Celebrating this Valentine’s Day along the Emerald Coast!

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic holiday of the year. It is a day designed specifically for showering your significant other with love; what could be more romantic than that? This year, you want to do something extra special for your loved one and take a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway. You have been searching for the absolute best spot to visit and now you have found it: Emerald Coast, Florida – one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the entire country, and you will not be disappointed with everything that it has to offer during the Valentine’s Day holiday.

Top Five Romantic Places to Kiss

1. On the covered bridge over Draper Lake, on Scenic Highway 30A
2.Under the 600-year-old “Wedding Tree” at Eden State Gardens Park
3.On the boardwalk at the Baytowne Marina
4.At the Tupelo Pavilion overlooking the beach in Seaside
5.Under the scrub oak on the dune trail in Grayton Beach State Park

*(Inspired by article “Fall In Love With South Walton” )


Top Five Romantic Places to go

1.Go to Camille’s which is across the street from a public access beach, so you can go for a stroll afterwards. Ask for a table on the balcony if the weather is nice. The warm breeze and rustle of the palm trees is a perfect complement to the laid-back atmosphere.
2. If you really want to knock her socks off, plan dinner for two actually ON the beach at Henderson Park Inn’s BeachWalk Café.
3. Have dinner at Louisiana Lagniappe or the Marina Café, which both overlook the scenic Destin Harbor, and then sail off into the sunset by boat on a private sunset cruise. (The romantic and private setting of the boat has proven to be the perfect place to propose, should you be so inclined…) You can choose to have a captain guide you while you sip on cocktails or you can drive the boat yourself for ultimate privacy.
4. Want an intimate dinner for 2? Have dinner and drinks at the award-winning Bijoux. The warm, cozy, intimate atmosphere makes this restaurant a must-visit! Do yourself a favor and try their signature filet mignon with lobster tempura, and goat cheese ice cream for dessert (trust me on this!).
5. Big anniversary coming up? Why not renew your vows in paradise? A Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony is definitely the most unique present you could give your spouse for Valentine’s, and it’s free. Couples can renew their wedding vows at LuLu’s restaurant in Destin on Sunday, February 14, at 2 pm. Click here for more info.

*(Inspired by article “5 Romantic Date Night Ideas in Destin”)

Top Five Romantic Places to dine out

1. Beach Walk Café

We can’t think of a better way to kick off our list of our favorite romantic restaurants than -Beach Walk Café. This restaurant is the perfect place for you and your loved one to spend an evening enjoying a delicious meal together. Not only does Beach Walk Café give you a decadent menu to order from, they also give you an unbeatable dining experience thanks to the fact the restaurant has a breathtaking waterfront view. You can also choose to elevate your dining experience by opting to take advantage of our Toes in the Sand specialty package. With this plan, you and your sweetheart will enjoy a freshly prepared three-course dinner from our executive chef while sitting on the beach watching the sunset. Perfect for anniversaries, honeymoons, or just a simple way to say ‘I love you,’ we cannot think of a better way to share a meal with your spouse. If you do plan on experiencing the Toes in the Sand specialty package, we do ask you give the restaurant a call to make reservations. You cannot book this package online.

2. Marina Cafe

Another one of our favorite romantic restaurants in Destin FL is Marina Cafe. As the name suggests, this restaurant is located in the marina and overlooks the boats in the harbor. When you dine here, you and your loved one will have your choice of several great-tasting menu items, as well as an extensive wine collection that houses over 100 different selections.

3. Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano

One of the newest romantic restaurants, Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano is the perfect place for you and your sweetheart to go if you find you are craving authentic Italian Food. Another reason we like this restaurant is they also offer a special take away menu. This is good if you all want to enjoy your meal back in your relaxing condo or while looking out at the ocean on our private back balcony.

4. Crab Island Cantina

Last, but not least, on our list of our favorite romantic restaurants is Crab Island Cantina. Unlike other restaurants on our list, this eatery is much more than a delicious meal you can spend with your special someone. It is an experience. This is thanks to the fact they offer a series of live music and special events every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Crab Island Cantina is also located in the Harbor Walk Village, home to several unique shops you can stroll through when you have finished your meal. With so many fun things to do in one place, we promise you won’t be disappointed if you choose to dine here.

Now that you  know all our favorite romantic restaurants along the Emerald Coast, it is time to start planning your next beach getaway today. You can do so by first selecting which of our relaxing Emerald Coast Vacation Rentals you want to stay in during your trip. From gorgeous beach views to private balconies and a collection of other amenities, we promise you will not be disappointed in our amazing selection of accommodations.

5. 790 on the Gulf (a local favorite)

Located in the Inn at Crystal Beach, you will find casual elegance in a less than crowded environment. They have a wonderful happy hour, reasonably priced lunch and dinner menu, small bar area and maybe the best overall outdoor seating of any restaurant along the Emerald Coast. The outdoor deck has a fully unobstructed view of the Gulf, is located directly on the beach and is perfect for lunch, cocktails, romantic dinner or evening drinks.

*(Inspired by article “Top 4 Romantic Restaurants in Destin FL”)


Top Five Romantic Activities to do

Valentine’s Dinner and Dancing Cruise
Come and enjoy the area’s only fine dining entertainment yacht. The yacht features fresh gulf seafood, prime beef and much more, all prepared in a full service galley. Live entertainment and a full bar is available to enhance the experience. Click on the link above for more info.
Emerald Coast Helicopter Beach Tours
View the beautiful emerald coast from above on a thrilling helicopter tour. This activity is great for a first date or a fun family outing. Over six exciting tours to choose from!
Horseback Trail Rides
Trail riding on the Panhandle of Florida doesn’t get any better. Located close to the Destin beaches, this stable offers trail rides and RV space. With 13,800 acres of State Forest, there is plenty of riding to fill up your day.
Massage Therapy
Serenity by the sea Spa, captures this tranquil South Walton full-service spa experience. Inspired by beautiful seaside setting in South Walton’s Miramar Beach, Hilton Sandestin’s® award-winning spa is a harmonious blend of atmosphere, services and products that leave guests feeling truly refreshed. Featuring 14,500 square feet of absolute serenity near Destin.
Jubilee Photography
Time never stands still and those moments that bring us such joy become memories in an instant. To capture these moments and record them forever is truly monumental.   Photos are the perfect way to share your experience with loved ones and create everlasting memories for just the two of you. Jubilee Photography covers the areas along the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida. Their philosophy is to make professional beach photos available to couples or families through reasonable pricing and NO SITTING OR SESSION FEES! Click here for more info.

Example of Perfect Day by “Fall In Love With South Walton”

Begin with a morning paddle in a kayak on a rare coastal dune lake, or laugh your way along the Timpoochee Trail beside County Road 30A as you maneuver a bicycle built for two. Grab lunch at a seafood shack, or linger over a glass of wine and a salad at an intimate restaurant. Shop for gifts or bargains in the dozens of area shopping venues, then finish the day with a long walk on the beach as you watch the sun disappear into the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

On Saturdays you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables and homemade organic jams at the Seaside Farmers’ Market or find bargains at the semi-annual Seaside Community Yard Sale. Go ice skating at the Village of Baytowne® Wharf, northwest Florida’s only ice skating rink, or enjoy the Valentine Tour of Homes. Enjoy a Valentine dinner at Fish Out of Water, beachfront restaurant or at one of the many other quaint eateries serving romantic culinary delights perfect for two.

There’s simply no end to the things you can do here. Enjoy a couple’s massage at one of our many luxurious spas, play a round of golf on one of the championship golf courses, or just curl up with your sweetie and watch the waves lap the shore. Emerald Coast invites you to fall in love all over again.


My Vacation Haven features more than 140 Emerald Coast vacation rentals in Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort, 30A, and surrounding South Walton areas. My Vacation Haven is known for its personalized customer care and awesome guest discounts for area attractions and businesses. For beachside fun at its best, every accommodation includes complimentary beach chairs, an umbrella, sand toys and a boogie board for guest use. For your convenience My Vacation Haven is located in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin® Town Center. Our Rentals are available for a whole week or just for a short weekend. Check out our wonderful selections and see our great rental rates available this time of the year. Call up your friends and family and start making plans to come down for an awesome visit. You will be glad that you did!

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