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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.

The Owls of the Emerald Coast at Veterans Park

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Take a determined trip through Veterans Park, known for its natural beauty and prime birding habitat, to spot a Great Horned Owl at sunset. 

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

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We all know that fishing piers are good for fishing. They provide structure around which fish can congregate, and allow anglers access to deeper waters without a boat. Discover why they are also great places to view local marine life with a tour of the Okaloosa Island Pier. 

Celebrate African-American History Month on the Emerald Coast

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February is a month of thoughtful reflection on significant African-American people and places who shaped this Nation. The Emerald Coast is proud to recognize important figures who helped shape and make Okaloosa County an exceptional place where families create memories year-after-year.

Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk

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Take a trip down the boardwalks of the Mattie Kelly Park and Nature Walk. Some of the Emerald Coast's most beautiful and undeveloped wetlands can be found within the 10-acre bayou access park which also features a pier and beach and picnic areas. 

Celebrate Mardi Gras Along the Emerald Coast

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While the Emerald Coast is partial to green, we love purple and gold, too! The destination has many annual events to celebrate Carnival, and we invite you to join us for one or all of them. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Vacation Like a Rock Star

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Is there anything more relaxing than luxury and seclusion? What better way to spend your next vacation or getaway than in your own beach house rental! You may think renting a private beach house is only for the rich and famous but not anymore... check out our expert tips!


A Little Green Space - Oak Tree Nature Park

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Explore Oak Tree Nature Park and find a little green space that is a perfect example of the benefits of conservation in urban and suburban areas, and is a great place to take kids to learn about the natural world!

Hooked on History - Destin History & Fishing Museum

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Take a look inside one of Destin's most popular attractions and dig deep into the history of the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" with hundreds of vintage artifacts, unique exhibits, and even the original Destin Post Office Building.

Fishing and Dishing with Captain David Krebs

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A popular bumper sticker reads, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.” To that, Emerald Coast Captain David Krebs says, “Alleluia!”

ALLELUIA is the name of one of the four fishing boats David operates in Destin Harbor. As both a commercial fisherman and the owner of Ariel Seafoods, David is proud to supply fresh fish to restaurants all over the country, including Gulf to Table eateries here on the Emerald Coast.

What’s up-and-coming in Destin, a TripAdvisor Top Destination on the Rise for 2016

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On the heels of Destin recently nabbing the number three spot on TripAdvisor’s user-generated “Top Destinations on the Rise” list, we thought we’d share some insider information on what’s new and up-and-coming in the region. From a fresh new park and specialty shopping retailers, to a hot little eatery unique spa, and a brand new resort - it’s no wonder Destin, as well as Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, is on the rise!

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