Guess what? Autumn is here, and with it comes the magical season of Fall Break. Kids are off school, families are buzzing with excitement, and the local festivities are in full swing! When it comes to planning the most memorable fall vacation in Florida, the Emerald Coast shines brighter than the rest. After all, this is a spot that Good Morning America hailed as one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America."

There’s no better time for Emerald Coasting than in the fall, when crowds have dissipated and temperatures have moderated. From beach strolls to fishing, restaurant hopping to shopping, there are plenty of activities in the fall to appeal to families, couples or retirees looking for a Florida getaway.

So, spice up your autumn season this year with a getaway to the Emerald Coast of Florida! Fewer crowds, fantastic temperatures and great vacation discounts - there are several exciting reasons fall is a great time to book your getaway to Destin at Pelican Beach!




At the Resorts of Pelican Beach, we don't want to keep the secret that fall is the best time of the year to plan your romantic getaway to Destin, Florida. Fewer crowds, sugary beaches and warm weather - celebrate the season reconnecting with your loved one. For nest newly emptied, a retreat to the Emerald Coast is the perfect remedy to adjust to your newfound freedom. Experience why fall is the season to celebrate "you": travel without worrying about school breaks, enjoy foods you have yet to try and escape to our relaxing beachfront location. Turn your Destin vacation into an epic getaway for two with the Emerald Coast's vast selection of exciting events, "I can't believe we just did that" adventures and dining experiences that will make you fall in love all over again.

Once you've been to the Emerald Coast - you'll understand there is no need to go to the ends of the Earth for a tropical and romantic getaway! Experience the Emerald Coast's romantic vibes as you rekindle the passion on a playful, romantic escape for two enjoying the area's beachfront dining spots and charming events. Whether you're empty nesters ready to prove parents can have more fun or a couple looking for a second honeymoon experience- Destin, Florida has no shortage of romantic outings and unique experiences both of you will love. The ideal destination for couples, soak in our Gulf Coast lifestyle during your romantic retreat this fall!




Fall brings milder temps and thinner crowds to the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area, unforgettable sunsets paint the sky in hues of blue and orange, and fish migrate through the waters below in abundance. Fall in Destin - Fort Walton Beach, Florida offers a bounty of events and festivals that are big on tradition. Come see why fall is a fantastically festive time to visit.


Destin Seafood Festival - October

The Destin Seafood Festival stands as one of Destin's most cherished traditions, inaugurating the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo every October. Its origins trace back to 1978 when the Destin Charter Boat Association Women’s Auxiliary first conceived the event. Over the years, the festival has evolved, finding its current home along the vibrant Destin Harbor Boardwalk. Despite its growth, the festival continues to play a crucial role as the primary fundraiser for the Destin Charter Boat Association.


The roots of the Destin Charter Boat Association date back to its establishment in 1954, shaping its identity as a Non-Profit Organization. The association is dedicated to multifaceted contributions to the city, with a core focus on advocating for Fisheries Management. This pivotal function ensures the sustainability of the region's fisheries for future generations. Beyond advocacy, the association plays a vital role in fostering community development through various projects. Notably, they extend support by awarding scholarships to the deserving winner of the Miss Destin Pageant.


A notable innovation is on the horizon for the Destin Seafood Festival—a fresh addition to the event's lineup. A new, more intimate local seafood festival is set to unfold within the larger festival, taking place on Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8. This exclusive ticketed affair invites attendees to indulge in delectable offerings curated by local chefs and esteemed restaurants. In addition to savoring these culinary delights, guests will have the opportunity to relish local beers and partake in a day filled with enjoyable activities and entertainment. This innovative feature promises to enhance the festival experience, providing an intimate setting for attendees to immerse themselves in the local culinary scene and enjoy a remarkable day of camaraderie and revelry.


Destin Fishing Rodeo - October 1-31

The Destin Fishing Rodeo stands as a quintessential celebration of the deep-rooted fishing culture in Destin, a charming coastal town renowned as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village." This annual event, eagerly anticipated by both locals and visitors, embodies the essence of fishing as a way of life. With its longstanding tradition and reputation, the rodeo has established itself as a pinnacle of fishing competitions.


Drawing fishermen back year after year, the Destin Fishing Rodeo offers participants the thrilling opportunity to land the ultimate catch. The town's moniker as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" aptly reflects the bountiful waters that surround it, and the rodeo perfectly captures this fortune. Fishermen from far and wide converge in hopes of reeling in the big one, fueled by the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts and the promise of unforgettable angling experiences.


Participating in the rodeo is accessible and exciting. Aspiring anglers can easily immerse themselves in the action by connecting with local captains and chartering a boat for an exhilarating day on the water. Destin boasts the distinction of having the largest charter fishing fleet in the nation, ensuring that securing a fishing boat is a seamless process.


Following a successful fishing expedition, the next step is to head over to AJ's, a popular gathering spot. Here, the anticipation and jubilation intensify during the weigh-ins. A sense of inclusivity permeates the atmosphere as participants and spectators alike share in the exhilaration. The waterfront spectacle at AJ's serves as a platform for anglers to showcase their triumphant catches of the day, celebrating not only their personal victories but also the spirit of angling and the vibrant fishing community that thrives in Destin.


In summary, the Destin Fishing Rodeo encapsulates the heart and soul of Destin's fishing heritage. This much-anticipated event magnificently captures the essence of fishing as a way of life, as well as the thrill of competition and the joy of community. With its rich tradition, accessible participation, and lively gatherings, the rodeo stands as a testament to Destin's enduring legacy as a paradise for anglers.


Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts - October

The Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts provides an entire weekend of art, music, food, and fun for everyone. More than 100 exhibits from artists representing countries all over the world are on display in the Cultural Arts Village, just north of Henderson Beach State Park and two miles west of Destin Commons . And more than 22 different art mediums represented, from acrylic and clay to photography and digital art.


The festival, presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation also features live music, a sampling of the local culinary arts scene, and a beer and wine garden. Entertaining street performers and a kid’s art tent create a family-friendly festival feel.




If getting out on the town is on your itinerary - take time during your retreat to discover the charming coastal towns of Destin. Explore the Emerald Coast's enchanting farmers' markets and spend the day getting lost living our lifestyle in the sweetest setting with our other half. Within a short drive of our Resorts of Pelican Beach location, take a drive on Scenic Highway 30A and you will find a captivating journey through the Emerald Coast's gulfside towns - each with their own signature appearance.




Don't worry about dense crowds and over-the-top heat - fall is one of the best times to explore the area's unique experiences. Destin has a variety of charters and unique activities that are sure to turn your trip into an unforgettable escape on our tropical coast.

Book the Nathanial Bowditch Schooner Sailing "Wine & Cheese Cruise" for a relaxing sunset cruise featuring your choice of six fine table wines, a hand selected variety of seven imported or exotic cheeses and free beer. Spend quality time together among adults as the Schooner sailboat creates a dreamy experience on the water to enjoy our stunning sunsets.

Take your vacation to the next level with these great bonding opportunities and turn your romantic vacation into an epic adventure! Book a customized, private sailing charter with Sailaway Destin - a truly exhilarating way to absorb our coastal lifestyle and Destin's tropical beauty. With Sailaway Destin, create your ideal sailing trip of your choice - snorkeling, fishing, dolphin cruising or sunset cruising!

If you are ready to take your romantic retreat to new heights, spend quality time four-hundred feet in the air riding together on a parasail trip with Just Chute Me! Parasailing and witness some of the best views in Destin!

If you prefer being just a few inches from the water, jump on a waverunner with Boogies Watersports' Dolphin Excursion and get ready for an up-close and personal experience with the Destin area's dolphins.

For the ultimate adventure, swim just like a dolphin and walk on water with JetPack Destin flights! The newest thrill of the coast- JetPack Destin allows guests to fly up to thirty-feet high, thirty-feet below the water and thirty miles per hour on this action-packed ride!




Enjoy a vacation where the hardest decision during your Resorts of Pelican Beach escape will be deciding which award-winning dinner-for-two you will choose first!

For casual dining close to HarborWalk Village's late-night fun, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi is a great option - especially if you're looking for the best fish tacos in town and water views! Jackacudas is also well known for participating in a program called "Fish Trax" which gives guests the ability to look up exactly when and where your seafood meal was caught.

Visit the best daily happy hour in Destin during your vacation at The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House. A top locals' spot to unwind after a day on the coast since 1974 - The Back Porch is popular for their seafood happy hour menu and for continuing the tradition as one of Destin's most celebrated seafood restaurants.

Another locals' dining destination, couples will love dining at Marina Cafè and their popular weekly specials. Enjoy Marina Cafè's nightly Early Dining Special from 5:00 - 6:00 PM and Marina Cafè Lounge Specials: Half Price Happy Hour Monday - Friday nights from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Wednesday Ladies' Night for $2 drinks and Thursday Martini Night for $6 martinis.

Turn up the romantic and celebrate your retreat on the water with a Dining, Sunset & Dancing Cruise aboard the SunQuest Cruises' Solaris. Arguably the best fine dining experience in the Destin area, spend the evening on one of the most romantic places on the Emerald Coast - the water. You and your loved one will be captivated by the romantic ambiance and views of the Solaris yacht's decks while dining and dancing under the stars.


Located near the best of the Emerald Coast - book your stay with the Resorts of Pelican Beach this fall and turn your Destin vacation into a treasured retreat. Take advantage of Destin's more relaxed fall season, which gives you the chance to authentically experience our Gulf Coast lifestyle and turn your Destin getaway into the vacation of a lifetime.




Location is everything when choosing your Destin, Florida spring break vacation. Choose between our two distinctive resort properties located within walking or a very short driving distance of Destin's popular tourist attractions, family and fine dining, exciting nightlife, and unique shopping experiences. Our private resort community will impress the whole family with condos overlooking the world-famous white-sand beaches and the Gulf of Mexico.

Pelican Beach Vacation Rentals

In the Destin area, the possibilities are unlimited for family fun - on and off our resort property. At the Resorts of Pelican Beach, we have three pools to choose from - including our beachside pool. In addition, enjoy our Beachside Tiki Bar - perfect for beach or poolside relaxation during your spring break vacation. Beyond our resort amenities, the Destin area offers guests with limitless family fun adventures. From banana boat rides to snorkeling and dolphin cruises, adults and children of all ages will find that there is activities to please the whole family in the Destin area. From thrilling adrenaline rushes to pleasant boat tours of the Emerald Coast, the Destin area has it all.

Destin Activities & Attractions

When visualizing the ideal vacation, dining is an important part of the equation. From seafood destinations to steakhouses, the Destin area has many options to choose from. Choose gulfside to harborside, the views and cuisine at Destin' s various restaurants keep visitors returning year after year. With dozens of the best restaurants in Destin within a very short driving distance of the Resorts of Pelican Beach, the hardest decision during your stay will be choosing which award-winning restaurant to visit.

Destin Dining Guide

With over one hundred designer and name brand stores in the area, Destin could be described as a shopper' s paradise. A short drive from the Resorts of Pelican Beach is Silver Sands Premium Outlets - one of the nation' s top designer outlet centers. Another large shopping center in the Destin area is Destin Commons which features a large movie theater, department stores, restaurants, specialty shops and much more.

Destin Shopping Guide

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