Dolphins In Destin


The beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast are some of the most pristine in the world!

Because of that, our warm waters are home to wide variety of marine life including the ever popular dolphin.

Dolphins are one of the smartest animals on earth, and science is just beginning to understand just how intelligent they are. Thought to be one of only a couple of animal species on the planet that use tools, make art and are even self aware, able to recognize themselves when looking into a mirror. Researchers are also beginning to realize that these marine mammals have an extensive language that they use to communicate, and that it appears as if each ‘Flipper’ even has its own name which other members of the pod use to refer to specific animals.

One of the most popular ways to spot these famous cetaceans is by visiting our amazing Gulfarium, where your family can get up close and personal with our native sea creatures. Watch a dolphin show and marvel at their unbelievable high flying acrobatics and astounding wit. Or enjoy the humorous performance of the resident sea lion as he works through his act with one of his skilled trainers. There’s also a petting zoo of sorts, where your family can touch sting rays and sea stars.

Another fun way to see dolphins and other marine animals in their natural habitats is by spending the afternoon on board a dolphin excursion. Besides dolphins, your family will see manatees, sea turtles and maybe even a shark. Glass bottom boats, also, provide the perfect opportunity to see some of the sea life that is a little harder to see from the surface, without having to get wet!

After your back on shore, you’ll be tickled as pink as one of our unmatched sunsets to be going back to the awesome Palms of Destin to relax and unwind. Our suites are designed to be unmatched in luxury, affording our guests a cozy beach hideaway complete with fine furnishings, sumptuous beds dressed in fresh linens, and over-sized, modern bathrooms combined with a marvelous view of our charming coastal landscape from the private balcony where you can watch one of our stellar sunsets!

Time lounging around our lagoon inspired pools, one of which is a zero entry and the other is heated, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant flowers, is time well spent at the Palms of Destin. Also awaiting our guests leisure are our lighted tennis/basketball courts and state of the art fitness center, where you can work up an appetite for our unbelievable gourmet creations at The Brick and Spoon, conveniently located within the resort.

Besides those activities and our wonderful beaches, other nearby area attractions, from shopping at our enormous Silver Sands outlet or Destin commons, to a round of golf at some of the best courses in the country, will have you and your family wondering what to do first! Call today to get started, learn more or book your stay at the Palms of Destin and get away this Memorial day weekend to welcome summer in style!

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One of the best parts about the Emerald Coast is our abundance of superbly delicious, locally caught seafood

That is so fresh, you can get it right from the boat that it was caught on, pulled from the pristine Gulf waters surrounding Destin, Florida.

A local delicacy along these shores, Oysters have a long history as a favored food dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Feeding mainly on single-cell plants that flourish in our rich estuaries, where nutrient-rich freshwater rivers meet coastal saltwater, Florida’s Eastern oysters grow rapidly and can reach market size in less than two years.

Along Florida’s Gulf Coast, oysters are harvested commercially from small boats by fishermen using large, long-handled tongs to scoop them from the sandy-bottom beds. The extra lean meat has a tender to firm texture, with a slight salty flavor that captures the wonderful essence of the Gulf. Hard clams are a great substitution if oysters cannot be found.

Cooking Tips

  • Wash live oysters thoroughly under cold running water prior to cooking.
  • Oysters become plump and opaque and the edges begin to curl when thoroughly cooked.
  • Serve roasted and grilled oysters in shells with melted butter or a sauce.

Enjoy this much adored recipe with your loved ones, which can be prepared easily in your suite’s fully equipped kitchen and savored on your private patio while you watch the setting sun paint the sky with vibrant colors. Serve with an ice cold lager or chilled white wine.


  • 36 Florida oysters, shucked, on the half shell
  • Rock salt
  • 12 ounces low-fat mozzarella cheese, grated
  • ½ cup cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 4 Florida jalapeno peppers, chopped

Arrange oysters on rock salt in a baking dish. Top each oyster with ½ teaspoon of the cheese crumbled bacon and chopped jalapeno to taste. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until edges of oysters begin to curl.

For more recipes to indulge in while on the Emerald Coast, be sure to make your next reservation at the Palms of Destin, the premier coastal vacation resort on the Gulf specializing in affordable beach luxury.

Offering 1-3 bedroom suites, each including 2 full bathrooms, our rentals are designed to be your tropical oasis featuring fine furnishings. Your rental will also include comfortable beds dressed in fresh linens, spacious bathrooms, and private balconies overlooking sweeping views of our coastal landscape and the charming village of Destin. High speed internet, large flat screen televisions with movies, fully equipped kitchens, and washer/dryer complete your room’s amenities.

Our state of the art fitness center is ideal for shedding your cares as well as some weight and our guests will revel in the refreshing sensation of taking a dip in our zero entry or enormous heated pools, surrounded by lush palms and fragrant blooms. Of course, miles of white sand beaches and all the area attractions the Emerald Coast offers, like sport fishing, golf, shopping and more, is just moments away.

So this summer, come take advantage of all the beautiful weather, uncrowded beaches and outdoor festivities on the Emerald Coast, and be sure to make your next reservation at The Palms of Destin for the perfect backdrop for your family’s time spent in our coastal paradise! Call 1.877.44.RESORT

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There are worse things to do than contemplating how to spend a day in Destin!

Many a list has been created over the years highlighting the best things to do around Destin or the top attractions.

So, we thought we should make our own list and let you choose what you want to do!

  • ClearWaterDo Nothing – This may seem counterproductive to having fun but let’s be honest. Sometimes doing nothing can be an absolute blast and when you have beaches as beautiful as ours, sometimes just laying out can be the best time
  • Take a Sunset Stroll – Our beaches may be second to none – but we are positive that our sunsets are one of a kind!
  • Make a Hole In One – Destin is known for our many championship level golf courses and sunny days. Perfect for having the game of your life! If you want to take the kids with we also have a variety of mini golf courses.
  • Catch Your Dinner – Fish, shrimp or crab? You catch it and a few of our local eateries will even cook it up for you. Or, bring your catch back to your suite and try a local recipe for the full experience of catch and cook!
  • Learn to Paddleboard – Always wondered what those people were doing out there on their YOLO boards? Contact our concierge to arrange for some lessons!
  • Try a New Watersport or Just Go Boating – Just like you wouldn’t hit the ski slopes without a few lessons, our staff can help you find the perfect surf instructor – or opportunities to try everything from snorkeling to parasailing. Or you could just rent a boat or schedule a tour.
  • Go Nocturnal – Our nightlife in Destin is superb! Check out Nighttown or ask the concierge staff for individual recommendations based on your particular partying tastes.
  • Catch A Ride – Explore the coast and the communities surrounding Destin with the aid of a professional limo service. Not only will they fight the traffic for you which allows you to relax even more but their knowledge of the area will show you parts of Destin and beyond that you may not find in a pamphlet.
  • Have an Encounter of the Dolphin Kind – The Gulfarium is a great choice, where you can certainly have a one on one experience with these aquatic superstars. That’s not your only option to have for this thought. You can take a stroll down our beaches many days and watch their wild friends frolicking in the emerald seas or go on a dolphin cruise specifically to see these incredibly intelligent aquatic mammals. It really is an experience like no other!

Dolphins in DestinThere’s so much going on here it’s just not feasible to list it all. Besides, some of the fun is stumbling upon a great time on your own.

Need more ideas for how to whittle away your vacation days in Destin? Call The Palms today to book your stay or ask our staff for recommendations. From reservations to transportation, we can help you plan the perfect getaway here at The Palms of Destin!

All you have to do is call 1-877-447-3767 and you’ve started the journey to your ultimate coastal getaway.


As the holidays inch ever closer, the sounds of the season grow ever louder and more joyous around Destin!

To make your search for the perfect soundtrack for your vacation a bit easier, we have once again compiled a list of some fun seasonal music being played around Destin this week.

The Wednesday Night Concert Series Continues…

Enjoy this free holiday concert each week from 7 to 9 pm at the Events Plaza of The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

It’s a Holiday Pops Concert

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra adds a real festive touch to the Destin holiday season on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 pm with a Holiday Pops concert at Niceville’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The NFSO will be joined by the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale to fill the air with music while they perform beautiful seasonal favorites and have a good old-fashioned carol sing-along.

“What’s That?” You Say? Why, It’s a Tuba Christmas Concert, Lantern Parade and a Giant Elf!

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is hosting a free Tuba Christmas Concert beginning at 5 pm on Saturday, December 10th. Following this unique musical event at 6 pm will be the annual Holiday Lantern Parade featuring commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic holiday symbols. Attendees are invited to make their own paper lanterns.


Check our blog each week for more seasonal event listings or allow our concierge staff to make recommendations for your personal holiday tastes.

Call The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center today to book your Florida December to Remember stay in beautiful Destin, Florida! 877.447.3767


Here in Destin, we are thankful to live in such a beautiful place in such a beautifully diverse world.

In December of 2016, there are many holidays of importance to our guests from cultures around the world.

Just last week was the important Buddhist holiday of Bodhi Day and just a sample of holidays still to come in the second half of this month includes:

  • 16-25th – Posades Navidenas
  • 17-24th – Hanukkah The Festival of Lights
  • 21st – Winter Solstice
  • 24-25th – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

While we are not currently aware of any celebrations for Posades Navidenas at this time, there are several events happening in the next few weeks to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Here is a quick run-down of Hanukkah events on the Emerald Coast this week:

Saturday, December 17.

11 am

It’s a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way!

Friday, December 16.

7:30 pm

Fort Walton Beach’s Temple Beth Shalom Family Chanukah Night. Families can bring menorahs for a group lighting and hear the story of Chanukah.

Monday, December 26

5:30 pm

Chabad of the Emerald Coast plans the biggest area Chanukah event with a Grand Menorah Lighting at HarborWalk Village in Destin.  Lighting of the Menorah on the main stage, family games and activities, special holiday music and many specialty holiday foods and favorites will be available at the free event.

We want to thank all of our guests visiting Destin this month for spending their holiday season with us.

Please let the Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center concierge staff know if you are looking for special events or need transportation or reservations for holiday gatherings during your stay.

Book your Destin holiday today at The Palms by calling 877.447.3767