Emerald Coast Real Estate and Community News

March 15, 2024

Sail Away: How to Rent a Boat in Destin, FL and Enjoy the Emerald Waters

The Emerald Coast is a hidden gem nestled along Florida's coastline, offering unparalleled opportunities for boating enthusiasts and water sports adventurers alike. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a curious newbie eager to explore the pristine waters, there's no better place to start your journey than by deciding to rent a boat in Destin, FL. This coastal paradise boasts crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and a welcoming community that makes every visitor feel like a local.

Today, I will share my top advice as a seasoned boat owner on how to navigate the joys of boating in this area, ensuring you're well-equipped to sail away into the horizon. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure where the Gulf meets the sky, and let the serene waters of Destin, FL, capture your heart.

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Feb. 23, 2024

How DeFuniak Became the "Best Small Town" in Florida

Known for its abundance of quaint historic homes, DeFuniak is a charming town with a rich history. The area was initially discovered by a survey team in 1881, whose purpose was to scout a route for the developing railway. The group realized that this haven near the almost perfectly round lake would make an excellent location for a town, and their leader W.D. Chipley decided that the spot be made into a stop along the railway. Chipley, as well as the town’s other founders, began to sell real estate around the lake with the hopes of building a resort in the area.

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Feb. 2, 2024

Unlocking Your Staycation: Locals' Hidden Retreats on the Emerald Coast

Living on the Emerald Coast, Florida, means accessing some of the world's most beautiful beaches, diverting watersports, and incredible sunsets. However, when tourists flood the Florida beach scene, finding some more tranquil spots can be challenging. Check out these local hideaways on the Emerald Coast for your next staycation on 30A!

 

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Jan. 5, 2024

The History of Niceville

Originally known by a much different name, Niceville is a small city located on Choctawhatchee Bay. Now most famous for its safe community and gorgeous beaches, this cozy settlement was originally home to only a handful of people and a single gristmill.

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Dec. 11, 2023

Top Things To Do Along the Emerald Coast for the Holidays in 2023

Why do you need a white Christmas when you could have a white sand beach Christmas? If you plan on spending your holidays in the warm, sunny climate of the Emerald Coast, Florida, you don't have to miss out on the holiday fun. Whether you're in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre, or any of our other beautiful seaside towns, the Emerald Coast has plenty of festive activities to offer you and your family this year. Here is a round-up of the top events along the Emerald Coast this holiday season!

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Posted in Community News
Nov. 24, 2023

Emerald Coast Breweries You Must Try

Living along the Emerald Coast comes with many perks, including access to a wide variety of breweries. Today, I am going to share with you some of my favorite breweries! Whether you want to find your one and only or try them all, I can't recommend the following breweries enough.

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Nov. 3, 2023

How Destin Has Transformed: From Tiny Community to "World's Luckiest Fishing Village"

Though Destin may be famous for its fishing tournament and picturesque white beaches, it wasn’t always the tourist hotspot we know it to be now. Originally settled between 1850 and 1852 by Captain Leonard Destin, it started out as a sleepy fishing village consisting of only a handful of founding families. However, with time and fresh ideas to promote the local economy, Destin grew to be the premier resort locale we know it to be now and a wonderful place to live!

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Oct. 13, 2023

The Underwater Museum of Art: Diving in Northern Florida

Do you love art, scuba diving, and supporting our underwater ecosystems? If you said yes to one, two, or all, you absolutely must check out the Underwater Museum of Art.

The Underwater Museum of Art is the first permanent underwater sculpture garden in the USA. It is located off the gorgeous shore of Walton County, in the Gulf of Mexico, lying at a depth of 58 feet, and is almost a mile off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park.

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Sept. 22, 2023

Soldiers on the Water 2023: A Day of Gratitude and Camaraderie on the Emerald Coast

 

Saturday, September 16th was not just another day on the calendar for The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® (ECAR). We hosted our annual Soldiers on the Water event, a remarkable day dedicated to offering our local combat-wounded veterans a day of world-class fishing on the serene waters of the Gulf. This is our heartfelt way of expressing gratitude, fostering camaraderie, and sharing our mutual love for the outdoors and the sport of fishing.

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Sept. 8, 2023

Destin-Fort Walton Beach's Artificial Reef Program

The shimmering waters of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, hold a secret beneath the waves - expansive artificial reefs. These captivating structures include manufactured reefs and coral nurseries, purpose-sunk boats, concrete structures, and even an underwater tank! A hidden world lies submerged in Destin on the Gulf, serving vital functions of the region's marine ecosystem. Read on to learn more about Destin's artificial reefs, their role in this picturesque coastal area, and the fun you can have interacting with these structures!

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