Today for our destination location we travel a short 5 hours from New Orleans. We are heading over to Florida to put our toes in the sand and bask in the sun. Florida’s Emerald Coast stretches about 100 miles and is comprised of five counties – Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay. This is truly a place where you can “go play around the coastline”.

Are you planning to make a trip to the beach this summer? Maybe you’d like to tie the knot on a beautiful gulf coast beachline? Well we wanted to give you some tips on how to do the Florida beaches in style.

With gorgeous white, sugary sand and emerald green water, it is a small paradise that is conveniently located so close to home. Beside the beautiful beaches, there are many hidden treasures around the area. I am also going to give you a peek into some options to get away, to truly relax and enjoy the fabulous activities the Emerald Coast has to offer.

First stop: Destin, located in Okaloosa County. Destin’s Emerald Grande at Harbor Walk Village is a plush condo resort that is perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or a picturesque wedding. Overlooking the Destin Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, the facility has an open air deck with a spiraling staircase and an indoor reception area to watch the sun set as you party the night away. Check out more of Emerald Grande here: Emerald Grande

Weddings at Emerald Grande

Photo from: Emerald Grande

You can’t go to the Emerald Coastline without having at least one shopping day! Well, visit the Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The premium outlets features upscale shopping. Some more notable shops are Armani Exchange, Coach, Harry and David, Waterford, and many more! It also houses a children’s play area and restaurants to make your shopping activity last all day long! Silver Sands Premium Outlets

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Photo from: Silver Sands Premium Outlets

South Rosa Beach is our next location. For a beautiful stroll and scenic views, check out Eden Gardens State Park. It has 163 acres of land that are part of the historic Wesley homestead. They house beautiful gardens, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, and of course weddings. There is a beautiful pavilion and a wedding tree to make for a memorable venue. Florida State Parks

The wedding tree at Florida State Park

Photo from: Eden Garden State Park

For an amazing spa experience while visiting the Emerald Coast, look no further than Serenity by the Sea Spa.  Located in South Walton’s Miramar Beach at the Hilton Sandestin, this award winning spa offers all you need to keep up your fitness routine, get some much needed relaxation and get you looking amazing for a night out or for your wedding.  We recommend the Day of Indulgence package to get the full experience of all the spa offers. Visit Serenity by the Sea Spa

Serenity by the Sea Spa

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Looking to hit a few holes while you celebrate your wedding week? There is a plethora of golf courses in the “Emerald City” but one that stands out to me is The Links-Golf club at Sandestin. The club is located between Pensacola and Panama City. It offers the most desirable year round golf destination. It lies on about 2400 acres and features views of the picturesque Emerald Coast. Sandestin Links

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Photo from: Sandestin Golf

Our final stop is Rosemary Beach located in South Walton County and it houses one of the most elegant hotels in the U.S. Luxury, elegance, and comfort all convene at The Pearl. The contemporary coastal décor and private balconies show off the Emerald Coast stunning views. It also houses farm-to-table restaurants at the Havana Beach Bar & Grill and the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge. The hotel offers four distinctive indoor and outdoor venues accommodating up to 140 guest for weddings and events. They have a beautiful spa, golf course, and a private beach to relax on before the big day! This place truly has it all. The Pearl

The Pearl Wedding

Photo from: The Pearl

Another great place to see in Rosemary Beach is the Beachside Park. Two outdoor venues on the beach are separated by a pristine dramatic lawn. Just a few steps off the lawn and you’re dipping your toes into the Gulf of Mexico. Rosemary Beach

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Photos from: Rosemary Beach Weddings

Entertainment

If you are visiting the Emerald Coast from June 17th to the 21st and looking for a fun attraction, check out the Blue Marlin Classic. The Classic is a world class sport fishing tournament with more than just blue marlin! Visit South Walton

Also if you’re into going out for a night of music, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast will begin their new season and they will have upcoming events to check out! Sinfonia Gulf Coast

We have only skimmed the surface of all that can be seen in the Emerald Coast! If you wish to know more about this destination, let us know below!

 

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