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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.

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Dive into Family Fun with Guest Blogger Captain Jessie of Destin Snorkel

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Looking for family activities on the Emerald Coast? Meet Jessie Saint, captain and tour guide at Destin Snorkel, as well as a full-time wife and mother. When Jessie’s not running shelling and dolphin tours in the summer, she is a local artist, specializing in a nautical jewelry line and paintings on various media inspired by her time on the water. The abundant wildlife and gorgeous beaches of the Emerald Coast inspire everything she does. Enjoy her post.

Get ready for 100 Days of #EmeraldCoasting

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Family vacationers, foodies, naturalists, anglers, thrill seekers, beach bums, shoppers... it’s time to hit the beach! This summer, in honor of Okaloosa County’s 100th anniversary, we’re celebrating 100 Days of #EmeraldCoasting.

2015 Emerald Heart of Tourism Awards

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On May 8, in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau presented its first Heart of Tourism Awards to recognize the extraordinary achievements of five individuals in the tourism industry here in the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast.

National Travel & Tourism Week 2015

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Travel is vacationing. Travel is making memories. Travel is essential to the U.S. economy. Travel is a job creator. No matter how you complete the sentence, the bottom line message is that travel is vital to our country and our lives, and it has meaning for everyone. Here on the Emerald Coast "Travel is #EmeraldCoasting!"

DESTINation Wedding

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Honestly, traditional weddings aren’t for everyone. Some people are looking for a more unique way to tie the knot without all the formal hub-up. If you’re one of them, a DESTINation wedding is just the ticket.

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The Truth About Sharks on the Emerald Coast

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Worried about sharks ruining your next beach trip to Destin, Ft. Walton Beach or Okaloosa Island? Don’t be. You should be looking forward to swimming, fishing and paddleboarding in our renowned emerald-green water without stress. Here is everything you need to know about sharks along the Heart of the Emerald Coast.

7 Ways McGuire’s of Destin Will Make Your St. Patrick's Day Perfect

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 St. Patrick’s Day is the day to visit Destin's Irish headquarters - McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin.  If you’re coming to Destin, Okaloosa Island or Ft. Walton Beach for St. Patty’s day, here is how McGuire’s will have you covered.

Secrets of the Ling

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We know the secrets of the sand. The Emerald Coast boasts the sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green water that provide a peaceful getaway for those seeking serenity. But, there is another secret that isn’t boasted as loudly. As with any well-kept secret, it takes a while to get the word out. It’s surprising that the secret has been kept this long, as it’s already well-known that Destin is the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”!

Spring Is in the Salt Air!

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It’s hard to say what season is best on the Emerald Coast. Summer, of course, is an absolute paradise here. In winter, you can trade frigid snow for sugar-white sand. And when it comes to fall color, nothing beats emerald green. But spring...there’s just something about spring. Many consider it the perfect time to go #EmeraldCoasting.

5 Ways to Enjoy a Beach Vacation – On a Rainy Day

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Let’s be honest….it rains at the beach. Sure, the majority of the time the chances of flip flop weather are near 100% but there are days when only a Wellie will do, and if you find yourself in Destin, Fort Walton Beach or Okaloosa Island on one of those days, here is how you survive...

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