Maridell’s Insight on the best Spots to visit along the Emerald Coast!

Beach View from Whales Tail

Maridell is our Owner Relations Manager. Maridell has over eight years of local, rental management experience. After visiting the Emerald Coast, from her native Omaha, NE, Maridell fell head over heels for our little slice of sugar-white sands and clear blue Gulf waters. Since, she has been working in the area for nearly a decade and is considered “the best of the best” among her industry peers. Maridell is sharing her input with us today on the best spots to visit along the area.

Maridell McCarty


Sport bars: Where do I start – now you are talking my language! Eating and sports!
At the Harbor – Land Sharks for wings and pizza; AJs for Oysters
Destin – Millers Ale House
Sandestin – Marina Bar for football

Grocery Stores
Winn Dixie – great Deli, liquor and prices.  Get a loyalty card and earn fuel points for the gas station right across the street from the store

Beaches: All of them!

Shopping Malls:
Silver Sand Outlet Mall – everything you need in one place and don’t forget to pick up a coupon book at customer service kiosk

Movie Cinemas:
Grand Blvd – movie, food and cocktails!

Legion Park great for wave runners or just watching loading and unloading and enjoying the calm warm bay for a change from the beautiful Gulf.  Grills and picnic tables.

Entertainment Centers:
Hurricane Lanes best prices for arcade and bowling

Specialty & Gift Shops:
Smiths Antiques – not just antiques!  Brocante and Retail Therapy – very unique and lots of fun beachie things

Hilton Serenity Spa – always consistent with service and a relaxing atmosphere

Unique Restaurant/place:
Stinky’s on 30A-don’t judge it by its name.  Dewey Destin’s on the harbor or by the Destin bridge – love them both


Gumbo and Beer festivals – both in village and held during quieter times of the year

Annual Event:
Destin Seafood festival first weekend in October kicking off the month long Destin Fishing Rodeo – both my absolute favorite events.  Great food, free entertainment and watch the weigh ins every day.


Pizza Place:
Land Sharks – my kind of pizza based on ratio of toppings to crisp wood fired crust
Italian Restaurant:
Tuscany – family feel and great happy hour and an original in Destin
Mexican Restaurant:
Rockin Tacos on Okaloosa Island – unbelievable!
Asian Restaurant:
Camille’s – half price sushi on Mondays!
Seafood Restaurant:
Stinky’s or either Dewey Destin locations
Perfect Restaurant for lunch:
AJs top deck looking over the Harbor
Perfect Restaurant for breakfast:
Another Broken Egg
Perfect Restaurant for dinner:
I am sticking with Stinkys and Dewey Destins
Unique Restaurant to dine:
McGuires – and great food too


Favorite vacation rental:

How can I pick one – cant do it!


The best day you have ever had in your entire life along the Emerald Coast / briefly describe what you did, where you went..etc..

Pontooning or waverunning any where and then heading to original Dewey Destin’s or AJ’s for fresh seafood without having to change clothes or shower up!

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