Thursday, December 31, 2015

5 Plantations to Visit in New Orleans with Stunningly Scenic Views

The Louisiana countryside is known for ancient swampland's resonating majestic beauty. Vibrant green landscapes accentuated by wild hanging moss and twisting vines plays as the perfect backdrop to weddings, famous artwork, and some of our favorite Hollywood movies. While searching out things to do in New Orleans, why not immerse yourself in the beauty of New Orleans Plantation Country? Keep reading for 5 Plantations to Visit in New Orleans with Stunningly Scenic Views! (read more...)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Historic Pensacola Tours that are Fun and Factual

Pensacola history tours are among some of the top things to do in Pensacola, Florida! A city with strong ties to world-changing events, Pensacola offers intriguing tours ranging in topics from the American civil war, to landmarks dating back centuries. Whether a ghost hunting enthusiast searching for proof of an afterlife, a military buff hungry for never-before heard war stories, or someone who simply wants fun things to do in Pensacola, Florida, Pensacola history tours are the perfect solution! Keep reading for a full list of Historic Pensacola Tours that are Fun and Factual! (read more...)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

All Ages Things To Do in Destin When Its Raining

So you traveled all the way to Destin, Florida for the sun and the sand, but all you're left with is pouring rain. Vacation ruined right? WRONG! Destin vacationers now have plenty of rainy day activities to choose from. Marine Parks, Arcades, Magic Shows, and more exciting Destin indoor activities will leave visitors wishing for more cloudy days ahead! Young or old, adventurous or laid-back, check out the following All Ages Things To Do in Destin When Its Raining! (read more...)

Monday, December 21, 2015

8 Things To Do In Orange Beach AL for Adults on a Kid-Free Vacation

Family vacations are great, but every once in a while us adults need a getaway that doesn't include the little ones. Orange Beach, Alabama is the perfect spot for a kid-free beach vacation. it's easy to find fun all-ages activities, but when you're looking for activities for adults in Orange Beach, the choices dwindle to almost nothing. That is why we've compiled a list of 8 Things To Do In Orange Beach, AL for Adults, including some of the most extreme, relaxing, and downright breath-taking tours and attractions on the Gulf Coast! (read more...)

Monday, December 14, 2015

6 Seaside, Florida Activities for Kids that Create Lasting Memories

Seaside, Florida is a small slice of heaven located directly on the white sand beaches of the Northwest Florida Emerald Coast! This world-class family vacation destination is plays host to the regions top shopping, dining, activities and attractions. Young families may wonder, "what are things to do in Seaside, Florida with small children?", and the answer is... TONS! The beach and ocean provide much of the fun things to do around Seaside, Florida, but the natural forests, wildlife, and small-town charm of Seaside make sure families young and old leave with lasting memories. From bike rentals to boat tours, learn about 6 Seaside, Florida Activities for Kids Your Children Will Never Forget! (read more...)

Friday, December 11, 2015

5 Fort Walton Beach Family Vacation Ideas

Experience the laid-back beach atmosphere of the Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Between mainland Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the fun is non-stop, with the region's top dining, shopping, and entertainment. Uncover activities, attractions, and things to do in Fort Walton Beach for your next trip with these 5 Fort Walton Beach Family Vacation Ideas. (read more...)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

7 Delightful Destin Things To Do in Winter

We all know Destin as a spring break and summer getaway, but what is there to do in Destin in the winter time? The water is too cold for swimming, and many of the popular tour companies providing parasailing, snorkel tours, and banana boat rides close up for the winter and fall. But rest assured, there are plenty of things to do in Destin in cold weather! Destin, Florida is no longer a part-time destination, with new tours and seasonal attractions, "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" is now a year-round vacation spot! Keep reading for 7 Delightful Destin Things to do in Winter! (read more...)

Monday, December 7, 2015

5 Cheap Things to do in French Quarter at Night

The French Quarter at night is alive with activity! From historic pubs to live jazz clubs, New Orleans visitors come from around the world to see the heart of the "Crescent City"! As one of the top vacation destinations, a New Orleans stay can break the bank, so it's important to plan on a few low-price activities and excursions during your trip. Try one of these 5 Cheap Things to do in French Quarter at Night on your next visit to New Orleans, Louisiana! (read more...)

Monday, November 30, 2015

5 Awesome Pensacola Beach Activity Ideas Under $20

Pensacola Beach, Florida is a premier beach destination on the Gulf Coast. Visitors from across the world choose Pensacola Beach for its awesome activities which include the water, beach, and nearby downtown Pensacola tours & attractions. This family destination offers plenty of things to do that fit any vacation budget, so I've picked out 5 Awesome Pensacola Beach Activity Ideas for under $20! Discover how much fun you can have without breaking the bank in Pensacola Beach, Florida! (read more...)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Silver Sands Outlets Black Friday Deals 2015

Black Friday 2015 is a major event at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach, Florida! Dozens of doorbusters, giveaways, and incredible discounts await, with most deals lasting through the Thanksgiving weekend! TripShock is holding it's very own Black Friday/Cyber Monday special offering a $100 Gift Card good towards Gulf Coast tours, attractions, and lodging, for only $50! The following are some of the top deals offered by the shops at Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall! (read more...)

Monday, November 23, 2015

5 Famous New Orleans Landmarks You Have to See to Believe!

New Orleans, Louisiana, nicknamed the "Big Easy", is known world-wide for its eclectic charm. The home of creole cuisine, grasshopper cocktails, and "WHO DAT?", NOLA has quite a legacy to live up to for its millions of yearly visitors. Many of the sights and experiences New Orleans has to offer cannot be found anywhere else, and in this writers opinion, you need to see them to believe them! Here are 5 Famous New Orleans Landmarks You Have to See to Believe! (read more..)

Test Your Pensacola Knowledge - "How Well Do You Know Pensacola, FL" Quiz

Pensacola boasts major historical sites, eclectic cuisine, and a fun-filled downtown atmosphere. This coastal town is one-part big-city, and two-parts beach town. Visitors flock to Pensacola, Florida both for the bustling downtown, and the Gulf Coast attractions. With major military installations, multiple colleges and universities, and widespread historical significance spanning centuries, Pensacola is a city with lots of secrets. Test your Pensacola knowledge with the "How Well Do You Know Pensacola, Florida" quiz!

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How Well Do You Know Pensacola, FL?

Choose the best answer for each question, and at the end you'll find out how much you really know about Pensacola, FL!

  1. Pensacola is nicknamed the "The City of ____ Flags"...

  2. 4

  3. Pensacola's Beaches are known for this colored sand...

  4. White

  5. Who were the first non-native settlers to Pensacola?

  6. The English
    The Spanish
    The French

    Learn more about Pensacola's rich history while cruising the streets on a super-fun Segway. Enjoy a Historical Pensacola Segway Tour today!

  7. Which is NOT a name for the bridge connecting downtown Pensacola to Gulf Breeze, FL

  8. Pelican Cove Bridge
    Pensacola Bay Bridge
    Three-Mile Bridge

  9. What is the name of the monthly fall event taking place in downtown Pensacola?

  10. The Seafood Festival
    The Mullet Festival
    Gallery Night

  11. Which legendary flight squad calls Pensacola, FL home?

  12. Blue Angels

  13. This elegant hotel is home to the tallest building in Pensacola

  14. The Ritz-Carlton
    Crowne Plaza Grande Hotel
    Four Seasons

  15. Pensacola is a historically significant military town, which military base is found in Pensacola?

  16. Naval Air Station Pensacola
    Egling Air Force Base
    Fort Treadway Pensacola

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  17. Seville Square in Pensacola is...

  18. Home to the first Florida business to enforce "no shoes, no shirt, no service"
    The Site of "The Battle of Pensacola"
    The Earliest Known European Settlement in North America

  19. The First Pensacola Lighthouse was moved from...

  20. St. Augustine, FL, transported from the East Coast
    Galveston Island in Texas
    The Mouth of the Mississippi River

Thanks for taking the "How Well Do You Know Pensacola, FL" quiz! Click below for the results. 

How Well Do You Know Pensacola?

8-10: You are a Pensacola Expert!
  5-7: Not Bad
  0-4: You Must be a Tourist...

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

8 Guests You Can't Miss at Panama City Beach Comic Con 2015

Panama City Beach, Florida is known for beautiful beaches, family-fun things to do, a rockin nightlife, and one of the top sci-fi conventions on the Gulf Coast! Wait a second...  so maybe Panama City Beach isn't known for the top sci-fi convention... YET, but after Panama City Beach Comic Con 2015, it will be! 2015 marks the first year of the event, but event planners are expecting a huge turnout. With a focus on all things Sci-Fi, Comic Book, and Cosplay, ticket purchasers will be amazed at the range of activities and attractions at this inaugural event! Taking place at the Boardwalk Beach Resort located off the famous S Thomas Dr, guests will have a front-row seat to the stunning coastal beach while enjoying the convention. (read more...)

Monday, November 16, 2015

Plan Your Engagement in Destin, Florida

Thousands of visitors a year choose to "pop the question" in Destin, Florida. Between the stunning sunsets and serene emerald waters, there's no wonder so many loving couples envision "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" as the backdrop to the special moment. According to The Knot, one of the leading resources for anything wedding related, 39% of marriage proposals take place between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day. That could only mean one thing, engagement season 2015 is upon us! Let fill you in on why Destin and the Emerald Coast is your engagement season destination, along with some ideas for when, where, and how to ask the most important question of your life. (read more...)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

These 30A Tours Are Now Available on TripShock!

30A is the Gulf Coast's fastest growing beach vacation hot spot! Composed of various beaches and small town communities, 30A, also known as "South Walton", offers a bit more peace and quiet with the same activities, attractions, and dining as the surrounding destinations of Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida., the Gulf Coast's leading activity and attraction online booking website, has set its sights on this highly touted region, partnering with the popular, and teaming up with tour providers throughout Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to bring customers the top things to do on 30A! From the comfort of a mani pedi, to cruising the streets of seaside, discover the newest 30A tours to hit! (read more...)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 Black Friday Shopping in Destin, Florida

Thanksgiving; the holiday of food, football, and insane shopping deals! Black Friday is the #1 shopping day of the year, with huge savings at shops nationwide. With Destin, Florida's reputation for the top shopping in the southeast United States, it's certainly the place to be on this very special national holiday! From the bustling Destin Harborwalk Village, to the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin, discover the best stops for shopping in Destin, Florida for Black Friday 2015! (read more...)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

10 Days of World-Class Music from Gulf Shores to Pensacola

The Gulf Coast is home to some of the world's finest music. From country to rock, all musical styles are represented across the coast, with locals and traveling acts alike performing at countless restaurants, bars, and music venues. Now is your chance to enjoy the music of over 200 songwriters at the 2015 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. The 10 day festival includes dozens of venues from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida. With such artists and songwriters as Tony Arata, the genius behind Garth Brook's hit song "The Dance", and Roger Cook, the writer of "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", the 2015 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival is sure to be the best yet! (read more...)

Friday, October 23, 2015

What You're Missing on Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island is located just west of Destin, Florida. This beach haven is technically part of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, although "the island" carries its very own charm. What was once owned entirely by the U.S. Government, Okaloosa Island now offers oceanfront lodging, public beaches, family-friendly entertainment, and a rocking nightlife. Before planning your next Florida beach vacation, learn What You're Missing on Okaloosa Island! (read more...)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top 5 Reasons We Love New Orleans Plantations

New Orleans Plantation Country is home to 10 of the country's oldest, largest, and beautifully designed homes! Dating back over 2 centuries, New Orleans Plantation Homes are designated historical landmarks by the United States government. All ages love the allure of these magnificent estates,  making Plantation Country a top vacation destination year-round. Besides the close proximity to New Orleans tours & attractions, discover the Top 5 Reasons We Love New Orleans Plantations! (read more...)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall 2015 Deals on Things To Do in New Orleans, LA

Autumn brings about cooler temperatures, thinner crowds, and a prime time to visit New Orleans, LA! Tour companies offer their lowest rates in fall, with dozens of tours and activities from sightseeing to ghost hunting keeping visitors busy. Keep reading for discounts and promo codes on a full list of things to do in New Orleans, Louisiana from!

New Orleans Haunted Tours

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Considered by many the most haunted city in the nation, NOLA ghost tours rank among the best. Featured in TV shows and travel guides, New Orleans haunted tours are both terrifying and educational, visiting thrilling locations with documented supernatural activity! There is no better time than Fall, specifically the month of October, to experience NOLA haunted tours, not only for atmosphere, but for savings. The year's biggest discounts are offered in the fall months, with tours featuring voodoo, vampires, and ghosts offered to aspiring ghoul hunters!

1. Promo Code: NOLA55 for 10% OFF NOLA Haunted Tours
2. Save 40% on select combination Haunted Tours! 

Full List of Discount New Orleans Haunted Tours

New Orleans Sightseeing Tours

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Explore the city and the see the sights of one of Travel & Leisure Magazine's 2014 Top 10 Cities to Visit in the World! Whether by sea or by ground, on a steamboat or segway, New Orleans' sightseeing tours are the most effective and efficient way to experience New Orleans. The most popular city tour of 2015 has been the Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Bus Tour. With 18 stops, unlimited 3 day access, and FREE walking tours included in the ticket price, this New Orleans Bus Tour is unbeatable for both the casual and hardcore tourist! Visit the Audubon Zoo, New Orleans swamp country, or the famous "Mardi Gras World" where floats are kept and maintained for the historic event, on a New Orleans Sightseeing Tour.

1. Promo Code: BUS99 for 10% OFF NOLA Bus Tours
2. Promo Code: RIVER99 for 10% OFF River Cruises
3. Promo Code: NLA15 for 10% OFF Zoo and/or Aquarium Entry 
4. Promo Code: SWAMP43 for 10% OFF NOLA Swamp Tours
5. Promo Code: SEG99 for 5% OFF French Quarter Segway Tour

Full List of Discount New Orleans Sightseeing Tours

New Orleans Dining Tours

new orleans pub crawls

The "City of Chefs" stays true to its name with some of the most original and delicious food on the planet! Creole and Cajun style cuisine originated on the streets of New Orleans, and has been perfected by years of faithful practice. Some of the most celebrated chefs in pop culture, including Emeril Lagasse and John Besh, have grown to fame cooking in NOLA, and legendary restaurants including Antoine's and Commander's Palace are not only historic landmarks, but home to extraordinary meals revered by food critics. Dining Tours in New Orleans provide a simple way to sample the best of New Orleans food and drink without the hassle of reservations, traffic, or choosing from the hundreds of amazing restaurants and bars. Visitors love Mississippi River Dining Cruises, offering premier sightseeing and buffet-style Creole and Cajun dining, and for the more adventurous foodies and drink connoisseurs, pub crawls and restaurant walking tours offer an affordable first-hand look into New Orleans cuisine. From learning to cook classic New Orleans meals, to simply tasting original drink concoctions including the Sazerac and Grasshopper, New Orleans Dining Tours have you covered.

1. Promo Code: RIVER99 for 10% OFF Dinner Cruises
2. Promo Code: COOK45 for 10% OFF NOLA Cooking Class
3. Promo Code: NOLA55 for 10% OFF NOLA Pub Crawl
4. Promo Code: TASTE7 for 5% OFF Restaurant Tour

Full List of Discount New Orleans Dining Tours

New Orleans Plantation Tours

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New Orleans' Plantation Country holds several of the most magnificent and historically significant homes in the American South. Guided tours inform history-lovers on the old-south, a time when New Orleans was a leading source of cotton and sugar. Antique furniture, decorations, and historic architecture not seen anywhere else is featured in these marvelous estates dating back more than two centuries! Choose your favorite plantation, including mansions featured in TV and Hollywood blockbuster movies, or combine tours to visit multiple plantations and nearby ancient swamp lands! Many plantations offer on-site dining offering classic Louisiana recipes, and FREE Motor Coach transportation.

1. Promo Code: PLANT13 for 10% OFF Select Plantations
2. Promo Code: CMBO15 for 5% OFF Plantation Combo Tours

Full List of Discount New Orleans Plantation Tours

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015 Destin Fishing Rodeo Vacation Deals

Anglers worldwide are gearing up for the 2015 Destin Fishing Rodeo beginning October 1st. Cash prizes, and the honor of the biggest catch have helped grow the Destin Fishing Rodeo from a local competition into a world-wide phenomenon! Many of Destin's businesses have made it a tradition to offer their best rates to competitors in town for the rodeo. Hotels, condos, attractions, and lots of Destin things to do are discounted city-wide, giving those in town for the event an incentive to explore all that "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" has to offer! Keep reading for the best vacation deals in Destin for the 2015 Destin Fishing Rodeo! (read more...)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Experience New Orleans' "We Live to Eat" Restaurant Week

New Orleans isn't called "The City of Chefs" for nothing! The historic town is home to hundreds of eclectic eateries, ranging from Creole to Japanese, and starting on September 14th, 2015, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy discounted two-course lunches and three-course dinners from more than 50 of the city's top restaurants. Chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Besh are signing up their famous restaurants for this delicious event, and dozens more notable restaurants from around NOLA including Antoine's Restaurant, the Court of Two Sisters, and Ruth's Chris Steak House will be participating.

new orleans we live to eat restaurants"The mission of "We Live To Eat" is to keep all of the city’s restaurants top-of-mind with consumers while also building an emotional connection with the local food-loving community"

Participating New Orleans' Restaurants

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Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter
Over 50 restaurants will be offering specials throughout New Orleans, Louisiana. French Quarter restaurants and more will create special menus that vary from breakfast to dinner, providing diners with a true taste of New Orleans cuisine. Cafe Degas, located next to the famous Edgar Degas House on Esplanade Avenue, is offering a unique menu for both lunch and dinner, with such traditional French-inspired entrees as Crawfish Quiche, and Softshell Crab Salad.

For a full list of the 50+ restaurants participating in "We Live to Eat 2015", visit the We Live to Eat website. Restaurant menus as well as locations and information are listed on the event website.

*Need quick and easy transportation around New Orleans for the "We Live to Eat" restaurant crawl? Try a Hop-On Hop-Off New Orleans Bus Tour (Save 10% on tickets with Promo Code: BUS99).

We Live to Eat New Orleans Info

When: September 14th, 2015 - September 20th, 2015
Where: Participating restaurants throughout New Orleans
Cost: No fee for the event. Cost of food depends on restaurant menu

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Flight or Fun at the 6th Annual Destin Beer Festival!

Fall is the time for changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and my personal favorite... BEER! Germans honor the hops-flavored beverage with Oktoberfest, a month-long festival of libations new and old. In Destin, FL, beer-lovers celebrate the foamy beverage with the annual "Destin Beer Festival"! Now in its 6th year, this highly anticipated event celebrates all things alcohol, with craft beers at the forefront. The event was originally organized as a way to enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment, while raising money for local charities. In 2014, the sold-out 5th Annual Destin Beer Fest attracted over 1200 attendees, and hosted over 40 local and nationally recognized brewers/distillers. 2015 is expected to bring in more guests, more vendors, and even hotter entertainment than ever before, with proceeds going to Children in Crisis & The Emerald Coast Autism Center! (read more...)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Try These 4 Bachelor Party Tours in Destin, FL!

So you're going to a wedding in Destin, Florida... The sugar-sand beaches, world-class entertainment, and stunning sunsets provide the perfect destination for the nuptials of your friend or cherished family member. There's just one problem, you've been tasked with planning the bachelor party! It can be difficult organizing a once-in-a-lifetime "man's night out" in a place you hardly know, and with the growing trend of multi-day bachelor party getaways, best men and groomsmen alike may find themselves struggling to arrange a groom-pleasing event.

Luckily, there are hundreds of things to do in Destin, Florida for every kind of man! From eclectic craft beer bars to extreme water activities, Destin has it all. Let us help you put together that perfect pre-wedding bash with 4 of Destin's top group activities for bachelor parties!

Destin Charter Fishing

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Destin is known nationwide as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village". Put that title to the test with your whole wedding group on a Destin Charter Fishing trip! Book a party boat with up to 40 spots, or reserve a private deep sea charter to drink, eat, and relax miles out while hunting down your target catch. Charter fishing is not only an exciting activity, but yields an exceptional award of tasty gulf coast fish. Try an inshore charter and bring home Redfish, Sea Trout, and Gulf Flounder, or hop on a Destin deep sea fishing boat for Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, Marlin, and more! Booking a Destin Charter Fishing trip is easy, with plenty of trips ranging in duration from 4 to 24 hours. To browse dozens of Destin fishing trips, visit Destin Charter Fishing at 

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Watercraft Rental in Destin, FL

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The beach is great, but if you and your wedding party really want to experience the Emerald Coast, you need to get out on the water! Pristine coastal waters play host to millions of swimmers and boaters each year, heading out to the Destin Harbor, Choctawhatchee Bay, or one of many waterfront boat-friendly restaurants and bars. Pontoon Boats and Jet Skis are simple and affordable to rent, and will take you where you need to go in the Destin water. Cruise the bay, anchor at a secluded beach, or pull the boat up at the famous Crab Island in the Choctawhatchee Bay and walk the sandbar while enjoying live music, games, and food from many of the on-site floating vendors! Rates for watercraft rentals vary through the year, and it's always best to book in advance to guarantee your desired rental at the best rate! regularly offers discounted watercraft rentals in Destin, Florida. Check out tripshock's Destin pontoon and jet ski rentals for an upcoming bachelor party.

Day Trip to New Orleans or Biloxi

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Destin is just a short drive from New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, MS. If you have the time, a day trip to the Biloxi casinos, or New Orleans bars make for a perfect bachelor party event! Using a private limo service, spend the day building your fortune at one of Biloxi's popular casinos, located approximately 3 hours from Destin. Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, and other major casino chains are found in Biloxi, MS, and with a licensed and experienced driver at the helm, there is no need to worry about one-too-many drinks! New Orleans is less than 5 hours away from Destin, and is full of historic bars, restaurants, and world-class casinos. Try a Hurricane at Pat O' Briens, or spend the night on Bourbon Street giving the groom an old-fashioned Bachelor Party-Party! A private limo booking gives riders 5-6 to spend in the city, and the cost includes a round trip ride and chauffeured transportation while at the destination. Visit Day Trips from Destin for the best private tours!

Destin Parasail

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Parasail is an all-ages extreme activity offered in Destin, Florida! Parasailing boats have plenty of space for large groups, and most parasail tour companies in Destin allow for tandem and even triple parasail rides. See the Destin Gulf Coast shoreline from 500 feet up, and catch a glimpse of Destin marine life including dolphins, sharks, turtles, and sea birds while soaring sky high. If you're looking for a memorable tour during a Destin bachelor party, try a Destin Parasail Tour!


So now that you have some great bachelor party ideas in Destin, it's time to start planning your trip! Head to the online Destin vacation guide for even more great bachelor party ideas, or call up a knowledgeable and experienced TripShock travel expert at 850-424-5125 for the best deals on Destin lodging, activities, and things to do!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

5 Kid-Friendly Wildlife Encounters in Panama City Beach, FL

There are few places that bring families closer to marine life than Panama City Beach, Florida! From the sea to the sky, there are plenty of exciting opportunities to interact with wildlife while vacationing in this popular beach town. The best part about Panama City Beach marine life encounters is that it's an all ages activity! Give children an experience of a lifetime with one of the following 5 kid-friendly wildlife encounters in Panama City Beach, FL! (read more...)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Get Creative at Downtown Pensacola's Gallery Night 2015!

The art scene is alive and well in Pensacola, Florida! Between the University of West Florida, the Pensacola Museum of Art. and an art-centric Emerald Coast culture, Pensacola has built a name for itself as one of the top destinations to view stunning artwork from local artists. With so much interest in regional artwork and artists, Downtown Pensacola has established "Gallery Night". This incredible event takes place on one Friday a month from April til December, and takes place at multiple locations throughout Downtown Pensacola. Whether you're a P-cola local, or visiting for the fun things to do in Pensacola Beach, make sure to check out Gallery Night!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Destin's 3 Hottest Watersport Tours in 2015

Summer 2015 brought us searing hot temperatures nationwide, urging millions of Americans to head to Destin, Florida to cool off in the Gulf. Each year Destin tour companies take advantage of the newest innovations and trends to bring visitors the best in watersport activities. 2015 was no different, bringing new exciting activities, while continuing to offer old favorites. Learn about the 3 hottest watersports of 2015, and why, where, and how you can book these things to do in Destin on your next vacation! (read more...)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Emerald Coast Quiz - "How Well Do You Know Miramar Beach, Florida"

Known for beautiful beaches and world-class shopping, Miramar Beach, Florida is considered one of the top beach communities on the Gulf Coast. Some aspects of Miramar Beach history and culture are shrouded in mystery, but what we do know is that it is an up-and-coming beach vacation destination with plenty of fun things to do. Test your Miramar Beach knowledge with the "How Well Do You Know Miramar Beach, Florida" quiz!

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How Well Do You Know Miramar Beach, FL

Choose the best answer for each question, and at the end you'll find out how much you really know about Miramar Beach, FL!

  1. What is the name of the popular outlet mall found in Miramar Beach?

  2. White Beach
    Emerald Waves
    Silver Sands

  3. Which body of water borders Miramar Beach to the north?

  4. The Gulf of Mexico
    Choctawhatchee Bay
    Redfish Bay

  5. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is located within which resort community?

  6. Destin Golf and Beach Resort
    Topsail Resort
    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

  7. Name the beachfront road running through Miramar Beach

  8. Scenic Highway 98
    Scenic Highway 30A
    Holiday Road

  9. Like Miami Beach, is Miramar Beach named for its proximity to Miramar, Florida?

  10. Yes
    There is no Miramar, Florida

  11. How long has it been since The Village of Baytowne Wharf opened to the public?

  12. 13 Years
    22 Years
    7 Years

  13. Miramar Beach is part of which exclusive beach region?

  14. White Sand Coast
    Golden Coast
    Emerald Coast

Thanks for taking the "How Well Do You Know Miramar Beach, FL" quiz! Click below for the results. 

How Well Do You Know Miramar Beach?

6-7: You are a Miramar Beach Expert!
  3-5: You'd make a good 1st mate
  0-2: You're a land-loving tourist

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

30A Live Music - Where to go for Entertainment in South Walton!

Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is home to brilliant musical entertainment. Rockin' bands, dynamic duos, and soulful solo artist perform daily at dozens of beach side bars down 30A. Locals consider the community a haven for blossoming creative types, and support the original music scene via festivals, fairs, and musical events. Make live entertainment a priority on your next 30A visit by heading to a popular music venue, or attending one of the many exciting events that take place throughout the year! (read more...)

When not attending awesome live shows, why not try a family friendly activity or tour on 30A? Check for the best things to do in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Gulf Shores Ranks Among Top American Places To See!

Visitors flock to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the pristine waters, soft-sand beaches, and countless things to do! It's for these reasons and more the popular beach destination was named one of the "20 Places All Americans Should See Before They Die" by the prestigious "Country Living Magazine".  (read more...)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why You Need to Visit the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk!

Pensacola Beach, Florida may give off the feel of a small beach town, but there's one place to go for shopping, dining, nightlife, entertainment, and watersports all-in-one! The Pensacola Beach Boardwalk is located in the heart of Pensacola Beach, Florida, and draws thousands of visitors anxious to enjoy what the Boardwalk has to offer. Situated directly on the beach, it's never been easier to access the Boardwalk. Park your car in the front lot, tie-off your boat on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk Public Pier, or take the FREE Trolley provided by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. However you decide to get there, there is something for everyone at the Boardwalk! (read more...)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Take the Family to a Pensacola, FL Pro Sport Event

Pensacola, Florida is known as the "five flags city" in honor of a diverse history of ownership from numerous countries including Spain, France, and Great Britain. This name holds true not only in history, but culture. There are so many things to do while visiting Pensacola, Florida, guests find it hard to pick from the proverbial buffet of exciting activities the city has to offer. After mulling through all the family fun events, attractions, and tours, I thought of the one thing we all enjoy, kickin' back and watching the game!

Fans come from far and wide to support Pensacola sports ranging from hockey to auto racing. A day at the park, rink, raceway, or field is the perfect escape for vacationers staying in the city, or surrounding beach communities including Orange Beach, Pensacola Beach, and Navarre. Discover the city's most popular professional sports teams, and when, where, and how to catch a game while visiting Florida's Emerald Coast! (read more...)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Guess Which Celebrities Vacation in Destin, Florida?

The rich and famous love to spend time in Destin, Florida! Pro athletes, musicians, actors, politicians, and celebrity chefs account for just some of the influential people who choose Destin as their #1 getaway. Running into one of these famous folks adds an extra kick to anyone's day, and first hand accounts of celebrity run-ins range from enjoying a meal at the same restaurant as country star Keith Urban, or sitting next to funny guy Jim Carrey at the movie theater! Below are some of Destin's most popular part-time residents and vacationers. Keep an eye out for these and other big names while enjoying family fun things to do in Destin, Florida! (read more...)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Best Places to Fish on Okaloosa Island

Out of all the exciting things to do in Fort Walton Beach, fishing tops the list for many beach vacationers. Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida provides a prime location for all different types of fishing. Beaches, piers, bridges, and a nearby charter fishing industry offer more than just one way to catch that prized fish you've been waiting for. From minnows to mackerel, anglers can expect to reel in a wide variety of game fish and table fare during a stay on Okaloosa Island. Finding the top fishing spots in Fort Walton Beach can be tricky for non-locals, so keep reading for the best fishing spots on Okaloosa Island! (read more...)

Friday, July 31, 2015

"How Well Do You Know Destin" Quiz

Deep sea fishing, beaches, and world-class seafood dining are just some of the reasons Destin, Florida is considered one of the top resort destinations in the country. But what many don't know is that Destin was once a simple, small, fishing town before growing into the family vacation hot spot we know it as today. Test your Destin, Florida knowledge with the "How Well Do You Know Destin" quiz! The quiz covers geography, history, culture, and more to find out if you're a true Destinite!

Visiting Destin, FL soon? Check out for Destin things to do.

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How Well Do You Know Destin, FL?

Choose the best answer for each question, and at the end you'll find out how much you really know about Destin, FL!

  1. Which is not a bridge found in Destin, FL

  2. Mid-Bay Bridge
    Marler Bridge
    Dolphin Cove Bridge

  3. What seafood restaurant claims to be the oldest in Destin?

  4. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
    McGuire's Irish Pub
    Captain Dave's on the Gulf

  5. Destin, FL is otherwise known as...

  6. The Beach Capitol of the World
    The World's Luckiest Fishing Village
    Home of the Sunburnt Seagull

  7. Who is credited as Destin's Founder?

  8. Captain Leonard Destin
    Marco Polo
    Teddy Roosevelt

  9. Destin is...

  10. An Island
    A Peninsula

  11. Destin beaches are known for...

  12. white sand and emerald waters
    black sand and blue waters
    brown sand and blue waters

  13. What is the name of Destin's popular sandbar in Choctawhatchee Bay?

  14. Black Beard's Island
    Shell Island
    Crab Island

  15. Which popular event DOES NOT take place in Destin?

  16. The Fishing Rodeo
    The Seafood Fest
    The Mullet Festival

  17. Which species of fish is found on the official Destin city logo?

  18. Grouper
    Mahi Mahi

  19. What is the name of Destin's Beachfront State Park?

  20. Holiday Isle State Park
    Henderson Beach State Park
    Destin Beach State Park

    Thanks for taking the "How Well Do You Know Destin, FL" quiz! Click below for the results. 

Grade Scale:

8-10: You are a true Destinite!
  4-7: You'd make a good 1st mate
  0-3: You're a land-loving tourist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Food & Fun at the 2015 Louisiana Gumbo Festival

The 2015 Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay is returning to Louisiana this Friday October 9th - Sunday October 11th. This all ages festival features world-class entertainment, family fun games, and delicious Louisiana gumbo from the gumbo capitol of the state! This event ranked on the ABA Top 100, and Southern Tourist Society Top 20, but despite its prestigious rank stays committed to attendees by offering not only free parking, but NO gate fee! Keep reading for more info on the event including the full musical lineup. (read more...)

Friday, July 24, 2015

5 Best Places To Go For Live Music in Destin, FL

Destin is known for white sand beaches, world-class seafood, and rockin' entertainment. Afternoon or night, it's easy to find great live music no matter where you are in the beach town. Rock, reggae, blues, and practically every genre of popular music can be found on any given day in Destin, so it's easy to enjoy the right entertainment during your beach vacation. Check out our list for the 5 best places for live Music in Destin, FL. (read more...)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2015 Lineup & More!

The Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is now in its 3rd year, and 2015 brings more big stars and more rockin' country hits than ever before. September 4th - 6th hang out in Panama City Beach for the nation's largest country music festival. Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, and more of your favorite artists will be taking the stage at Frank Brown Park this Labor Day weekend, and you won't want to miss a minute. Keep reading for the 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam lineup, festival info, and the best nearby beach activities and lodging! (read more...)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 5 Famous Drinks to Order in New Orleans, LA

New Orleans' Creole and Cajun recipes are recognized worldwide as some of the most innovative and delicious tasting creations in centuries. With so much delicious food, it's easy to forget the vibrant history of stunning New Orleans' drinks and cocktails. Alcoholic beverages dating as far back as the early 19th century are served at colorful and historically significant restaurants and bars throughout the city. Next time you're in the Crescent City, take a break from sightseeing, relax, and sip on one of these 5 famous New Orleans drinks! (read more...)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Family Fun Panama City Beach Concerts Summer 2015

Looking to add some family friendly live music to your vacation calendar? Then check out FREE concerts brought to you by the City of Panama City Beach Parks & Recreation and Carillon Beach Resort. Concerts are open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring food, drink, blankets and chairs to this rockin event! Take a break from boating and the beach, and enjoy a family fun concert in Panama City Beach!

*Panama City Beach, FL offers plenty of kid friendly things to do on and off the beach. Check out's kid friendly things to do in Panama City Beach!

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

5 Fool-Proof Reasons to Visit Pensacola, FL

With so many incredible beach destinations grouped together on Florida's Emerald Coast, it's hard to pick the right spot to spend your vacation. From Panama City Beach's world-class nightlife, to Destin's family friendly charm, it's not easy to choose which coastal town to visit. Pensacola, FL lies on the far west side of the Emerald Coast, just a stones-throw away from Alabama. This big city with a small town feel is packed full of fun things to do. If you're having trouble deciding where to travel, let me fill you in on 5 Fool-Proof Reasons to Visit Pensacola, FL. (read more...)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Summer Savings on 3 Gulf Shores Family Tours

Looking to save on your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, Alabama family vacation? Between lodging, dining, and travel costs, it's a no brainer to take advantage of activity deals and discounts, especially on family friendly tours. You can book plenty of fun things to do in Gulf Shores this summer, but is helping make vacation planning simple by offering summer savings on 3 of their top Gulf Shores tours when booking online. keep reading to find out which tours are available, and why you should book for your next Alabama beach vacation! (read more...)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

8 of the BEST Destin, FL Photo Ops

A trip to Destin, FL yields scenic Gulf views, and plenty of interesting buildings and designs providing a perfect backdrop to vacation photos. Whether you get family photos taken professionally by a hired beach photographer in Destin, or choose to wing it with a cell phone camera, you'll leave with a great set of pics highlighting special vacation memories. Leave your friends and family back home in awe, or in stitches, with photos from these 8 Destin Photo Ops. (read more...)

Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Reasons to Bring Your Dog on a 30A Vacation

So You're headed to 30A, but not sure whether to take the family dog(s)? Well it's safe to say that 30A is a dog friendly paradise! With plenty of dog-friendly 30A things to do and places to go, this beach destination is prime real-estate for your pooch. (Read 5 reasons to bring your dog on a 30A vacation)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Romantic Summer Getaway in Sandestin

Summer romance is in the air, and what better place to soak it in than Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, FL! The Sandestin private resort community offers vacations to fit the needs of young lovers or seasoned twosomes. Relax and unwind with luxurious lodging, delectable seafood dining, and romantic outings guaranteed to ignite the passion in your relationship. Let help plan a getaway with romantic ideas for your stay in Sandestin! (read more...)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beach Safety in Pensacola Beach, FL

There are plenty of exciting things to do at Pensacola Beach beaches. Surfing, swimming, and sand castle building are part of the reason we love the ocean, but sometimes it's easy to forget the rules! Pensacola Beach, Florida beaches can be a fun and safe place for everyone with a short crash course in beach safety.

Beach Flags

Beach safety flags have been warning beach goers in Florida since 2002, and in 2005 the state passed a bill requiring flags to be displayed at all public beaches. 5 Flags each hold a different meaning from "Dangerous Marine Life" to "Water Closed to Public".

beach flags pensacola beach

Typically the purple flag can be raised in conjunction with the other four. The main culprit behind the "Dangerous Marine Life" flag is jellyfish (watch the 5 Most Dangerous Gulf Coast Marine Animals for more information on these and other marine species). The double red flag is raised only under extreme conditions including severe weather or unusually strong riptide currents, it is necessary to NEVER enter the water under these conditions. Most accidents in the water occur when visitors are NOT adhering to the beach flags, so this system should be taken very seriously, even for expert swimmers.

Sun Protection

prevent a beach sunburn Going for the "perfectly bronzed" look this summer? Or simply trying to avoid a burn? Whatever you hope to achieve, here are a few tips to help conquer the Pensacola Beach sunshine from the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatological Surgery:
  • Choosing a sunscreen: Look for one that provides "broad spectrum" protection (blocking both UVA and UVB rays), water resistance and a minimum SPF of 30.
  • Sunscreen for infants: Look for the ingredients zinc and/or titanium dioxide.
  • When to toss: Discard sunscreen that is past its expiration date or is over two years old.
  • Use your noggin: The best combination for protecting your head is sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Often-neglected areas are the ears, back of the neck, lips and scalp at the part in the hair.
  • Pick the right shades: Look for sunglasses that are described as blocking 99% or 100% of UVA and UVB, or as providing UV absorption up to 400 nm.
  • Cover up: Wear tightly woven darker clothing in the sun, as it reflects more UV rays, and look for fabrics made of nylon or Dacron, which are more protective than cotton.
  • Beware reflections: Water, sand and even porch decks can reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun.
  • Check your shadow: The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Be a role model: Teach your children good habits for sun protection. Eighty percent of a person's lifetime sun exposure is acquired before age 18.
  • African-Americans and Hispanics need protection too: People with naturally darker skin aren't immune to the effects of the sun and can still burn.
  • Apply and reapply: Whatever type of sunscreen you prefer (gel and cream are the best choices), be sure to reapply every two to three hours during times of prolonged exposure.

While visiting Pensacola Beach, always be conscious of the sun, especially on windy and hot days which increase the effects of ultraviolet radiation. Remember that even when the sun is hidden behind clouds or fog, 80% of rays still get through!  Although it is important to be weary of the sun, don't let it ruin your vacation! Whether on a Pensacola Beach deep sea fishing trip, or lounging by the pool, remember that the right sunscreen, clothing, and accessories go a long way!

Beat the Heat

June to August are the hottest months in Florida. Even the Pensacola Beach locals take precautions venturing out into the summer heat! Here are a few tips for beating the heat in Pensacola Beach, Florida!


Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrating should be a top concern when hitting the beach in Florida. Drink plenty of fresh water, and replenish often. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good to have around for the high content of water contained within. Avoid soda, alcohol, and sports drinks as they act as diuretics which work to deplete fluids in the body.


Stay in the Shade

A covered porch, shady tree, or umbrella can prevent skin damage and overheating.


Avoid the Mid-Day Heat

Temperatures are hottest around 3pm. Plan outdoor activities like going to the beach, swimming, or Pensacola Beach Watersports for earlier in the day, and save the mid-day for a time of rest and relaxation inside in the air conditioning!


Dress Appropriately

Thick fabrics and long sleeves are a bad idea on the beach! Lightweight fabrics like cotton are best to let your skin breathe, and light colors are better at reflecting the suns powerful rays.

Pensacola Beach - Beach Rules

Like most beaches across the nation, Pensacola Beach, Florida carries many of the same beach rules. Follow the beach rules below and everyone can enjoy the Emerald Coast beaches!

    rules of the beach in pensacola
  1. Do not leave personal items, trash, or large holes when you leave the beach
  2. No glass containers on the beach
  3. No swimming or wading in the water on single or double red flag(s)
  4. No dogs on the beach
  5. No generators or music that violates the noise ordinance 
  6. No open flames or grills on the beach
  7. Do not walk on or disturb the dunes or sea oats

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gulf Shores, AL Fourth of July Festivities

The Gulf Shores beach is the perfect place to spend fourth of July. Refreshing Gulf waters for swimming, pristine beaches for lounging, and plenty of fun things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Luckily, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama offer a couple family fun festivities that are sure to make your summer memorable! Food, games, and best of all, amazing firework displays, are happening in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, keep reading to find all you need to know about the 4th of July on the Alabama Gulf Coast! (read more...)

Monday, June 8, 2015

7 Awesome Kid Friendly Activities in Destin, Florida

From Destin's white sand beaches, to buzzing Harbor, family fun is everywhere you turn! World-class seafood restaurants, eclectic shops and boutiques, family vacation resorts, and kid-friendly attractions are part of the reason Destin has been honored with the title of "family friendly beach destination"! Many of the most exciting things to do in Destin, FL are fun for all ages, including shows, theme parks, and boat cruises. Keep reading to discover the 7 Awesome Kid Friendly Activities in Destin, Florida! (read more...)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Must-See Magic Show in Panama City Beach

Okaloosa Island, FL offers plenty of family friendly attractions and activities. Most of the family friendly things to do on Okaloosa Island are ocean-oriented including deep sea fishing, parasailing, and dolphin encounters, but there are tons of fun things to do on land as well! This summer, be sure to catch Maximum Magic presented by Noah Wells. (read more...)

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Experience the Arts in Fort Walton Beach, FL

The Florida Emerald Coast is an art-centric community. Creative art pieces heavily influenced by beach culture, tourism, and a rich history are on display in the form of paintings, sculptures, dance, music, and much more. There are many things to do in Fort Walton Beach, but possibly the most enriching activities don't require the beach or water. Some of the region's top art galleries, theatre groups, and ballets are found in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Discover these exciting artistic havens, and some of the most anticipated upcoming shows and events of summer 2015. (read more...)

Friday, May 29, 2015

These 10 Tourists Forgot How To Beach

The beach is a place for people young and old to soak up rays, splash in the waves, and create lasting memories with close friends and family. The beach is also a breeding grounds for show offs, show-too-much offs, and people that I think simply forgot they're in a public place. Yes, all sorts of interesting individuals will be enjoying the beach this summer, below are 10 beach goers you're sure to encounter.

1. The First Timer

The sea is a fickle mistress, one minute she's splashing nicely, the next slapping you in the face with a wall of saltiness!  Just be glad the kid next to you doesn't know that the 3 hours of tireless work spent constructing a sand-castle complete with wave-fed moat will likely be smashed to bits by a group of angst-ridden pre-teens.

 first time at the beach

2. The Fully-Clothed Guy

I mean come on... who comes to the beach in shoes, long pants, and a jacket? 

fully clothed guy at the beach

3. The Spring Breaker

Finals, professors, Starbucks Coffee, lap top computers, College is tough, and these youngsters deserve a chance to unwind. Spring Break destinations have been cutting down on the party scene lately, but if obscene and criminal behavior is what it takes to ease the pressures of academia....

spring break girl

4. The "Perfect Beach Bod" Couple

Ok, so you obviously work out... kudos. I'll just relax, drink my drink, eat some cheetos, try to catch a frisbee...

beach bod couple

5. The Summer Romancers

Ahhh summer love. Bowling at the arcade, drinking lemonade, staying up til 10 o' clock. Perhaps it's the unrefined scent of an endless sea stinging the senses as if cupid's bolt shot fair and true... or maybe it's the 2 for 1 hotdogs at the pier snack hut. Whatever the case, summer romances are characterized by hand holding, puka shell bracelets, and long goodbyes because her mom is making her go back to Ohio, but she wishes she could stay with you and promises to make the distance work... ends up she only sends one hastily written myspace message and never responds when you ask her to fly back and go to prom with me... I mean "you"...

summer romance

6. The Rule Breaker

These near-do-wells think they run the place. Glass on the beach, swimming on a double red flag, removing water from the ocean (yeah, apparently that's a rule, you can't remove water or sand from the beach), these people are bad news!

beach rule breakers

7. The Co-Conspirators

The beach is a breeding grounds for mischievous activity, with friends and family competing for the best prank. "Let me bury you in the sand, it'll be fun", "check out this crab, he won't pinch you", "hey buddy, take this bloody chopped mackerel and swim out to that big blue fin"...

 beach pranks

8. ?

No day at the beach is complete without an exhibitionist display, ear-piercing sing-along, or harmless stunt gone wrong. These beach pioneers aren't afraid to be themselves, but sometimes we're a little afraid of them.

weird people at the beach

9. The Newlyweds

Beach weddings are beautiful, aren't they?

 bad beach wedding

10. The Deviant

Every beach has em...

dog pulling off girls bikini


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

7 Answers To 30A Vacation Questions

30A, to many, appears as nothing more than a state road in south Walton County. But those that have been there before know this country road offers a whole lot more than a quiet car ride. 30A is essentially the sum of its parts, which just so happen to be some of the newest and nicest beach communities Florida has to offer. Seagrove, Rosemary Beach, Seaside, and Blue Mountain Beach are just some of the unique and exciting neighborhoods found along 30A, and year after year these neighborhoods grow to accommodate more events, restaurants, shopping, and guests, while maintaining strict rules on over-development. The natural beauty of the Florida Panhandle shines through on every street corner, with natural foliage and traditional architecture replacing the South Florida-imported feel of many surrounding beach communities.

With so many things to do on 30A, it's a wonder the area has stayed a secret for so long. At, we are constantly fielding traveler's questions on this up-and-coming resort community, so we have compiled a list of 7 Popular 30A Vacation Questions and Answers! (Read More...)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Destin to New Orleans by Limo with Sunshine Shuttles

The U.S. Gulf Coast stretches from Texas to Florida, and contains some of the worlds most exciting entertainment, beautiful beaches, and delicious dining. Only a short drive from Destin, Florida are some of the hottest destinations on the Gulf, and now there's a brand new shuttle service that's ready to take you there! Sunshine Shuttle in Destin, FL is now offering day trips to both New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, MS. Take a break from the beach and bring the kids for a family fun day of eats and entertainment in the Crescent City, or plan an adults-only adventure to the Waterfront Casinos of Biloxi, MS. Learn more about Sunshine Shuttle tours and how you can be on your way to a Gulf Coast adventure today!

Destin Day Trip Limo Service

Let Sunshine Shuttle transport your group in an elegant and sleek 8 person limousine. A private limo is the best way to reach your destination, providing comfortable seating and plenty of space for large groups like wedding parties and corporate gatherings. All transport vehicles are clean and smoke-free, driven by professional, background checked, and drug screened uniformed drivers. Never worry about sharing a ride, Sunshine Shuttle day trip services are totally private and discrete!

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Sunshine Shuttle New Orleans Bound Limousine

Day Trips to Biloxi, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana both depart from Destin, FL, and include round trip transportation. Riding times vary depending on the destination, with trips to Biloxi enduring about 3 hours, and trips to New Orleans lasting around 4 hours.

Worried about parking? Don't be! Drivers drop off and pick up at your request. 

Don't know your way around? No problem! Your knowledgeable driver can help figure out fun things to do and places to go!

Fun Things To Do in New Orleans

So you've booked a ride to New Orleans, now you're looking for some fun things to do! New Orleans attractions promise a great time for both the young and old. Walking tours and theme parks keep the kids happy, while tasty creole dining, historical sights, and plantation trips entertain and amaze the grown-ups. Below are a few of the exciting tours available in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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Oak Alley Plantation Tour in New Orleans
Plantation Country is home to some of the nation's oldest and most admired homes. Among those mansions, Oak Alley Plantation contains some of the most stunning views, and exciting history. Wars, celebrity guests, Hollywood films, Oak Alley has played an integral part in American history, and an Oak Alley Plantation Tour covers it all. FREE round trip motor coach transportation is provided from the French Quarter, and snacks, salads, and drinks are available at the Oak Alley Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor. For more information or to book an Oak Alley Plantation Tour, please visit Oak Alley Plantation Tours at

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise

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Steamboat Jazz Cruise in New Orleans
This fully functional steamboat gives guests a first class trip into classic New Orleans. Dixieland Jazz roars from the live band, stunning sites line the mighty Mississippi, and an optional meal buffet includes some of New Orleans' signature creole dishes. There is plenty of room to dance, and a museum quality engine room on the lower deck. A ride on the Steamboat Natchez is a fun and affordable way to explore the Mississippi River! For more information or to purchase tickets for the Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise, please visit New Orleans Jazz Cruise at

New Orleans Theme Park Combo Pass

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New Orleans Butterfly Garden
Spend the afternoon interacting with nature both in person and on the big screen with a New Orleans Theme Park Combo Pass. This Combo Pass includes tickets to 4 of the cities most popular kid friendly attractions including:
  • New Orleans Audubon Zoo
  • New Orleans Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • New Orleans Etergy IMAX Theatre
One pass gets you into all 4 attractions, and will leave your children with a lifetime of memories! For more information or to purchase tickets for the New Orleans Theme Park Combo Pass, please visit New Orleans Theme Park Tickets at

Fun Things To Do in Biloxi

things to do in biloxi, ms
Biloxi is known for World Class Casinos
Visitors flock to Biloxi for gambling, entertainment, and beautiful beaches. Some of the nation's top casino chains offer locations in Biloxi including Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, and Harrah's. Nightly shows from top entertainers grace the casino stages, and if you need a quick break from the poker table, enjoy fresh caught seafood from a waterfront restaurant, or throw down a towel and soak up some rays on the beach. With the short ride from Destin to Biloxi, your party will have plenty of time to experience all that Biloxi, MS has to offer! For more info on Biloxi, MS, check out the Biloxi vacation guide.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

6 Friendly Marine Species of the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast is full of friendly marine life! Up in the sky, or beneath the waves, a host of coastal critters is waiting to meet you! Read below for 6 of the Friendliest Marine Species found on the Gulf Coast.

Sea Turtles

sea turtle photobombing picture
A visit from a sea turtle will put a smile on the face of any nature lover. This ancient species of reptile has inhabited the earth's oceans for more than a hundred million years, developing long lifespans, underwater vision, and migration patterns that can take a traveling turtle thousands of miles at a time. The most common species of Sea Turtle found in the Gulf of Mexico are Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Kemp's Ridley, and Loggerhead. While Sea Turtles are commonly encountered on boat tours or snorkeling excursions, it is best not to disturb them (even if one photobombs your picture!). It is also very important to give a beached turtle plenty of space. The only time a Sea Turtle ventures onto the beach is to lay eggs, which is a very delicate process that should never be interrupted!

Discover More Friendly Marine Species of the Gulf Coast

  • Sarah Dowdey (9 July 2009). "How do seagulls drink saltwater?". HowStuffWorks.
  • Quinney, T. E. and P. C. Smith. 1979. Reproductive success, growth of nestlings and foraging behaviour of the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias herodias L.). contract rept. No. KL229-5-7077. Can. Wildl. Serv. Ottawa.