TRAVEL WORTHY EVENTS: Living the Pirate’s Life in Florida

Destin, Florida Stands for Fun, Flavor, Fantasy, and Festivals

By Deborah S Nelson, VRTG Travel Writer/Publisher

With an average of over 200 days of sunshine per year, Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a reason. Yet, Florida is not only home to snow birds and retirees. Florida is home to relaxation, fun, food, and entertainment for all ages. Destin, in particular, is a perfect example of this. OK, let’s imagine you are there. First, you settle into your vacation rental home. Next, you are ready to go the beach to unwind. But, now that you have unwound you want your next adventure. Allow Destin, Florida to open the doors to a myriad of local events, fishing tournaments, car shows, holiday parades and food festivals. From the Annual Chili Cook Off, the Greek Festival, to the Emerald Coast Boat Show, each event is more unique than the other. Indeed, it is up to you to find the hidden treasures of the Emerald Coast at Destin, Florida.

Destin Seafood Festival in Destin, FloridaThe Annual Destin Seafood Festival

Notably, one of the biggest and most popular festivals each year in Destin naturally involves food. The Destin Seafood Festival opens the beginning of every October with the Destin Fishing Rodeo along the breathtaking Destin Harbor and the Harbor Boardwalk. Join 60,000 folks for three days of seafood, arts, crafts, live music, family events, and fireworks.

Children will enjoy Kids Fun Zone at East Pass Marina with a petting zoo, pony rides, and kid’s games for toddlers. Plus, engage them at the Kids Fun Zone at Harbor Walk Village with zipping lining and rock climbing. Next, join the excitement on the docks of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, Destin’s Fishing Fleet, and Harbor Restaurants & Bar. Catch a famous Floridian sunset before you head home.

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Destin, FloridaBilly Bowlegs Pirate Festival

Have you ever fantasized about being a pirate? Take yourself, your friends, or your family–pull up your boots to get ready to enter the Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival. Early June, Destin offers several events for children and adults alike. Day one starts with the “Defense of the City” show by Reed’s Raiders. Next, comes Captain Billy and his Krewe’s landing at the dock. Lastly, the day finishes with a gigantic fireworks display at night. The second day completes with pirate revelry, music, and Captain Billy’s invasion.

Throughout the days, visitors can poke around different pirate stores, food courts, and enjoy more entertainment. Also, for kids, attractions include the Pirate Play Zone, Euro-Bungee, and the Space Walk of Fort Walton. Furthermore, a rock wall and carnival games are also set up. The final day finishes with the one of the biggest parades on the Emerald Coast, the Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade! Whether you go for only one day or more, you are bound to enjoy the unique twists each festival offers. However, nothing is quite like playing a pirate for several days.

Destin Christmas Lighted Boat Parade in Destin, Florida

Destin Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

If are a boat enthusiast, own a boat, or looking for entertainment during Christmastime in Destin, Florida, the Destin Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will be right up in your alley. Therefore, you may enter your boat in this annual tradition. Or, marvel at the fantastic light show from the shore on a mid-December evening. The parade starts from the Boshamps Oyster House and goes to the Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village.

In addition, the local restaurants prepare every year to for the flock of people. However, for a closer view, walk to the edge of any boat dock to herald a wave to the passing boats. Immediately after the parade, the sky will sizzle with a fantastic fireworks display over the Destin Harbor. Furthermore, live music groups line the street with sounds. Take in the aroma of tasty food and resfreshing drinks. This includes hot chocolate, arts & craft, and as children’s games. Lastly, be sure to stick around to say “Hi!” to Santa Claus during the day!

Vacation Rental Accommodations


Destin West Vacation Rental ManagementDestin West Vacation Rental Management stands with you every step of the way to ensure a memorable trip. Come to the Florida Panhandle and beautiful Fort Walton Beach. Stay at the Destin West Resort. which offers some of the best amenities for a memorable family vacation. Destin West appeals to guests of all ages. Indeed, water fun options in the resort provide entertainment and relaxation. Plus, within a short walking distance, the Fort Walton Beach Boardwalk hosts several restaurants and night clubs.


Destin Getaways Vacation Rentals in Destin, FloridaDestin Getaways offers vacation accommodations from Destin to the beaches of South Walton. Spend your days relaxing on the sugar-white beaches. Spend nights enjoying the world-renowned fresh coastal cuisine and exciting nightlife. Obviously, we offer a wide selection of properties. These lovely vacation homes vary from one-bedroom condos to 5-bedroom private beach front homes. However, we know everyone doesn’t  have the same needs or the same price. Indeed, that is why Destin Getaways give guests the chance to browse properties from simple to lavish. Notably, these stunning properties dot the beautiful coast and are the most desirable locations–from 30A to Destin.

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