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Still Going Strong

It’s a new year once again, and even though it’s winter, it’s a great time to come to Destin.

Most folks come here during the hottest months of the year. Usually, that’s when larger crowds make the beaches, roads, fishing trips, and golf courses more challenging to deal with.

But until March, things are pretty much wide open.

You’ll get winter rates for many of the activities you love, and things are much more laid back compared to summer. Most activities still run all through winter.

I went on a boating trip in the bay a few days ago, and I can tell you that our friends, the dolphins, are as active as ever. In two different places, we were able to get right next to a half dozen of these friendly leapers. We like to give ‘em a fish or two so they come right up close.

The dolphin cruises from Destin Harbor run all year long, so you can see them, too. In fact, if you haven’t been on a dolphin cruise before, the crew will explain all about how the dolphins live and eat.

As far as the fishing report, deep sea trips run throughout the winter. Normally in the colder months they’ll hook you up with various snappers, triggerfish, and occasional grouper. Last week I saw some charters bring back big grouper. Take a longer trip if you want to increase your chances!

On our bay trip, we saw many people out in kayaks as is usual for warm winter days. Of course, days at this time of year can be cold as well – but that’s when we go out to eat some good local seafood, or visit Destin Commons. I prefer a hot Starbucks coffee when walking around at Harborwalk or the Commons on colder days.

At Sea Oats Motel, ask about Snowbird or winter rates if you’d like a deal for an extended stay at this time of year. With kitchenettes, grills and more, you’ll have everything you need.

If you’ve only been here during the heat and crowds of summer, a little winter visit may be just your answer to the cabin fever and drudgery of the winter months. Our beachfront motel gives the same spectacular Gulf view that it does all year round!