Fall Break in Destin, Florida

Destin and surrounding areas in Northwest Florida have become popular tourist destinations for year-round travel due to moderate temperatures in the “off-season” and easy travel for Southeast vacationers. While summer is definitely the busiest time for the Emerald Coast, spring break and fall break are also great times to visit and offer cooler temps, less crowds and often lower prices! Fall break is a gap on school calendars usually scheduled in October bringing families and college kids to the area for one last hoorah before the holidays. We welcome our fall break visitors and hope to see you on the water with Xtreme H2O Sports, as we are open all year!

October is commonly referred to as the favorite month of the year among locals and returning guests to the panhandle. Fewer crowds and less traffic offer better opportunities to sightsee along the coast. The slower season often means lower prices for accommodations and activities and definitely shorter lines shopping and dining! The weather is perfect with cooler evenings yet the water is still warm enough to enjoy swimming pools and the Gulf of Mexico.

Xtreme H2O Sports appreciates the surge in business that comes with fall break and invites travelers to take advantage of lower rates during the off-season but the same fun activities that are offered all year! Our team of locals came up with a list of “must dos” for you and your family to enjoy fall break:

Fall Break Bucket List for Families

  • Destin Fishing Rodeo – Join in the festivities October 1-31st for the 73rd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, a month-long fishing tournament celebrated on the Destin Harbor. Book a fishing charter or participate every day as a spectator at the weigh-ins on the docks.
  • Crab Island – No trip to Destin, Florida is complete without seeing Crab Island. Rent a boat and hit up the most popular tourist destination in the panhandle. Be sure to pack your cooler, towel and sunscreen and picnic for a fun day on the water. Water is still warm enough to enjoy snorkeling and swimming, so bring the floats and enjoy soaking in the sun!
  • Rocktober – Harborwalk Village hosts several concerts free to the public every Saturday in October at 7 PM followed by fireworks at 9 PM. Enjoy fun, family festivities on the docks to include dinner as well at one of their awesome waterfront restaurants. 
  • Museums – Destin and the surrounding areas are rich with local history that are displayed at Destin Fishing Museum Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Gulfarium and Air Force Armament Museum. Especially great activities to explore on rainy or cooler days at the beach!
  • Sunset – Our autumn sunsets are the best as the sun sets over the water this time of year. Enjoy a sunset cruise, dine on the harbor and/ or a walk on the beach to capture these beautiful sunsets and don’t forget your camera! Book a professional photographer to remember forever.
  • Amusement rides – Family go-kart racing, bumper boat spraying and mini-golf tournaments offered at the Track in Destin, Florida.  The park is conveniently located, clean and the staff is awesome!
  • Parasailing Destin – Get the best view of the beach parasailing with the family. Take advantage of lower prices in shoulder season for this exciting coastal activity. Fun and safe for all, ages 6 and over (spectators on boat are welcome age 3 and up). Parasailing can be enjoyed all year with take-off and landing directly on the boat so getting wet is entirely up to you! 
  • Art Festivals – Destin attracts artists and enthusiasts from all over the world every October for annual events; Artsquest Fine Art Festival and Mattie Kelly Art Foundation’s Festival of the Arts.
  • Jet Ski Experience – Explore Destin by water on Jet Skis. Ride throughout the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Destin Harbor and East Pass to discover Okaloosa Island, Norriego Point, Crab Island and more. Jet Skis are easy and safe to operate and a blast to ride! Xtreme H2O Sports has 2 locations offering rentals. Check out their exciting Dolphin Tour via Jet Skis scheduled daily with one of our crew guiding the group. 
  • Hiking – Autumn is celebrated for the change of seasons and Destin and surrounding areas have awesome trails and parks to experience…off the beaten path. Check out Henderson State Park in Destin and click here to view several other hiking destinations close by. 

Pack your bags and head to Destin this month and check out Autumn at the beach!

 

Top 10 Restaurants in Destin, Florida

The Emerald Coast’s beautiful snow-white sand and blue-green waters have attracted travelers for years. And with the large number of guests, and growing number of residents, this area of Northwest Florida is also a “foodies” dream with amazing restaurants up and down the coast. Xtreme H2O Sports is family-owned with a home-grown, local crew that compiled a list of our favorite restaurants in Destin and Fort Walton Beach, where we live and work year-round. In no particular order, here is a list of ten of our favorite Destin Restaurants.

1. Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant

Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant (the original) – One of Destin’s “must see” landmarks, and family favorite, Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant is located next to one of our Xtreme H2O Sports locations and the Destin Marina on Calhoun Avenue. Directly on the docks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, with beautiful views of Crab Island, Dolphins and daily sunsets. Casual dining on the docks and tasty seafood – enjoy an afternoon and evening Parasailing and Jet Ski Rentals followed with dinner and sunset at Dewey Destin! Click here to view their menu.

 2. Harbor Dock’s

Harbor Docks is a local’s favorite, offering fresh and delicious seafood for over 40 years on the Destin Harbor. Perfect for family gatherings and celebrations or date night too with excellent outdoor dining and indoor seating with views as well! Famous for local, fresh seafood and amazing sushi offerings. Harbor Docks is located close to our Harbor location and it would be an excellent plan to rent a Pontoon Boat with us and visit Harbor Docks for lunch by water! Click here to view their menu.

3. Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano

Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian eatery in Destin perfect for families and date nights. Located in the heart of Destin (near Target and Winn Dixie). Vibrant décor with indoor seating, a beautiful bar as well as outdoor dining and reservations are accepted! Click here to view their menu.

4. The Harbor Tavern

The Harbor Tavern is one of our crew’s favorites for lunch on a busy day in the season and a spot to hit up afterwards for live music! Just walking distance from Xtreme H2O on the Destin Harbor, grab lunch to go for a picnic and rent your Pontoon Boat with us for a fun afternoon on the water. Harbor Tavern is great for families, to-go and a night out with adults! 

5. Pepitos Mexican Restaurant

Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant has been pleasing Destin customers for over 20 years with excellent service and consistent, fresh and tasty lunch and dinner. With 4 locations in the area, plan to visit for authentic Mexican cusisine while you’re in town! Perfect for family get togethers, business lunch meetings, birthday party celebrations and more with private dining rooms and outdoor dining available! Click here to view their menu.

6. Marina Café

Marina Café is Destin’s most popular, fine-dining restaurant located on the Destin Harbor. Famous for amazing happy hour specials, sunsets and romantic evenings on the water. Ideal location to dine al fresco and watch the Destin Fireworks that are scheduled every Thursday during the season! Xtreme H2O Sports ‘Skywalker Parasailing’ location is on the docks directly behind the restaurant. Click here to view their menu.

7. Boshamps Oyster House

Boshamps Oyster House also located on the Destin Harbor is an awesome spot for lunch or dinner and Sundays are usually festive with live music and a great play area for kids and families- even dogs are welcome at Boshamps! Xtreme H2O Sports has a parasailing location right next door and it’s walking distance to the Destin Harbor district. Click here to view their menu.

8. McGuire’s Irish Pub

McGuire’s Irish Pub in Destin is part of your “bucket list” for dining while in Destin! No trip is complete without visiting this clever and tasty spot for lunch or dinner. Great for families or an evening with friends, but expect a wait during the season as it’s very popular! Located close to our Xtreme H2O locations, with fantastic views available from the top floor to span Destin’s East Pass, the Destin Harbor and Crab Island. Click here to view their menu.

9. Local Market

Local Market is a casual community restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner on Holiday Isle in Destin, Florida. Locally owned and operated and perfect for families with a wide variety of menu options. Click here to view their menu.

10. Louisiana Lagniappe

Louisiana Lagniappe is one of Destin’s most desired seafood restaurants with a lengthy menu full of many options and amazing views. Located inside Sandpiper Cove on Holiday Isle with beautiful views of the Destin Harbor open nightly for dinner. The wait is worth this incredible view and ambiance! Click here to view their menu.

Bachelorette Party at Crab Island in Destin, Florida

Plan your Bachelorette Party at the beach! What better excuse for a girl’s trip to beautiful Destin, Florida. It’s become quite popular for brides-to-be and her family and friends to celebrate coastal style. Xtreme H2O Sports in Destin and Fort Walton Beach offers Pontoon Boat and Jet Ski Rentals for the ultimate party on the water! Offering a Double Decker Pontoon Boat with slide as well as standard, 24′ Pontoon Boat for up to 12 people. Plan a day on the water with your favorite ladies to celebrate this exciting time. 

Pack a cooler with your favorite snacks and beverages, order fun floats and decorations and decide a theme to coordinate outfits for perfect photo ops! Many groups reserve multiple Pontoon Boats to accommodate big groups and we are happy to quote package pricing for Pontoon Boat, Jet Ski and Parasailing.

And, let’s not forget the guys – Bachelor parties at the beach are the best way to getaway with the guys and celebrate before the big day.  

Call (850) 978-3060 for more information and check us out online at www.XtremeH2O.net. In addition, to helping with securing a fun and safe day at Crab Island, we are happy to recommend local accommodations, restaurants, party bus/ taxi service, spas and more!

 

Flashback Friday – Destin, Florida

Destin and Fort Walton Beach Florida are famous vacation destinations and have grown rapidly over the last 50 years! Affectionately called the “Emerald Coast” – this region of Northwest Florida has become one of the most popular locations for vacations, destination weddings, family reunions, business  conventions, spring break trips and large scale events. The nickname, ‘Emerald Coast’ was chosen for the gorgeous emerald-green waters aligning our beautiful snow-white sandy beaches!

The initial inhabitants to the Destin/ Fort Walton Beach area were Native Americans dated back to seventh century A.D. Although there are discovered artifacts dating back centuries, Destin and Fort Walton Beach did not become municipalities until less than a century back!

Florida Girl Deep Sea Fishing Party- Boat

The area is, and has always been appealing due to the illustrious fishing industry and beautiful seascape. For many decades the region was strictly seasonal with summer vacationing guests and very little traditional businesses. Today, Destin and Fort Walton Beach have prosperous year-round residents and a booming tourism enterprise!  

See what all the hype is all about with a trip to the Emerald Coast. No trip is complete without seeing the area by water! Check out Destin’s infamous Crab Island with a Pontoon Boat Rental. And, meet Destin’s unofficial mascot, the Bottlenose Dolphin up close and personal on our Jet Ski guided Dolphin Tour! Get a bird’s eye view of the area Parasailing Destin. Catch dinner while making lifetime memories with an exciting Fishing Charter.

Xtreme H2O Watersports has 4 locations in Destin and Fort Walton Beach and are your one-stop for fun on the water. Give us a call to help plan your activities today! (850) 978-3060