Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fall Really is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Beach!

October is our favorite month of the year here in the Miramar Beach/Destin area.

There's a tinge of "fall" in the air - cool mornings, bright orange sunsets and pumpkin spice 'everything'.  The crowds have thinned out, and it's a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the summer months. The Gulf water temperature is still close to 80...swimming weather, while other states are digging out their sweaters and boots.

This is when there are lots of events, harvests, outdoor entertainment and Octoberfests.  Be sure to check out The Destin Fishing Rodeo through October 31st, Pumpkinpalooza, Wednesday night concerts at Baytowne Wharf ....and the beginning of Baytowne on Ice (for those that miss the cold and ice, bring your skates and join in the fun on 10/27-2/2/2019).

We can help out with your travel arrangements!  Check our website at  for a house or condo that will meet your needs or call us at 850-654-4659.  Check our pet friendly properties too!

See you at the Beach
~Crystal Waters Vacations

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October Events in the Destin/Miramar Beach Area

October is one of the prettiest months here at the beach and there just happens to be lots of events planned.  We hope some of these suggestions will help make this an eventful month for you and your family, whether you're a local or a visitor.  If you're looking for a vacation rental, contact Crystal Waters Vacations.  We'll help you find what you're looking for!

College Football Saturdays HarborWalk Village 
Saturday, October 6 - Saturday, November 24th at 11:00 AM

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!? Come down to HarborWalk Village every Saturday and unleash your inner fan & score some great food and drink specials at:
-Crab Island Cantina & Charlies Burger Bar
-Harry T’s Lighthouse: Official Watch Parties for Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, UCF & Auburn
-Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi
-Margaritaville Destin

Wednesday Night Concert Series at Baytowne Wharf
7-9:00 PM

October 3 | Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang
October 10| Brandon Santini
October 17| Matt McCarty Quintet
October 24| Boukou Groove

Wind down the evening with an outdoor concert.
Every Wednesday night enjoy the stylings of both local and regional talent
on our Events Plaza Stage.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show!

Destin Fishing Rodeo
Annual Event - October 1-31
HarborWalk Village

This has been an annual event since May, 1948 in an effort to bring people to Destin. This is when Destin became known as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village".  Come enjoy this event whether you're an angler or just want to enjoy the events.  The daily weigh ins are fun to see and occur everyday from 10-7 pm on the docks of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. There will be rodeo events, just for kids events, weigh ins and rodeo photos.

Destin History & Fishing Museum
13th Anniversarty - FREE admission for all
108 Stahlman Ave
Destin, Fl  32541
October 2nd ~ 10-4 PM

Take this opportunity to visit and discover the history that shaped Destin from the small fishing village of the past to the world-class fishing and resort destination.

Features include 5,500 sq. ft. exhibit space, over 75 mounts of locally caught fish, outdoor Historic Park Complex featuring two historic boats, net reel & Destin’s original Post Office, science of Destin’s geologically unique sand, historic and genealogical data on the founding families and those that shaped the growth of Destin, and the Rodeo Gallery honoring Destin’s oldest fishing tournament. New exhibits include: replica Rodeo Leaderboard, Artificial Reef Building, Bay Ecology, Beach Ecology, Early Destin Entertainment, Kid’s Fish School, Urban Development, Rodeo Fishbench and Commercial Fishing. Relocated and updated exhibits include: Pioneers of Paradise, Local Indian Culture and the enhanced Mike Long Fish Wall. The Indian exhibit includes a beautiful mural done by local artist Edgar Walter. New historical data markers are in the Museum Heritage Park on Early Seine Boat Fishing & Fish Camps, Seine Nets & Net Reels and the 16 pioneer families. A new “photo-opp” entitled the “Linda Ann” offers a photo keepsake.

The Museum has audio, group, and student tours. Each visitor receives a raffle ticket for a chance at one of the 13 door prizes.

Duck Regatta
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Saturday, October 6th ~ 10-1 PM

Join us for the 8th Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 and adopt a duck for your chance to win, first place receives $5,000. This family-friendly event includes a scavenger hunt, face painting, kids activities, free carousel rides, and the duck race following at 1 pm.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company - The Spitfire Grill
560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) 
Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
September 20, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) opens its sixth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast with the musical “The Spitfire Grill.”

Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, the story of “The Spitfire Grill” centers around Percy a feisty parolee who follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. The diner is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

“There is a lot packed into this compelling story of universal truths including the powerful themes of redemption and forgiveness, along with the economic problems of small towns, the plight of Vietnam War veterans, and, to even female empowerment,” said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We are excited to open our season with this musical gem performed by a talented cast.”

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays.  There will be no performance on Saturday, Sept. 29 and an additional performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Running time is 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 13 and older.

11th Annual Baytowne Beer Festival
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Friday, October 12th - Saturday, October 13th

Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales! The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort presents the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on October 12th & 13th. American speciality brews from around the nation will be available to sample and savor. The event will feature over 200 domestic and international craft beers available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. Live music will be also featured during the festival.

Bubbly Baytowne
Thursday, October 18th ~ 5-7 PM

Join us for an evening full of FREE champagne and shopping during our Bubbly Baytowne. Sip and Shop through the village streets! Stop in various retail merchants as you enjoy a selection of premium champagnes. 

* This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public during this event.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company - Theatre for Young Audiences
560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs)
October 19-27

“Curious George: The Golden Meatball” 

Throwback Thursday | "Hocus Pocus"
Baytowne Wharf on the Events Plaza Lawn
Thursday, October 25th ~ 6:30 PM

We're throwing back to some of your favorite films. Enjoy a movie on the big-screen during our Throwback Thursdays. All movies are family friendly and open to the public.

Baytowne On Ice
Baytowne Wharf
Saturday, October 27th - Saturday, February 2nd

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, our seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions. Ice rink is open October 27th - February 2nd. Hours vary daily.

Trick or Treat Street
Baytowne Wharf
Wednesday, October 31st ~ 6-8 PM

Calling all ghouls, ghosts, and goblins to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for a spooktacular extravaganza! This Halloween, Trick or Treat through the Village streets and visit merchants for your favorite treat. Steve Hall will play frightenly good tunes on the main stage, enjoy face painting and balloon animals. End the night with a spooky fireworks display at 8pm.