaches. Add in your beautiful family and you have all the elements for a picture people back home will envy. But, if you’re still not convinced you can capture a fantastic family photo in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island yourself, we have some tips to make sure things develop beautifully.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Florida’s Emerald Coast this Thanksgiving

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It’s almost Thanksgiving – we know, we know, where did the year go? But, for some of us, Thanksgiving means four or even five days off from work. What could be better than spending those days stretched out on the sugar white sand beaches of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island?

Top 5 Activities to Rekindle Your Romance in the Heart of the Emerald Coast

This fall, we invite you to fall back in love all over again in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, Florida. Sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters create the perfect setting for rekindling your romance and rediscovering the person you fell in love with. These are our top 5 activities that put the “heart” in Heart of the Emerald Coast.

Three Reasons Why Foodies Will Love the Heart of the Emerald Coast

If you consider yourself a foodie then you’ll love the unique offerings of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, Florida. Inspired by the glistening, emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, area diners experience delicious delights not found anywhere else. Leave your inhibitions behind and indulge in a new, flavorful culinary adventure.

3 Reasons to Love Gulf-to-Table Dining

Are you looking for fresh seafood? We mean the freshest seafood. Seafood that was caught in the Gulf of Mexico only hours before it touches your plate. Not weeks, not days, but hours. Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island may not have invented the Gulf-to-Table movement, but they’re leading the charge with fresh, locally sourced seafood.

365 Chances for Your Next Big Fishing Story

When we say Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, FL offer year-round fishing we mean that every day, 24/7, rain or shine, there are fish, a lot of fish, biting only feet from the shore. Destin is known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, and that’s not just a tagline. That’s a promise. And Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island are lucky as well.

4 Activities for the Perfect Guys Getaway

It’s a great time of year to make new memories with old friends. Commonly referred to as a bro-cation or guy’s getaway, take a trip with just the boys in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, Florida.


Emerald Coast Dining: Vegetarian & Allergy Alternatives

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If you don’t eat meat or need to watch out for serious allergens like gluten, shellfish or nuts, don’t worry. The heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast is packed with delicious flavors and tremendous chefs who have created menus with options that offer a little something for everyone.

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