Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Summer is Winding Down

As summer begins to wind down, we are gearing up for a fun fall season here at Crystal Waters Vacations.  Kids are getting ready to go back to school. Moms are shopping for school clothes and supplies.  There's even been sightings of Halloween and fall decor in the stores. (Can you believe it?  Where did the summer go?)

We are actually heading into my personal favorite time of the year!  Two words. LESS TRAFFIC.  Summer at the beach is notoriously associated with traffic, especially during this road construction. But we will begin to see less cars on the road over the next couple weeks.   (Hopefully by next summer the construction will be complete.) 

The evenings will start to cool down, which makes it the perfect time to enjoy those walks on the beach.  We'll also see less crowded beaches! And shorter wait times at the restaurants.  

Best of all, the rates for vacation rentals will begin to drop! So if you haven't already considered booking a fall trip to Destin, this is the time to plan it!  We can help! 

Check our website at www.crystalwatersvacations.com to choose your favorite house or condo!  Are you looking for gulf front?  Pet friendly?  1, 2 or 3 bedroom condo?  3, 4 or 5 bedroom house? House with separate in law suite?  We have it!   There's something for every one.  

Hope to see you at the beach this fall! 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

It's Not Too Late To Book Your Summer Vacation

Summer is officially half over.  Can you believe it?  July 4th has passed.  Moms are shopping for school clothes for the kids. The stores have fall decor out. And people are already talking about Christmas.  Where did the time go?

On a positive note, we still have quite a few weeks of summertime weather ahead of us.  If you haven't booked your beach trip, it's not too late! We still have availability for July and August at several properties.  September is pretty wide open. And October is still warm and the BEST month to visit! 

Take a look at our website to pick out your beach home or condo >>
Crystal Waters Vacations    Or give us a call! 850-654-4659

See you at the beach! 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

~ Life Doesn't Come With A Manual, It Comes With A Mother ~

If you're local and looking for something special to do with Mom this Mother's Day, we have come up with a few ideas for you...

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village ~ Grande Vista Bar & Grill ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~ 11 am - 2 pm Reservations recommended 850-424-0621

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village ~ Harbor View Room ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~ 10 am - 2 pm  Reservations recommended 850-424-0622

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~ 12 pm - 8 pm

Henderson Beach Resort & Spa ~ Mother's Day Brunch ~  12 pm - 3 pm

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar ~ Mother's Day Brunch with a complimentary glass of champagne ~ 9 am - 11 am 

Sunquest Cruises ~ Mother's Day Lunch on the Yacht ~ Check in 12:15 pm/Cruise 1 - 3:30 pm

If you're looking for something a little different ~ take Mom fishing! 

Pelican Adventures ~ Mom Fishes for FREE! 8 am - 2 pm ~ Charter boat leaves from HarborWalk

ArtsQuest Arts & Crafts Festival ~ Grand Sandestin Town Center ~ 10 am - 5 pm

Give your mom an extra tight hug this Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day
~From Crystal Waters Vacations

Monday, April 29, 2019

Safely Traveling With Your Pup

Here are a few tips to make the trip from home to vacation house safer and easier for everyone:

  • Keep Everyone Secure.  Yes, it's sweet to hold Fido on your lap, but it can be dangerous - for you and the dog.  Dogs should be restrained in the back seat of a car or in a carrier, whether in a car or a RV.  Dogs allowed to stick their heads out the car window risk injury from debris or illness from air forced into their lungs. 
  • Tag, Chip and Leash.  Do not ever open the car door without first securing your pet's leash - even when it's inside a crate.  One quick leap, and your pet could disappear into a parking lot or rest area hundreds of miles away from home. Also make certain your pet's tag and microchip have your cell number or other vacation contact information. 
  • A Few of My Favorite Things.  Just like us, our pets have comfort items.  Don't forget your dog's favorite food, dishes, blankets, bed and toys. 
  • Plan a Pet-friendly Itinerary.   Map out good places to stop for walks along the way and locate pet friendly hotels if your trip requires an overnight stop.  At your vacation home, look for parks that allow dogs.  **Don't assume the beach is pet friendly, be sure to check this out. Here in the Destin area there are parks, restaurants, and even pubs that welcome both you and your dog. 
          ~Tips shared from "Dog Friendly Travels on the Gulf Coast" by D. Fran Morley

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Weekend Events in Destin

To Christians, Easter is the most special day of the year, the day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. 

Easter also also is celebrated with the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, jelly beans, and lot's of chocolate. He (or she, as we are never quite sure about this) comes on Saturday night leading to Easter Sunday morning. He brings lots of chocolates and other candies. That's one meaning to Easter, especially if you are a kid or a "Chocolaholic".

In the Destin area, Easter also means family time, possibly enjoying brunch together or visiting the Easter bunny!  Here are a few local events this weekend for your family to consider:

Easter Explosion - Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday April 20th for a day filled with free family friendly entertainment! Lawn games, face-painting, inflatables and more! And don't forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! 12-3 PM

LuLu's Easter Egg Hunt - Come meet the Easter Bunny this Sunday at 2 pm.  Will be divided by ages for safe hunting for all. 

Brunch with the Easter Bunny - Brunch from 10-2 pm and visit with the Easter bunny from 2:30-4 at HarborWalk Village this Sunday. For reservations please call (850) 424-0622.

Sunquest Easter Lunch Cruise - Enjoy Easter lunch on the Solaris yacht! Not only will you have delicious food but also a relaxing ride on the Destin water.  Depart from the Baytown Marina at 1 pm.  Lots of yummy menu options! 

Whatever your family decides to do on this Easter Weekend, make it a special one! 


Monday, April 15, 2019

Get the Most from the Emerald Coast!

It's not a surprise that the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is the fastest growing airport in Florida, considering Destin has been voted in the Top Cities to live...and vacation!  

It now offers over 50 non-stop flights daily to primary hub cities across the nation, making domestic and international connections easy. Allegiant, Delta, American and United are just a few of the airlines that service the Destin area. Offering low fares and great values, VPS is the smart choice when considering an airport, and our central location makes flying a breeze for over 2 million residents.

This popular airport isn't stopping at this!  They are continuing to grow and have changes planned for the future.  View these plans here:  https://www.flyvps.com/master-plan-update/

So what are you waiting for?  It's time to book your summer trip to the beach!  We can help with your accommodations.  Call us at 850-654-4659 or check our website at www.crystalwatersvacations.com to choose a house or condo that will work for your family!

See you at the beach!