Empty Nester Travel Season is Underway!

pic-(1)Now that the kids have moved out of the house, it’s time to do something that is just for the two of you with a getaway to the Emerald Coast! Warm temperatures and fewer crowds – fall is the best time of the year to plan your empty-nest vacation and celebrate your renewed freedom.

This season it’s more affordable than ever to get your toes in our sugar white sand and enjoy all the Emerald Coast has to offer. Since location is everything when choosing your beach getaway – you’ll enjoy our famous Florida panhandle location, exploring the area’s famous beachfront restaurants, listening to island-inspired tunes and spending time in our condos overlooking the world-famous beaches of the Emerald Coast!

Book your getaway vacation to Okaloosa Island or Navarre Beach – our beachfront oasis creates an unforgettable escape while our deals make the perfect destination for your special moments. You’ll quickly come to understand why Legacy Vacations is your best choice to plan your perfect getaway!

Call (877) 256-0966 or (850) 244-4000 or write to us at guestservices@legacy-vacations.com to get our very best offers and book your Empty Nester Getaway!

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66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

destin-fishing-rodeoThe 66th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo will be kicking off another great season starting October 1st through the 31st. Thousands of anglers will be visiting the Destin area to compete in one of the largest and oldest running fishing tournaments in the state of Florida. If you’re looking for lodging during the rodeo, Legacy-Vacations.com is the best place to get great rates! Here are some basic rules of the tournament compliments of the Destin Fishing Rodeo website.

  • Open Everyday – October 1st through October 31st.
  • The Rodeo is FREE to angler’s fishing aboard a registered boat in the Rodeo.
  • Weigh-ins everyday on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 am until 7 pm.
  • Open to Private and Charter Boats.
  • Fishing on pier bridge jetty is free for anglers 14 years and younger.
  • A $25 fee is required for anglers 15 and over.
  • Over 30,000 anglers compete throughout the month of October.
  • Over $100,000 awarded in cash and prizes.
  • Daily, weekly and overall prizes.
  • Junior, Teen, Ladies and Senior Divisions.
  • Virtually every gamefish is recognized with awards during the Rodeo. Whether you’re trolling inshore for King Mackerel, offshore for Marlin and Sailfish, or fishing the deep bottoms for Red Snapper and Grouper, you’ll be in the running for prizes.


Fort Walton Beach – Picture Perfect

Fort Walton Beach Florida is picture perfect with rolling white sands and some of the largest sand dunes you will ever see.


Sand dunes: Nature and man working together.

Gulf breezes blow the sand away from the shore. Man constructs fences to stop the blowing sand and in the process, a sand dune is created.

The sand dune keeps the sand on the beach and creates a respite from the hot sun for birds, small animals and vegetation.

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that most of the sand dunes you will see in Florida are made by nature and they get to be huge.

As the sand piles up against the fence, seeds get mixed in with the sand and take root and grow. Now the sand dune becomes a food source for the birds and animals.

When the seeds have taken root, the root structure grows down and across and holds the sand in place. After a while, the sand dunes are usually strong enough for the fences to be removed.

Sea Oats are commonly seen growing out of sand dunes. They are willowy stalks resembling young corn stalks. It is illegal to pull them up so enjoy them in their natural habitat.


Beach-combing is fun on Fort Walton Beach Florida. It is easy to find rare and beautiful seashells to take home and place around your house to remember your trip to this beautiful area.

For the more adventurous, come to Ft Walton Beach Florida to experience some of Florida’s best back country hiking and mountain biking here. Exert yourself and then lounge on the beach for awhile.

Temperatures remain relatively high all year round- in the 60s and 70s from November through March, picking up to the 80s and 90s from April through October.

No matter what time of year though, Fort Walton Beach Florida will welcome you with sparking blue water and pure white sand. Your feet will stay cool, due to the nature of the quartz sand and your pix will look like you are standing in snow.


Great activities to try and nearby attractions:

One of the most frequented attractions of Fort Walton Beach is the Elgin Air Force Base, home to the US Air Force and Armament Museum.

This provides the family with an adventurous opportunity to explore a little bit of history while enjoying looking at many different military airplane displays, missiles and bombs.

Don’t miss the beauty of nearby Okaloosa Island where you can enjoy pristine beaches and spend a day of family fun on the boardwalk for shopping, an arcade for the kids and other fun activities.

Okaloosa Fishing Pier offers some GREAT fishing opportunities and incredible views.


Kids of most ages: Florida’s Gulfarium provides a fun family activity where you can see all kinds of typical Florida water wildlife such as dolphins, alligators, sea lions and otters as well as penguins.

This is one of the oldest marine wildlife parks in the United States today but the shows and displays are anything but old and are sure to impress those of all ages.

Eating: The moderately priced Crab Trap is a fun restaurant and atmosphere that is known for its seafood, steaks and (of course) Alaskan crab legs.

The restaurant is very small and cozy, but the taste sensations here are very big! For a tasty breakfast, lunch… or brunch, of course, check out Blue Collar Cafe.


Sleeping: With the Gulf of Mexico waters in full view, simply walk out onto the beautiful white sand beaches of Okaloosa Island at Summer Place and enjoy the very best that the Emerald Coast has to offer.

Enjoy a beautiful and comfortable stay at the Waterscape Resort where the kids can play in one of the amazing and scenic outdoor pool areas.

If you are looking for a quiet family-oriented white sand beachfront complex that offers all the comforts of home and everything you need for a relaxing vacation on the Emerald Coast, check out Island Surf Condominiums.

Fort Walton Beach Florida has a bit of everything. Come on down!