Bring on the sunshine, flip-flips and our sparkling white-sand beaches! We have everything you want to know about the spring season in Destin, Florida! Whether you share a passion for the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” or simply just love the beach – book your upcoming escape to Florida’s Emerald Coast with the Resorts of Pelican Beach during these events:

 Destin's 6th Annual Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon – January 23, 2016
Destin's Bayou, Bay & Beach 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon sponsored by Shoreline Church is set for Jan. 23, 2016! The 10K and Half Marathon courses are USA Track & Field-certified. While all courses are set alongside Destin waterways, the half marathon course yields breathtaking views of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Destin Harbor, and East Pass, as it leads you through Destin, along a 4-mile undeveloped stretch of Okaloosa Island, and back. This year's theme is Beach Bums. Wear your floral shirts, floppy hats, board shorts, bikinis, floaties, sunglasses - whatever says beach lifestyle to you! http://www.destinchamber.com/bayou-bay-beach

8th Annual Mardi Gras Parade – February 6, 2016
Beads, beads and more BEADS! Grab your Krewe to experience Destin’s biggest Mardi Gras parade on the Destin Harbor. Dazzling floats, colorful costumes, street performers, live entertainment and more as the parade rolls through HarborWalk Village. www.EmeraldGrande.com/events

HarborWalk Village Fat Tuesday Celebration – February 9, 2016
Celebrate Mardi Gras at one of the many HarborWalk Village restaurants and bars! Enjoy free red beans and rice compliments of Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi! www.EmeraldGrande.com/events

Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Chili Cook-Off - February 27, 2016
We're bringing the heat to the Destin harbor as over 20 restaurants cook-up their secret Chili recipes for the 11th annual Chili Cook- Off! Hot, spicy chili and live entertainment on the Destin Harbor! www.EmeraldGrande.com/events

HarborWalk Marina Destin Cobia Tournament – March 1 – April 30, 2016
The Destin Cobia Tournament presented by HarborWalk Marina is a month long event that attracts hundreds of anglers from Northwest Florida. With a nickname like, “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” great fishing tournaments and Destin naturally go hand in hand. The tournament provides anglers with a great fishing experience and excellent payout. The Tournament starts when the first Cobia is caught usually early March and end April 30 at 8:00 PM. hhttp://destincobiatournament.com

Irish Street Festival & Grogg March – March 12, 2016
Don’t forget to wear your GREEN! The whole clan will enjoy an afternoon full of live Irish music and activities! Wee ones will enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, and an interactive treasure hunt through HarborWalk Village, sure to lead to the Pot O’ Gold! After dark, “Sham-Rock” for a cause! Travel throughout HarborWalk Village for the largest Grogg March this side of the Blarney Stone! www.EmeraldGrande.com/events

Kill Cliff Destin Marathon & Half Marathon – April 17, 2016
The first race ever started through crowdfunding. It was built by 600+ runners promising to purchase $65,000 worth of entries and other perks on our Indeigogo site in order to make it a reality. This is a full road marathon, 26.2 miles, showing off the best of Destin, Florida and the surrounding areas, complimented by a 13.1 mile half marathon! The perfect race for those who want to enjoy the beautiful Gulf of Mexico Emerald Coast and like to be treated as a person rather than just a bib number. The Kill Cliff Destin Marathon will be about the runners and ensuring you have the most enjoyable marathon possible. http://www.destinmarathons.com/

Must-Visit Destinations for Your Upcoming Vacation:

The Other End Restaurant & Beer Garden – One of Destin’s new hot-spots on the Harbor, stopover to The Other End’s outdoor beer garden on a beautiful day for cold seasonal brews and a mouthwatering meal by the water! Start your experience with one of The Other End’s 16 taps – offering a rotating selection of IPAs, Ales, Porters, Stouts and Lagers. Each time you visit, you’ll love experiencing their new brews in The Other End’s charming outdoor beer garden. Start your meal off with one of their unique small plates such as a “Pretzel Flight” (Bavarian pretzel served four ways: Cinnamon & Sugar, Sesame & Ginger, Parmesan Mediterranean and Hickory & Molasses, served with respective dipping sauces) or the “Duck Confit Spring Rolls” (slow cooked and rolled with cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, ginger and garlic served with Thai chili sauce). Try a tantalizing burger and sandwich such as the “Harbor Chicken Sandwich” (boneless chicken breast smothered with a hickory molasses rub, cheese and topped with aioli) or the “Pig In The Garden Sandwich” (slab cut bacon, lettuce, and vine ripe tomato served on a croissant topped with aioli). In addition to their savory lunch/dinner menu – on Saturdays and Sundays, The Other Side serves an incredible brunch featuring bottomless mimosas and creative versions of your favorite brunch dishes! Check out their “French Toast” – featuring three savory slices of French toast with blueberry and goat cheese filling. http://otherend.net/

Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer – Experiencing an incredible first-year of service, this seafood house has already won multiple awards such as Emerald Coast Magazine’s Best Restaurant in Okaloosa County 2015 and “Best Place for a Girl’s Night Out” by Destin Magazine! Featuring harborside dining, glance through their menu and you’ll quickly understand why this new restaurant is already winning the gold. In addition to Brotula’s imaginative fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood menu - Brotula’s goes above-and-beyond, offering their signature “Build Your Own Boil” menu! To create your boiled platter: choose up to three sides as your “Fixin’s”, such as Boiled New Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Cheese Grits, Croquettes, Fried Corn and much more. Second, choose between their four boil styles - Steamed, Cajun Boil (spicy crab boil with garlic), Asian Boil, and Deep South Boil (Abita Amber beer and mustard seeds). Third, choose what you’re cracking, options include Littleneck Clams, PEI Blue Mussels, Royal Red Shrimp, Snow Crab, Warm Water Lobster Tail, Whole Dungeness Crab and Alaskan King Crab. Fourth, choose your seasonings and butter, options include their signature “Bro Spice”, Asian Spice and Lemon and Pepper Spice. Butter options include Drawn Butter, Asian Butter, Cajun Butter and Ranch Butter. http://brotulas.com/

LuLu’s Destin, Florida – The ultimate restaurant for any type of visitor - get into a tropical-state-of-mind at LuLu’s Destin this year! After opening her wildly successful restaurant in Gulf Shores, Lucy Buffet (sister of superstar Jimmy Buffett) opened her second LuLu’s in Destin, Florida in mid-2015 and we have to admit - it’s worth adding to your vacation itinerary. Whether you’re craving that toes-in-the-sand tropical beach bar to sip on a blended libation or you’re searching for the perfect dinner destination suited for the entire family -LuLu’s is one of the most diverse waterfront restaurants in Destin. Families with children will appreciate LuLu’s beach area – perfect for playing rounds of family cornhole, beach fun with LuLu’s sand toys and beach chair lounging. The ultimate happy-hour spot, escape reality with the help of LuLu’s free nightly live music – accompanied with your favorite concoction and appetizers. For seafood-lovers, it does not get much better enjoying seafood by the water at LuLu’s! Use your special Fish Trax QR Code and find out who caught your meal and where in the Gulf of Mexico it was caught! In addition, LuLu’s offers six different types of allergies/diets friendly menus including gluten-free, egg-free, seafood-free, shellfish-free and dairy-free menus. http://www.lulubuffett.com/destin/

Come join us for Spring Break at the Resorts of Pelican Beach! Book your Spring Break Special Offer or call (888) 735-4226 to speak with one of our vacation planners.

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