Brandcation: Destination/ Destin Florida

Destination is the third Brandcation that I have attended. Last May I attended Bloggers Gone Coastal in Pensacola, FL.  And in October I attended Blog Cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN. Destination was the first Brandcation that at each event I thought to myself “Troy and the boys would love this!”  Every activity was family friendly and enjoyable.

Destin, Florida

I grew up on the far east end of Gulf Breeze, FL just a mere 33 miles from Destin Florida. Before this trip, I had never traveled to the area for anything other than to shop at the outlet stores. There are many wonderful attractions, lodging, and food in Destin Florida. I was able to see first hand that Destin has far more to offer to tourists than outlet stores.

We stayed in a condo at The Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village that over looks the most emerald-green water I have ever seen! It definitely deserves its title as “The Emerald Coast.” The white sandy  beaches along side the Gulf of Mexico make Destin a wonderful place to see tropical waters and marine life without leaving the continental U.S.Destin Florida, Emerald Grande Harborwalk Village, Travel Destin, Panhandle Travel

The Harborwalk Village  is available for all tourists of DestinFlorida to enjoy.  The boardwalk has several attractions available for all families.  I appreciated that there was a good balance of family activities along with night life.  Deep Sea Charters, Kids Zone and several restaurants line the boardwalk. You can rent Jet Ski’s, pontoon boats, or  you may choose to Paddleboard or Hang Glide with Kitty Hawk Kites. The opportunities to enjoy your stay in Destin are endless.

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Destin Snorkel

Destin Snorkel located in the Harborwalk Village and they took us on a snorkeling and snubaing adventure Saturday morning.  Yes, you read that right SNUBA!  Snuba is a mixture between snorkeling and scuba diving.  Scuba diving requires lessons to receive a license to scuba and because most tourists are not equipped with a license they cannot dive. Snuba provides the swimmer a chance to dive as deep as 30 feet and experience the beauty of Inlet Reef without a license.  I don’t know all the technical details of how this is completed but I can vouch that it was a very neat experience.  The tropical fish and creatures were breath-taking.  I cannot remember at time (except for when we were in the Bahamas) that I’ve swam in such clear green water.

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The employees of Destin Snorkel were knowledgeable and courteous while on our excursion.  They helped all the attendees feel comfortable using the equipment and exploring the water. It was definitely an experience of a life time. One I really hope to repeat in the near future with my family.

The Emerald Coast was recently voted “Best Beach: Family” by viewers of the Travel Channel.  And now I know why! They have fantastic activities and attractions that will make a special visit for you and your family.

For more information about special offers and information about Destin’s great visitor attractions, please visit  It is a fabulous resource for travel planning on the Emerald Coast.


**MOST photos featured are courtesy of  TRISHA at and can be found here in this ALBUM

I was an attendee of Brandcation:Destination. Portions of our trip were compensated by awesome companies excited to show us about the Emerald Coast. All Opinions are my own.

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  1. this was such a fun event. I am definitely planning on going back to all of those places 🙂

  2. What a great trip that looks like you had. I would love to try SNUBA diving as I LOVE snorkeling and this sounds so much better.
    I can’t wait to read more about your trip.

  3. I had SO much fun and wish I lived closer! My son wants to SNUBA now after seeing me do it. It was great to hang out with you again Joy!!


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